MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.
The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations came with the release of American Alan Gross and an unnamed US intelligence agent, and the freeing of three jailed Cuban agents. The longtime enemies announced they would move toward full diplomatic relations, and Washington said it would ease economic and travel restrictions.
24. Haslam names Lipscomb's McQueen new education commissioner - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday named a top education official at Lipscomb University to be the next Education Department commissioner.
The Republican governor announced Wednesday that Candice McQueen will replace Kevin Huffman, who was heavily criticized during an overhaul of the state's education system. He announced last month that he was leaving for the private sector.25. Obama: time to boost travel, commerce with Cuba - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his changes to U.S. policy with Cuba will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, and to use their credit and debit cards in the country.
Obama also says that more resources should be able to reach the Cuban people, so he's significantly increasing the amount of money that people in the U.S. can send to them.26. US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.27. Fed promises 'patient' approach to rate hikes - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows because of a strengthening U.S. economy and job market. But it is promising to be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.28. Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know — or even think about — how many calories they are imbibing.
29. Stocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil - Friday, December 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year.
Stocks rose from the open on Wednesday, led by gains for the energy sector, as oil prices showed signs of stabilizing after their big slump in recent months. The market's gains were extended after Fed policymakers released a statement following the end of its most recent policy meeting.
30. FedEx misses Street 2Q forecasts, but profit jumps 23 pct - Friday, December 12, 2014
FedEx's second-quarter earnings soared 23 percent, but the package delivery company missed Wall Street forecasts due partially to a lower-than-expected benefit from falling fuel prices.
FedEx also said Wednesday that a jump in plane maintenance blunted gains the company reaped from managing costs, lowering its pension expense and growing its export package revenue.
31. Apple wins class-action iPod lawsuit - Friday, December 12, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.32. Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.33. New Tennessee AG opposes Supreme Court gay marriage hearing - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let a ruling stand that upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
The November decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked a rare victory for gay marriage opponents. But because it conflicts with decisions in other circuits, legal observers believe it could push the Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage, possibly as soon as this spring.34. US home construction drops 1.6 percent in November - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.
Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million homes and apartments last month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That was a decline of 1.6 percent from October when construction activity had posted a 1.7 percent gain.
35. Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.36. Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.37. An early rally fizzles, leaving US indexes lower - Friday, December 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday.
Major indexes opened lower as falling oil prices and a plunge in the Russian ruble weighed on markets. Less than an hour later, crude oil recovered and oil and gas producers surged, driving the Dow Jones industrial average up as much as 246 points in the morning.
38. Why oil is down by half, what it means for you - Friday, December 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.39. Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.
In a statement it will issue after a policy meeting ends Wednesday, the Fed may no longer say it plans to keep a key interest rate near zero for a "considerable time." If so, the Fed would be signaling that it's moving closer to raising rates — eventually.40. Response to Gov. Haslam's proposed Medicaid deal - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Reaction to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee:
"When a state has an opportunity to take power away from the federal government and institute real conservative reform, that is an opportunity that must be taken seriously. Governor Haslam has negotiated a deal which returns tax dollars back to Tennessee while using conservative principles to bring health insurance to more Tennesseans." - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.41. US homebuilder sentiment slips in December - Friday, December 12, 2014
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped this month to 57, down one point from 58 in November.
42. Factory output eclipses pre-recession high - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.
The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.
43. Identity theft victims face months of hassle - Friday, December 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.44. Google researching use of color in business - Friday, December 12, 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.
Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person's work area," which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.45. UAW rival eyes membership at VW plant - Friday, December 12, 2014
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A labor group seeking to rival the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee says it won't submit its list of members to the management until next month.
Supporters of the American Council of Employees told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1A8PcA2) for Sunday's editions that they want a voice under the new labor policy Volkswagen announced in November that requires a minimum of 15 percent of workers to qualify for regular meetings with management and access to plant meeting space.46. Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities - Friday, December 12, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday.
The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years.
47. Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.
The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.48. Poll: Half of Republicans back limits on carbon - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.49. Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle between the Senate's old school veterans and new-breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and liberal Elizabeth Warren is taking shape Friday as leaders push for passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to keep the government running.50. Ramsey: Medicaid expansion 'sellable' in Tennessee - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE(AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.51. White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.52. Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board says employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.
The ruling could give unions a powerful organizing weapon.53. Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis.
The dispute occurred after Republicans inserted into the bill a provision to relax the regulation of investments known as derivatives. Democrats, led by their House leader, Nancy Pelosi, have demanded that the provision be removed. They argue that it would let big banks gamble with depositors' federally insured money and could make it likelier that banks, if undone by their risky bets, would need another taxpayer bailout.54. Obama promotes trade, tax fix, innovation - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.
At the same time, the president acknowledged to executives on his advisory export council that a tough sales job will be necessary on a commerce issue certain to put him at odds with fellow Democrats during the last two years of his presidency.55. Dow drops more than 300 as oil continues to plunge - Friday, December 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — What a difference a week makes. Seven days after closing at record levels on the back of a strong employment report, the stock market slumped to its worst weekly loss in two and a half years.56. Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tennessee - Friday, December 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — All of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies would have to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling, under legislation introduced in the General Assembly.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.57. Teen retailers get the cold shoulder for holidays - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.
Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season.
The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly sales drop and slashed its annual profit forecast. And American Eagle and Aeropostale gave dismal forecasts for the quarter that includes the holiday shopping season after each posted weak sales for the fall.58. Retail sales report boosts US stock market - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — An encouraging report on U.S. consumer spending pushed stocks sharply higher Thursday. The energy sector rose after crude oil prices stabilized.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 214 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,747 as of 12:09 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 28 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,054 and the Nasdaq composite rose 73 points, or 1.6 percent, to 4,757.
59. Spending bill teeters amid Democratic discontent - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like.60. Survey shows Internet's broadening political role - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign.
More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday by the University of Southern California.61. Higher ed officials told to find other funding sources - Friday, December 05, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) - Faced with flat revenue projections, higher education officials will have to find ways to cover costs at their institutions because the state won't be able to help them anytime soon, a top economist said Wednesday.62. ‘Mr. Charlie’ makes welcome visit to Bonas - Friday, December 12, 2014
I’m hoping all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did. I’m always thankful that our families can still get together and visit for extended times. Work, school, and the stress of the day-to-day stuff goes away for a while, and we just enjoy each other. That’s something to be thankful for.63. Debonair detective good role model for new year - Friday, December 12, 2014
My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.
“Foyle’s War” is a British detective series created by Anthony Horowitz. As World War II rages, Inspector Christopher Foyle (played by Michael Kitchen) investigates crimes from his headquarters in Hastings, England. He never raises his voice. He’s never puzzled by an inconsistency. Obvious lies from the devious don’t faze him one bit.64. Don’t stop your job search during the holidays - Friday, December 12, 2014
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work over the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, our priorities shift.
We decide companies aren’t hiring anyway, and we move on to other things.65. US riding high compared to other economies - Friday, December 12, 2014
The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses and low demand.
Meanwhile, the U.S. keeps posting surprisingly strong economic numbers.66. 8 social media missteps to avoid - Friday, December 12, 2014
Social media can be an effective marketing channel, and the cost to entry – the hard cost, that is – is relatively low.
Consider, though, your annual salary multiplied by the number of hours you and your team spend on social media each year, and you will no doubt want to ensure that you are getting the most out of that significant time investment by avoiding these common missteps.67. Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.
A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.68. Old friends conspire to get Tennessee a better bowl - Friday, December 12, 2014
KNOXVILLE – For all the tough times University of Tennessee football has endured in recent years, a turn for the better was bound to happen.
It certainly did early this week.
UT’s invitation to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville – now called the TaxSlayer Bowl – was a stunning coup for a 6-6 team that seemed destined for anything but a January bowl on the beach.69. Titans’ on-, off-field decisions defy imagination - Friday, December 12, 2014
When the Tennessee Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt in January, it brought a breath of fresh air to an organization that sorely needed a change.
But it hasn’t taken long for that breath of fresh air to quickly become stale and toxic.70. Was lesson taught by the father or the son? - Friday, December 12, 2014
All industries are loaded with personalities and characters and residential real estate is no exception. One of the most exciting is a mortgage loan officer known as Marty Maitland who is a twenty-something year veteran of the lending industry and a Nashville native who is currently working with BancorpSouth in Brentwood.71. Ernest Tubb Record Shop: Where the stars really shop on Lower Broadway - Friday, December 12, 2014
When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.72. Beautiful day for neighborhood mapmakers - Friday, December 12, 2014
Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.
But for students of history, as well as those with a keen interest in the neighborhoods and boundaries within cities, the paper map is an irreplaceable document.73. Goat milk and smart marketing - Friday, December 12, 2014
Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.
Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.74. Government: Gas to average $2.60 next year - Friday, December 05, 2014
The Energy Department again slashed its prediction for next year's average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon. That would be 23 percent below this year's projected average and the lowest full-year average since 2009.75. Haslam questions UAW process at Volkswagen - Friday, December 05, 2014
FRANKLIN (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.76. Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.77. Fed proposing big US banks boost capital cushions - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses.
The proposed requirements are aimed at lessening the chances of future taxpayer bailouts of troubled banks, while also encouraging the behemoths to shrink so they pose less of a risk to the financial system.78. Time runs short for $1.1 trillion spending bill - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Republicans and Democrats reached for elusive agreement Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year.79. Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.80. US job openings rise, hiring remains healthy - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available U.S. jobs rose in October to the second-highest level in 14 years, and companies kept hiring at a healthy pace, adding to evidence of an improving economy.81. Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.82. More Americans to buy homes with 3 percent down - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.83. Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama - Friday, December 05, 2014
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.84. E-cigarette tech takes off as regulation looms - Friday, December 05, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.85. Notre Dame to face No. 22 LSU in Music City - Friday, December 05, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) — Notre Dame will try to end its late-season slide when it faces No. 22 LSU on Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl.
Notre Dame (7-5) looked like a College Football Playoff contender earlier this year when it won its first six games. But it closed the regular season on a four-game skid as injuries decimated its defense.86. US trade deficit drops as oil imports hit 5-year low - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.
The deficit edged down 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion, a drop from a revised $43.6 billion in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
87. Job gains put US on pace for best growth since '99 - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.
The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs — the most in nearly three years — put further distance between a strengthening American economy and struggling nations throughout the developed world. The job market still isn't yet fully healthy. But its steady improvement raises the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates from record lows by mid-2015.
88. Apple says plaintiffs' iPods not covered by suit - Friday, December 05, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.
Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is over Apple's use of restrictive software that kept iPods from playing digital music sold by competitors to its iTunes store.
89. US hiring was likely solid for 10th straight month - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are thought to have hired at another robust pace in November in the latest sign that the United States is outshining struggling economies throughout the developed world.90. Uber raises $1.2 billion, valued at $40 billion - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite recent bad publicity over privacy violations and other problems, the ride-hailing app Uber has raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, valuing the company at $40 billion.91. Four retailers in need of holiday cheer - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.
But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.92. Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.93. Government terrorism insurance program faces lapse - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress races to its lame-duck finish, time is running out on a government program that provides a backstop to private-sector insurance against terrorist attacks.
The program was enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks and has been renewed twice. The market for insurance covering terrorist attacks — which is crucial for economic sectors such as real estate, hospitality and major sports leagues — dried up after the 2001 attacks.94. Senators to NFL: Drop 'blackout' rule or we might - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties warned the National Football League Thursday to get rid of a 4-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together.95. Stocks rise after hiring surge; Dow misses 18,000 - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A strong jobs report boosted U.S. and European stocks Friday, and leaving the Dow Jones industrial average just short of the 18,000 mark.
The main focus in the markets was the monthly hiring numbers. The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs last month, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years, while the unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 percent.
96. Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.89 percent - Friday, November 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, a continuing boon for potential homebuyers.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage declined to 3.89 percent this week from 3.97 percent last week. It is now at its lowest level since May 2013.97. From Blibber-Blubber to Black Bottom - Friday, December 05, 2014
Nov. 28 was a highly celebrated day in my life. No, it wasn’t my birthday, or my anniversary, although those are important. (Well, not the birthday one, unless for some reason I start getting younger.)98. Search for the positive in your workplace situation - Friday, December 05, 2014
Thanksgiving week has come and gone. Let’s hope you took some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for at work.
Many people are searching for a different job. Maybe you don’t like your boss. Or, possibly your company has no room for growth.99. 10 useless PR tactics to avoid in 2015 - Friday, December 05, 2014
The explosion of the Internet and the ensuing 24/7 news cycle, combined with a significant reduction in reporting staff at most media outlets over the past decade, has created a perfect storm driving a significant shift in public relations tactics that are effective and worth your time.100. Common sense advice for protecting your credit - Friday, December 05, 2014
Your credit card was declined. Such an annoyance. You paid your bill, the expiration date was right, your signature was on the back and it should’ve worked.
Eventually it did, much to your relief, but that made you think. Is your credit report, your privacy, your identity safe from criminals? Find out if it is - and what you can do to keep it safe - by reading “Identity Theft Alert” by Steve Weisman.