Archive for December 20th, 2013

Obama orders military to review sexual assault

December 20, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military one year to make progress on an epidemic of sexual assault or face potential tougher reforms, hours after Congress sent a sweeping defense bill for his signature that cracks down on the crime in its ranks.
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U.S. deploys troops to South Sudan to protect embassy, personnel

December 20, 2013
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States has deployed 45 military personnel to volatile South Sudan to protect the embassy and U.S. government employees there.
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Stocks rise after strong US growth

December 20, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising on Wall Street, pushing the market further into record territory, after the U.S. raised its estimate for third-quarter economic growth.
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Washington gains clout in white-collar prosecutions

December 20, 2013
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By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fight against Wall Street crime, long the domain of New York prosecutors, is increasingly being pursued out of Washington, as lawyers at the Justice Department’s headquarters build expertise and gain the clout needed to grab high-profile cases.
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Congress passes sweeping defense bill

December 20, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing passage of a comprehensive defense bill that now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.
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Jury: Portrait of Fawcett should stay with O’Neal

December 20, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — For most of the last 33 years, an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett has hung in the home of her longtime lover, Ryan O’Neal, and a jury’s verdict Thursday ensures that is where it will stay.
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European stocks inch up, euro dips on S&P downgrade

December 20, 2013
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By Blaise Robinson LONDON (Reuters) – European shares inched up on Friday with riskier assets still in demand following a broadly neutral shift in U.S. monetary policy, and the euro dipped after a credit agency cut its rating on the European Union.
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S&P cut of EU rating dismissed by European officials

December 20, 2013
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By Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Credit agency Standard & Poor’s cut its long-term rating of the European Union by one notch to AA+ on Friday, saying it had concerns about how the bloc’s budget was financed, a view EU leaders and other officials dismissed as misguided.
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Deportations dropped 10 percent last year

December 20, 2013
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The Obama administration deported 10 percent fewer people last fiscal year than the year before, arguing that immigration agents were focused on removing undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
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Theatergoer: "I started hearing noises, screaming"

December 20, 2013
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Scott Daniels, an American tourist from the Dallas area, was in the audience Thursday night when the Apollo Theatre partially collapsed, injuring more than 80 people. In an interview with The Associated Press from his hotel room, Daniels recounted his experience (edited for clarity):
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