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5 reasons bonds may be less safe than you think

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:06

In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, traders work in the ten-year bond pit on the floor of the CME Group in Chicago. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, and helped send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that when people go to unload, there won’t be anyone to buy. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)NEW YORK (AP) — Burned by the stock-market crash during the financial crisis, investors have poured a trillion dollars into bond funds in the past six years. They like the interest payments that bonds throw off, and that their prices barely move day to day.


Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:04
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights group.
Categories: BBC World News

Lexus compact sedan winning buyers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:03

This undated photo provided by Toyota shows the 2015 Lexus IS 250. (AP Photo/Toyota, David Dewhurst Photography)A showy exterior, V-6 power, nimble handling and the lowest starting price tag of any Lexus sedan are proving to be a winning formula for the Lexus IS compact sedan.


Matt Pentz' MLS power rankings, 10/1

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:00
L.A. has finally taken over the top spot of my weekly MLS power rankings.

New Oklahoma procedures increase sedative fivefold in executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:00
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma set up new procedures on executions that include increasing by five times the dosage of a controversial sedative that was among the drugs used in a botched execution in April, which prompted the state to suspend lethal injections. The new procedures, announced late on Tuesday, allow the corrections department director to choose from four lethal injection options, two that increases the dose of Midazolam to 500 milligrams, the amount Florida uses in executions, from 100 milligrams. ...

Your week in Seattle music: Ryan Adams, Lily Allen and more

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:00
Also featuring an expanding Ballard local rock festival, a tribute to a founding voice of hip-hop and the return of one of progressive rock's most revered bands.

Officials: Baghdad car bomb kills 13

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:58
Iraqi officials say a car bomb near pet and vegetable markets has killed 13 people and wounded another 25 in the capital Baghdad.

Syria blasts at school kill 22, including 10 kids

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:58
Twin car bombings near a school in Syria killed 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second exploding as parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts.

Destruction of Syria weapons facilities to begin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons facilities is expected to begin this month, and the first of the 12 facilities should be destroyed by the end of November, the organization tasked with eliminating the country's chemical weapons program says.

Brookfield wins Revel Casino auction, but loser vows to fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:51
By Tom Hals (Reuters) - An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management won the auction for Atlantic City, New Jersey's bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel with a $110 million bid, but within hours the losing bidder told Reuters he planned to fight the sale in court. Asked if he would challenge the auction result in court, Florida developer Glenn Straub told Reuters by phone: "absolutely." The auction for the hotel and casino, which cost $2.4 billion to build, concluded early Wednesday. Straub said he was analyzing the bid from Brookfield when the auction was declared over. ...

Shelling shatters first day of school

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:50
Shelling greets start of term in east Ukraine
Categories: BBC World News

Latest News: Ebola, Netanyahu, Hong Kong

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:50
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.






'Racist' Banksy mural destroyed

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:50
A Banksy mural showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners is destroyed after a complaint the work was "racist".
Categories: BBC World News

Kissinger 'considered Cuba strikes'

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:49
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show.
Categories: BBC World News

Notorious Florida speed trap ended as city closes police department

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:42
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A 50-year-old nationally recognized speed trap in north central Florida came to an end as of midnight Wednesday after the city of Waldo voted to disband its police department. The Waldo city council turned over law enforcement duties Wednesday morning to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, according to sheriff spokeswoman Becky Butscher. ...

Canada's Club Coffee sues Keurig Green Mountain for $600 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:40
(Reuters) - Canada's Club Coffee said it was suing K-cup coffee pod maker Keurig Green Mountain Inc for engaging in anti-competitive measures to maintain a near monopoly and keep single-serve coffee prices artificially high. Club Coffee is seeking $600 million in damages and said Keurig was spreading "baseless and disparaging lies" about competitors' coffee pods to mislead consumers and coerce third parties into exclusive agreements. Club Coffee said it made coffee pods for Keurig brewers and sold them at lower prices than Keurig's own K-Cup packs. ...

List of 21 people being honored as Carnegie Heroes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:37
Winners of Carnegie Hero medals announced Tuesday:

Police say ambush suspect is making errors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:32

Lt. Col. George Bivens points to images of the pipe bombs that police say were left by trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein in the Pennsylvania woods, at a news conference in Blooming Grove Pa., Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or a fuse, Bivens said. In background is John Brosnan, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender.


Fresh strikes around key Syrian town

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:31
US-led forces carry out air strikes on Islamic State militants battling Kurdish fighters around the northern Syrian border town of Kobane.
Categories: BBC World News

Battle over Somali mountains

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 23:28
Troops in northern Somalia battle al-Shabab Islamist militants for the Galgala mountains, with both sides claiming to have won.
Categories: BBC World News