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My Husband Is Not My Soul Mate
(Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Babble.com . It has been reprinted here with permission. Disney is the parent company of both Babble and ABC News.) Looking deep into my eyes, some time after our seventh wedding anniversary, my husband took my hands into his -- calloused and
Tricked-Out College Campuses, From Water Parks to Luxury Dorms
With competition for tuition money ramping up, colleges are looking for ways to set themselves apart and some have turned to investing in unimaginable campus experiences, from water parks to luxurious residence halls. In the economic report, “College as a Country Club,” published last year by the
U.S. Mortgage Rate at 2-Year High
The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 4.51 percent, a two-year high, on the possibility that the Federal Reserve would reduce future bond purchases, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.51 percent for the week ending July 11, up from last
Oil Prices Rise, Again, Now $107 a Barrel
Morning Business Memo: Oil prices continue to rise, prompting fears of higher gas prices. West Texas crude futures rose to nearly $107 this morning after a sharp weekly drop in U.S. crude inventories underlined rising demand. Tensions over Egypt are also behind the recent price...
Rubio Aide: Some American Workers 'Can't Cut It' -- True or False?
American workers "can't cut it." That's what an unnamed aide to Sen. Marco Rubio told the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza , explaining the Florida Republican's desire to bring more immigrant workers into the U.S. economy. For obvious reasons, the quote has already ruffled the feathers of many participants
'Redshirting' in Kindergarten Still Subject to Debate
More parents are putting off a child's kindergarten entry so he or she will be a little older than the classmates. It's a phenomenon known as redshirting. "The reasons parents choose to redshirt their child vary, depending on the child's emotional, social and academic readiness to join school,"
2012 Presidential Election: A Look Back at Where the Economy Was Four Years Ago
The last presidential election may seem as if it was just yesterday to many Americans, but it is a world away economically from the 2012 Presidential Election . In 2008 the economy was in a tailspin. Today, most economists say it is making a slow recovery -- too slow, the Obama and Romney campaigns
Popular Kids Paid More As Adults, Study Finds
Nerd or Homecoming King: Which one will make more money as an adult? In earning power, kings rule. That's the conclusion of four scholars writing under the aegis of National Bureau of Economic Research (the entity that decides, officially, when recessions start and end). Their paper, 'Popularity.'
The Walmart Effect on Home Prices: Economists Say Home Prices Have Increased Near Stores
Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, has been accused of skimping on workers' wages, but critics now may have a hard time arguing the presence of the giant retailer negatively affects housing prices. An economics research paper from the University of Chicago and Brigham Young University
Health Headlines: Eating Speed, Depression and Exercise
Does Eating Faster Increase Obesity Risk? A Reuters story reported on a New Zealand study which suggested middle-aged women who scarfed down their meals tended to be heavier. ABC News talked to diet experts Keith Ayoob from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Connie...