Archive for January 4th, 2014

Kerry cites some progress in Mideast diplomacy

January 4, 2014
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday cited progress on the Mideast peace process, yet acknowledged that some of the most intractable disputes between Israelis and Palestinians were unsolved after more than 20 rounds of negotiations.
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Iraq city falls fully into hands of al-Qaida group

January 4, 2014
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BAGHDAD (AP) — The city center of Iraq’s Fallujah has fallen completely into the hands of fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, police said Saturday, yet another victory for the hardline group that has made waves across the region in recent days.
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Obama eyes modest momentum on Capitol Hill in 2014

January 4, 2014
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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama returns to Washington this weekend eager to test whether a modest budget deal passed in the waning days of 2013 can spark bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill. As he opens his sixth year in office, he also faces legacy-defining decisions on the future of government surveillance programs and...
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13 die in Goa in collapse of building under construction

January 4, 2014
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Panaji (India) (AFP) – Thirteen bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a building under construction that collapsed “like a house of cards” in a coastal village in the Indian tourist state of Goa on Saturday, authorities said.
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NSA gets OK to keep collecting phone records

January 4, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American’s telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.
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‘Polar vortex’ poised to pummel the Midwest

January 4, 2014
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The weather warnings are dire: Life threatening wind chills. Historic cold outbreak.
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S&P 500 starts 2014 with a 2-day decline

January 4, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — After last year’s big party in the stock market, 2014 is starting off with a nagging hangover.
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Wall St closes flat after Fed comments

January 4, 2014
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By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended a volatile session mostly flat on Friday as investors digested comments from Federal Reserve officials that raised questions about how quickly the central bank will end its stimulus program.
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