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Global stocks posting big gains ahead of expected Fed hike

 

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets advanced Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's widely anticipated first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. A failure to hike would be a huge shock to financial markets and could well lead to some major volatility.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Congress set for year-end push on tax, spending compromise

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are girded to push a Christmas compromise on tax cuts and spending through the House and Senate by week's end after Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a legislative package extending dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families and financing 2016 government operations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Carter in Iraq to seek new ways to battle Islamic State

 

BAGHDAD (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi leaders and his commanders Wednesday on an unannounced war zone visit aimed at broadening U.S. assistance to Iraq to defeat the Islamic State group.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Panda cub in Washington is thriving ahead of public debut

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is stressed out about appearing in front of crowds for the first time, he isn't showing it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Company: 2 dead in medical helicopter crash near Phoenix

 

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials say two people are dead after a medical helicopter crashed in rugged terrain east of Phoenix.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' sets new sales record

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is still scaring up sales and giving the King of Pop's legacy a new milestone.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Following deadlock, Baltimore jury resumes deliberations

 

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore jury is deliberating again, a day after announcing a deadlock in case of the first police officer to stand trial over the death of Freddie Gray.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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Siri vs. Cortana vs. 'OK Google': Who's better, who's best

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cortana's learning the neighborhood. Google's digital assistant can't tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2015

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