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Published: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:51:17 GMT2017-12-17T00:51:17Z

 



Norovirus was an unwelcome stowaway on the world's largest cruise ship, sickening 332

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:51:17 GMT2017-12-17T00:51:17Z

It was supposed to be a relaxing five-day jaunt aboard the world's largest cruise ship, Independence of the Seas, but the cruise quickly morphed into a gastrointestinal nightmare, with 332 passengers sickened by a quickly spreading norovirus outbreak and the remaining 5,000 or so people worried they'd be next.



Ten years later, the 2007 recession haunts the nation and its workers

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:54:33 GMT2017-12-16T22:54:33Z

The country is currently on a job tear with unemployment at low levels. But more jobs are not full time and come without health benefits.



For American seniors, obesity is the new smoking

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:10:18 GMT2017-12-16T21:10:18Z

Seniors stopped smoking, and they're life expectancy increased as a result - except now, they're obese instead.



Giving experiences as holiday gifts: Many shoppers want memories, not trinkets

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:42:07 GMT2017-12-16T13:42:07Z

A Dec. 4 survey by The NPD Group showed that 40 percent of consumers want to give experiences such as concert tickets and dinners instead of material items. The trend may be tied to all the chaos in the world and people yearning for quality time with each other.



Republican tax bill: GOP's reform is least effective for corporations

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:48:02 GMT2017-12-16T10:48:02Z

The tax bill's centerpiece is the massive cut in corporate taxes, from a top, statutory rate of 35% to 20% or 21%. Is such a large reduction in the corporate tax rate necessary? The short answer is that corporate taxes need to be lowered, but the current tax proposals do that in the least efficient way possible.



Restored inside and out, East Falls Twin feels like home

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:35:39 GMT2017-12-16T10:35:39Z

The six-bedroom twin in East Falls offered the couple the space they needed, but extensive water damage meant they had to do a total makeover.



Forget Amazon HQ2. QVC is our e-commerce giant

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:18:55 GMT2017-12-16T10:18:55Z

QVC is slated to become the third-largest e-commerce retailer in the country. Here are 10 things to know about the West Chester-based company.



FDA approves Aclaris' treatment for a common skin condition

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:37:26 GMT2017-12-15T23:37:26Z

Malvern biotech Aclaris Therapeutics gets FDA approval for its drug to treat a common skin condition that affects over 83 million Americans.



California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:10:08 GMT2017-12-15T23:10:08Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's legal marijuana market is finally, fitfully, taking shape.



Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:09:28 GMT2017-12-15T23:09:28Z

MANCHACA, Texas (AP) - When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it.



More Teens Vaping as Smoking Declines; Pot Use Holds Steady

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:08:32 GMT2017-12-15T23:08:32Z

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Bill Nye talks science denial, conspiracy theories, and marijuana legalization ahead of film's Philly premiere

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:07:38 GMT2017-12-15T23:07:38Z

Bill Nye: Science Guy opens Dec. 15.



U.S. to sell off seized bitcoin

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:57:10 GMT2017-12-15T22:57:10Z

Nearly $10 million worth of the digital currency, seized from an accused drug dealer, will be transferred to a government "wallet" and sold on an exchange.



Philadelphia Parking Authority names new executive director

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:53:41 GMT2017-12-15T22:53:41Z

The Philadelphia Parking Authority appointed Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Petri to head the organization in 2018.



Aramark building to trumpet a new name on top: Jefferson

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:39:18 GMT2017-12-15T22:39:18Z

Administrative offices for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health will occupy 14 floors of the 32-story 1101 Market St. building, which will be renamed Jefferson Tower.



Cooper calls off deal for Lourdes, St. Francis

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:06:26 GMT2017-12-15T22:06:26Z

Cooper said that after due diligence it will not move forward with the acquisition of Lourdes and St. Francis, in Trenton, from Trinity Health.



These Philly-area folks lost their jobs in the recession - here's what they've learned

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:53:56 GMT2017-12-15T21:53:56Z

Ten years ago, a recession began, and the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled 100 unemployed people. Here's what some of them, back from the brink, have learned: Be flexible, help others and keep learning.



How to protect your Internet-of-Things devices

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:12:20 GMT2017-12-15T21:12:20Z

The IoT can be an attractive target for criminals. Up to a million devices were hijacked to create the Mirai botnet which was used to extort ransom from companies, bring a university computer system to its knees, and, on Oct. 21, 2016, crash a large part of the internet.



Contractors sought for southern piece of Delaware River walking, cycling trail

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:46:14 GMT2017-12-15T19:46:14Z

The 940-foot-long expanse would run south from Tasker Avenue to the Pier 68 recreational site.