Today: YAHOO News, Jan 30, 2014

Jan 30, 2014

YAHOO News, Jan 30, 2014


Young student trapped in nightmare

She was the doe-eyed Seattle yoga enthusiast whose online moniker "Foxy Knoxy", allied with lurid headlines about her sex life, made her fodder for the world's print and broadcast media when she was caught up in one of the most high-profile murder cases of the 21st century.
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Microsoft board to name insider Nadella as CEO - report

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's board is preparing to name internal executive Satya Nadella as the software company's next chief executive, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources it said were briefed on the CEO search process. The board is also considering replacing Chairman…
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Shared moment of silence but little headway at Syria talks

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Opposing sides in Syria's civil war stood together in silence to honour victims of the three year conflict on Thursday, but week-old peace talks were still stuck on the question of how to proceed with just one day left before they…
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U.S. accuses Syria of stalling on chemical arms handover

By Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday accused Syria of dragging its feet on giving up its chemical arms, putting at risk a deal to remove such weapons of mass destruction from the country as it splits apart in a chaotic civil war. President…
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No sign of living standard recovery

Living standards are unlikely to have recovered to their pre-crash levels by the time of next year's general election, a leading economic think tank has warned.
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Amazon profits miss expectations

Amazon's profit and revenue both grew in the latest quarter but its results fell below what Wall Street was expecting and shares of the world's biggest online retailer tumbled.
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US says Syria 'dragging its feet' on chemical weapons

The United States accused the Syrian regime Thursday of dragging its feet over its chemical weapons stockpile and urged Damascus to immediately hand over the cache as promised for destruction.
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Tobacco companies challenge NYC coupon ban

NEW YORK (AP) — Tobacco companies and trade groups representing cigarette retailers have asked a federal court to block a new law designed to keep tobacco prices sky high in New York City.
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Lawyers: Mo. moving too quickly on executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — By the time the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-minute request to stay the execution of Herbert Smulls, the Missouri inmate was already dead. His attorneys said Thursday that it was the third straight case in which Missouri has moved ahead with an execution while the case was…
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Google profits up despite ads slump

Google's fourth-quarter earnings rose 17% even though a long-running slump in its online ad prices deepened.
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Corruption trial of ex-New Orleans mayor begins

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal prosecutor has opened the corruption case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin by telling a jury "corruption was alive and well" at City Hall during Nagin's two terms as mayor.
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Amanda Knox saddened by 'unjust' verdict

Amanda Knox lamented Thursday what she called the "unjust" verdict handed down by an Italian court that reconvicted her for the 2007 murder of her British housemate Meredith Kercher.
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US says it's busted worker smuggling ring

Federal authorities say they have shut down two Houston employment agencies that were recruiting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to work in Chinese restaurants in at least seven states, including ...
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Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico. If the Seahawks win on Sunday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative ...
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5 free things in St. Louis as city marks 250 years

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime.
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Group seeks criminal probes of Catholic order

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group that advocates for victims of clergy abuse wants authorities to investigate the Legion of Christ, a disgraced Roman Catholic order.
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Puma In Kitchen: Woman's Breakfast Surprise

A woman got a shock when she went downstairs, started making breakfast and found a puma roaming around in her kitchen. At first, she thought it was a dog but then realised it was a puma and promptly locked it in the kitchen before calling authorities. Ms Haddad's son, Nicolas Selma, said he was…
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Gas tax hike proposed for New Mexico road projects

New Mexico's taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel would increase by 5 cents a gallon for a decade under a proposal in the Legislature to help finance highway construction projects across the state. The measure ...
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Chipmaker Broadcom's fourth-quarter results meet expectations

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom on Thursday posted fourth-quarter revenue and profits that were down from a year earlier, but the result slightly exceeded expectations of Wall Street analysts concerned about tepid smartphone sales. The chipmaker reported fourth-quarter…
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Amanda Knox's murder conviction upheld on appeal

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition…
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Zynga attacks costs, to slash headcount by 15 percent

By Malathi Nayak and Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game maker Zynga Inc said on Thursday it would slash its workforce by 15 percent and posted a narrower-than expected quarterly loss, sending shares up 20 percent. The San Francisco-based game company, known for its "Farmville" game,…
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Simon Cowell: One Direction are Biggest Selling Artists of 2013

Music mogul Simon Cowell has announced that One Direction were the biggest selling artists of 2013. The news coincides with the release of a teaser from the band's new single Midnight Memories, which is also the title track from their third studio album, released in November last year.
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Toy maker wins small business Super Bowl contest

A small business that makes toys for girls will have its 30 seconds in the spotlight during the Super Bowl. GoldieBlox will appear in a commercial in the third quarter of Sunday's game, the grand prize ...
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Amazon 4Q earnings grow but miss expectations

Amazon's profit and revenue both grew in the latest quarter but its results fell below what Wall Street was expecting and shares of the world's biggest online retailer tumbled. Amazon has long focused ...
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US prosecutors seek execution of marathon suspect

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, accusing him of betraying his adopted country by ruthlessly carrying out a terrorist attack calculated to cause maximum carnage.
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$3.5M in coke seized near Puerto Rico; 3 charged

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three men in Puerto Rico have been charged with conspiring to import 136 kilograms (300 pounds) of cocaine worth an estimated $3.5 million.
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Zynga buying 'Clumsy Ninja' maker, cutting staff

Zynga Inc. said Thursday it was buying NaturalMotion, the company behind the hit mobile games "CSR Racing" and "Clumsy Ninja," while cutting 15 percent of its workforce in a turnaround ...
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20-term Dem Waxman to retire; Sandra Fluke may run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.
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Justice Dept dramatically expanding clemency use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday asked lawyers around the country to help some drug prisoners prepare petitions for clemency, a dramatic expansion of President Barack Obama's action last month commuting the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug…
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The London Chess Centre - a little oasis in central London

Chess has never been seen as the coolest game in the world, but given that the new reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen, is the youngest in history, has engaged in fashion shoots for G-Star Raw, and is even considered something of a thinking woman's sex symbol in his native Norway, then perhaps…
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Boston Bombing: Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty

Federal prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing. Seventeen of the 30 federal charges levelled against Tsarnaev carried the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. He said:…
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Dollar, global stocks advance after strong U.S. GDP

By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar strengthened and global equity markets rebounded on Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy grew strongly in the last quarter of 2013, a rate that suggests solid corporate earnings and continued solid growth into the new year. "There was a…
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Ohio State names California educator as president

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University trustees picked a California educator as the school's next president Thursday, ending a search that began with the former president's retirement following remarks critical of Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools.
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Bieber charged in Toronto assault, Miami toxicology report released

The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Justin Bieber turns himself in to Toronto police, details of Bieber's Miami toxicology report are released, and Scarlett Johansson quits her ambassador role with Oxfam. Bob Mezan reports.
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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

Best-Selling Books Week Ended Jan. 26th.
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Man Finds Stranger Who Saved Him From Suicide

Jonny Benjamin finally had the chance to thank the stranger who saved him from a suicide attempt, after a campaign to find the good Samaritan went viral. The “Find Mike” campaign on social media hoped to reunite Benjamin with the man he knew only as Mike, who had talked him down from London’s…
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Facebook and Under Armour are big market movers

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Under Armour Inc., up $19.54 to $104.76 Thanks to strong sales of running shoes ...
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Merck joins companies ending chimpanzee research

Drugmaker Merck & Co. is joining two dozen other pharmaceutical companies and contract laboratories in committing to not use chimpanzees for research. The growing trend could mean roughly 1,000 chimps ...
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'Boobies Rock' fraud suspect faces new allegations

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man facing trial in a nationwide breast cancer charity fraud is being jailed after allegations of a similar scam, this one involving college scholarships.
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Police: 9 family members killed in Ky. house fire

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eight children and their mother were killed in an early morning house fire in western Kentucky on Thursday, with only the injured father and an 11-year-old girl escaping, Kentucky State Police said.
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Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — The protest leader, a monk in flowing orange robes, sat sternly at the head of a long hardwood table, his newfound authority in this patch of Bangkok plain for all to see. Before him, three high-level Thai officials were begging permission to get back to work — in offices across the…
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Syrian Peace Talks Yet to Yield Progress

Syrian regime and opposition leaders held a moment of silence for the Syrian people in a rare occasion on Thursday. The day ended with more accusations and neither side reporting any progress. (Jan. 30)
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Copyright 5/8 2013 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 1/26/14, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8 2013 The Nielsen Company.
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How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

Stocks rose sharply Thursday, with large parts of the market erasing Wednesday's losses, as investors cheered a batch of strong earnings from Facebook and Visa as well as data showing the U.S. economy ...
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Hawaii tourism breaks visitor record in 2013

Hawaii tourism had another record year in 2013. Last year's $14.5 billion in visitor expenditures contributed $1.5 billion in state tax revenues, the Hawaii Tourism Authority announced Thursday. That's ...
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FED CHAIRMEN

Graphic shows duration of tenures of Federal Reserve chairmen; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm;
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Navy admiral is choice to take reins of NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is announcing that the head of the Navy's Cyber Command has been chosen to be the next chief of the troubled National Security Agency.
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Report: Calif. highway dept. needs 'modernizing'

The California Department of Transportation desperately needs fundamental reforms to help a changing state move people and goods more efficiently, according to a report released Thursday. The report recommended ...
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New Mexico man accused of killing brother of judge

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded not guilty in a fatal crash that killed the brother of a judge who sentenced him in a deadly 2006 crash.
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Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction Upheld on Appeal

An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. (Jan. 30)
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Google poised to execute long-delayed stock split

Google is finally ready to split its stock for the first time, more than three years after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin began discussing a move engineered to ensure they remain in control of ...
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Rastafarians lay claim to historic Jamaica hilltop

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — About 100 Rastafarians have rallied in Jamaica's capital to lay claim to a site where a founding father of the movement once led a flourishing community.
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St. Louis celebrating 250th anniversary

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime.
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Yellen to be sworn in as first woman Fed chair next week

Janet Yellen, the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history, will take over the reins of the U.S. central bank on Saturday and formally be sworn in next week, the Fed said on Thursday. Yellen, 67, who begins her post as the Fed unwinds its unprecedented efforts to boost the…
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Bieber Tested Positive For Marijuana And Xanax

Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest in South Florida, a preliminary toxicology report has revealed. Police said Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication. A police report said initial breath tests…
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Fatal Ky. fire began with material against heater

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a fire that killed 9 people started accidentally with combustible material against an electric baseboard heater in a bedroom.
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Google's 4Q earnings rise 17 pct but ad rates fall

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's fourth-quarter earnings rose 17 percent even though a long-running slump in its online ad prices deepened.
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Amazon warns of possible loss this quarter, stock drops 10 percent

Amazon.com Inc missed Wall Street's profit estimates for the crucial holiday period and cautioned investors about a possible operating loss this quarter, pushing its shares down more than 9 percent after hours. Amazon racked up $25.6 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, versus expectations…
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Google's outsized ad growth offsets steep price decline

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's quarterly revenue beat Wall Street's target despite a sharp decline in prices for its online ads and deepening losses at Motorola, the handset-making division to be sold to China's Lenovo. Paid clicks on Google's online ads jumped 31…
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MSNBC apologies for tweet that drew GOP ire

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC's president apologized for an offensive tweet and fired the person responsible Thursday after a top Republican suggested that GOP officials should boycott the news network.
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DGA says it raised $28 million to elect governors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Governors Association says it raised $28 million last year.
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US stocks move higher, helped by Facebook, GDP

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a stock market reversal.
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Police: Fire that killed 9 started with combustible material against electric baseboard heater

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police: Fire that killed 9 started with combustible material against electric baseboard heater.
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UN targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step conservationists called unprecedented and a major shift on a problem that has morphed from an environmental issue into a security…
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Brown tells Californians to conserve amid drought

Gov. Jerry Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid a deepening drought: Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have ...
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Obama: Job training must reflect changing economy

Stressing the importance of having job-training programs that work, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a "soup to nuts" review of federal workforce training initiatives and pledged to ...
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US growth boosts markets, steadies emerging currencies

A stall at a market in Srinagar on August 28, 2013 sells wedding garlands made from Indian rupee notes
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Knox: Frightened, saddened by murder conviction

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox says she is frightened and saddened by her "unjust" murder conviction in the death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
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Meeting Knox changed Italian's life

When Raffaele Sollecito, an IT undergraduate from a middle-class family, fell for the young American Amanda Knox, it changed his life forever.
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Twisting tale of Italy murder probe

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have had their guilty verdicts reinstated at Italy's highest criminal court for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher .
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Abercrombie & Fitch promotes CFO Ramsden to COO

In its second management change this week, teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch on Thursday promoted Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Ramsden to the new role of chief operating officer. Abercrombie & Fitch ...
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Stranded whale calf is rescued in Baja California Sur

Rescuers help a baby gray whale stranded on the edge of a lagoon in Mexico. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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NYC agrees to stop-and-frisk monitor, reforms

NEW YORK (AP) — The new mayor on Thursday delivered on his campaign promise to reform stop-and-frisk police tactics, agreeing to the appointment of a monitor and seeking to end a 14-year court fight that culminated in a judge's ruling that New York City had discriminated in carrying out the…
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Beirut suburb on high alert after wave of bombings

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Hussein has stacked 300 sandbags outside his coffee shop in Beirut's southern suburbs to reassure customers frightened by a wave of deadly bombings there, but business is still down by half.
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Raw: Celebrations for Chinese New Year

People marked the arrival of a new lunar year across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on Thursday. Per traditional Chinese time-keeping, on the eve of the lunar new year is an ideal moment visit a temple to pray and put incense sticks in place. (Jan. 30)
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Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of homeowners in coastal and flood-prone areas would win protection from sharply higher federal flood insurance premiums under legislation muscled through the Senate on Thursday after angry constituents inundated Capitol Hill with complaints.
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Another $4M in outside money heading to Fla. Race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Need proof outside money is going to matter in this year's elections? Just look at spending this week.
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A look at the House GOP principles on immigration

House Republican leaders presented their principles on immigration to rank-and-file members at the annual retreat in Cambridge, Md. A look at the principles:
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JetBlue, Southwest win rights at DC airport

Southwest and JetBlue are the beneficiaries of a deal requiring American Airlines to give up some of its coveted operating rights at Washington's Reagan National Airport. Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday ...
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Guy Learns to Dance In a Year!

For anyone who decided that learning a new skill would be their New Year's resolution, take a look at this inspiring clip. After a year of practice, he mastered some impressive dance moves! Check out more from NneilandD.
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Mo. woman asks judge to undo plea in child slaying

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who as a teenager wrote that killing a young neighbor was an "ahmazing" thrill asked a judge on Thursday to overturn her guilty plea, saying she made it under the fear of spending a lifetime in prison.
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Jury deliberating fate of mom who left boys in SUV

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A jury is deciding whether a western Colorado woman understood the risk of leaving her sons in her running SUV with the heater on.
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Police: Paraplegic man steals car from Fla. dealer

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a paraplegic man stole a vehicle from a Florida dealership before leading officers on a brief chase.
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District apologizes after taking student lunches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A school district apologized Thursday to outraged parents after about 30 students at a Salt Lake City school had their lunches thrown out because of outstanding balances on their food accounts.
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Too young for Super Bowl? Mars calls it an honor

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars says he feels honored the NFL is letting him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show even though he's still a budding artist.
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Knox statement: Frightened, saddened by verdict, says justice was perverted

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Knox statement: Frightened, saddened by verdict, says justice was perverted.
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Alibaba rival JD.com files for U.S. listing

JD.com, China's second-largest e-commerce company, filed for a U.S. listing of its shares, following market leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in tapping into rising investor enthusiasm surrounding China's booming online retail market. China's business-to-consumer e-commerce sales may surpass $180…
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Oil above $98 as US economy shows strength

The price of oil closed above $98 a barrel for the first time in a month Thursday, as signs of a strengthening U.S. economy prompted expectations of greater demand for oil. Benchmark U.S. crude for March ...
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3M 4Q profit climbs more than 11 percent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 3M posted a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, although volatile exchange rates on foreign currency and weak growth in South America caused revenue to come in lower than Wall Street expected.
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Bobby Vee braves Alzheimer's to record once more

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) — Bobby Vee still has the infectious smile, bright eyes and boyish good looks of his 1960s pop idol days, when he scored such hits as "Take Good Care of My Baby," ''Rubber Ball" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."
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Key dates in Knox prosecution

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Key dates in case of American student Amanda Knox, convicted then acquitted in slaying of British roommate Meredith Kercher.
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Gold and silver slide after further Fed cuts

Gold and silver prices fell Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve made further cuts to its economic stimulus program. The actively traded April contract for gold fell $19.70, or 1.6 percent, to $1,242.50 ...
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Google quarterly profit climbs on ad revenue

Google reported that profit in the closing quarter of last year climbed to $3.38 billion on rising ad revenue
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Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — The protest leader, a monk in flowing orange robes, sat sternly at the head of a long hardwood table, his newfound authority in this patch of Bangkok plain for all to see. Before him, three high-level Thai officials were begging permission to get back to work — in offices across the…
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Facebook powers higher on earnings, unveils new app

Facebook shares staged a strong rally, buoyed by news of stronger-than-expected profits and sizzling gains in mobile advertising revenue.
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Abbott to close Puerto Rico manufacturing plant

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.
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Roche enjoys strong profit, expects growth in 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss drug maker Roche saw its full-year profits boosted by strong demand for its cancer medicines and diagnostic tests used by clinical laboratories, the company reported Thursday.
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Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Chart shows estimates for people in the U.S. illegally; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;
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Germany's Schaeuble wants tougher rules after wind park insolvency

Germany needs to improve regulation and supervision of financial markets in order to protect investors, including those who have been affected by this month's insolvency of the wind park group Prokon, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said. "It remains the goal of the German government to…
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US average rate on 30-year home loan 4.32 percent

Average U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week as new data suggested a pause in the housing market's recovery. Here's a look at rates for fixed and adjustable mortgages this week and over the past year:...
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In Texas, jail confronts issue of inmate safety

HOUSTON (AP) — Black eyeliner rings Tyniesha Stephens' large brown eyes. Her long, dark hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and she excitedly shares pictures of herself in the blonde wig and skirts she dons when she's not in orange jail garb.
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UPS sees no rerun of glitch-marred December - CFO

United Parcel Service Inc has vowed to avoid a repeat of last year's Christmas holiday season when unexpectedly high volume and huge delays frustrated customers who wanted their packages delivered on time. The No. 1 U.S. courier company is investing in new technology and expanded capacity so that…
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Zynga to lay off 15 pct of employees as sales sink

Zynga says it is laying off 314 employees, about 15 percent of its workforce, as the game maker's fourth-quarter sales plummet. The San Francisco company said Thursday that sales in the October-December ...
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House GOP on immigration: Get right with law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders' standards for any immigration overhaul call for providing a chance for citizenship to children brought to the country illegally.
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Amanda Knox murder conviction upheld

Knox sentenced to 28 years and six months in prison, while ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito also has conviction upheld.
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Health Canada studying 'morning-after pill' after questions about its efficacy

TORONTO - Health Canada says it is studying the effectiveness of the so-called "morning after" contraceptive pills in the wake of news they don't as well in larger women.
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Chipotle shares surge after strong quarter

Chipotle's popularity isn't showing any signs of fading, with the Mexican food chain reporting a fourth-quarter profit and sales that beat Wall Street expectations. For the last three months of the year, ...
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Yellen will be sworn in as Fed chair on Monday

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen will be sworn in Monday to succeed Ben Bernanke, becoming the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100-year history. The Fed said in a brief announcement Thursday ...
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Toronto's mayor defends Justin Bieber

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto's favorite black sheep, Mayor Rob Ford, is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who has recently been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
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Militants assault government building in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen and suicide bombers staged a brazen assault on a government building in Baghdad on Thursday, officials said, killing two people in the latest such attack in the heart of the Iraqi capital by militants trying to undermine further the Shiite-led government's shaky authority.
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TCM doc shows conditional love for Oscar

At first flicker, the Turner Classic Movies documentary "And the Oscar Goes To ..." appears to be little more than a promotional film for the Academy Awards.
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Snowy owl hit by bus in DC, taken to National Zoo

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare snowy owl recently searching for food in the nation's capital and perching at The Washington Post was apparently hit by a bus and was treated Thursday at the National Zoo.
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Police: Girls left in car as mom gets makeup done

WALDORF, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been charged with child neglect, accused of leaving her two young daughters in a cold car while she had her makeup done in a mall department store.
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Stocks move higher on Wall Street, breaking a losing streak; Facebook soars

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The stock market had its best day in six weeks after the government reported strong growth in the U.S. economy and several companies posted earnings gains.
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