Archive for May 17th, 2013

IRS asked anti-abortion group about prayers

May 17, 2013
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IRS asked anti-abortion group about prayers

While applying with the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status in 2009, an Iowa-based anti-abortion group was asked to provide information about its members’ prayer meetings, documents sent by an IRS official to the organization reveal.
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Joining an office pool? Watch yourself

May 17, 2013
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In workplaces across the nation, Americans are inviting their colleagues to chip in $2 for a Powerball ticket and a shared daydream.
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Dow, S&P end at records as indexes score fourth week of gains

May 17, 2013
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By Leah Schnurr NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks continued their climb into uncharted territory on Friday, racking up the fourth week of gains in a row as encouraging economic data prompted investors to pick up shares of growth companies.
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Stocks rise on hopeful signs for the US economy

May 17, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news about the U.S. economy extended the stock market‘s rally Friday.
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Argentine ex-dictator Videla dies in prison

May 17, 2013
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who took power in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow Argentines in a war to eliminate “subversives,” died Friday while serving life sentences in prison for crimes against humanity.
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IRS head grilled by Congress

May 17, 2013
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Outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller apologized Friday on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service for unfairly targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, but said “partisanship” was not the reason for the agency’s practices.
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Dollar soars, stocks gain amid talk of Fed QE exit

May 17, 2013
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By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global equity markets rose and the dollar soared against a basket of currencies on Friday, reaching a nearly three-year peak, as speculation mounted over whether the Federal Reserve would soon begin to rein in its asset-buying program.
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Wall Street rally just keeps ticking, lifted by data

May 17, 2013
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By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, with the S&P 500 erasing declines in the previous session, putting the index on track for its fourth straight weekly advance as data helped support recent momentum.
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Seven still missing after Texas tornadoes

May 17, 2013
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By Jana J. Pruet GRANBURY, Texas (Reuters) – Six people were dead and seven missing after a powerful tornado ripped through a neighborhood that included housing for the poor in the north Texas town of Granbury, marking the deadliest severe storm outbreak in the United States so far this year.
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House committee to grill ousted IRS chief

May 17, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are ready to question the ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service as Congress holds its first hearing on the tougher scrutiny the IRS gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
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