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Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US
Technology
Published in 18-7-2015
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BOSTON (AP) With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on the kindness and curiosity of strangers. Ideally, the creators hope, drivers won't leave the bot along busy ...>>
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Google shareholders revel in record 1-day windfall of $65.1B
Technology
Published in 18-7-2015
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects. The words placated investors who had become increasingly frustrated with Google's penchant for spending on projects that had little or nothing to do with its man ...>>
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Endangered dragonflies, raised in captivity, being released
Technology
Published in 18-7-2015
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Federally endangered dragonflies that have been raised in a laboratory over the past several years are being released at a forest preserve this week in Illinois, where scientists believe they'll be a good match with the small population still there. Female dragonflies lay eggs by dropping the tip of their body into shallow water. The eggs for this project were collec ...>>
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Tsunami threat canceled after mag 6.9 quake in South Pacific
Technology
Published in 18-7-2015
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A magnitude 8 quake near Lata in February 2013 generated a tsunami up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) high that damaged dozens of homes and left several people dead on the western side of the Santa Cruz. More than 50 people were killed and thousands lost their homes in April 2007, when a magnitude-8.1 quake hit the western Solomon Islands, sending waves crashing into coastal villages.
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The disappearing multitrillion-dollar security blanket
Business
Published in 18-7-2015
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According to last year's Social Security trustees report, the program's trust fund would end 2014 with a stunning balance of $2.784 trillion. Since 2010, Social Security has spent more on benefits than it collects in taxes. The remaining money needed is treated as a reduction in the interest income earned by the trust. [...] what happens when Social Security spending exceeds all progr ...>>
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The Motley Fool: What other stock indexes are there?
Business
Published in 18-7-2015
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The Dow Jones industrial average ("the Dow") is the most famous one, containing 30 American titans, such as Boeing, Disney, General Electric, Coca-Cola, Nike, Visa and Wal-Mart. Other major indexes include the Russell 3000 Index, encompassing roughly 3,000 of the largest U.S. companies based on market capitalization (current share price multiplied by number of shares outstanding). Micron, recent ...>>
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Houston's most high-profile divorces
Business
Published in 18-7-2015
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Houston has seen its share of high-dollar and high-profile divorces. That grabbed the attention of BBL Churchill Divorce Finance, a specialty lender that provides high-interest loans to cover legal fees, divorce experts and even interim living expenses.

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Which airlines make the most from add-on fees
Business
Published in 18-7-2015
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The cost to fly could remain sky high despite a tumble in oil prices, thanks in part to steadily rising fees and a la carte services that airlines offer passengers on top of their ticket charges, according to a recent report that showed a double-digit increase in these ancillary revenues.

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Houston's unemployment rate edges up in June
Business
Published in 18-7-2015
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The rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, typically rises in June as students and school employees flood the labor market looking for jobs. The statewide unemployment rate, however, is adjusted for those typical seasonal fluctuations.
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Houston jobless rate dips in March
Economy
Published in 18-7-2015
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The local unemployment rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as holidays and school schedules that affect hiring and firing patterns. Of the 11 major sectors, seven reported job losses including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas exploration and production, professional and business services and trade transportation and utilities.
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Houston jobless rate dips to 4 percent
Economy
Published in 18-7-2015
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The Houston-area unemployment rate dipped to 4 percent in April, down from 4.2 percent in March, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as major holidays and school schedules, which typically affect hiring and firing patterns. The statewide rate, which is adjusted for those seasonal factors, remained steady at 4.2 percent, the commi ...>>
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Local jobless rate edges up
Economy
Published in 18-7-2015
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The rate is likely to rise again in June as high school students swell the job rolls and school employees look for summer time work. The local unemployment figures are not adjusted for seasonal variations such as school holidays which can cause wide swings in the data.
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United chooses Denver, not Houston, for pilot training
Economy
Published in 18-7-2015
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United announced Wednesday that it chose Denver over Chicago and Houston for its training operations.

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Houston's unemployment rate edges up in June
Economy
Published in 18-7-2015
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The rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, typically rises in June as students and school employees flood the labor market looking for jobs. The statewide unemployment rate, however, is adjusted for those typical seasonal fluctuations.
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Chris Carter exits series opener with ankle sprain
Sports
Published in 18-7-2015
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Astros first baseman Chris Carter was pulled from Friday night’s series opener against the Rangers with a right ankle sprain. Carter turned his ankle on the bottom of the second inning when he was pulled off the bag by Jose Altuve’s throw on Elvis Andrus’ leadoff single at Minute Maid Park. “I’m trying not to go on the (disabled list),” Carter said. “We’ll see how it feels when I g ...>>
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