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WASHINGTON – House Republicans, increasingly isolated from even some of their strongest supporters more than a week into a government shutdown, began Wednesday to consider a path out of their fiscal dead end that would raise the debt ceiling for a few weeks as they press for a broader deficit reduction deal.

That approach could possibly set aside the fight over the new health care law, which prompted the shutdown and which some Republicans will be reluctant to abandon.

In a meeting with the most ardent House conservatives, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the chairman of the House Budget Committee, laid out a package focused on an overhaul of Medicare and a path toward a comprehensive simplification of the tax code.

“We’re more in the ideas stage right now,” said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

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The risk of mortgage fraud appears to be increasing in Southwest Florida this year, and remains a multimillion-dollar problem for lenders nationwide.

In a new report, data analyst CoreLogic says that indications of fraud among mortgage applications in the Sarasota-Manatee region rose 5.6 percent in the second quarter over last year. The two-county region ranked 17th among the nation’s 75 largest metropolitan areas for the percentage of fraudulent mortgage applications.

The amount of money sought in those suspect loan applications jumped even more sharply. More than $10.5 million in fraudulent requests were filed in the quarter, up 24 percent in just three months.

Perhaps surprisingly, Sarasota-Manatee’s increased risk bucked a national trend of improvement. CoreLogic found that fraud risk among U.S.

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More and more business owners are recognising the importance of investing in serious interior design for their offices. Not only is it vital in impressing customers and clients, but it will boost productivity and morale among the workforce.

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When planning your office space, the most important consideration is how it will fit in with your core business values. Why have an informal workspace if you are a serious financial business? Ensure that the design fits the purpose of your firm, while also being visually appealing. This is a key balance that must be struck, so consider seeking advice from a professional designer if in doubt.

The needs of your employees are crucial. Whether it is programmers, accountants, writers or creative people, different individuals will naturally have different needs. For example, accountants will need appropriate storage, while architects need large desks to work on plans. Full Post…

NEW YORK This year if you call Butterball’s Turkey Talk Line for some cooking advice, you might get a male voice on the line.

For the first time, Butterball is enlisting the help of men as well as women for its Turkey Talk Line during the holidays. And the turkey seller is seeking the first male talk-line spokesman this year as well.

The talk line, which is 32 years old this year, has long offered advice to anyone overwhelmed by making the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the year-end holiday season.

It has been improving its services, last year launching a smartphone app, Facebook live chats, Pinterest posts and other social media tools.

But the line, which has grown from six operators to about 60 since it launched in 1981, has never hired men before.

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The job market is thriving. With a record number of unemployed Americans since the beginning of the Great Recession, every job on the market from Sales Manager to Senior Software Engineer is seeing an incredible number of applications. In fact, it is absolutely fantastic for those offering jobs. It allows them to be picky and gives them enough options to find the perfect match for an open position.

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In practice, the avalanche of requests does not help to choose carefully and makes Human Resources (HR) departments hire people based on superficial analysis rather than the real potential of every candidate. Full Post…


Polaris Industries Inc. has long made military all-terrain vehicles for U.S. forces, but it’s expanding its reach overseas.

The Medina-based company announced Thursday that it secured a contract to provide ATVs to the German army.

Under the deal, Polaris will customize its MV850 ultralight tactical vehicles for the German army and special forces. The vehicle was originally designed for U.S. Army use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While Polaris would not disclose how many vehicles it will deliver or the dollar amount of the contract, officials said the deal was a victory of sorts. Th

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If a controversial land-exchange bill passes, Resolution Copper Mining LLC will acquire 2,400 acres of public land before it develops an environmental impact statement and invites public input on its planned copper mine 100 miles north of Tucson.

The National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, requires those steps for mining on public land.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, who has been fighting the land exchange since it was introduced in 2005, said the delay of impact studies is “the crux of this fight.”

He questions why the process wasn’t launched years ago, especially considering Resolution began making plans for the mine in the early 2000s.

“They could have shut me up 10 years ago by doing the NEPA study,” Grijalva said.

Land exchanges come in two varieties: administrative or legislated, like Resolution’s proposed land exchange.

The more common administrative land exchanges — the transfer of land between federal and non-federal parties — require a government agency like the Forest Service to determine privatization of public land is in the public interest before approving the exchange.

But a legislated land exchange gives that discretion to the U.S. Congress. Those

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DETROIT — Thousands of labor union supporters have marched through the streets of downtown Detroit to mark the holiday that honors the nation’s working people

National Teamsters union President James Hoffa was among those participating in Monday’s parade and rally.

The theme for the 2013 Labor Day parade is “The Dream Continues: Jobs, Justice, and Peace.” Organizers say the theme honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and emphasizes the link between civil rights and economic justice.

The Detroit News ( ) reports that United Auto Workers Local 889 President Tom Brenner says the parade is needed this year “more than ever.”

This is the first Labor Day since the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder approved so-called “right-to-work” legislation that bars unions from collecting mandatory fees from employees they represent.