Archive for December 28th, 2013

High stakes for US families losing jobless benefit

December 28, 2013
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WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.
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South Sudan: ‘White Army’ militia marches to fight

December 28, 2013
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the “White Army” are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.
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Reports of sexual assaults in military on rise

December 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened attention to the crime of sexual assault in the U.S. military may be causing more people to come forward and report problems. Defense officials cite the increased awareness as a possible reason the number of reported sexual assaults rose by more than 50 percent this year.
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Fire on express train in India kills at least 26

December 28, 2013
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KOTHACHERUVU, India (AP) — A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.
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Official: Libya releases 4 U.S. military personnel

December 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, a U.S. official said Friday night.
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Police file on Newtown yields chilling portrait

December 28, 2013
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police released thousands of pages Friday from their investigation into the Newtown massacre, providing the most detailed and disturbing picture yet of the rampage and Adam Lanza’s fascination with murder, while also depicting school employees’ brave and clearheaded attempts to protect the children.
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Three S&P 500 and Dow Industrial Companies Report Dividend Growth and Buyback Extensions

December 28, 2013
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Howard Silverblatt, a senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, reports that despite increasing shareholder returns finding worthwhile investment options is difficult because “what remains weak is commitment:� commitment to the economy, commitment to higher production, and commitment to new hiring.”�
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Wall Street ends mostly flat, but scores weekly gains

December 28, 2013
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By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock indexes closed mostly flat on Friday, with the Dow snapping a six-day streak of record closing highs after investors took a break from this week’s rally.
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Newtown documents yield chilling portrait

December 28, 2013
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police released thousands of pages Friday from their investigation into the Newtown massacre, providing the most detailed and disturbing picture yet of the rampage and Adam Lanza’s fascination with murder, while also depicting school employees’ brave and clear-headed attempts to protect the children.
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End to South Sudan hostilities questioned

December 28, 2013
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government agreed Friday at a meeting of East African leaders to end hostilities against rebels accused of trying to overthrow the young country, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited.
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