Archive for December 18th, 2013

Obama meets with NSA task force

December 18, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with members of an intelligence task force to discuss their recommendations on how to modify the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
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Iran says nuclear talks with world powers to resume

December 18, 2013
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By Marcus George and Fredrik Dahl
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Stocks rise ahead of final Fed decision of 2013

December 18, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as the Federal Reserve ends its last two-day policy meeting of 2013. Homebuilder stocks rose sharply after the government reported that construction of new homes surged in November.
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FedEx Q2 profit misses estimate; raises full-year outlook

December 18, 2013
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By Nivedita Bhattacharjee
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Two winners in $636M Mega Millions drawing

December 18, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday.
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Exclusive: Private equity firm Ares rejects pitches to do IPO soon

December 18, 2013
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By Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ares Management LLC has been pitched on the idea of an initial public offering for the past year, but the firm that had been widely expected to be the next among major private equity firms to go public has no plans to pull the trigger just yet.
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STOCKS NEWS MIDEAST-Oman rises to 16-wk high ahead of earnings, divs

December 18, 2013
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0943 GMT – Oman’s bourse climbs to a 16-week high as investors position for year-end earnings and dividends with banks leading gains.
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Gunman kills himself, 1 other at Reno hospital

December 18, 2013
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A suicidal gunman opened fire at a Reno hospital campus Tuesday, killing one person, wounding two others and sending police on a door-to-door search within the facility amid the chaos.
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400 to 500 reported dead in South Sudan clashes, UN official says

December 18, 2013
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Juba (AFP) – A UN official said Tuesday between 400-500 people are believed to have been killed in South Sudan, where two days of fighting between rival troops has sent thousands of terrified civilians fleeing an alleged coup bid.
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S&P says U.S. credit ratings unaffected by bipartisan budget act

December 18, 2013
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(Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said on Tuesday that the credit ratings on the United States are unaffected by the bipartisan budget deal that passed the House last week and is now awaiting a final vote in the Senate.
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