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Try secured credit cards to rebuild damaged credit scores

There’s a great tool for rebuilding or establishing credit called secured credit cards. Secured cards work just like traditional cards, except the limit is determined by an upfront deposit that secures the credit. Most major banks offer them. For lousy or nonexistent credit, try secured credit cards Credit cards are one of the most ubiquitous
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U.S. wage downturn eclipses that of 1981-82 recession

When it comes to salary, something is better than nothing. However, for the lucky few who do manage to find jobs during this recession, many are finding that what they earn today pales in comparison with what they made before they were unemployed, reports the Wall Street Journal. The nationwide wage downturn is so severe
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Verizon stock dives after iPhone announcement, Apple stock soars

Verizon stock did not benefit from the company’s announcement confirming the Verizon iPhone. In fact, Verizon stock fell Tuesday shortly after the Verizon press conference. But Apple stock value, which is partially based on the iPhone, rose 6 percent in the last week driven by Verizon iPhone anticipation. Verizon stock: buy the rumor, sell the
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DMV.ca.gov launches new online services

There are few things in life as monotonous and frustrating as waiting in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Yet the most unlikely of heroes – dmv.ca.gov – has stepped forward with a sanity-preserving service, reports the Modesto Bee. Driving records are now available online. Don’t stand in line, go online at dmv.ca.gov Bureaucracy
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Money laundering conviction gets Tom DeLay three years in prison

Disgraced former Congressman Tom DeLay has been sentenced to three years in prison for money laundering. The former House majority leader was found guilty of illegally funneling money from corporate donors to state Republican candidates. Texas law forbids corporate donations to political campaigns. Tom DeLay sentenced to three years Tom DeLay, the former Republican Majority
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Financial independence relies on smart spending as much as saving

Unless you win a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, smart spending is the only way to avoid debt and save for retirement. Becoming financially literate is one of the keys to smart spending. Having the commons sense to realize there is no such thing as “unexpected expenses” is another. Financial literacy and financial independence Most
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Feds recommend lower fluoride levels in drinking water

Fluoride levels in drinking water should be lower, according to the federal government. The availability of fluoride from other sources has reduced the amount of fluoride in drinking water necessary to prevent tooth decay. Some children have been getting overexposed to fluoride, which causes spots or streaks to appear on tooth enamel. Optimizing fluoride levels
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Walking speed predicts life span and health of seniors and cities

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that walking speed can predict life span. The speed of a person’s walking gait has been found to predict life expectancy. A person’s walking speed can also indicate the city where they live. Walking speed predicts life span An analysis published
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Tide with Anthrax stories are the latest riff on old wives tale

Consumers beware, because according to a chain email and text message, samples of Tide have anthrax with them. The story goes that terrorists have infused samples of the laundry detergent with anthrax, a deadly disease spreading spore. The anthrax in Tide hoax is just a new take on an old wives tale. Whoever believes Tide
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Mac App Store goes live to rain on opening day parade of CES

The Mac App Store opened without the fanfare characteristic of Apple Thursday. The Mac App Store offers about 1,000 Macintosh applications Mac users can instantly purchase and download. The Mac App Store, based on the Apple App Store model, promises to revolutionize software distribution channels. Mac App Store offers steep discounts The Mac App Store
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U.S. Constitution text read on House floor to placate Tea Party

The U.S. Constitution text was read in the House of Representatives Thursday as Republicans kicked off the 112th Congress with blatant Tea Party pandering. The GOP-led sideshow was accompanied by controversy and melodrama. Republicans omitted passages of the original U.S. Constitution text, and a birther disrupted the proceedings. Tea Party pandering on display The reading
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Maryland campaign finance law up for major reform

A Maryland Attorney General’s commission issued a report on campaign finance Tuesday. The recommendations include cutting out loopholes that allow for the equivalent of personal loans from big-time donors. Some of these campaign finance reforms must make their way through the legislature before they take effect. Issues within Maryland campaign finance The report issued Tuesday
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FDA: Tobacco companies must submit product ingredients for review

Tobacco companies must have all their products reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration in the next 10 weeks. The FDA review of tobacco products exercises the agency’s authority to regulate tobacco granted by a 2009 law. To continue selling them, tobacco companies must submit data about products that have been introduced or altered since
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State Legislators for Legal Immigration take aim at anchor babies

In a press conference today, the group State Legislators for Legal Immigration announced new model legislation. This legislation seeks to strip citizenship from children of illegal immigrants. These so-called “anchor babies” are the newest target of the immigration debate. Who are anchor babies? “Anchor babies” is a name given to people who are born in
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China flexes muscle with new Chinese stealth fighter

China’s ascendancy as the world’s major economic power has made some people nervous. According to the New York Times, a bit of patriotic saber-rattling in the form of a new Chinese stealth fighter won’t help these people sleep easier. The fifth generation stealth fighter jet labeled J-20 has some wondering about the stealth fighter Chinese
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National Whipped Cream Day | A new twist for the new year

Today, Jan. 5, is National Whipped Cream Day. National Whipped Cream day may not have huge political or social importance, but it is still worth celebrating. It’s a great day to try out some non-traditional twists to this creamy dessert. The science of National Whipped Cream Day Whipped cream has, for most people, been reduced