February 08, 2005

28-year-old British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur has arrived home after becoming the fastest person to sail solo around the world. She completed her 27,000 mile voyage in a 25-meter trimaran, and slept an average of 30 minutes at a time and 4 hours in any day. Her time of 71 days, 14 hours and 18 minutes beat the previous record of 72 days and 23 hours was set last year by Frenchman Francis Joyon.

According to J.P. Morgan's survey of more than 1,600 people, 62% of people who said they would be interested in subscribing to satellite radio cited music without commercials as a reason to sign up. And while XM and Sirius have been on a content buying frenzy, only 31% said unique content was a factor.

In a new new poll, more than two-thirds of adults said it would be a good idea to limit benefits for wealthier retirees and for higher income workers to pay Social Security taxes on all their wages. 40% of respondents said reducing benefits for early retirement is a good idea; 37% said increasing the tax for all workers would be a good idea; 35% said the government should increase the age at which people could receive full benefits; and 29% said reducing benefits for people under 55 was acceptable. About 55% of respondents thought Bush's proposal that would allow wage earners to invest some of their Social Security taxes in private investment accounts in the future is a "bad idea."

This year's Super Bowl was seen by an estimated 86.1 million people, down 4% from the 89.8 million who saw last year's game.

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