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Valentine’s Day gift ideas, Proflowers codes and more

Monday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day. If you’re still searching for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, look no further. With a pinch of thoughtfulness, a sprinkle of practicality and a torrent of romance, you can find great Valentine’s Day gifts for him or her, from flowers to sweets and more. If you use your imagination, you
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Bank of America to stop offering reverse mortgages

Tuesday morning, Feb. 8, Bank of America announced it will no longer write reverse mortgages. The reverse mortgage business has dropped off significantly in the last year. A rising number of reverse mortgages are also ending up in technical default. Bank of America and reverse mortgages Bank of America first started offering reverse mortgages in

Link discovered between marijuana use and mental illness

New research has found a link between a greater likelihood of mental illness and using marijuana. A review of more than 80 studies found that pot use was linked to mental illness such as schizophrenia or other psychosis developing faster in patients prone to mental illnesses. It appears a new generation of “Reefer Madness” has
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ADHD diet study data doubted by pediatricians

Diet treatments for ADHD as an alternative to medication have raised hope as well as controversy. Researchers in the Netherlands published a study Thursday on the subject. They found that diet had an impact on some children as far as improving their ADHD condition. But attention deficit hyperactivity disorder experts question the study and say
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Does Obama actually trigger blackouts?

Blizzards have led to rolling blackouts in some Texas cities as a means of conserving precious energy. However, according to provocateur talk-show host Alex Jones on his website Infowars, this “climate apocalypse” comes straight from the top. President Obama allegedly triggers the blackouts of lights, the coal industry, the Internet (via a “kill switch”) and
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Las Vegas sports book takes a bath on Super Bowl betting

In the Super Bowl betting arena this year, the house didn’t win. Las Vegas bookmakers took a bath when the favored Green Bay Packers won by a decisive margin. It is expected to be the worst loss for Las Vegas bookies on the Super Bowl since 1993. Super Bowl doomsday for Vegas casinos Super Bowl
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Disney carousel death one of three major injuries in 4th quarter

As a part of their quarterly injury report, Disney has reported a carousel death. The Disney carousel death was one of three major injuries at the park in October, November and December. All three injuries were to park visitors over the age of 71. Disney carousel death due to heart condition In December 2010, a
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Verizon plans on throttling heavy data users

The Verizon iPhone is finally on the market, officially. The first reports from customers are that Verizon service is pretty good, if a bit slow. Verizon has officially stated it will follow a policy that is sure to be unpopular: data throttling. Reports of the Verizon iPhone have come out Feb. 3 the iPhone was
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Plenty of small business credit available but few takers

Lack of small business credit has been cited as a primary factor holding back economic recovery. The Obama administration has been implementing policies to increase the amount of money available to small businesses and encourage banks to lend to these companies. However, a recent survey shows that access to small business credit is high, while
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Reagan Republicans would not vote for the Gipper at gunpoint

If Ronald Reagan were still alive, he would celebrate his 100th birthday Sunday, Feb. 6. Since Reagan left office in 1989, he has come to be venerated as a saint by conservative Republicans. But while so-called “Reagan Republicans” revise Reagan’s record to support their political beliefs, “the Gipper,” who died in 2004 at 93, couldn’t
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U.S. unemployment sinks to 9 percent, spin doctors rejoice

Forbes reports that January unemployment figures paint what some people consider to be a rosy picture. A decline to 9 percent unemployment has been hailed as “the fastest pace in half a century,” and people say they’re finding work. However, this data conflicts with a recent business survey reflecting weak job growth in January, hinting

Wild oysters extinct in many areas

The scientific journal BioScience released a scary finding this week: Oysters may be extinct. This declaration of extinct oysters has many worried. Oysters can be farmed, but wild oyster beds play an important part in their ecosystems. Oysters extinct in many areas Oyster reefs, the areas of the ocean where oysters tend to congregate and

Louisiana state employees likely forgoing pay raises

In Louisiana, state employees may be facing a limit on annual pay raises. This would be the second year of pay freezes in the state. Employee advocates, however, are calling this move the equivalent of a payday loan for the state. Louisiana state pay raises The state of Louisiana is facing a $1.6 billion budget

Bellagio Casino arrest: Judge’s son stole $1.5 million in chips

The story of the Bellagio Casino robbery, in which a man walked out with $1.5 million in chips, already sounded like it came out of a movie. Now, the added twist of the Bellagio Casino arrest makes it seem even more “Ocean’s 11.” A 29-year-old, Anthony Carleo, the son of a municipal judge, has been
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Baltimore doubling down on speed cameras

In Baltimore, Maryland, city lawmakers are considering adding more speed cameras. These automated speed traps have been reducing speeding but not accidents. Even if the city does add more tickets, these cameras are not making money for the city. Baltimore speed cameras In Baltimore, Md., the city council set up several speed traps in “high

Blackout of Egypt internet cost millions in lost revenue

The five-day blackout in Egypt of internet connection made the entire nation go dark. Social networking sites and communications were lost, but the crackdown on communications by the government cost something more. It is estimated that Egypt lost up to $90 million in revenue. Millions lost as government shuts down Egypt’s internet The reason the
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Senate passes 1099 repeal, rejects health care repeal as expected

The 1099 repeal amendment that was approved by the Senate Wednesday was a no-brainer. Repeal of the 1099 rule, an onerous administrative burden for small businesses, was the single aspect of health care reform upon which both sides of the aisle agreed. But a bill to repeal heath care reform pushed by Republicans failed in