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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

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New Drugs on Deck to Treat Staph, Pneumonia and More

A slew of new drugs promise to tackle ailments that resist today's medicine:

A cure for staph-related skin infections, from Cubist Pharmaceuticals. It's on track for approval as soon as early 2014. The firm is also working on a drug for complicated abdominal and urinary tract infections, with approval a few years off.

Two new treatments for hepatitis C. Look for the first, from Gilead Sciences, to get the go-ahead from regulators in 2014. The second...being developed by AbbVie and Enanta Pharmaceuticals...is being expedited for approval as early as 2015.

Also expect a breakthrough heart failure treatment next year from Novartis.

And a major pneumonia drug, in late-stage tests at Cempra Pharmaceuticals.

Software to Take Over Advertising Sales Jobs

Automated online ad buying promises to cut costs for both publishers and advertisers in coming years. Now less than 20% of digital ad buying, it's likely to grow swiftly as the quality and quantity of available data skyrocket. Computers will accurately and automatically assess the value of ads to be placed on websites, determining optimum distribution and minimizing costs for advertisers. Meanwhile, publishers will need fewer sales reps, reserving them for sales of premium spots.

In time, such programmed buying will spread to other media, especially TV.

Comparing Prices Online? The Store Would Like to Know

Some retailers are dabbling in high-tech eavesdropping on their customers, tracking their movements and smart phone browsing on store premises. The idea is for merchants to get shoppers' OKs to track and communicate with them through in-store Wi-Fi so stores can send customers personalized deals on products that they linger near. Retailers will also know when a shopper opens a browser to price check an item at a competing store, allowing them to match or beat the price. Best Buy and Walmart are among the first retailers to begin testing the concept. The jury is still out on whether shoppers will embrace the idea or just find it creepy.

Where Domestic Commercial Drones Will Be Deployed

Once the government OKs commercial drone use in the U.S. (and it will), business applications of drones will take off. In a variety of industries, burgeoning use of lightweight, unmanned aircraft will pack a big economic wallop, creating thousands of jobs for drone operators, data analysts, mechanics and others.

Among the early adopters: Farmers. They'll use camera-equipped drones to scan vast tracts of crops for early signs of pests, squashing infestations early.

Emergency responders . Look for drones to be deployed after tornadoes to search large areas for victims and after oil spills to detect which way oil is flowing.

Engineers. Drones will check bridges, pipelines and other infrastructure for wear, helping to replace time-consuming and dangerous in-person inspections.

And surveyors . Aerial mapping will be quicker and cheaper with drones.

The use of drones in civilian airspace will come with several restrictions, stemming from the Federal Aviation Administration's concerns about them interfering with existing aircraft. When the regulatory go-ahead is given...likely in 2015 or so... expect limits on how many drones are allowed to fly in certain areas, the altitude at which they can fly, the time of day they can operate plus privacy restrictions. Moreover, they'll have to be FAA approved and flown by licensed pilots. Odds are that drones weighing 55 pounds or less won't be as regulated as heavier ones.

Among manufacturers poised to benefit. are drone makers AeroVironment, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin and CyPhy Works.

Obamacare Fallout: Higher Rates on Renewed Plans

Some folks who choose to renew canceled health coverage will get a jolt: Rate hikes of up to 15%. Expect some insurers to take the opportunity afforded by President Obama's move to allow renewals of policies that fall short of new federal standards to recoup other costs engendered by the 2010 health law. Other policyholders will discover that they can't reopen the policies they had this year even if they want to. It's up to the insurance firms and state regulators to decide whether to let policyholders re-up, though the president is allowing such a move.

As many as 4 million people may opt to keep their old plans for another year. About half of the 12.7 million Americans who buy insurance on their own have plans that don't meet the minimum coverage requirements of the new health insurance law.

Wary Small Firms Won't Be Hiring Much

Continued uncertainty will keep small businesses from adding many jobs over the next six months, putting a damper on chances for robust economic growth. Three-fourths of firms with up to 500 workers have no short-term plans to expand. The recent uptick in mortgage rates is holding back some construction companies, while other smalls fret about uncertain prospects for sales growth, spending cuts from Washington and state capitals, and chances of another government shutdown. The just-ended shutdown helped drive down consumer sentiment to a two-year low.

But smalls in some regions will step up hiring, especially manufacturing... urban centers in parts of the Midwest (but not Detroit), eastern Fla. and the Southeast.

Candidates to Lean Heavily on Twitter in 2014

Twitter figures to be a big winner in the 2014 midterm elections. Ad spending on the social media network will be heavy, as candidates target news-hungry voters with messages tailored to different users' interests, ages and other individual qualities. Plus Twitter lets campaigns respond to news or criticisms faster than any other media. The surge in ads on the site will cause some grumbles, but most users will tolerate it.

The rise of tweeting also spells big profit opportunities for cable companies, which are increasingly partnering with Twitter to build up their audience. The goal: Reach new viewers on mobile devices by tweeting short clips of their programming. Twitter's reams of user data let broadcasters hit the right folks with the right show and better engage with the 19 million users who already tweet about what they watch.

Social media improves TV shows, too. Instant feedback from many viewers will clue producers in to what audiences do and don't like. They'll adjust accordingly.


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Fed to Keep Stimulus Going Well into 2014

Good odds that the Federal Reserve will dial back stimulus later, not sooner. The retreat from its massive bond buying program had been expected to begin as early as the end of this year. But it's likely to be put off well into 2014, based on Fed Chairman-to-be Janet Yellen's interpretation of the underlying data. Despite recent improvement in job creation numbers, Yellen sees the job market as underperforming and inflation as staying stable. Those are some broad hints that the Fed will stay the course and keep buying $85 billion in bonds each month.

Next to no chance, though, of the central bank raising short-term rates soon. No matter when the weaning begins, no official hike is likely until sometime in 2015.

States Promoting Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

Note a push by states to rev up demand for alternative fuel vehicles. California and seven other states want 3.3 million electric or hydrogen-fueled cars and trucks on their roads by 2025, and they're rolling out plans to make that happen. Calif. would have the bulk, followed by Conn., Md., Mass., N.Y., Ore., R.I. and Vt.

Expect stepped-up tax credits for buyers who take the plunge, on top of aid from Uncle Sam for folks who purchase electric, fuel cell or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

An infrastructure build-out is also in the works. Calif. will spend $20 million per year on 100 hydrogen refueling stations. It also anticipates 2,500 new stations to quickly recharge electric cars. The other seven states are considering similar moves.

Federal Funds Going to Recreational Boating Facilities

Congress will pass and Obama will sign a bill benefiting boating enthusiasts and tourism-oriented businesses along many of the nation's smaller harbors. The measure directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend more of its resources on expanding "emerging harbors," which handle less than 1 million tons of cargo a year and are also typically home to popular marinas and many water recreation activities.

Among harbors in line for dredging and expansion: Port Orford, Ore.; Monterey, Calif.; Tiverton, R.I.; Wells, Maine; Manistee, Mich.; and Hickman, Ky.

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