Maryland House, Senate Pass Fracking Bills

Legislation that limits when and how fracking could take place in Maryland passed Tuesday in both chambers of the state legislature. Senators voted 29-17 for a bill that holds drilling companies strictly liable for injuries to residents or their property, … Continue reading


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Va. Retailer Lumber Liquidators Faces Safety Inquiry

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde. Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said Wednesday the agency is taking the issue seriously … Continue reading


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Germanwings Crash Shows Need for Protections Against Suicidal Crew Members

The suspected intentional destruction of a Germanwings jet by a pilot shows the need for new protections against suicidal crew members, a threat emerging as one of the worst in modern aviation, accident investigators say. With French prosecutors saying the co-pilot apparently … Continue reading


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New FEMA Guidelines Force the Climate Change Issue

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making some waves with a new requirement that forces states to take into account the possible impact of climate change in their risk assessments before they can receive certain assistance. This requirement comes from an … Continue reading


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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.69 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for … Continue reading


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Mortgage Rates Increase Rapidly

Mortgage rates rose rapidly today, almost completely erasing the improvement following last week’s Fed Announcement.  This is especially ironic considering most major media outlets are running Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey headline.  Because that survey receives most of its … Continue reading


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Richard III reburial service held

Richard III was buried in Leicester Cathedral after several days of commemorations … Continue Reading »


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Court allows Charles letters release

The Supreme Court says letters by Prince Charles to the government can be published, after a Guardian campaign. The UK’s highest court was asked to judge whether the Attorney General’s office acted unlawfully when it prevented their publication in 2012. … Continue reading


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Downton Abbey to end after six series

Downton Abbey first opened its doors in 2010 … Continue Reading »


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PM grilled in TV election special

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants more people to have the “dignity and security of work” during the first televised set piece event of the general election campaign. The PM, facing questions from Jeremy Paxman, was asked whether … Continue reading


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Americans love big hot suburbs

The new Census population estimates are out today, and only two metros added more than 100,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014. Houston and Dallas—both in Texas. Only one metro with a population greater than 1 million people grew … Continue reading


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Steve Jobs painted as ‘ruthless’ villain in new documentary

Steve Jobs will long be remembered as one of the most brilliant businessmen in American history, but the details of his portrait remain hotly in dispute. Walter Isaacson’s 2011 authorized biography, fueled by 40 interviews with the subject, came first. … Continue reading


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