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Six Killed in California Salon Shooting

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A gunman has killed six people and critically wounded three more in a shooting spree at a hair salon in California. Authorities said police have arrested a suspect in Wednesday’s shooting, but they are not yet sure what the motive was. The suspect was detained after trying to flee the scene in a vehicle. The […]

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Bhutan Prepares for Royal Wedding

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Final preparations for a royal wedding were in full swing Wednesday in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, as students composed poems of joy, people practiced celebratory dances, and the airwaves were flooded with wedding fever. On Thursday, Bhutan’s top Buddhist cleric will perform the marriage ceremony for the world’s youngest monarch, 31-year-old King Jigme […]

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White House Concerned About China Currency Bill

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says it is concerned about parts of a proposed law that could bring sanctions against China or any country deliberately manipulating the value of its currency. Spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the White House agrees with the goal of the bill the Senate passed Tuesday, making sure U.S. workers and companies have […]

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House of Representatives Approves Trade Deals with South Korea, Panama, Colombia

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved free trade agreements that supporters say will boost U.S. exports by $13 billion annually. The House voted by a comfortable margin Wednesday in favor of the agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. All three were negotiated nearly five years ago, during the administration of George W. Bush. […]

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Rights Group Condemns Police Abuse in Ukraine

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says Ukrainian police routinely torture and abuse detainees in their custody. The London-based group is urging Ukraine’s government to set up an independent body to investigate such crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice. In a report issued Wednesday, Amnesty says hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are beaten and mistreated while in police […]

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Libya’s NTC: Gadhafi’s Son Mutassim Captured in Sirte

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s provisional government says Moammar Gadhafi’s son Mutassim has been arrested in the coastal city of Sirte. National Transitional Council officials Wednesday said Mutassim Gadhafi was taken to the eastern town of Benghazi where authorities questioned him. They gave no additional details. Earlier, anti-Gadhafi fighters said they now control more than 80 percent of Sirte, […]

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Poland’s Solidarity Leader Invited to Join New York Protesters

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Polish president and workers’ rights activist Lech Walesa says he is going to New York to support the Occupy Wall Street movement. Mr. Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday he has received an invitation by protest organizer Matthew Blair. The former union organizer said that as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize he […]

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Burma Frees 200 Dissidents, Rights Groups Say Not Enough

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s main opposition group says the government has freed about 200 jailed dissidents in its latest gesture of political reform, but rights groups say it it not enough. The 200 are among the more than 6,000 inmates from around the country who are being freed on what the Burmese government calls humanitarian grounds. The most […]

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US Stocks Advance Wednesday

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks moved higher in Wednesday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nine-tenths of a percent to close at 11,519. The S&P 500 advanced one percent to finish at 1,207 while the NASDAQ moved up eight-tenths of a percent to end at 2,605. European stocks closed higher. London’s Financial Times index increased nine-tenths of […]

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Oil Price Edges Lower

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities in New York Wednesday: Crude oil prices dropped 24 cents to end at $85.57 a barrel. Coffee futures rose more than 6 cents to close at $2.29 a pound. Copper prices increased more than 10 cents to close at $3.39 a pound. Cocoa prices were up $29 […]

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