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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 19 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

Marriage is financial boost — for men

NEW YORK (AP) — Historically, marriage was the surest route to financial security for women. Nowadays it's men who are increasingly getting the biggest economic boost from tying the knot, according to a new analysis of census data.

The changes, summarized in a Pew Research Center report being released today, reflect the proliferation of working wives over the past 40 years — a period in which American women outpaced men in both education and earnings growth. A larger share of today's men, compared with their 1970 counterparts, are married to women whose education and income exceed their own, and a larger share of women are married to men with less education and income.

"From an economic perspective, these trends have contributed to a gender role reversal in the gains from marriage," wrote the report's authors, Richard Fry and D'Vera Cohn.

"In the past, when relatively few wives worked, marriage enhanced the economic status of women more than that of men. In recent decades, however, the economic gains associated with marriage have been greater for men."

Execution of Nevada inmate again stayed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The upcoming execution of a condemned Nevada inmate has been stayed for a second time while he appeals to a federal court to overturn state rulings in his case.

Robert Lee McConnell, 37, had been scheduled to die Feb. 1 after pleading guilty in Washoe County District Court to the 2002 murder of Brian Pierce, 25, his ex-girlfriend's fiance.

McConnell's appeal was expected after he was moved recently from the state's maximum-security prison in Ely to death row at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, state corrections chief Howard Skolnik said Monday.

Calendar appears eager to end month

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota residents and others relying on a new calendar issued by the city of Grand Forks will get a jump-start on February.

The recently issued City of Grand Forks 2010 Calendar is missing Sunday, Jan. 31.

City spokesman John Bernstrom says the error was noticed when boxes of the calendar printed by Fine Print of Grand Forks were opened before Christmas.

Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell, dies

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (AP) — Glen W. Bell Jr., an entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain, has died. He was 86.

Bell died Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, according to a statement posted Monday on the Taco Bell Web site.

The Irvine-based company did not release a cause of death.

Bell launched his first restaurant, called Bell's Drive-In, in 1948 in San Bernardino after seeing the success of McDonald's Bar-B-Que, the predecessor of McDonald's, which was founded in the same city in 1940.

Article questions detainee 'suicides'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Guantanamo Bay detainees whose deaths were ruled a suicide in 2006 apparently had been transported from their cells hours before their deaths to a secret site on the island, an article in Harper's magazine asserts.

The published account released Monday raises serious questions about whether the three detainees actually died by hanging themselves in their cells and suggests the U.S. government is covering up details of what precisely happened in the hours before the deaths on the night of June 9, 2006.

In response to the magazine article, the Justice Department said Monday that it had thoroughly reviewed the allegations and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

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