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Fed blocks Citigroup from raising dividends

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:20
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday barred Citigroup from raising its dividend or boosting its stock buybacks, saying it's too hard to predict how some parts of the bank's global operation would fare in a sharp economic downturn.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.40 pct

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:20
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week in the wake of comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggesting that the Fed could start raising short-term interest rates by mid-2015.

Big threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:18
The greatest threat to Japan's whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but Japanese consumers. They've lost their appetite.

Dave Reichert breaks ranks with GOP on national monuments bill

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:16
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill to curtail presidential powers to designate national monuments, a legislation conservation groups condemned as shortsighted and which they urged the Senate to reject.

Avoid higher cable costs: Stop Comcast's Time Warner buy

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:16
After reading Ann McFeatters’ column “Reining in Comcast’s appetite” [Opinion, March 21], I just have to say that I agree wholeheartedly.

BofA to spend $9.33 billion in FHFA settlement

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:16
Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:14

In this March 26, 2014 photo, Nida Degesys, National President of the American Medical Student Association, poses for photos in her office in Sterling, Va. Degesys graduated in May 2013 from Northeast Ohio Medical University with about $180,000 in loans. The amount has already swelled with interest to about $220,000. Yet, as costly as medical school was, Degesys sees it as an investment in herself and her career, one she thinks will pay off with a higher earning potential. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.


Turkey moves to block YouTube access

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:12
Turkey begins blocking access to YouTube after a recording is posted on it purporting to show ministers discussing a possible military operation in Syria.
Categories: BBC World News

ACLU settles suit over student's online comments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:09

In this photo provided by Sandra Stratton is her daughter Riley Stratton. The Minnewaska, Minn., School District and Riley Stratton, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, announced Tuesday, March 25, 2014 that they have settled a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated the student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission. The school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle the 2012 case involving the former Minnewaska Area Middle School sixth-grader who is now 15 years old. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sandra Stratton)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A school district and a girl represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota have settled a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated the student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.


Philippines and Muslim Rebel Group Sign Peace Deal

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:02
The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III.
    





Pope tells Obama of concern for 'religious freedom' in U.S

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:01
Pope Francis and Vatican officials on Thursday told U.S. President Barack Obama they were concerned about "religious freedom" in the United States, an apparent reference to the contraception mandate in Obama's health care plan. Obama held nearly an hour of private talks with the pope and then the president and Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and other diplomats.

UN General Assembly approves resolution calling Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimea illegal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN General Assembly approves resolution calling Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimea illegal.

Lawyers: Texas should reveal execution drug source

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:48
HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys for two Texas inmates who would be the first executed with a replenished stockpile of execution drugs are challenging the prison agency's position that the supplier of the new batch should be kept secret.

Correction: BP Whiting-Oil Spill story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:46
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a March 26 story about a BP refinery spilling oil into Lake Michigan, The Associated Press misidentified the source of the initial estimate of the spill's size. That estimate came from BP through the U.S. Coast Guard, and did not originate with the Coast Guard.

Soldier's Ga. trial closes in clash over experts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:42
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — The court-martial of an Army soldier charged with killing his pregnant wife for $500,000 in benefit money closed Thursday, with attorneys arguing whether a military judge should accept a lone medical expert's conclusion that the woman was strangled to death while the official cause of death remains undetermined.

Obama: IMF deal for Ukraine a 'major step forward'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:42
ROME (AP) — President Barack Obama says a pledge of up to $18 billion in loans to Ukraine from the International Monetary Fund is a major step forward.

Manning lawyer wants leak conviction reversed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning is asking an Army general to reverse her conviction and 35-year prison sentence for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.

Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:29
A small study that examined the brains of children who died found that certain abnormalities were common in autistic children but not in kids without the disorder. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.

The Review Show on BBC Four axed

BBC World News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:28
This Sunday's edition of The Review Show will be its last after more than 20 years on air, following last year's move from BBC Two to BBC Four.
Categories: BBC World News

GSK recalls weight-loss drug Alli in U.S. on tampering concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:27

The GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen at the entrance of a building in LuxembourgBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all supplies of its non-prescription weight-loss drug Alli in the United States and Puerto Rico after customers reported finding other pills and tablets in some bottles. The British group said it believed that some U.S. bottles of Alli might not contain authentic product, adding that it was working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the retailer-level recall. GSK has received inquiries from consumers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina and Texas about 20 bottles containing tablets and capsules that were not Alli. GSK said it was not immediately clear how the bottles had been tampered with or where in the supply chain the problem had occurred.