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New York City School Bus Drivers on Strike

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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School bus drivers in the largest U.S. public school system, New York City, are on strike for a second day Thursday, leaving more than 150,000 students looking for alternative transportation to get to class. Eight thousand unionized bus drivers walked off the job on Wednesday, taking to the picket lines to dramatize their demand for […]

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World Leaders Mark New Year

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has called for world peace and condemned inequalities between the rich and the poor in a New Year’s Day Mass. The pontiff spoke out against what he called “unregulated financial capitalism” in his address from St. Peter’s Basilica Tuesday, marking the church’s world day of peace. Other world leaders who have delivered New […]

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New Year’s Celebrations Unfold Around the World

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s largest city, Rangoon, staged a large New Year’s Eve party for the first time, as the country emerges from a decades-long military dictatorship that typically banned large public gatherings. In the southern Philippines, the festive mood was overshadowed by the devastation from a typhoon that killed more than 1,000 people in early December. And […]

N. Korea’s Kim Calls for More Weapons, End to Confrontation

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has used a New Year speech to call for the development of more advanced weapons, as well as an “end to confrontation” on the Korean peninsula. In the surprise address broadcast Tuesday on state television, Mr. Kim called on his country to hold fast “to the ideals of independence, […]

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New Year’s Celebrations Unfold Around the World

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Nations across Europe, the Middle East and Asia have welcomed in the new year as celebrations unfold around the globe. Fireworks lit up the sky over dozens of cities to celebrate the arrival of 2013, including festivities in Athens, Moscow and London. Dubai marked the new year with a light show at the world’s tallest […]

Sydney Fireworks Dazzle as Asia-Pacific Greets New Year

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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A gigantic fireworks display has lit up Sydney harbor as Australia and other Asia-Pacific nations become the first to welcome the new year. An estimated 1.5 million people gathered around the Sydney harbor on a warm summer night to see the $6.9 million fireworks show, with some camping out for much of the day to […]

Sydney Fireworks Dazzle as Asia-Pacific Greets New Year

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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A gigantic fireworks display has lit up Sydney harbor as Australia’s east coast and other Pacific nations become the first to welcome the new year. An estimated 1.5 million people gathered around the Sydney harbor to see the $6.9 million fireworks show, with some camping out for much of the day to get a good […]

New York Stock Exchange, Icon of US Capitalism, Is Sold to Upstart

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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An upstart competitor is buying the venerable New York Stock Exchange, long the symbol of robust American capitalism. The owner of the 220-year-old New York exchange, NYSE Euronext, said Thursday it has agreed to an $8.2 billion deal to sell the iconic Wall Street fixture to IntercontinentalExchange. The 12-year-old Atlanta-based bourse focuses on trading future […]

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US Politics: Conservative Lawmaker Appointed to Senate Vacancy

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina has been named to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat representing the southern state. Representative Tim Scott was named Monday by the state’s governor, Nikki Haley, to take over the seat being vacated by the recent, unexpected resignation of Senator Jim DeMint. He is leaving the Senate to […]

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Life in Prison for Failed New York Subway Bomber

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A federal court in New York City Friday sentenced an al-Qaida member to life in prison for a failed plot to carry out suicide bombings in the city’s subway in 2009. Prosecutors say Adis Medunjanin and his accomplices were just days away from carrying out their plans before federal agents foiled the plot. Authorities also […]

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