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Vulture investors move from flippers to landlords in down market

Vulture investors are feasting on the depressed U.S. housing market. Deflating home prices, rock-bottom mortgage rates and a rental market surging with people who have lost their homes are attracting swarms of vulture investors who are after distressed properties. But in this weak U.S. economy, their strategy is changing. In boom times, vulture investors were
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Blue Shield of California wants 59 percent rate hike

Health insurance premiums have been out of control for years, but apparently someone forgot to send Blue Shield of California the memo. The Los Angeles Times reports that Blue Shield has shocked California policyholders with a proposal to institute insurance premium hikes as high as 59 percent on March 1. The change would affect tens
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From Chicago to Atlanta, Teachers Cheat

Thanks to the federal No Child Left Behind act and other high-stakes testing laws, schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have something in common. According to Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of the 2005 best-selling Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, they both cheat. High-stakes testing This article is limited to
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Julian Assange police report leaked; legal team enraged

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be out on bail right now, but that doesn’t mean his legal team is happy. The Australian reports that Julian Assange’s police report has leaked to the British newspaper The Guardian. According to reports, not only was the report intended to be confidential, but the sexually graphic details leaked are
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Iranian nuclear scientist goes home to the Ayatollah empty-handed

An Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. in 2009 returned to a hero’s welcome in Iran Thursday. Shahram Amiri claims he was kidnapped by the CIA. U.S. officials say he defected on his own free will and apparently got homesick. Some speculate that Amiri has been an agent controlled by the Iranian government
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Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, but he probably doesn’t even know it yet. Liu, a Chinese literary critic and the country’s most prominent human rights dissident, is in prison. In awarding Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee sent an undeniable message to the Chinese government that it must
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Two-thirds of US men worked in 2010, a record low

A lower percentage of Americans held jobs last year than at any point since 1983, reports USA Today. After a peak of 49.3 percent employment in 2000, only 45.4 percent of Americans were employed. In addition, only 66.8 percent of men were employed in 2010, the lowest figure on record. Challenges to U.S. social programs
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Blackberry Bold 9650 | Blackberry Pearl 3G | New models coming

The second-most popular smartphone maker, Blackberry, has announced that the Blackberry Bold 9650 and Blackberry Pearl 3G will both be hitting the market soon. Both the Blackberry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G are improvements on existing Blackberry models and will include upgrades such as Wi-Fi. The Bold 9650 is set to be released on May
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Jesse Jackson Jr. says iPad is killing publishing, costing jobs

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was for the iPad before he was against it. Just one month ago, Jackson lauded Apple’s groundbreaking tablet as a revolutionary educational tool. On Friday, however, iPad owner Jackson turned around and exclaimed before Congress that the iPad is a dangerous device that is “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of

Where do I vote | How to have your say in the election

There are many hotly debated issues and races in this year’s election. If you want to share your thoughts, it is important to know the answer to “where do I vote?” Depending on which state you are in, “where do I vote” is a question that could be easy or complicated to answer. Remember to
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Blind Zone Mirror | Because Traffic is Dangerous Enough

See what you’ve been missing before it plows into you You’ve heard it said that people are often done in by their blind spot, right? I’m not talking about that episode of “The X-Files” where the villain always appeared to be in a blind spot, even when he was standing right in front of his
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Three beaches shut down after deadly shark attack

In Southern California, three popular surfing beaches will be shut down for 72 hours. A shark attack that killed one 20-year-old man caused the shutdown. This is only the 12th shark bite death in California since the 1920s. Surf Beach shark attack The Surf Beach shark attack happened Friday morning. A shark bit off a

Detroit Youth Need Jobs Now More Than Online Personal Loans

Detroit Youth Need Jobs Now More Than Online Personal Loans Bleak Future Detroit’s young adults, aged 30 and under, are bearing the brunt of the recession that the city is facing right now. This generation is facing job losses, wage cuts and or fewer hours at work. Even with the help of online personal loans,

Lend America Accused of 20 Years of Mortgage Fraud

Ideal Mortgage Bankers no more If you were thinking about getting an FHA-backed loan through Lend America, it’s time to come up with a different plan. Lend America, operated by Ideal Mortgage Bankers, has shut down. Ideal Mortgage Bankers also originated mortgages under the moniker Lending Key, but Ideal Mortgage Bankers is officially out of

Unemployed and Running Out of Hope

The new face of joblessness Today, the unemployed sector cuts through a very broad cross-section of the country. Since late 2007, some 8 million jobs have vanished, and the end is not yet in sight. The ranks of the unemployed have now swelled to nearly 16 million people. In the past, recessions have resulted primarily
Construction site where the Twin Towers once stood in New York City, prior to September 11. A mosque at Ground Zero has been approved for construction.

Mosque at Ground Zero approved by NYC community board

Since the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement first announced they wanted to finance a mosque at 9/11 Ground Zero, the outpouring of emotion from the people of New York City and beyond has been tremendous. While some view building an Islamic mosque on the site of a national tragedy as a