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Credit card signatures are almost a thing of the past

Credit card signatures are almost a thing of the past

Finance
5 stunning stats about credit cardsThe random scribble you hastily scrawl after swiping your credit card is no longer required. Major credit card companies are getting rid of the signature requirement for credit card transactions. American Express, Discover and Mastercard will no longer require merchants to collect a signature on April 13. Visa will do away with the signature requirement starting April 14. "Signatures are no longer considered to be any real deterrent to fraud," explained Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. "Most people don't sign their name in full or take it all that seriously." The signature requirement had already been fading, especially for smaller purchases. For instance, American Express has not required a signature for transactions under $ 50...
Liverpool cruises past Bournemouth 3-0 in Premier League scuffle

Liverpool cruises past Bournemouth 3-0 in Premier League scuffle

Sports
April 14 (UPI) -- Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 in a Premier League clash Saturday at Anfield in Liverpool, England.The Reds drew first blood in the seventh minute. Midfielder Jordan Henderson lofted a pass into the box, finding Sadio Mane on a header. Mane's attempt was blocked by Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic.The deflection came back out to Mane, who finished with his right foot.The Reds took the 1-0 edge into halftime. Mohamed Salah then doubled the lead in the 69th minute.[embedded content]Salah received a very long pass from defender Trent Alexander-Arnold on the play. The ball carried about 30 yards before nearing the Liverpool star. Salah headed the ball with his back to the goal. The shot looped over Begovic for a two-goal lead.[embedded content]The score also gave Salah 40 in ...
Drinking alcohol plays role in living past 90, researchers say

Drinking alcohol plays role in living past 90, researchers say

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Here's some information to ponder while hitting the gym instead of a bar: Beer and wine have better health benefits than exercise in terms of longevity.Those are the findings of University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas and other researchers conducting the 90+ Study, an effort that started in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity.In the 1,700-person survey, people who drank about two glasses of beer or wine per day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death than those who abstain -- but participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day cut the same risk by 11 percent.As part of the survey, researchers perform neurological, neuropsychological and cognitive tests on the participants every six months at the Clinic for Aging Research an...
Sixth-ranked Purdue hopes to roar past Penn St.

Sixth-ranked Purdue hopes to roar past Penn St.

Sports
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ten days ago, No. 6 Purdue stood alone atop the Big Ten Conference standings. Following consecutive one-possession losses to two fellow title contenders in No. 8 Ohio State on Feb. 7 and No. 2 Michigan State on Feb. 10 as well as a four-point loss at Wisconsin on Thursday, the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten) now find themselves on the outside looking in for the conference regular season championship at 1 1/2 games behind the league-leading Spartans. Purdue looks to regain momentum heading into postseason play but must get through one of the hottest teams in the conference to do so Sunday when it hosts Penn State. The Nittany Lions (19-9, 9-6) have won four straight and six of their last seven conference games, including a 79-56 victory over Ohio State on Thursday....
China's new loans in Jan surge to record 2.9 trillion yuan, blow past forecasts

China's new loans in Jan surge to record 2.9 trillion yuan, blow past forecasts

Finance
China's banks extended a record 2.9 trillion yuan ($ 458.3 billion) in new yuan loans in January, blowing past expectations and nearly five times the previous month as policymakers aim to sustain solid economic growth while reining in debt risks.While Chinese banks tend to front-load loans early in the year to get higher-quality customers and win market share, the lofty figure was even higher than the most bullish forecast by economists in a Reuters poll.Net new loans surpassed the previous record of 2.51 trillion yuan in January 2016, which is likely to support growth not only in China but may underpin liquidity globally as major Western central banks begin to withdraw stimulus.Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans of 2 trillion yuan, up sharply from December's 584.4 bil...