altInsurance is becoming increasingly important in this day and age. Whether you want to claim cash back for dental work, be able to have a vital operation in a private hospital of your choice without worrying about how much it is going to cost, or if you just want peace of mind for the future, insurance will be a big asset for you.

Dental Insurance

altThere is a well-publicised shortage of dentists in the UK, many of whom no longer accept patients on the NHS. Of those that do accept NHS patients, there is often a long waiting list that could prevent you from getting on the dentist\'s books for another two or three years after making your initial inquiry. What are you going to do in the meantime?

JPMorgan to lay off 3,400 WaMu workers in Seattle

altJPMorgan Chase said it will lay off 3,400 Washington Mutual employees in Seattle, about 81 percent of the bank’s local work force. Of those laid-off WaMu employees, 1,500 will leave the bank in the next 60 days while the remaining 1,900 will be placed on JPMorgan’s transition team. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is keeping about 800 Seattle employees.

Palm expects Q2 revenue plummet

altWireless smartphone maker Palm Inc. said Monday it is cutting its work force and consolidating offices, and expects second quarter revenue in the range of $190 million to $195 million and restructuring costs of $7 million to $9 million.

In the year-ago quarter the company had revenue of $349.6 million.

HP says IT revamp will save $1B yearly

HP says IT revamp will save $1B yearly

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday it cut about half its information-technology operating costs and implemented other changes that will equate to savings of about $1 billion per year.

San Jose\'s American Musical Theatre shuts down

altAmerican Musical Theatre of San Jose said Monday that it has closed its operations and will file Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week. All of the employees were laid off the day before Thanksgiving. Michael French, a spokesman for AMT said the nonprofit suffered a $1.7 million dollar loss from a deal with Theater of the Stars in Atlanta that was doing a Tarzan musical based on the Disney production.

UW, WSU presidents forgo raises

altUniversity of Washington President Mark Emmert won\'t get a pay raise this year, and Washington State University President Elson Floyd will take a pay cut -- largely because of the state\'s unprecedented funding deficit. Floyd told the WSU Board of Regents on Friday that he would lead by example and take a $100,000 cut, trimming his compensation package to $625,000.

Cheerleaders\' parents sue in nude photos incident

altParents of two Bothell High School cheerleaders have sued the Northshore School District, alleging school officials erred when they suspended the girls from the team this year after nude photos of them circulated throughout the student body via text message.

School officials learned of the photos in August after receiving copies from a source they have not named, according to the lawsuits.

Future of Summit K-12 is uncertain

Future of Summit K-12 is uncertain

Parents, teachers and the alternative school\'s 530 students learned two weeks ago that their program would be bumped next June from its North Seattle building to ease school overcrowding in that area and make way for a n

Gregoire orders colleges to trim their budgets

The most recent cuts came Tuesday: An additional reduction of $260 million in total state spending before the current budget cycle ends. Almost 11 percent of that total -- more than $28 million -- will come from the state\'s higher education system, and some schools say this may mean they can\'t afford to educate as many students.



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