August 6, 2011 |
Despite near-record-low mortgage rates and the cheapest housing prices in eight years, home lending has slipped this year to the lowest level since 1997. The laggard loan market can be explained in part by the slow economy, numerous foreclosures and the proliferation of "underwater" loans, those that exceed the value of the properties they secure. But other factors are compounding the problem, including so-called refi burnout — how many times, after all, can one refinance a home?
June 23, 2011 |
Same rules, yes. Even playing field? Not so much. Just because National and American league teams either both use a designated hitter or let their pitchers hit in interleague play doesn't mean that they are on equal footing. NL teams who play in AL parks often must contend with a feared designated hitter such as David Ortiz or Vladimir Guerrero. The challenge isn't always so daunting for the AL teams in those contests. They largely face DHs drawn from utility players and journeymen who otherwise wouldn't crack the lineup.
June 15, 2011 |
Women in large swaths of the U.S. are dying younger than they were a generation ago, reversing nearly a century of progress in public health and underscoring the rising toll of smoking and record obesity. Nationwide, life expectancy for American men and women has risen over the last two decades, and some U.S. communities still boast life expectancies as long as any in the world, according to newly released data. But over the last decade, the nation has experienced a widening gap between the most and least healthy places to live.
January 7, 2011 |
Treasury official Gene Sperling, expected to be named as President Obama's top economic aide, has two important qualifications that experts said probably helped him secure the job: He's done it before and he's dealt with a hostile Congress. Sperling, 52, held the same White House position ? director of the National Economic Council ? from 1997 through 2000 under President Clinton. He was a key negotiator with the Republican-controlled Congress then over economic issues, such as preventing cuts to the earned-income tax credit for low-wage families.
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December 26, 2010 |
In 1992, Debi Austin had a laryngectomy after she was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. Austin had smoked her first cigarette at 13 and, even after surgery, remained a two- to three-pack-a-day smoker. The image of her smoking through the hole in her throat in a 1997 state-sponsored anti-smoking ad has remained indelible. In the ad she said: "They say nicotine isn't addictive. " She took a puff and asked: "How can they say that?" Austin, of Canoga Park, finally quit smoking months after the ad aired.
December 23, 2010
Facing the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997, the New Jersey Devils fired rookie coach John MacLean on Thursday and brought back the firm hand of Jacques Lemaire to try to salvage the season. The Devils have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NHL this season. New Jersey has the fewest points in the league with 20 in 33 games (9-23-2) and is last in the NHL in goals with 60 goals. The 65-year-old Lemaire received a loud ovation from the crowd at the Prudential Center when he introduced before Thursday night's game against the Islanders.
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November 5, 2010 |
Both diabetes and obesity have increased across Los Angeles County in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the county's Department of Public Health and the American Diabetes Assn. of Los Angeles. The age-adjusted adult diabetes rate increased from 6.6% to 9.1% between 1997 and 2007, according to the new report, "Trends in Diabetes: A Reversible Public Health Crisis. " Of the 650,000 people with diabetes in 2007, the most recent year available, about 90% of those with diabetes in 2007 had Type 2, primarily caused by obesity, according to the report.
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October 11, 2010 |
Hwang Jang-yop, the highest-ranking North Korean official to defect from the isolationist regime, was found dead from a suspected heart attack here Sunday ? his death from apparent natural causes coming after numerous assassination attempts by Pyongyang, officials here said. He was 87. For more than a decade after his defection in 1997, Hwang was North Korea's public enemy No. 1, repeatedly referred to as "human scum" in the regime's state-controlled media. Hwang, a former senior member of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party who taught ideology to leader Kim Jong Il, was known as the chief architect of North Korea's guiding "juche" philosophy of self-reliance.
October 7, 2010 |
Private businesses owned by women have grown in number and hired more workers than male-owned businesses, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The report also found such firms lag behind male-owned businesses in financial capital, revenue and salaries. The number of companies owned by women grew by 44% to 7.8 million from 1997 to 2007, compared with a 22% increase in firms owned by men, the Commerce Department report found. Male-owned firms in 2007 totaled 13.9 million. The Commerce Department also found women in business added 500,000 workers to their payrolls while firms owned by men shed almost 2 million jobs during the period.
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October 5, 2010 |
Hundreds of prosecutors in California ? including many in Los Angeles County ? have committed misconduct with near impunity as authorities failed to either report or discipline them, according to a report released Monday. The misconduct ranged from asking witnesses improper questions during trial to failing to turn over evidence that could help a defendant and presenting false evidence in court, according to the report, which was issued by an innocence project at the Santa Clara University School of Law. The researchers discovered 707 cases in which state and federal courts and appellate courts found prosecutorial misconduct in opinions issued between 1997 and 2009.