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China bars prof from flying home to Sydney

A Sydney-based Chinese academic will remain in China to face further questioning by secret police who have stopped him flying home to Australia. Feng, who was head of China Studies at UTS for 11 years, is well-known in academic circles for his research into contemporary politics, the growth of rights consciousness and democratic forces in mainland China. Read More »

Attorney General Sessions urges Maryland not to become sanctuary state

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Sessions said the Justice Department would withhold, and potentially claw back, grants to so-called sanctuary cities and other localities, such as counties, that are not in compliance with federal immigration law. DOJ grants go toward funding everything from police body cameras to officer trainings for deescalation techniques. Nationwide, the Justice Department awards more than $4.1 billion in grants to state and local jurisdictions, according to the Washington Post . Read More »

Israel vows to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weapons

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Israeli government and military officials have reiterated Israel's commitment to act decisively to protect its citizens and prevent the transfer of advanced arms to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Tuesday that Israel was not told by Russian Federation to put a halt to missions inside Syrian territory. Read More »

Where does the House Freedom Caucus go from from here?

If Republicans can't agree on repealing and replacing a health care law they loathe, what can they agree on? If people had doubted the Freedom Caucus would remain an influential force under President Donald Trump , there was no questioning now their ability to exercise huge influence over not only their leadership's agenda but their new president's as well. Read More »

OH unemployment rises to 5.1 percent, above U.S. rate

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According to this survey, five of Kentucky's 11 major non-farm North American Industry Classification System job sectors registered gains in employment, while six declined from the previous month. That translates to about 25,000 jobs added over the course of the month. Since 2000, Illinois' job market has seen significant divergence between white-collar jobs in the service sector and blue-collar jobs in manufacturing and construction. Read More »

David Rockefeller Dies At Age 101

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Seun Oluade Fanokun‏ @seunoluade said "One of the elitists of the New World Order is gone, David Rockefeller, dies at age 101". "David loved his hometown and was forever optimistic about its future". David Rockefeller posing in a Paris bookshop during the presentation of his book "Memoires". Rockefeller was equally well known for his philanthropy. Read More »

Gold regains 29K-mark, soars ₹ 450 on global cues

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It's trading about 2.4% higher on the week, which would be the highest such gain since the week ended February 3, according to FactSet data. PulteGroup rose 1.5% to $23.77, and D.R. "Although bulls have exploited dollar's weakness to elevate gold, gains could be limited in the longer term if the Fed readopts an aggressive stance". Read More »

GoPro slices almost 300 jobs, third job cut since 2016

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GoPro has gone from a high-flying gadget maker with digital media potential to a bloated company being undercut by cheaper Asian rivals. Ten months prior to that, the company also let go of 7 percent of its employees, so the aggressive push to being profitable is likely taking a heavy toll on morale and staffing. Read More »

Nebraska unemployment rate remains unchanged for January

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The good news included the record low unemployment rate and the monthly survey of about 800 households in the state that showed a decline of about 6,000 unemployed Arkansans compared with January past year, Pakko said. Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington pointed to new workers entering the workforce for influencing the unemployment numbers. Arkansas also boasts a lower unemployment rate than the nation as a whole. Read More »

Bottled Water More Popular in the US Than Soda Pop

The change at the top has always been anticipated with soda's woes mounting in recent years as result of health concerns and consistent targeting by activist groups, which have pushed measures like taxes on sugary drinks. The largest bottled water brands by volume is Nestle PureLife, followed by Coca-Cola-owned Dasani and PepsiCo's Aquafina, according to Beverage Digest. Read More »

Starbucks' new cups for spring are here to brighten up your day

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The new pastel hues are totally on trend, too: If you feel like you've seem them recently, they happen to be in Pantone's 2017 color spring report , a color forecast of sorts for the design industry. The new decorative designs debut on March 16, and will be available in the USA and Canada. Starbucks knows that people love (and love to boycott) their themed cups that signal the start of the holiday season, summer, and autumn. Read More »

US Attorney for the District of New Mexico Damon Martinez Resigns

Numerous federal prosecutors who were nominated by former President Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the almost four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks of the Trump administration have been asked to leave "in order to ensure a uniform transition", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said. Read More »

Best stocks of the day: American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL)

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Pacer Advisors Inc.'s holdings in American Airlines Group were worth $578,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. The Current Ratio of American Airlines Group Inc. The Stock has YTD (year to date) performance of -6.99 percent. (NASDAQ:AAL) stock is presently standing at about $44.89 and lots of equity research firms seem to have a target price set on the stock. Read More »

Boost for chancellor as OECD revises up growth

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The OECD's latest interim economic outlook sees the global economy going through a timid recovery that could be easily spooked by several factors, among them housing affordability. It still expects Brexit to impose a drag on GDP growth in 2017 and 2018. Yet the OECD's forecast is loaded with caution. And growth in consumption and investment is still lagging. Read More »

Dick's Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) Quarterly EPS Forecast At $1.3

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Looking at the stock's movement on the chart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc . recorded a 52-week high of $62.80. Royal Bank of Canada upped their target price on shares of Dicks Sporting Goods from $66.00 to $68.00 and gave the stock an "outperform" rating in a report on Wednesday, November 16th. Read More »

Azerbaijan downs oil production under OPEC agreement

Oil prices, however, have been unusually stable since producers agreed in November to reduce the oversupply that has weighed on prices for more than two years, with both Brent and US crude locked in $5 ranges. One of the biggest questions in the oil market is how quickly and how much shale producers will boost output. After hitting a record high last week, hedge funds reduced wagers that U.S. Read More »

Texas taxpayers owed $115 million in refunds from 2013

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The reason? These 20,200 people never filed their 2013 federal tax return. If you didn't file you're tax return in 2013, you are *NOT* guaranteed a tax refund. The midpoint for potential refunds for 2013 is estimated to be $763. Students and many others may not realize they're due a tax refund. They may also be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts such as student loans. Read More »

Eurozone inflation above target for first time in 4 years

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The increase has been mostly driven by higher energy prices (+9.2%) and partly by food prices (+5.2%). The ECB will remain wedded to its current monetary policy stance despite the further rise in Eurozone inflation to 2 percent and recent decent Eurozone economic news , IHS Markit Economist Howard Archer said. Read More »

New Trump order on travel and immigration expected Wednesday

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The American people did not take the ban well, coming out in droves to protest the order at airports across the nation. A federal appeals court upheld the stay while the courts settle the legality of the ban. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to discuss the order before it is signed. Four officials say the decision follows pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, the AP reported . Read More »

Case Shiller: Chicago Area Home Prices Show Strongest Gains In 30 Months

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In inflation adjusted terms, house price gains were running at 3.8%, versus an average clip of 1.3% since 1975. Twelve cities reported greater price increases in the year ending December 2016 versus the year ending November 2016. New home sales at 555,000 in 2016 are up from recent years but remain below the average pace of 700,000 per year since 1990. "Looking at real or inflation-adjusted home prices based on the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Index and the Consumer Price Index, the ... Read More »

US Q4 Growth Unrevised at 1.9%

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It is even more surprising that growth in the third quarter - when the economy was adversely affected on account of frictions from the currency swap - is also assumed to be nearly at par with the fourth quarter. Chief statistician T.C.A Anant said that it was hard to assess the full impact of demonetization. On the currency crunch impacting growth in fourth quarter of this fiscal and subsequently, Panagariya said, "Currency shortages which have impacted the transaction would be addressed by ... Read More »

1 for traffic congestion

Its Global Traffic Scorecard rated Bangkok the 12th most congested of all cities rated, considerably worse than 30th in 2015. Despite that, the new INRIX 2016 Traffic Scorecard is still the largest ever global study of congestion covering 1,064 cities.. Read More »

Stocks Push To Keep Record Streak Alive As Valuations Remain A Concern

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The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,360. While the German DAX Index has edged down by 0.2 percent, the French CAC 40 Index is up by 0.2 percent and the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index is just above the unchanged line. Some Fed officials were anxious that if interest rates stay too low, the expanding economy could cause inflation to rise too fast. FOMC minutes signal interest rates could rise faster than expected. Read More »

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST)

Lourd Capital LLC now owns 248,373 shares of the company's stock valued at $23,282,000 after buying an additional 1,113 shares during the last quarter. Exxon Mobil Corporation's dividend payout ratio is now 159.58%. The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 10th. Read More »

Fair Work Commission slashes penalty rates

Trent Hunter a retail worker from Penrith and Evelyn Kathner who works at Spotlight in Campbelltown said the cuts would be devastating to them. While young people might be able to catch up with some areas of social life outside of the weekend, their parents and older family members are more likely to work in the week, making it hard to find time to spend together as a family. Read More »

French far-right presidential candidate's headquarters raided by police

French judicial police are questioning the bodyguard and chief-of-staff of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in relation to an investigation into alleged misuse of European Union funds, her lawyer has said. In a statement issued by the Dar al-Fatwa press office, they called her action as "inappropriate behavior" since she "refused to put on the veil, as it is known (to be required) when visiting Mufti Derian". Read More »