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US economy misses its mark at end of 2014

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 17:12
The U.S. economy gained steam last year, but it closed out the year with a big disappointment, raising more questions about 2015.

Why sleep apnea shouldn't be ignored

Health - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:54
Categories: Health

January was a terrible month for stocks

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:14
Investors probably probably wished they had hibernated this January. It's turning out that it was the worst month for stocks since this month last year.

Oops! News sites backtrack on reports Romney is running

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:06
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Cuba to build first new Catholic church since revolution

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:04
A neglected, weed-strewn field in a small Cuban town where there are more horses than cars seems an unlikely setting for a major shift in government policy.
Categories: International News

Dozens killed in North Sinai attack

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:02
At least 20 people were killed and 36 injured Thursday after three explosions targeted security posts in the Al Arish area of northern Sinai, EGYNews reports.
Categories: International News

Burger mania: Shake Shack stock up 120%

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:02
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Arrests in Mexico hospital blast that killed 3

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:00
A maternity hospital south of Mexico City is on the verge of collapsing after a natural gas delivery truck hit a building and exploded, emergency officials say.
Categories: International News

Will the Super Bowl get record ratings?

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:40
The NFL's Super Bowl is not just the biggest day in sports, it's also the biggest television event of the year.

Here's how your desk should be organized

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:11
In the office, your desk is your command center. And experts said how well it's organized can help set the tone and productivity level at work.

Is a $4.5 million Super Bowl ad worth it?

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:06
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Seahawks v. Patriots: How do the fans measure up?

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:34
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ISIS launches attack on oil-rich Iraqi city

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:12
ISIS militants have attacked Kirkuk in northern Iraq, an effort that might be an attempt to capture the key oil-rich city or perhaps to divert Kurdish troops fighting to capture the group's stronghold of Mosul.
Categories: International News

ISIS' new hostage strategy shifting the goalposts

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:41
For ISIS it is a new dynamic, experts say: demanding high value prisoners in exchange for hostages.
Categories: International News

Fake charities prey on your goodwill to make bank

Business News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:30
Taking advantage of your goodwill and pocketing your donations is Mission No. 1 for fake charities.

Why ISIS wants Kirkuk

CNN World - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:23
CNN's Fred Pleitgen outlines the strategic importance of Kirkuk, Iraq in the fight against ISIS.
Categories: International News

LED Technology Helping People See The World in a Whole New Light

Lifestyles - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:12
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(NewsUSA) - People are not prone to change. We are creatures of habit, and even small sacrifices -- despite potentially handsome rewards -- can be difficult. Businesses are no different.

Although LED technology has been around for decades, most companies have used metal halide lighting, in part, because it wasn't until recently that LED bulbs have had commercial applications, and to make the switch when it became available meant a large financial commitment to retrofitting current lighting with LED bulbs.

Now, however, one company is hoping to help businesses pad their bottom line while curbing their energy use by changing from traditional metal halide lights to LED direct-replacement bulbs.

OEO Energy Solutions has created an energy-saving EZ LED light bulb that requires no wiring, no ballast bypass or no electrician, and unlike metal halide lights, the LED bulbs contain no mercury.

"Simply change bulbs, and your conversion to LED technology is complete. It's energy savings simplified," said John Einarsen of OEO Energy Solutions. "LED direct-replacement [light bulbs] for metal halide [lights] save 68 percent simply by changing bulbs."

By changing out metal halide lights for OEO's EZ LED light bulbs, the Illinois-based energy solutions company estimates that the savings would be about $364 per year, per light, not including rebates.

For one businessman, the changes have proved significant.

"With the EZ LED from OEO, my energy costs are down by almost 70 percent just by screwing in the EZ LED bulbs," said Brian Brandel, founder of "It was simple, and I don't expect to change a warehouse light again. My employees are happier with the far superior light quality, and I am delighted with the drastic improvement to my bottom line."

Currently, the OEO EZ LED is rebate-eligible in most states, and the return on investment is less than one year, prior to rebates. In addition, the light bulbs have a five-year warranty or 55,000 hours of life.

For more information, visit or call 800-553-2112.

Ice Dams Put Homes at Risk for Termites

Lifestyles - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:11
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(NewsUSA) - Winter is far from over, but it's not too soon for homeowners to begin thinking about all the damage that homes may have sustained from prolonged cold, snow and ice. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that ice dams are one of the most troublesome winter-related home problems as they can create the perfect environment for termites.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining properly. The melting snow backs up behind this dam and can leak into a home, causing water damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall and providing enough moisture to attract termites as they begin to emerge at the first signs of spring.

Termites are known as silent destroyers because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. Even more problematic is that termite property damage, which according to NPMA accounts for at least $5 billion each year, is not covered by homeowners insurance. Depending on the extent of the destruction, homeowners can be saddled with large repair bills.

Before the ground warms, and termite swarms emerge in search of new structures to feast on, homeowners should take necessary steps to ensure winter hasn't done a number on their homes and left them vulnerable to pest problems in the spring.

To prevent ice dams and possible subsequent termite infestations, NPMA offers the following 10 tips:

1. Promptly clear snow off roofs before it freezes and becomes harder to remove.

2. Install snow and ice shields on the roof.

3. Clean out gutters, and install gutter guards.

4. Cover an attic or house fan during winter.

5. Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.

6. Add insulation to the attic rafters and ceiling.

7. Seal and insulate HVAC ducts.

8. Install chimney flashing to prevent leaks.

9. Seal gaps around electrical cables and vent pipes.

10. Install eave and soffit vents to circulate cold air.

To find a pest professional or learn more about termites, visit

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