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Stocks edge lower as investors weigh economic news

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks dropped Wednesday as investors weighed conflicting economic reports and assessed the outlook for Federal Reserve stimulus.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Kerry to present security plan in Mideast visit

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present the outlines of a West Bank security plan in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week, stepping up American involvement in hopes of reviving faltering Mideast peace efforts, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander after he parked his car in his apartment building's garage Wednesday in Lebanon's capital, a major breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic

 

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Newtown to release 911 calls from school shooting

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Recordings of 911 calls from the Newtown school shooting are being released, days after a state prosecutor dropped his fight to continue withholding them despite an order to provide them to The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Strong US jobs report keeps lid on markets

LONDON (AP) — A forecast-busting U.S. jobs report maintained the pressure on stocks Wednesday as it reinforced speculation that the Federal Reserve will start to reduce its monetary stimulus this month.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Obama, in speech, to focus on income disparities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid public doubts over his stewardship of the economy, President Barack Obama is putting a renewed focus on the income gap between rich and poor as he pushes for short-term congressional action and begins setting the domestic agenda for the remainder of his presidency.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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Mandela putting up 'courageous fight'

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed," members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013

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