Archive for December, 2013

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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U.S. judge upholds NSA phone surveillance program

December 27, 2013
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge ruled the National Security Agency’s program that collects records of millions of Americans’ phone calls is lawful, rejecting a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union to the controversial counter-terrorism program.
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India cuts U.S. privileges, seeks tax violations

December 27, 2013
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By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.
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Nasdaq to compensate firms on Dec. 31 for botched Facebook IPO

December 27, 2013
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By John McCrank NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nasdaq OMX Group Inc will compensate firms on December 31 for qualifying claims related to Facebook Inc’s botched May 2012 initial public offering, the exchange operator said in a note to traders on Friday.
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