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Gay Country Star Headlines Houston Human Rights Campaign Gala
Entertainment
Published in 20-2-2015
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Ty Herndon, who revealed he was gay last year, headlines the Houston Human Rights Campaign Gala.

Barbecue joints cut back on beef
Entertainment
Published in 20-2-2015
    702 Visits

Rodeo time means barbecue time for lots of Texans, but this year folks will be digging deeper into their pockets for that brisket sandwich. Across town, barbecue joints are struggling to bear the weight of exceptionally expensive beef.

Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in
Technology
Published in 20-2-2015
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The Agriculture and Health and Human Services Departments will take those recommendations into account in writing final 2015 dietary guidelines by the end of the year. The guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country from federally subsidized school lunches to food package labels to your doctor's advice. The committee says available evidence "shows no appreciable relations ...>>
Colorado residents are first to ask feds to block legal pot
Technology
Published in 20-2-2015
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The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors. The lawsuits are the first in a state that has legalized recreational or medical marijuana in which its own reside ...>>
NASA delays space station spacewalk because of suit issue
Technology
Published in 20-2-2015
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Two critical fan and pump units for the astronauts' spacesuits failed recently during routine maintenance in orbit. The space agency would like to pull off all three spacewalks before Wilmore leaves the orbiting lab in mid-March. Private companies SpaceX and Boeing are working on crew capsules under NASA contract to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from the space station. NASA lost the abili ...>>
Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes
Technology
Published in 20-2-2015
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WASHINGTON (AP) Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. A story about the documents posted Thursday on the website The Intercept offered ...>>
More sick sea lion pups washing up on California beaches
Technology
Published in 20-2-2015
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Four times more sick and dying sea lion pups have gotten stranded on California beaches this year, and experts say unusually warm ocean water along the West Coast is to blame. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday about 940 sick and starving young sea lions have washed up on California beaches so far in 2015. In 2013, more than 1,50 ...>>
The Motley Fool: Stuffing, not surfing, the channel
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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What does it mean if a company is reportedly "stuffing the channel"? - L.C., Chalmette, La. Since companies often record sales as soon as they ship products, channel stuffing can make it seem that business is booming. [...] if many of the products are not sold, they can end up returned to the manufacturer, resulting in sales that were already claimed never occurring. If you're a long-te ...>>

Couch Potato investing wins yet again
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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In 2014, the basic Couch Potato Portfolio, a 50/50 mix of two low-cost index funds, returned 8.16 percent while the Morningstar average for all "moderate allocation" funds was only 6.21 percent. Even more impressive than the nearly 200-basis-point advantage, the added return was gained while having less portfolio volatility. Adjusted for what statistical types call volatility risk, the Couch Pot ...>>
The 10 most miserable states in America
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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West Virginia ranked the lowest in both physical well-being as well as for "purpose" or liking what you do every day. The state's economy relies heavily on coal production, a dying industry that is rapidly losing jobs and has little career growth.  According to the Gallup-Healthways data, Illinois had the lowest community well-being rating, Rhode Island had the lowest social well-be ...>>

Federal regulators sue to block Sysco merger
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
    511 Visits
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit Thursday to stop the planned merger of Houston's Sysco Corp. and its largest competitor, US Foods, saying the combination would violate antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide. [...] the overwhelming majority of restaurants and food operators choose their foodservice distributor locally, where they have choices among many excell ...>>
Local unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    332 Visits
The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school closings and major holidays which can affect hiring and firing patterns. [...] the local unemployment rate is subject to wide swings.
Houston area unemployment rate ticks down
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    958 Visits
In October, Texas added 35,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Eight of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas in October, led by the trade, transportation, and utilities industry with 17,500 jobs, the news release stated.
HP cuts 66 jobs in Houston
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    283 Visits

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced it was cutting 66 jobs at its facility on Compaq Center Drive in Houston as part of its "corporate restructuring" efforts, according to a letter the company sent to the Texas Workforce Commission last week. [...] the company said it was ramping up its job cuts "as HP continues to re-engineer the workforce to be more competitive and meet its objectives."

Houston unemployment rate dips as Texas economy shows signs of stress
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    336 Visits
The Houston area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.5 percent in November, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. [...] it is adjusted state-wide for typical seasonal factors such as school schedules and major holidays that affect hiring and firing patterns.


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