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Economy just muddling along
February 28, 2014, 6:20 pm
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By Annalyn Kurtz

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The economy merely muddled along at the end of the year, but economists call it “impressive” given the government shutdown wreaked havoc in October.

Overall, economic growth was not quite as strong at the end of 2013 as originally thought, according to revised data released by the Commerce Department on Friday.

Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic activity — grew at a 2.4% annual pace in the fourth quarter, revised down from 3.2% originally reported last month.

The number fell short of economists’ expectations and is disappointing after faster 4.1% growth in the prior quarter.

A decline in federal spending was the largest drag on growth, subtracting a full percentage point from GDP. (If government spending had merely remained the same, the economy would have grown at a 3.4% pace.)

Given that drag, overall economic growth is “still impressive,” Paul…

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Have you ever wondered what it looks lik
February 22, 2014, 12:20 am
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Have you ever wondered what it looks like to burst a pipe with another pipe? http://youtu.be/HX5beh0ubGY

Common Sense and Other Misnomers
February 21, 2014, 12:48 pm
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Waking of the Bear

There seem to be a lot of words and phrases that we use every day that make no sense. For instance the phrase “Common Sense.” There is nothing common about it. In fact, good sense seems to be fairly rare. One might even say it is uncommon. Some people with whom I come in contact, either personally or through some electronic source, exhibit a total lack of sense. Some of the things they say or do are totally senseless.

Here’s another one – “Customer Service.” When is the last time you called or e-mailed a customer service person and felt like you were actually receiving service? Most of the time I feel like the person is pissed off, because I have the audacity to question the events, or lack thereof, that have led to my contacting them. Or maybe they just feel that way because they really don’t enjoy helping…

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Whiteout, then blackouts as frigid Northeast digs out of snowstorm
February 7, 2014, 4:54 pm
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By Faith Karimi and Margaret Conley

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — First came the whiteouts, then the blackouts.

Utility companies scrambled Friday to restore power to the Northeast as hundreds of thousands shivered.

A powerful snowstorm had moved Wednesday from the Midwest, arriving Thursday in the Northeast. It whacked a string of states along the way, dumping 13 inches of snow on Kansas, more than 10 inches on parts of Massachusetts and 4 inches on New York.

In some areas, ice snapped tree limbs and downed power lines, causing massive blackouts.

In Philadelphia alone, electric provider PECO said early Friday that 319,000 homes and businesses were without power. In Pennsylvania’s Chester County, some traffic lights were powered by portable generators, CNN affiliate KFW reported.

The vast majority of those who lost their power should see it restored Friday, though some may have to wait until Sunday, company spokeswoman Debbie Yemenijian said.


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