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5 things that surprisingly don’t affect your credit score

Believe it or not, there are a few things that, while important and closely related to your financial health, aren’t reported to credit bureaus and won’t result in a bad credit score. Hopefully your quest for the highest credit score possible is made a bit less stressful with the following knowledge.

PlayStation, Xbox Live still having problems

Sony’s PlayStation network was offline Friday and gamers were still reporting problems on Saturday. Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, was back online Friday although the company reported reported problems with some functions in the afternoon.

Nation and World

Great white shark bites California surfer

A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said. The man sustained minor injuries and was able to paddle himself to shore.


New Year’s resolution: question junk science

Science has come a long way from the days when we believed the universe revolved around the Earth, lobotomies were the best treatment for depression and germs didn’t exist. But while you probably won’t read any studies of alchemy or bloodletting in respected scientific journals, it doesn’t mean the days of publishing inaccurate and misleading research are behind us. In fact, 2014 was a banner year for the promotion of some pretty dubious and downright silly research.

EDITORIAL: Congress could stand to repeal many laws

John Adams held dear the belief that our nation should possess “a government of laws and not of men.” Mr. Adams shared Aristotle’s belief that “law should govern,” and wrote that “it is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.”


Body has its own system of cleansing

Dietitians are wary of products and diets that promise quick cleanses. Sometimes they are just diuretics, causing fluids to pass through the body more quickly. Others can cause real harm as the body turns on itself.