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Consumer Spending Falls as Income Growth Slows

Consumer Spending Falls as Income Growth Slows

Consumer spending fell in September for the first time in eight months as incomes grew at the slowest pace of 2014, the Commerce Department reported on Friday. Consumer spending dropped 0.2% in September after a 0.5% jump the month before. Personal income rose just 0.2%, the smallest increase since December. Both figures fell short of analysts’ expectations. Overall consumer spending ... Read More »

Jobless Claims Rise to 287,000, But Remain at Historical Low

Jobless Claims Rise to 287,000, But Remain at Historical Low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased slightly last week, although the level remains at a historical low that may be a sign of an improving job market. Weekly jobless applications rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, according to the Labor Department. The four-week average, which is less volatile and considered a better measure of market trends, fell ... Read More »

Female Kurdish Fighter Rehana Reported Killed by ISIS


A female Kurdish fighter who became a poster girl for the Kobane movement after a photo of her making a peace sign became an Internet sensation has reportedly been beheaded by ISIS. The woman, who is known by the pseudonym Rehana, was viewed as a symbol for hope for the Syrian border town after a journalist tweeted a picture of ... Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Will Be Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch Will Be Marvel's Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness is now reportedly in final negotiations to play Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios. Deadline broke the news, which comes soon after Doctor Strange was said to be in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Stephen Strange is a superficial neurosurgeon who recovered from injuries sustained in a car accident to ... Read More »

Baby Wipes Recalled Nationwide Over Potential Contamination

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Nutek Disposables, Inc. has announced a nationwide recall of baby wipes due to a possible contamination of Burkholderia cepacia. While the bacteria poses very little threat to healthy individuals, those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung disease are more susceptible to infection. B. cepacia often resists antibiotics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The wipes, made by ... Read More »

New Jersey Quarantined Nurse Released After Threatening Lawsuit

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New Jersey and New York leaders are at odds with scientists, who say the mandatory 21-day quarantines on health care workers returning from West Africa are unnecessary and discourage volunteers from assisting and helping to stop the spread of the virus. On Sunday night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called his administration’s policy necessary, while saying his policy allowed medical ... Read More »

Car Insurance Too High For Low-Income Americans

Car Insurance Too High For Low-Income Americans

A study by the Consumer Federation of America has showed that none of the involved insurance companies offers a basic auto insurance policy to drivers under $500 per year. The study was done in 50 large urban locations. The press release from the Consumer Federation of America indicates that there are some of the areas that offered a basic yearly ... Read More »

Device that helps paraplegics walk again approved by FDA


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a device designed by an Israeli entrepreneur that will help persons who are paraplegic to walk again. The Israeli entrepreneur, Amit Goffer, is himself a paraplegic and originally designed the device, sometimes called the ReWalk system, to improve his own mobility. The device has since been in usage by U.S. military ... Read More »

Vitamin D May Lower Blood Pressure


In a study published this week, researchers have discovered a link between Vitamin D levels and the development of high blood pressure. More research is needed, but scientists are now attempting to determine whether Vitamin D supplements may be used to lower blood pressure. Vitamin D is unlike many of the vitamins we regularly take. It is naturally derived because ... Read More »

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