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European shares fall, weighed by earnings, Ukraine woes

European shares closed lower on Wednesday, as strong U.S. growth failed to offset some weak earnings reports and concern the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will escalate. Holcim's and HeidelbergCement's ...

An early rally fades on the US stock market

Trader James Dresch, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 30, 2014. European stocks were lower Wednesday July 30, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian markets.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks turned lower in midday trading, erasing an early gain. Trading was quiet as investors waited for a statement from the Federal Reserve later Wednesday.


Wall Street gives up gains as GDP raises Fed concerns

The Twitter symbol is displayed at the post where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were flat on Wednesday, paring earlier gains as a strong read on second-quarter economic growth sparked concerns the Federal Reserve may adjust its stimulus earlier than expected. While the Nasdaq remained in positive territory, helped by biotech shares, the Dow was pressured by a drop in insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc . The data comes ahead of a statement from the Federal Open Market Committee this afternoon, as the Fed concludes its latest policy meeting. "The 4 percent number was startlingly good, and it has increased anxieties that the Fed may change its policies," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.


Snapchat in financing talks with Alibaba at $10 billion valuation: Bloomberg

A portrait of the Snapchat logo in Ventura(Reuters) - Snapchat, an app that lets users send messages that disappear after a few seconds, is in talks with investors, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N], for financing that could value the company at $10 billion, Bloomberg reported. The terms of the funding may change, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Snapchat, popular with teenage users, turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook Inc last year, the Wall Street Journal reported in November. Facebook launched Slingshot, a similar smartphone app, on June 17.


Carlyle's second-quarter earnings double

A general view of the lobby outside of the Carlyle Group offices in WashingtonCarlyle Group LP said on Wednesday its second-quarter earnings doubled from a year earlier as one of its European buyout funds started paying performance fees, highlighting the growth potential of its private equity business in Europe. While two U.S. buyout funds accounted for more than half of all of Carlyle's performance fees in the quarter, the Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm said its third European buyout fund was now also a contributor. "Europe and Japan are both priced at about 20 percent lower than the United States. Yet private equity dominates its income, accounting for 32 percent of assets under management but 65 percent of its earnings in the quarter.


WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations

FILE - This Tuesday, July 17, 2012, file photo shows the corporate headquarters of Wellpoint in Indianapolis. Wellpoint reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)NEW YORK (AP) — WellPoint's second-quarter profit fell 8.6 percent as expenses tied to changes in the nation's health care laws climbed.


Strong earnings news, US growth lift stocks

Trader James Dresch, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 30, 2014. European stocks were lower Wednesday July 30, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian markets.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher after several companies reported better earnings than investors were expecting.


Charterhouse picks banks for IPO of Germany's Armacell -sources

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - British buyout group Charterhouse Capital [CHCAP.UL] has picked banks to prepare a stock market listing of its German insulation materials firm Armacell, two people familiar with...

WellPoint medical cost ratio drives 2nd-quarter profit beat

U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported a decline in second-quarter profit, but its closely watched medical costs as a percentage of premiums ratio improved and it beat Wall Street estimates. WellPoint, which runs Anthem and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, is the third large health insurer to beat analysts' earnings estimates for the quarter but shares have sold off as investors worried that a run in low medical costs might be ending. WellPoint beat Wall Street expectations because this ratio was less than foreseen, Leerink Partners analyst Ana Gupte said in a research note. WellPoint said it spent 82.7 percent of the premiums that it brought in on medical claims in what is known as the medical benefit expense ratio.

ITC shares gain after earnings; valuations seen enticing

A man talk on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in KolkataReuters Market Eye - ITC shares gain around 1 percent a day after reporting better-than-expected April-June profit, with traders saying valuations are especially attractive. The stock trading at 26.4 times 12-month forward earnings compared to an average of 36 times for domestic fast consumer goods makers, Thomson Reuters data shows. (Reporting by Dipika Lalwani)


Technology

How Technology Is Intensifying Gaza War Between Israel and Hamas - NBCNews.com


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How Technology Is Intensifying Gaza War Between Israel and Hamas
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Graphic and visceral accounts from the deadly conflict in Gaza are streaming around the world in real time – along with a parallel rise in fake images and propaganda. It's not just Twitter that is changing the way each side is tackling its enemy: from ...
How tech is intensifying war in GazaCNBC

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Wearable Technology: Better Looking But As Unnerving And Confusing As Rest ... - Forbes


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Wearable Technology: Better Looking But As Unnerving And Confusing As Rest ...
Forbes
The Internet of Things (IoT), despite being decades old in concept, is a muddle of emerging technologies with unnerving social, legal and moral implications, set in motion as the Internet and wireless became pervasive and sensor chips affordable. Last ...

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Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities - Forbes


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Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities
Forbes
A 2013 ruling by the Department of Labor established a baseline for federal contractors to have 7% of their workforce be individuals with disabilities. Additionally, passage by the U.S. House and Senate of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ...

$35-million technology center to bring new jobs - WDTN


$35-million technology center to bring new jobs
WDTN
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new technology center is coming to Dayton bringing new jobs along with it. Emerson Climate Technologies and the University of Dayton announced the $35-million global technology innovation center Wednesday morning.

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Travel

New Travel App Finds Last-Minute Flight Deals for the Spontaneous - Mashable


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New Travel App Finds Last-Minute Flight Deals for the Spontaneous
Mashable
There are apps that let you call a car at a moment's notice, or book a hotel for tonight, but last-minute airfare deals haven't yet seen the same level of success. And for good reason: The best airfare prices are usually found more than three weeks ...
Flight Tonight App Lets You Book, Fly, and Arrive on the Same DaySmarterTravel.com (blog)

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This week's best travel deals - Washington Post


This week's best travel deals
Washington Post
Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

Summer break: the best student travel deals - Telegraph.co.uk


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Summer break: the best student travel deals
Telegraph.co.uk
The price excludes accommodation and travel, but accommodation can also be organised through the school for around £205 for two weeks. If languages aren't your thing, but you'd still like to spend your holiday learning a new skill, how about giving ...

better deals for the single traveller - Telegraph.co.uk


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better deals for the single traveller
Telegraph.co.uk
Thomson must have good buying power with the Pestana group because Expedia is charging £904 (b & b offer only) for a similar week including flights; Travel Republic quotes £1,102 half-board, and easyJet Holidays a whopping £1,221 for half-board, ...

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UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding - seattlepi.com
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:57:40 +0100


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UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court ...
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Carnage at UN school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip - Reuters
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:53:35 +0100


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Carnage at UN school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip
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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.
LIVE UPDATES: Three more IDF soldiers killed in Gaza fighting, bringing total to ...Haaretz
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Report: There's a 'Very Good Chance' the Red Sox Trade John Lackey, Too - Boston.com
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:45:26 +0100


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Report: There's a 'Very Good Chance' the Red Sox Trade John Lackey, Too
Boston.com
Gary Dzen has covered one Celtics championship run and one 18-game losing streak. He was there for Belichick's 4th-and-2. He really, really likes IPAs. Share; Comment. lackeymove.jpg. The focus around the Red Sox in the last 72 hours has been squarely ...
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The Ventura Verdict - The New Yorker
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:42:08 +0100


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The Ventura Verdict
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Over the past several weeks, adults gathered in a Minneapolis courtroom to argue about whether one brawny man punched another brawny man at an Irish pub in San Diego on the night of October 12, 2006. The bar was full of Navy SEALs and their families, ...
Jesse Ventura vs. Chris Kyle: A case where no one wonWashington Post
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Senate Passes $8.1 Billion Measure to Replenish Highway, Bridge Repair Fund - Wall Street Journal
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:40:13 +0100


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Senate Passes $8.1 Billion Measure to Replenish Highway, Bridge Repair Fund
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—The Senate Tuesday passed an $8.1 billion measure to replenish the fund that pays for highway and bridge repairs, taking a different approach from the House and creating last-minute trouble for legislation that Congress must pass in the ...
Congress jockeys over troubled border-funding billReuters
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US Second-Quarter GDP Expands at 4.0% Rate - Wall Street Journal
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:37:24 +0100


Wall Street Journal

US Second-Quarter GDP Expands at 4.0% Rate
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy surged in the second quarter, more than offsetting a first-quarter contraction and putting growth back on an upward trajectory in 2014. The U.S. economy rebounded strongly this spring after a first-quarter contraction, eking ...
The economy's 4% annual growth in 2nd quarter is a sharp turnaround from the ...Los Angeles Times
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Washington state council approves controversial 'In God We Trust' plaque
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Sleeping Detroit boy, 8, shot and killed by stray bullet
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US economy grows at 4 percent in second quarter
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Obama joins EU in announcing expanded economic sanctions against Russia - Rebels laying mines near MH17 crash site, Ukrainian official says - Russia ready to incorporate Crimean soccer clubs
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Surgeon general warns generation of tanners seeing spike in deadly melanoma
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#MarineHeldInMexico: Q&A on Tahmooressi case - Full Coverage: #MarineHeldInMexico
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Indiana sheriff charged in prostitution case, allegedly gave woman uniform for hotel discount
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Debate over proposed EPA rule on plant emissions gets heated
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Mexico's auto industry: Bane or boon for US Big Three?
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
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4 teens charged with murder in USC student's beating death
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

EXCLUSIVE: UN puts new momentum behind its radical green agenda for 'climate change'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Congress races to tackle VA, border crisis and more before recess - KURTZ: VA vanishes from the media - Border crisis bill clears Senate hurdle, still faces dim chances
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Head of Benghazi probe says no witnesses off limits - European countries reportedly paying millions in ransoms to Al Qaeda
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Phewy on phonies! Leaders, show us some cojones! - Obama reportedly weighs cutbacks in illegal immigrant deportations - Sheriff sends Mexico $900G bill for jailing illegals - OPINION: Shame on GOP on border
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Couple who reported child in hot car allegedly run over by boy's mother
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Admiral behind bin Laden raid sole finalist for chancellor job
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:42 +0100

Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix
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Judge says US can't seize tanker full of Kurdish oil off Texas coast
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Tumor full of 232 'toothlets': What's an odontoma?
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Emails show White House adviser intervened on ObamaCare 'bailout' after industry appeals - Cost trumps 'invincibility' for millennials enrolling in ObamaCare - 10 worst states for health care
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Twitter shares soar as results top views
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SHAWN INVESTIGATES Only one solid suspect in Jimmy Hoffa disappearance
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MISSING MOM MYSTERY Oregon mom bought pills, trail mix before vanishing
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Israel calls 4-hour cease-fire for parts of Gaza amid claims UN school hit
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:36:38 +0100

ISRAEL DECLARES a four-hour cease-fire for parts of Gaza amid Palestinian claims that a UN school was hit by Israeli shelling — while IDF air and ground forces stepped up their campaign against suspected Hamas targets, including the Al Dawod tower complex (above).
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  • IN SEARCH OF SEXISM Taxpayers shell out $200G to study Wikipedia 'bias'
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    DEADLY WATERS Swimmer dies in Florida from 'flesh-eating' bacteria
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    Driverless cars could be on Britain's streets by January - Management Today
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:31:44 +0100


    Driverless cars could be on Britain's streets by January
    Management Today
    Vince Cable wants the UK to lead the world in autonomous vehicles, but we need to get moving if we want to overtake the US. Better buckle up... Tagged: Google,; Technology,; Travel,; Transport,; Driverless cars,; Innovation. In a move that will delight ...

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    17 dead, over 160 trapped in Pune landslide - The Hindu
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:25:11 +0100


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    17 dead, over 160 trapped in Pune landslide
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    Profile: Leading Ebola doctor Sheik Umar Khan - BBC News
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:16:33 +0100


    BBC News

    Profile: Leading Ebola doctor Sheik Umar Khan
    BBC News
    Dr Sheik Umar Khan was a leading doctor from Sierra Leone specialising in viral hemorrhagic fever. He contracted the Ebola virus whilst treating patients who also had the virus, and died aged 39 from the disease. Dr Khan was head of the Lassa fever ...
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    Loopholes Blunt Impact of US, EU Sanctions Over Ukraine - Wall Street Journal
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:10:54 +0100


    Wall Street Journal

    Loopholes Blunt Impact of US, EU Sanctions Over Ukraine
    Wall Street Journal
    Activists demonstrate outside a Sberbank branch in Kiev. Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, doesn't appear on the U.S. sanctions list despite being majority-owned by the Russian government. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. The economic sanctions that ...
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