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Wednesday, January 8th 2014 - 05:07 UTC

All 50 US states suffered freezing temperatures, affecting 190 million people

The video of a meteorologist tossing a pot of boiling water into the air in Wisconsin, demonstrating it instantly becomes snow

Weather records have tumbled across North America, as all 50 US states saw freezing temperatures. The most extreme arctic blasts, blamed on a weather pattern known as the polar vortex, were said to have affected nearly 190 million people.

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 - 23:28 UTC

JP Morgan will pay 1.7bn dollars penalty related to Bernard Madoff's fraud

The JP Morgan funds will go to the victims of Madoff's fraud

JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay a 1.7 billion dollars penalty to settle charges by US federal authorities that the bank failed to report suspicious activity relating to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 - 05:58 UTC

Yellen confirmed as next Federal Reserve chairperson: Senate votes 56-26

The incoming Yellen has a long experience with the Fed including six years as Fed chief in San Francisco

Janet Yellen, a key force behind the Federal Reserve's unprecedented and controversial efforts to boost the US economy, was confirmed on Monday by the Senate to lead the central bank just as it begins to unwind that stimulus.

Monday, January 6th 2014 - 06:47 UTC

Midwestern US warned of 'life-threatening' temperatures of up to minus 51 Celsius

Icy conditions have cancelled flights and preemptively closed schools

Residents of the Midwestern United States braced for the coldest weather in two decades, temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening. An estimated one third of the US population has been affected by the extreme weather conditions that also reached neighboring Canada.

Thursday, January 2nd 2014 - 15:40 UTC

Colorado, USA, celebrates the end of marihuana prohibition and opens new chapter

Under Colorado law state residents can buy as much as an ounce (28 grams)

The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use have opened for business in Colorado with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America's drug culture.

Sunday, December 29th 2013 - 08:24 UTC

One for the White House: NSA program keeping phone call records is 'lawful'

Judge William Pauley: 'a counter punch' to terrorism

A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful, calling it a “counter-punch” to terrorism that does not violate Americans' privacy rights.

Thursday, December 26th 2013 - 05:52 UTC

US economy picking up strength according to third quarter data

Personal consumption and business investment to be higher than previously thought, said US Department of Commerce

The United States economy grew at a surprisingly robust 4.1% annual pace in the third quarter according to the Commerce Department, which was the strongest advance in nearly two years and only the third time the economy had expanded that quickly from one quarter to the next since 2006.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 06:54 UTC

Brazil and Germany, with UN support hit back at US cyber spying

The two powerful ladies, Angela and Dilma are furious about US NSA spying into their countries and even their personal mobiles

UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy of internet users. The resolution was introduced by Brazil and Germany after allegations that the US had been eavesdropping on foreign leaders, including Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and Germany's Angela Merkel.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 06:41 UTC

Brazil expects to begin exporting matured beef to the US in first half of 2014

Brazil is the world's leading beef exporter and the US the leading consumer

Brasilia and Washington have taken the latest technical steps to open the US market to Brazilian beef, which if all runs smoothly together with a 60 to 90 days public consultation period could see the first shipments in the second quarter of next year. Currently because of sanitary barriers linked to Foot and Mouth Disease, FMD, Brazil can only export industrialized beef to the US.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 06:28 UTC

US planning a new trade agreement with Latam, but through NAFTA

The initiative was revealed by Secretary of State John Kerry to Andres Oppenheimer from the Miami Herald

The President Barack Obama administration is “exploring” a regional trade plan for the Americas that would be the most ambitious hemispheric initiative in years, but contrary to the failed experience of George Bush's FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas), this time it would be instrumented through Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement) partners Mexico and Canada, according to a Miami Herald interview of Andres Oppenheimer with Secretary of State John Kerry.

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