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Friday, October 30th 2015 - 07:39 UTC

US growth slows sharply in the third quarter; consumer spending strong at 3.2%

Low fuel prices have been good news for consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity.

United States growth slowed sharply in the third quarter of the year. GDP grew at an annualized pace of 1.5% between July and September, according to the Department of Commerce, down from 3.9% in the second quarter. The slowdown was partly due to companies running down stockpiles of goods in their warehouses.

Thursday, October 29th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Fed rates unchanged; fears of monetary easing in EU, Japan and China, and inflation still below 2%

Most Fed policymakers have said they expect to raise rates in 2015, but two broke ranks with Fed Chair Janet Yellen this month

The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, but downplayed global economic headwinds and left the door open to tightening monetary policy at its next meeting in December.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 - 09:11 UTC

UN condemns 191-2, US embargo on Cuba, despite restored relations

US deputy ambassador Ronald Godard said before the vote that Cuba is “mistaken” if it thinks the measure will improve efforts to normalize relations.

United States on Tuesday voted against a U.N. resolution condemning its embargo on Cuba, even though President Barack Obama has called on Congress to lift the trade restrictions. The vote was the first since the U.S. and Cuban leaders agreed to restore diplomatic ties last December, and the U.S. had considered taking the unprecedented step of abstaining.

Sunday, October 25th 2015 - 10:16 UTC

Monsanto in the dock? possible mass tort civil action against glyphosate

The lawsuit in several US states accuses Monsanto of long knowing that the main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was hazardous to human health.

Personal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be “mass tort” civil actions against agrochemical giant Monsanto that claim the company’s Roundup herbicide has caused cancer in farm workers and others exposed to the chemical.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 10:02 UTC

US imposes new curbs on Arctic waters oil and gas exploration

In light of Shell's announcement “it does not make sense to prepare for lease sales in the Arctic in the next year and a half,” said Interior Secretary Jewell

The US government has announced new curbs on oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast. It comes after oil giant Royal Dutch Shell last month stopped its Arctic activity citing “disappointing” tests.

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - 05:44 UTC

Michelle Obama christens USS Illinois, 13th Virginia Class submarine

“We are honored to have the First Lady Michelle Obama as our sponsor,” said Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger.

USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class, was christened Saturday at builder General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard.

Saturday, October 10th 2015 - 06:11 UTC

The Pope’s Subversive Message

The central theme of Francis’ visit was a call for unity. He urged us “to dialogue together, to shorten the distance between us, to strengthen our bonds of brotherhood.”

The following piece by Arthur C. Brooks (*) was published in The New York Times opinion page. It is a strong view on Francis's visit significance for US Catholicism.

Thursday, October 8th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Argentine Jewish community asks Washington to reveal whereabouts of former spymaster

Allegedly AMIA delegates hand-delivered a letter to US Ambassador Mamet, asking that Washington turn over information relating to  “Jaime” Stiuso

The Argentine Jewish community has requested that the United States reveal the whereabouts of their country’s former spymaster – who reportedly fled to Miami in February following the shooting death of a prosecutor investigating the 1994 car bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and injured hundreds.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 07:29 UTC

US jobs created in September sharply lower than expected; fears global slow-down is hitting America

The figure was far lower than the 205,000 increase forecast by economists. The number of jobs in July and August were revised down by a combined 59,000.

The US economy added just 142,000 jobs in September, lowering the chance of an interest rate rise this year. The figure was far lower than the 205,000 increase forecast by economists. The number of jobs created in July and August were revised down by a combined 59,000.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 07:17 UTC

Umpqua killer: interest in high-profile shootings, angry at not having a girlfriend and bitter at the world

Harper-Mercer described himself as “Not Religious, but Spiritual,” and belonged to a group called “Doesn’t Like Organized Religion.”

Christopher Harper-Mercer was withdrawn and quiet as he grew up in southern California, spending most of his time indoors at his mother’s apartment and deflecting neighbors when they asked him how he was doing, or why he always wore the same outfit of combat boots and green Army pants. But there was one subject that got him to open up: guns.


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