STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut company has found a market for Ebola.
The Advocate of Stamford reports that Giant Microbes’ $9.95 Ebola-virus stuffed animal has become a plush cash cow in the last month. The company sold so many of the brown snake-like creature that it’s out of stock and has reordered.
Laura Sullivan, vice president of the privately held company, would not disclose revenue. She said the company has sold “thousands and thousands” of the stuffed animal.
It’s not the first time a disease has become fodder for the Stamford company. Swine flu in 2009 and e. coli outbreaks over the years boosted sales for a brown-and-purple stuffed animal that resembles a jellyfish.
The company started in 2002 to help teachers explain to children details of the common cold, flu, stomachache and sore throat.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com
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NEW YORK — It doesn’t matter how rich you are, poor spending habits can quickly drain even the most well-funded bank account.
Even wealthy shoppers with money to burn need to watch their spending.
“Price tags still matter,” said Amy Salinger, a personal stylist who works with several multi-million-dollar clients. “It’s about spending money correctly.”
Many affluent people don’t actually consider themselves rich, according to Tom Corley, a certified financial planner and author of “Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”
And that mentality helps keep their spending in line.
According to his data, the majority of rich people with a liquid net worth between $3.2 million and $5 million don’t consider themselves wealthy.
“It’s not just about accumulating wealth, the bigger priority for them is accumulating and keeping their money,” he said.
But you can still spend like the rich and preserve your wealth, even if…
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WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A vacant Westerly house damaged by floods four years ago has been finished off by a fire.
Westerly fire officials believe the blaze that destroyed the vacant house on Sunday and spread to an adjacent commercial property was arson.
The Westerly Sun reports that the fire started in the house and spread to the commercial building. Overhead utility lines were damaged, causing power outages.
The intensity of the blaze damaged other buildings nearby.
The town owns the property, which was damaged when the Pawcatuck River overflowed in 2010 floods.
The house will likely be torn down as part of a project already being planned as part of Westerly’s efforts to revitalize the area.
Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The first winter storm in the Twin Cities caused more than 100 accidents on Monday, and even police squad cars were involved in at least one crash.
The Minnesota State Patrol says there were no serious injuries after multiple squad cars were hit by a semi-truck in Rogers late Monday night. The accident happened just after 11 p.m. at Interstate 94 and eastbound Highway 101. Authorities say squads were assisting a jackknifed semi-truck when another semi struck them.
One Rogers Police officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. There were no other serious injuries associated with the crash.
[ooyala code=”d3Z2FucTrVGRjDUPRulOH4x79SKG6B6x” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″]ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Nearly two dozen St. Louis area veterans are on a very special trip on this Veterans Day. They are going to Washington DC Tuesday Morning on board the latest honor flight to leave Lambert Airport.
These are really amazing men and women who served our country during World War II. This is a long day for them, many are in their 90’s. They had to be here at 4am Tuesday so they could board an early flight.
But, an early wake up call didn’t bother any of the veterans. They were just excited to be able to make this trip of a lifetime. There are a total of 22 world war two veterans on this particular honor flight including three women. All of the veterans have guardians with them.
The group will land in Baltimore then take a bus into Washington DC. From…
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