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Archive for October, 2011

Social Security to hand out first raises since ’09

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients will get a raise in January – their first increase in benefits since 2009. Experts project the increase will be about 3.5 percent, and on Wednesday, about 55 million beneficiaries will find out for sure.

The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a measure of inflation that Congress adopted in the 1970s. Since then, it has resulted in annual increases averaging 4.2 percent.

There was no COLA in 2010 or 2011 because inflation was too low. That, however, has been small comfort to the millions of retirees and disabled people who have seen their retirement accounts dwindle and their home values drop during the economic downturn.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Study: Vaccine reduces malaria in African children

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — The quest for the world’s first malaria vaccine appears to have taken a big step.

The first results from a late-stage test in seven African countries were released Tuesday. They show the experimental shots cut the number of cases of malaria in half in young children.

The vaccine still is at least three years away. More testing must be completed to see how well it works in infants and how long protection lasts. Then the vaccine will be reviewed by government agencies in Europe and in individual African nations.

GlaxoSmithKline developed the vaccine. It targets a malaria parasite found in sub-Saharan Africa. There are no plans to market it in the United States.

The research results were released at a malaria conference in Seattle.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NC Reps. Coble, Foxx, McHenry endorse Romney

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he’s gained endorsements from three GOP House members in North Carolina, a state he says will be critical to efforts to unseat President Obama next year.

Romney says he has the support of Reps. Howard Coble, Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry. They were quoted in a Romney campaign news release Monday praising him for his economic acumen and plan to get more people working again.

North Carolina hasn’t been a well-trod state by GOP presidential candidates. The North Carolina primary is in May, when GOP voters in other states already may have settled on a nominee.

North Carolina is likely to be a battleground state in the general election since Obama won North Carolina’s electoral votes in 2008 by only 14,000 votes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Even ‘Swamp Loggers’ don’t know when show will return

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Friday nights just aren’t the same for fans of the Discovery Channel series "Swamp Loggers."It’s been more than a month since the show, in the middle of its third season, disappeared from the TV schedule, and no one seems to know exactly when it will return.

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Perdue wants Chinese students going to NC colleges

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue wants Chinese business and education leaders to consider steering more students to North Carolina colleges and universities.

Perdue’s office said the governor and state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco participated Tuesday in a forum in Beijing hosted by a Raleigh-based firm working to bring Chinese youths to study in North Carolina.

Perdue and other state officials are visiting China and Japan on a trade mission and will return home early next week.

Perdue says the forum helped the company called New Mind Education and promoted North Carolina schools. She said the students would increase campus diversity and generate out-of-state tuition. New Mind Education has recruited nearly 30 international students to attend NC State University and wants to expand to 500
students and other schools over five years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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