Current Mortgage Rates Today – Loans slide at SunTrust and JPMorgan Chase

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates slipped today as lenders reacted to descending benchmarks (see the mortgage rate charts below). Bank of America, KeyBank, SunTrust, and JPMorgan Chase lowered their conventional loan rates.

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Lack of progress on the fiscal cliff issue produced a sell-off on Wall Street Friday. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was unable to rally support for his Plan-B which would have raised taxes on those making over $1 million. His fellow Republicans balked at the idea of raising taxes before they went home for the Christmas break.

NORAD Santa Tracker 2012 - Many Ways to Track Santa's Christmas Present Deliveries

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(Best Syndication News) - The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is prepared to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The annual tracking will be supported on mobile devices and will provide children a chance to get a sneak peek at Santa.

Children and adults can visit noradsanta.org to get a view of Santa and to participate in interactive holiday activities. Their website supports English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese; people around the world can now enjoy the website.

Mountains on Hawaiian Islands dissolving from the Inside

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(Best Syndication News) - It will not be happening anytime soon, but scientists believe that groundwater and streams are dissolving mineral material from within the mountains of Hawaii eventually causing the landmass to flatten. Surface erosion will not be the largest contributor to flattening these mountains and scientists believe this process will take more than 1.5 million years just to start.

Before the terrain flattens, the mountains of Oahu will continue to rise in elevation as the island is pushed to the northwest. The mountains should continue to rise for 1.5 million years, explained scientists from the Brigham Young University.

Two Free eBooks about NASA’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes available

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(Best Syndication News) – The Space Telescope Science Institute released two free eBooks which discuss the NASA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA James Webb Space Telescope. The free eBooks can be read with an Apple iPad or through the free iBooks app. There is also a downloadable PDF version available for those people who are not set up with a reader.

The new eBooks are written at a high-school reading level and give a thorough explanation of the telescope’s functions and the images that were captured along the way. Scientific minded individuals will be fascinated to learn more about the history of telescopes and of the deep-space discoveries. The photos captured by the telescopes are astounding and beautiful to look at from an artistic perspective.

Amazon announces Six Original Comedy Series for Prime Instant Video

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon Studios (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans for six original comedy series that will be made available for Amazon Instant Video customers and for Amazon customers to watch for free with the Prime Instant Video service subscription. Amazon Studios will produce the pilot episodes for the new shows, which will include Emmy-winning writers, Academy Award nominees, and TV stars.

Amazon Studios also discovered new talent with their open-door development process through the company’s scriptwriting contests. Once the pilot shows air, the viewers will be the judge as to whether the series continues with more episodes.

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