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[12 окт. 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Mortgage rates fell for the sixth week in a row, to a level last seen in the spring.
The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 3 basis points to 5.22 percent, according to the Bankrate.com national survey of large lenders. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percentage point. The mortgages in this week’s survey …

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[5 окт. 2009 | One Comment | ]

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British actress Kate Beckinsale has been named Esquire magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive.
The 36-year-old actress has taken the crown from Oscar-winning actresses Charlize Theron and Halle Berry, who was named last year’s sexiest lady.
Beckinsale, however, insists her 4 brothers won’t let the new title go to her head, reports accesshollywood.com.
She goes back to …

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[24 сеп. 2009 | No Comment | ]

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The IRS has released IR-2009-083 reporting that about 1.4 million taxpayers have filed (or amended) their 2008 income tax returns claiming the $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit. This is roughly consistent with NAR’s projections that about 1.8 million taxpayers will claim the credit. NAR also estimates that at …

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[5 авг. 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Figuring out the shortest possible chess game is easy: we’re all familiar with the Fool’s Mate, a checkmate by Black that comes after just two moves (1. f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4# being the basic idea). See also here. Much more interesting are questions about the longest chess games played.
If you’ve been playing tournament …