RealityTrac released data on the housing market in the second quarter, revelaing that foreclosure filings were up 120 percent and foreclosures were tripled from the same period last year. RealityTrac said that it is now raising its projections for foreclosures this year.
Russia denied reports that it plans to use bases in Cuba to refuel its nuclear bombers. “Russia does not establish military bases within the borders of other countries, given its peace-loving policy,” said Defense Ministry spokesman Ilshat Baichurin.
France abolished its maximum 35-hour work week policy, which was put in place 10 years ago by the socialist government. Companies will now be able to negotiate the number of weekly hours with its employees, with every hour past 35 counting as overtime.
Obama canceled a visit to a military hospital in Germany because he thought it would look like a political event. “Senator Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perceived as a campaign event when his visit was to show his appreciation for our troops and decided instead not to go,” said advisor Maj. Gen. Scott Gration.
HIV patients now live an average of 13 years longer than those diagnosed in the mid-1990s, due to combinations called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), say researchers in the Lancet journal.
According to an upcoming study in the journal Science, standardized test scores for more than 7 million children in grades 2–11 show that there is almost no difference between the math skills of boys and girls.