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senate healthcare plan passes
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved its $829 billion healthcare reform package Tuesday on a 14-9 vote, with one Republican on the prevailing side.

U.S. taxpayers who dodged the Internal Revenue Service with offshore bank accounts are rushing to meet an amnesty deadline, a government official said.

American Idol seventh-season runner-up David Archuleta is making waves with the availability of his Christmas album, in stores today.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke ranks again with the Republican Party, signing two gay rights bills Sunday night, one of them honoring the late activist Harvey Milk, and the other one granting civil-union status to gay couples that have married in other states.

Gloria Estefan is hoping the rhythm is going to get thousands of newly laid off Puerto Ricans in a better mood, if only for a day.

HispanTelligence Research
For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2009 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 310 companies and Web addresses for 456 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2007.

Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

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