How to Follow the U.S. Mid-Term Elections

October 26, 2014
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How to Follow the U.S. Mid-Term Elections

All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election in even-numbered years. The number of seats in each state depends on the population of the state. House terms are for two years.

About one-third of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate are up for election in even-numbered years. Every state has two senators. Senate terms are for six years.

The Republican Party currently has the majority...

New President of Indonesia Sworn In

October 26, 2014
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New President of Indonesia Sworn In

Indonesia has the fourth largest population of any country in the world. Only China, India and the United States have more people.

Last Monday, a new Indonesian president was sworn in. His name is Joko Widodo. He is not a member of the nation’s ruling elite....

Sleep and Get Rich

October 26, 2014
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Sleep and Get Rich

Sleep. Parents crave it, but children and especially teenagers, need it.

Scientists say that a primary purpose of sleep is called “learning consolidation. This is when you sort out the lessons and information you learned while you were awake.

Children need to learn “sleep study skills”...

Plain Talk About How Ebola Spreads

October 19, 2014
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Plain Talk About How Ebola Spreads

The entire country is worried about the Ebola epidemic. There are less than a handful of cases with Ebola symptoms in the U.S. They are all in Texas. The...

Danger in Putting Your Baby to Sleep on a Sofa

October 19, 2014
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Danger in Putting Your Baby to Sleep on a Sofa

About one in eight cases of so­ called crib death happen among infants who have been put on sofas to sleep.

Research had shown that couches are hazardous for infants....

Beginners’ Guide to Baseball and the 2014 World Series

October 19, 2014
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Beginners’ Guide to Baseball and the 2014 World Series

Most Americans are born to baseball. The rest of the world has fotbol. Soccer, American football, basketball and hockey all have two things in common. They are all games...

More Fleeing Cuba to Get to America

October 12, 2014
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More Fleeing Cuba to Get to America

By land and sea, but especially by sea, a new exodus of Cubans to the United States is underway.

Economic conditions in Cuba are getting worse. Also, it is easier...

Workers Want Pay While Coming to, Leaving Work

October 12, 2014
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Workers Want Pay While Coming to, Leaving Work

Employees driving buses at big hi-tech firms are waiting long hours between shifts. They are not paid for the waiting time. Employees at other companies are waiting in lines...

Peace Between India and Pakistan – In Nobel Prizes

October 12, 2014
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Peace Between India and Pakistan – In Nobel Prizes

India and Pakistan are trading gunfire in Kashmir. There have been casualties on both sides. The situation is tense.

Peace broke out elsewhere, in Oslo, Norway. In Oslo the Nobel...

In Brief

“Rent-to-Own” – Lifeline or Another Way to Go Broke?

What do families do when they are out of credit? Payday loans come with huge interest rates. They are often used to pay off...

Seniors are Targets of Scammers

Older adults are targets for swindlers. There are good reasons. They often have sizable retirement savings. They have established credit.

Because they may not monitor...

Exercise Makes Kids Smarter

Exercise seems to do everything. A recent article showed how it beat back depression.

A new study shows it makes kids smarter.

Scientists divided 8- and...

Good Reason to Look at Your Credit Card Statement

Banks are always looking for ways to make more money. When people get new credit cards, some banks add fees without telling the customer....

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