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Outbreak causes another cruise to end trip early PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 31 January 2014 06:59

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal health officials are investigating after an outbreak of illness has caused another cruise ship to ends its trip early.

The latest case is on the Caribbean Princess, owned by Princess Cruises. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1gwzfOI) reports the ship returned to port in Houston late Thursday, more than a day ahead of schedule after more than 170 passengers and crew members aboard became sick.

As with a cruise ship that returned early to New Jersey earlier this week, the suspected culprit is the highly contagious norovirus.

The Caribbean Princess left Houston last Saturday bound for the Western Caribbean with more than 4,200 people aboard. The vessel was supposed to return this Saturday.

Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas returned to New Jersey on Wednesday after nearly 700 aboard got sick.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com


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U.S. economy grew at 3.2 percent rate in Q4 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spending in three years, an encouraging sign for 2014.

The fourth-quarter increase followed a 4.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter, when the economy benefited from a buildup in business stockpiles.

For 2013 as a whole, the economy grew a tepid 1.9 percent, weaker than the 2.8 percent increase in 2012, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Growth was held back last year by higher taxes and federal spending cuts.

With that drag diminished, many economists think growth could top 3 percent in 2014. That would be the best performance since the recession ended in mid-2009.

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Pacifiers recalled over risk that baby could choke PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:47

Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers because of the risk that a baby using one could choke.

Young children should stop using the pacifiers immediately, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. No injuries have been reported.

The CPSC said three different pacifiers are involved in the recall. The Chill Baby Artiste Pacifier has an attached plastic mustache and beard, which can break off. The Chill Baby Volume Control Pacifier has a volume knob that can detach and its ventilation holes are smaller than federal regulators require. The Chill Baby Panic Button Pacifier also has ventilation holes that are too small.

About 183,000 pacifiers are being recalled in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada. The pacifiers were sold in department stores, toy stores, hospital and museum gift shops, and other retailers from last April through December, the CPSC said.

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Obama hopes myRA will be first step on retirement PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even proponents of President Barack Obama's new retirement savings program readily concede it won't be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won't be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest.

Yet the Obama administration is hoping that the savings program — dubbed "myRA," for "my IRA" — will serve as a call to action, spurring Congress to take more sweeping steps to shore up retirement security as company pensions become a thing of the past. Given a presidential boost, like-minded lawmakers are already pushing new legislation to vastly expand the number of Americans who put away cash for retirement.

"This is a small first step," said Nancy LeaMond, AARP's executive vice president. "We think it is starting to generate a debate. Our hope is there can be action."

Aiming to help the roughly half of Americans with no retirement plan at work, Obama announced in his State of the Union speech Tuesday that the Treasury would create new "starter" savings accounts. The program is geared toward low- and middle-income Americans who lack the upfront investment that many commercial IRAs require. Starting with as little as $25, savers could invest a little each month in Treasury bonds and then convert the accounts into traditional IRAs once the savings grow.

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