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US stocks drift higher as Yellen testifies before Congress

Major U.S. stock indexes veered higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to close at record highs. Investors were considering the implications of the latest update on interest rate policy and the economy from the Federal Reserve, as well as news on U.S. home prices, consumer confidence and corporate earnings.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

MANCHESTER-by-the-SEA, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Suicide bombers kill 24 at 2 bus stations in north Nigeria

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Teenage suicide bombers, suspected to be Boko Haram extremists, killed at least 24 people in separate blasts Tuesday at crowded bus stations in two northern Nigerian cities 300 kilometers (185 miles) apart.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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UK police believe 3 missing schoolgirls have entered Syria

LONDON (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of three British schoolgirls said Tuesday they believe the teenagers are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria — likely joining dozens of other young women leaving Europe to join terrorists.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Survey: Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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IS militants abduct dozens of Christians in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Obama faces left-right opposition on trade, military force

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that's like oil and water mixing easily.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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