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March 21, 2013 | By Steve Rothwell, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The latest twists in Europe's debt drama weighed down the stock market Tuesday, offsetting good news on the U.S. housing market. The Dow Jones industrial average managed a gain of just four points, while other indexes closed slightly lower. The Dow rose 3.76 points, or 0.03 percent, to close at 14,455.82. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 3.76 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,548.34. The Nasdaq composite fell 8.50 points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,229.10. Investors were focused on Cyprus, whose lawmakers voted against a proposed bailout plan for banks that would have called for raiding the savings accounts of ordinary citizens, setting a new precedent in Europe's ongoing debt crisis.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2013 | By Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press
NICOSIA, Cyprus - A plan to seize up to 10 percent of people's savings in this small Mediterranean island nation sent shock waves across Europe on Monday as households realized the money they have in the bank may not be safe. A weekend agreement between Cyprus and its European partners called for the government to raid bank accounts as part of a $20.4 billion financial bailout, the first time in the eurozone's crisis that the prospect of seizing individuals' savings has been raised.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley
Data backup and protection provider PHD Virtual Technologies, of Philadelphia, said it raised $4 million in funding. The company said it secured $2 million in funding from existing investors, Insight Venture Partners and Citrix. Another $2 million in venture debt financing came from Wellington Financial L.P. The money will be used, in part, for expansion into Europe, and for product development.  
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Karl Ritter, Associated Press
STOCKHOLM - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. Stores in the United States and Canada were not affected, Ikea said. The company reacted after authorities in the Czech Republic said they had detected horse DNA in tests of 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) packs of frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that it tested two batches of Ikea meatballs and that only one of them contained horse meat.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Robert Burns, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama is looking for a new candidate to lead American and allied forces in Europe after his first choice, Marine Gen. John Allen, bowed out Tuesday and announced his intention to retire because of his wife's declining health. The move further clouds the picture for Obama as he repositions key figures on his national security team and in key military leadership roles. The White House is fighting for Senate confirmation of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary; a confirmation vote was stalled last week by Republicans but is expected to happen next week.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - One of Africa's brightest hopes to be the next pope, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, says that the time is right for a pontiff from the developing world and that he's up for the job "if it's the will of God. " In an interview Tuesday with the AP, the day after Pope Benedict XVI announced he would soon resign, Turkson said the "young churches" of Africa and Asia had become solid enough that they had produced "mature clergymen and prelates...
NEWS
January 1, 2013 | By Sylvia Hui and Rod Mcguirk, Associated Press
LONDON - Lavish fireworks displays ushered in 2013 across the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, and Europe was holding scaled-back festivities and street parties in the hope of beginning a year that will be kinder to its battered economies. Asian cities kicked off New Year's celebrations in style and an atmosphere of renewed optimism. Huge fireworks lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and the once-isolated country of Myanmar joined the countdown party for the first time in decades.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
My identity was stolen in August. It's a very creepy feeling. I found out about the problem when I went to use my ATM card at a Pathmark and it was declined for insufficient funds. This had happened before, but was sometimes just a computer glitch that could be corrected with a phone call to the credit union where I've been a member for more than 30 years. That day in August, I called to check on my account balance. The answer was $23.75. There should have been more than $6,000. "I'll be right there," I said.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Angela Charlton, Associated Press
PARIS - A European court issued a landmark ruling Thursday that condemned the CIA's so-called extraordinary renditions programs and bolstered those who say they were illegally kidnapped and tortured as part of an overzealous war on terrorism. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a German car salesman was a victim of torture and abuse, in a long-awaited victory for a man who had failed for years to get courts in the United States and Europe to recognize him as a victim. Khaled el-Masri says he was kidnapped from Macedonia in 2003, mistaken for a terrorism suspect, then held for four months and brutally interrogated at an Afghan prison known as the "Salt Pit" run by the CIA. He says that once U.S. authorities realized he was not a threat, they illegally sent him to Albania and left him on a mountainside.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Bjoern H. Amland, Associated Press
OSLO, Norway - The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday for promoting peace and human rights in Europe following the devastation of World War II, and the bloc was urged to use that unity in its battle with an economic crisis that is causing suffering for many of its citizens. About 20 European government leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Italian Premier Mario Monti, attended the ceremony in the capital of Norway, an oil-rich country that has twice rejected joining the EU. Not everyone approved the decision to give the prize to the EU, created 60 years ago as Europe was struggling to recover from a war that killed millions.
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