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Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
Technology
Published in 23-1-2015
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In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have fallen ill since mid-December, most of them from California. [...] the virus has made a comeback in recent years, in part because of people obtaining personal belief exemptions from rules that say children must get their shots to enroll in school. Others have delayed getting t ...>>
Save by unbundling money management fees
Business
Published in 23-1-2015
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[...] you buy financial products that cost at least 1 percent a year by themselves. [...] to avoid commissions, you pay a "wrap" fee of about 1 percent to have the personal attention of a financial adviser. Wall Street gets all the interest and dividend income your money generates. The figures that follow, based on hourly fees of $100 to $200 an hour for professional time, translate into nice a ...>>
Challengers aim to crack open Texas' 'free market'
Business
Published in 23-1-2015
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For all its bluster about an open market, Texas has some markets completely locked up.

RentLingo adds Houston to professional apartment review service area
Business
Published in 23-1-2015
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The California-based company, founded by Dan Laufer and Byron Singh, hires local experts such as former property managers to tour apartment buildings and rate and review them on RentLingo.com. With most online apartment reviews, it's impossible to know if you're getting the complete, unbiased truth or if you're being influenced by one or more angry individuals with an axe to grind. ...>>
Vilsack pushes Pacific trade, at the exclusion of China
Business
Published in 23-1-2015
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A trans-Pacific trade agreement topped the agenda of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during his visit to the Houston Chronicle boardroom today. He heralded the pact, which would break down trade barriers between the United States and 11 Pacific nations, excluding China.

Local unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent in August
Economy
Published in 23-1-2015
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The Houston area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.4 percent in August, down from 5.5 percent the previous month, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The rate usually moves down each August as school bus drivers, school cafeteria workers and students leave the summer job market and either return to their regular jobs and students go back to school.
Local unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent
Economy
Published in 23-1-2015
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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 23-1-2015
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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 23-1-2015
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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 23-1-2015
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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.
A fine for Rockets’ Trevor Ariza after bumping Stephen Curry?
Sports
Published in 23-1-2015
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Rockets guard Trevor Ariza may be a little lighter in the wallet soon. During the Rockets’ 126-113 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night, Ariza bumped Warriors star Stephen Curry during the third quarter, setting off a minor rhubarb: Shortly after the game, Ariza posted the following on his Twitter account. It’s fairly easy to assume he was told of a fine after the game. 2500 for what?? tre ...>>
Hall of Fame says wait and see on which Astros logo will be on Craig Biggio’s plaque
Sports
Published in 23-1-2015
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Craig Biggio’s batting helmet likely won’t be an option for his plaque in Cooperstown. (Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle) Craig Biggio wore multiple Astros logos during his storied 20-year career, and fans will likely have to wait until his induction on July 26 to learn which logo will go on his plaque at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Biggio, who will be the first man ...>>
Astros opener set for 6:10 p.m. vs. Indians
Sports
Published in 23-1-2015
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The Astros opener against the Indians has been set for 6:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park on April 6. The opener will be aired nationally on ESPN and locally on Root Sports Southwest. The team announced times for its 2015 schedule today. (Click here for full schedule). In general, most home games will start at 7:10 p.m. during the week, and either 3:10 or 6:10 p.m. on Satudays and 1:10 p.m. on Sundays. ...>>
Read My Lips: NFL style
Sports
Published in 23-1-2015
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Watching an NFL game, you’d think the league was full of expert lip-readers given the way coaches cover their mouths while talking on the sideline during games. The website Bad Lip Reading had some fun with the 2014 NFL season. Check the video above to check out interesting interpretations of things said by Texans coach Bill O’Brien and some Houston players.
Astros’ Jed Lowrie participates in Diamond Diplomacy program in South America
Sports
Published in 23-1-2015
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Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie recently traveled to Colombia as a part of a revamped effort by the State’s Department and Major League Baseball to reconnect with Latin America. The “Diamond Diplomacy” program utilizes the growing audience of baseball in Central and South America, and incorporates U.S. baseball ambassadors. The first two Sports Envoys in baseball are Lowrie and Kansas City Royal ...>>


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