By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 15, 2014 3:55 AM
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Miami Herald Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.33 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

Miami Herald GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators are accusing President Barack Obama of disregarding the rule of law and the Constitution by considering administrative changes to the nation's deportations policy.

Miami Herald US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.

Miami Herald Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.

Miami Herald NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

Miami Herald Miami, by far, tops list of banned Medicare providers

Of Medicare’s list of banned providers, nearly 1,500 list Miami addresses. Second place: Los Angeles, with a relatively meager 522 names.

Miami Herald Safety net hospitals win delay on costly funding law

Jackson Health System was braced for a $140 million cut, but the controversial hospital funding formula was postponed for a year.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach schools say no to parent dress code

Parents are welcome to come as they are when they visit a Palm Beach County school.

Miami Herald Hollywood had more homicides than any other city in Broward in 2013 — and the chief is to blame, union says

The Hollywood police union’s billboard states, “Hollywood is #1 in Broward homicides in 2013. Thanks Chief Fernandez!” PolitiFact Florida checks out the claim.

Miami Herald Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

Miami Herald Bill to shield nursing home investors from lawsuits gets final approval

Some groups warn the measure will hurt nursing home residents and subject staff members to lawsuits.

Miami Herald Scientists watch enormous Antarctic iceberg drift

Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier.

Miami Herald AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

Miami Herald How Piketty's research shaped wealth gap debate

French economist Thomas Piketty and his research partners have transformed the wealth gap debate by popularizing the concept of a financially elite 1 percent.

Miami Herald Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

The Obama administration is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

Miami Herald Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in seven months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.

Miami Herald Miami one of 15 cities invited to bid on 2016 Democratic convention

Miami is one of 15 cities invited to bid on the 2016 Democratic National Convention, leaving local governments to decide whether the $50 million price tag is worth the effort.

Miami Herald Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

Both the House and Senate plan to spend Wednesday passing bills off their respective floors. The Senate session starts at 10 a.m. The House gets underway at 10:30 a.m.

Miami Herald House, Senate settle on $47 million in new money for child welfare

The proposal gives Gov. Rick Scott only about $21 million of the $40 million he had asked for to expand child protection services

Miami Herald Bill to reduce greyhound racing in Florida dies

A bill to give dog track owners a break by allowing them to perform fewer live greyhound races fell victim to the perennial tug-of-war between the state’s race tracks and jai alai frontons.

Miami Herald Pension reform championed by conservatives running into trouble

As Tuesday’s Florida Senate Appropriations Committee meeting showed, pension reform is hardly a conservative litmus test.

Miami Herald Charter school bill wins support in Florida House

The state House gave its approval to a bill that would change the way schools systems enter into contracts with charter schools, but the Senate isn’t interested in passing it.

Miami Herald Voucher bill brought back to life, while immigrant tuition dying in Senate

A Senate panel revived the proposed expansion of the school voucher program. But it did not give a second chance to the immigrant tuition proposal.

Miami Herald Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record — except in the United States.

Miami Herald Democrats eye 15 cities for 2016 convention

The Democratic National Committee has asked Chicago, New York and 13 others to make a pitch to host the presidential nominating convention in 2016.

Miami Herald Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low

Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Free car safety inspections for older drivers

Are the mirrors on your car in the best position to minimize blind spots? Is there enough space between you and the steering wheel?

Miami Herald Governor’s medical czar opposes marijuana bill

House sponsor remains confident he can win the governor’s support for a bill to provide restricted use of a marijuana extract for certain ailments despite the state’s surgeon general’s opposition.

Miami Herald Justice Stevens: Make 6 changes to Constitution

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says in a new book that the Constitution should be changed to eliminate individuals' right to own a gun, abolish the death penalty and make it easier to limit spending on elections.

Miami Herald Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy

Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too.