Archive for December 26th, 2012

Powerful winter storm throttles Midwest travelers

December 26, 2012
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation’s midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.
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Police union seeks more help for Newtown officers

December 26, 2012
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of the police officers who responded to the school shooting in Newtown are so traumatized they haven’t been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck, a union official said Wednesday.
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Stocks edge higher as traders return from holiday

December 26, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks opened modestly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as traders returned from the Christmas holiday.
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Wall Street sags, "cliff" angst steals retailers’ Christmas

December 26, 2012
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as retailers’ shares dropped sharply after a report that showed holiday shoppers were less enthusiastic than last year, with investors saying worries about the “fiscal cliff” may have kept them away from stores.
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Snowstorm heads east after South twisters; 3 dead

December 26, 2012
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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast on Wednesday, slowing holiday travel.
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N.Y. firefighters’ killer had detailed plan for attack

December 26, 2012
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WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — The ex-con turned sniper who killed two firefighters wanted to make sure his goodbye note was legible, typing out his desire to “do what I like doing best, killing people” before setting the house where he lived with his sister ablaze, police said.
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TEXT-S&P summary: Chartis Singapore Insurance Pte. Ltd.

December 26, 2012
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U.S. may expand mortgage refinance program: WSJ

December 26, 2012
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(Reuters) – The U.S. government is considering expanding its mortgage refinancing program to include borrowers whose mortgages are not backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the discussions. (http://link.reuters.com/mej84t)
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Christmas Day storms blamed for 3 deaths

December 26, 2012
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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Twisters hopscotched across the Deep South, and, along with brutal, straight-line winds, knocked down countless trees, blew the roofs off homes and left many Christmas celebrations in the dark. Holiday travelers in the nation’s much colder midsection battled treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions from the same...
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Egypt constitution passes with 63.8 percent

December 26, 2012
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt‘s disputed Islamist-backed constitution passed with a 63.8 percent “yes” in a referendum, the election commission announced Tuesday, rejecting opposition allegations of significant vote fraud.
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