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Cracks emerge in U.S. oil boom

Crude truth behind oil's global boom
The American energy boom is finally showing some cracks from the crash in oil prices.
U.S. oil production decreased by 120,000 barrels per day in September from August, according to a report released by the Energy Information Administration […]

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Bill Ackman says short-term money driving market volatility

NEW YORK William Ackman, head of hedge fund firm Pershing Square Capital Management, said on Tuesday that financial market volatility was being driven by short-term money without regard to long-term economic fundamentals and that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc was the most undervalued stock among his top holdings.

“There is a huge amount of money that moves without regard to long-term economic […]

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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, August 2015

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contact personnel and their telephone numbers, and supplementary materials.

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The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

Fear of his enemies was the primary reason for Bashar Assad’s call for help to Moscow. “But right after that came the fear of his friends,” says a Russian official who long worked in his country’s embassy in Damascus. The friend he refers to is Iran, the Syrian regime’s most important protector.

“Assad and those around him are afraid of […]

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In wake of South Carolina, a boom for police cameras

Police body cams are a booming business
Calls are once again growing for more police to be outfitted with cameras after the tragic police shooting in South Carolina.
North Charleston officer Michael Slager had a video camera in his patrol car — a so-called dash cam […]

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Aaron Hernandez judge bars TV photographer from trial

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The judge presiding over the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Thursday ordered a photographer for a Boston television station barred from the courthouse after complaints that he followed jurors.

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Wall Street edges up as energy rebounds; early earnings weak

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday as a rebound in the price of crude oil lifted energy shares, though strength in the U.S. dollar and uncertainty over the coming earnings season limited the day’s gains.

Seven of the SP 500’s ten industry sectors rose on the day, though gains were largely shallow. Markets have struggled for direction […]

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GE close to selling part or all of its real estate holdings: source

(Reuters) – General Electric Co is nearing a deal to sell substantially all of its $30 billion real estate assets to a consortium led by Blackstone Group and Wells Fargo Co, according to a person familiar with the matter.

An announcement could come as early as Friday, the person said.

GE spokesman Seth Martin declined to comment.

GE has been retreating […]

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Faith & work: Amish miners deal with stricter rules

Yaniv Liron, chief executive of Lumina Systems, at his office in New York, April 6, 2015.
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Hedge fund machines cash in—again

Other styles to produce strong returns were “macro” funds, which also try to catch macroeconomic trends but are traditionally less quantitatively oriented. Macro players gained an average of 4.9 percent, according to Credit Suisse, second to only futures investors.
One standout was Ray Dalio’s $169 billion Bridgewater Associates. Its main hedge fund gained about 14.5 percent […]

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Apple expects Apple Watch to sell out Friday

Everything about the Apple Watch in :90
Apple expects to sell out of its new Apple Watch when pre-orders for the smartwatch begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday on the West Coast.
“We expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” Angela Ahrendts, Apple […]

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Average tax refund tops $2,800

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The official tax season is over in less than a week, and 67% of taxpayers have already filed as of April 3, according to the latest IRS numbers.
The majority of them have received a refund check, averaging $2,815.
To date, the IRS has received close to 99.1 million returns, and […]

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Why are states leaving billions in retiree income on the table?

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois is the national poster child for state budget messes. My home state faces a $7.4 billion general fund deficit and a $12 billion revenue shortfall. One proposed idea for plugging at least part of the horrific shortfall: tax retirement income. But our new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, has rejected the idea.

Illinois exempts all retirement income from […]

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Shockingly small ‘crimes’ that can land you in jail

My dogs were seized and it cost me thousands
Leave an old washing machine in your front yard, miss too many days of school or catch a fish during the wrong season, and you could end up in jail.
Because such minor infractions are considered misdemeanor […]

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Wall Street little changed with data, earnings eyed

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks were little changed in choppy trading on Thursday after initial jobless claims data rose less than expected, suggesting an abrupt slowdown in job growth in March could be temporary.

The energy sector .SPNY helped buoy the market with a 1.2 percent gain on the back of a rebound in crude futures prices.

The market has lately struggled to […]

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Automatic trading brings growing risks to U.S. bond market: TMPG

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The increasing role of computerized trading in the U.S. bond market has boosted the risk to U.S. Treasuries trade, potentially causing more turmoil like the wild price swing that erupted on Oct. 15, according to a paper from a bond industry group released on Thursday.

Supporters see automated trading, in particular high frequency trading which uses complex […]

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Retail religion


IN THE 1980s and 1990s no visit to Southern California was complete without a trip to Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, a short drive from Disneyland. It was the most striking of a new crop of megachurches that were springing up across America. Twelve storeys high and made from 10,000 panes of […]

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SEC panel to call for better Wall Street disciplinary database

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A panel of investor advocates said on Thursday they were developing a proposal for U.S. securities regulators that will make it easier for retail investors to conduct online background checks of financial professionals before hiring them.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee discussed the recommendation amid concerns about elderly investors who are often prime targets for […]

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The net closes

“I JUST can’t bear this any longer,” writes “Megan” in an anonymous internet forum. Waiting for online shopping to be delivered is frustrating. But for drug users it can be agony. Megan’s vice is OxyContin, an addictive prescription painkiller. Like many users, she buys her illicit supply on the “dark web”, a hidden corner of the internet accessed with anonymous […]

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Expert: Why we’re ready for 2 Fed rate hikes

U.S. markets are primed to handle not one, but two Federal Reserve rate increases, Wells Fargo Investment Institute’s Scott Wren said Thursday.
“I think there’s some concern over when the first one will be. I would lean towards September; certainly not June,” Wren told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”
Wren made his remarks […]

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Sarah Silverman: Women get paid less and it’s ‘sh***y’

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Comedian Sarah Silverman shares her own pay inequality experience as part of Levo’s #Ask4More campaign.

Women and men who work the same job should be paid the same … right?
Most would agree. But even when everything else is equal — from education to years of experience — gender continues to be […]

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BlackRock bullish on emerging markets debt

(Reuters) – BlackRock (BLK.N) sees opportunities to invest in emerging markets debt, despite the rising U.S. dollar and an expected increase in U.S. interest rates this year, executives said Wednesday.

Given the amount of deleveraging in some emerging markets countries over the past several years, and the unpredictability of other markets, like the European credit market, investors should consider emerging markets […]

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