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Obama announces two-year federal pay freeze

On Monday, President Obama announced that in order to tame the massive federal deficit, plans have been created to institute a two-year federal pay freeze. It is projected that this move will save the U.S. $28 billion within five years and $60 billion over the the next decade. The federal pay freeze would affect all
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Leonid meteor shower 2010: when to watch, where to look

The Leonid meteor shower 2010 has been intensifying for a week now and reaches its peak Wednesday, Nov. 17. The best time to catch the Leonid meteor shower in the U.S. will be a few hours before dawn on Thurs., Nov. 18 when you can expect to see about a dozen meteors per hour. The
A mentally imbalanced homeless woman outside a hotel in Waikiki.

The Hawaiian Islands homeless problem that won’t go away

Aside from the economic importance of military jobs in the Hawaiian Islands, tourism is a vital system. NPR reports that tourists spend an average of $200 per day for hotel, meal and entertainment. But the homeless population of the Hawaiian Islands has room and board, full health coverage and more for only $3 per day

Inexpensive Weekend Activities for the Entire Family

Weekends Were Made for Family Fun In a struggling economy, families find it especially hard to find satisfying, yet inexpensive weekend activities. This doesn’t mean that a good time cannot be had on a budget; it simply means that adults have to find creative ways of planning family activities that will not break the bank
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Reno’s mishandling of short term loans going uninvestigated

The city of Reno, Nevada, has found itself in a tough position. The city mishandled short-term loans that were supposed to be paid back in one year. The city’s failure to understand the terms, however, means these loans will be stretched out over 10 years. Reno’s short-term loans The state of Nevada provided more than
#touchedbyTSA will further slow down pre flight screening

#touchedbyTSA tweet could win free iPod Touch after body search

Thanksgiving air travelers can win an iPod Touch in the “#touchedbyTSA” promotion sponsored by the social-mapping app Loopt. To win, people flying on Nov. 23 who are searched by Transportation Security Administration employees must share their experience on Twitter using the hashtag #touchedbyTSA. While Loopt makes light of controversial airport security policies, the TSA is
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Puerto Rico Statehood|HR 2499 calls for a Puerto Rico vote UPDATE

UPDATE – April 28 – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 2499, the bill calling for a vote on Puerto Rico statehood. HR 2499 passed 223-169 and now moves on to be considered by the Senate. The U.S. Natural Resources Committee has moved to bring HR 2499, a bill regarding Puerto Rico statehood,
Payday Loans have the green light when it comes to going where the financial need is greatest. Access to conventional credit plays a large role. (Photo: flickr.com)

Payday Loans: Going Where the Need is Greatest

Fed Study Shows Payday Loan and Related Outlets Cluster Payday loans are an inescapable landmark in America’s modern economic landscape. The popularity of the short term loan product has grown significantly since the early 1990s, and it’s no wonder. Giving consumers the ability to absorb financial shocks in the short term – enabling them to
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Columbia University drug bust: five students arrested

Five students were arrested Tuesday as part of the massive Columbia University drug bust. The young suspects said nothing as they were handcuffed and taken into custody early that morning. They are being charged for selling thousands of dollars worth of drugs out of dorm rooms and fraternity houses. Suspects in the Columbia University drug
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Two Federal Reserve banks want higher rates on emergency loans

Throughout the recession, the Federal Reserve has kept overall interest rates hovering near zero, in order to keep deflation or further inflation from taking place. The 12 regional Federal Reserve Bank directors recently met, and one of the items for discussion was concerning the discount rate on emergency loans. A discount rate is basically the
If you need credit repair help, make sure you know who you are working with.

Credit Repair Scams are on the Rise

Credit Repair History Credit repair services started out with an honorable mission: to help people get out of debt and live the American Dream. They were originally designed to help people get back on track financially, while repairing the damage done due to a variety of circumstances that ruined their credit in the first place.

Paul Shirley on Haiti: “I won’t give them a cent”

Free speech is a double-edged sword One of the great things about living in America is that we have the right to free speech. Everyone – including athletes – can blog about their political opinions without having to fear a masked hit squad coming to their door in the middle of the night. Such is
laptop users risk toasted skin syndrome

Heavy laptop users risk toasted skin syndrome from intense heat

“Toasted skin syndrome” is the latest hazard to be revealed for video game addicts and assorted computer geeks. Toasted skin syndrome, a condition usually suffered by foundry workers or glass blowers, is mottled discoloration caused by prolonged exposure to heat. A case involving a boy who developed toasted skin syndrome playing video games on a
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The best and worst organic grocery buys

Organic produce can be very expensive. With recent reports showing that groceries are getting even more expensive, many are wondering whether organic produce is worth the cost. U.S. Department of Agriculture tests show that some produce is worth it and some not so much. Understanding the cost of organic There are several different organic certifications
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Millions of Microsoft shares dumped by Bill Gates in 2010

Bill Gates has been dipping into his vast reservoir of Microsoft stock and dumping shares for cash. Gates has unloaded such a big chunk of his Microsoft holdings that other Microsoft shareholders could question the value of their investment. Gates no doubt would rather place his bets on a faster horse as Microsoft declines from
Erick Erickson, Ted Kennedy, healthcare reform bill

Pundit blames Ted Kennedy for healthcare reform bill woes

Why bring Ted Kennedy into this? It’s amazing how far political pundits will go to talk a  little trash. Today, Erick Erickson, founder of the conservative blog RedState, said on CNN that it’s the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s fault, basically, that the healthcare reform bill is in danger of not passing. According to Politico: “If