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Today's News

  • Coverage may lack key elements

    Keeping home and automobile insurance policies up to date couldn’t be more important .
    You might not have the coverage you think you have. Your insurance policy may have changed and you might not be aware of the changes.  Prices of items in the home as well as the home value might also have changed.  
    Let me introduce the concept of endorsements, which are defined as: a clause in an insurance policy detailing an exemption from or change in coverage.   Endorsements are often part of the state law.

  • Stocks plunge on economic news, slumping oil price

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weak economic news from China, the U.S. and Spain combined with a slump in oil companies sent stocks sharply lower Thursday.

    Investors were jarred when China reported a surprise trade deficit in February. China's exports fell as businesses closed for the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday, but imports of higher-priced oil and other goods jumped, widening the country's deficit to $7.3 billion.

  • Pope's new book: Violence never in God's name

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI rejects the idea of Jesus as a political revolutionary and insists that violent revolution must never be carried out in God's name in a new book being released Thursday amid great fanfare at the start of Lent.

  • Gadhafi showers strategic oil port with rockets

    RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) — Government forces drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with a withering rain of rockets and tank shells on Thursday, significantly expanding Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya as Western nations struggled to find a way to stop him.

  • 14 indicted in pirate attack on American yacht

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

    Department spokesman Peter Carr said the men face piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges.

    The suspected pirates are expected to make an initial court appearance Thursday in Norfolk, which last year became home to the first successful piracy prosecution in nearly 200 years.

  • More people sought unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week. But the rise comes after applications hit their lowest level in nearly three years, and economists expect further declines as the economy improves.

    Applications increased by 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000 during the week ended March 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The latest report covers the week after the Presidents' Day holiday, when many government offices were closed. Applications usually rise in weeks following holiday-shortened weeks.

  • More people sought unemployment aid last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week. But the rise comes after applications hit their lowest level in nearly three years, and economists expect further declines as the economy improves.

    Applications rose by 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 397,000 during the week ended March 5, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    The latest report covers the week after the Presidents' Day holiday, when many government offices were closed. Applications usually rise in weeks following holiday-shortened weeks.

  • Back to the bargaining table for Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one.

    The balance is particularly delicate for senators up for re-election next year. Some, mostly Democrats, bucked their parties in a pair of votes Wednesday that sank a slashing budget proposal passed by the House and killed a less onerous Senate alternative.

  • Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least two dozen protesters spent the night just outside the Wisconsin state Assembly chamber in anticipation of a late Thursday morning vote on explosive union rights legislation that passed the Senate after Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.

  • Governor vows to keep up immigrant license fight

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vows to keep applying political pressure to the Democratic-controlled Legislature to end New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.