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Futures up ahead of Fed's final statement of 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A global consensus that the U.S. will not pull back on its aggressive monetary policies is pushing markets higher at home and abroad. The Federal Reserve ends its two-day meeting Wednesday and issues its last statement and updated economic forecasts of 2013.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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AP survey: US income gap is holding back economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Google's top searches peer into society's mindset

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Fed is likely to maintain bond-buying pace for now

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is this week when the Federal Reserve finally slows its aggressive stimulus for the economy? Or does it want to await more evidence of a consistently improving economy?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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GlaxoSmithKline to scrap individual sales targets

LONDON (AP) — British drug company GlaxoSmithKline said Tuesday it would stop paying doctors to promote its products at speaking engagements and scrap individual sales targets, months after its ethics were challenged by a bribery scandal in China.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Ancient Stonehenge gets modern-day revamp

STONEHENGE, England (AP) — After thousands of years, Stonehenge has had a makeover. But visitors may initially feel something is missing: the prehistoric monument itself.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?

It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck — really extraordinary luck — you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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