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Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the [...]

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California city faces key ruling on bankruptcy

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents in the California city of Stockton will likely learn Thursday if they can put more than two years of financial uncertainty behind them. Marking a critical moment in the bankrupt city’s financial recovery, Stockton will ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein to approve a plan for reorganizing more than [...]

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US stocks are mixed early trading

  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting in early trading Thursday as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. A strong gain for Visa pulled the Dow Jones industrial average higher. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell five point to 1,981 as of 10:09 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow [...]

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FTC says AT&T misled customers over unlimited data

  WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company — slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video. The Federal Trade Commission filed its complaint against AT&T Mobility [...]

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Calif. AG: 18.5 million residents’ info exposed

  LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Personal information about more than 18.5 million Californians was hacked, stolen or otherwise exposed last year and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday, October 28th, in a new report on data breaches in the nation’s biggest [...]

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Global stocks mostly higher as Fed meeting awaited

    BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to this week’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. KEEPING SCORE: In morning trading, Germany’s DAX jumped 1.4 percent to 9,023.80 and France’s CAC-40 added 0.3 percent to 4,110.63. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent to 6,389.96. European benchmarks had tumbled Monday [...]

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The meaning of ‘organic’ hazy for nonfood items

  WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture [...]

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UN expert: Keep up hope amid climate change battle

  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A top U.N. climate change expert urged world governments Monday, October 27th, not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said despite the IPCC’s own warnings that time is running out, [...]

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UK rejects ‘appalling’ EU demand for more money

  BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Friday he would not pay a European Union bill for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. Thumping his fist in frustration, Cameron said “people [...]

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US stocks rise broadly on earnings; Amazon sinks

  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose again Friday, putting the market on track for its best week in almost two years, helped by strong quarterly results from companies such as Microsoft and UPS. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but it wasn’t enough to drag the rest of the market [...]

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Poland appeals Europe court ruling on CIA prison

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government says it is appealing a judgment by Europe’s top human rights court, which ruled in July that Warsaw violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to imprison them at a so-called black site in Poland from 2002-2003. The ruling by the European Court [...]

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