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Woman dies after ´30 hours of working and still going strooong´ tweet

December 18, 2013 3:26 pm

The young woman named Mita Diran was a copywriter for ad agency Young & Rubicam.   She typically worked long hours and sent multiple twitter messages about that topic. On Saturday she tweeted “30 hours of working and still going strooong.” It would be the last message she ever sent. Shortly after the tweet Diran had […]

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Fed to Reduce Bond Purchases by $10B

December 18, 2013 3:25 pm

The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. (Dec. 18)

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NASA Orders Urgent Spacewalk Repairs

December 18, 2013 3:25 pm

NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station, a massive repair job that could stretch to Christmas Day. Two American astronauts will make the two to three spacewalks. (Dec…

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Four Storms In 9 Days? Is Global Warming The Cause?

December 18, 2013 3:22 pm

The New York metro area has had four snow events in ten days, and winter hasn’t yet begun. December is supposed to be snowy, but even by New York standards, the frequency and depth of snow is out of the ordinary. Ironically, many climate scientists conclude, rising global temperatures may be behind the whiteout.

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NASA Preps for Spacewalks to Fix Failed Valve on ISS

December 18, 2013 3:21 pm

NASA is embarking on another spacewalk. This time, it's to fix a failed pump valve that regulates the International Space Station's coolant system. American flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will be going on the first of three planned walks this Saturday. NASA recreated the spacewalks on Earth and sent a video to the […]

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Fed Tapers, but Says Doesn´t Tighten

December 18, 2013 3:21 pm

The markets found strength in the Fed's decision to taper back its extreme monetary support of the U.S. economy- in large part because it came along with a clear commitment to keep rates low- even

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Storms Batter UK and Ireland

December 18, 2013 3:21 pm

Thousands of homes are without power as gale-force winds and rain batter the UK and Ireland.

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Stocks soar as Fed cuts stimulus, citing jobs

December 18, 2013 3:17 pm

The U.S. stock market had a swift and clear reaction to the Federal Reserve’s decision to trim its stimulus efforts: That wasn’t so bad after all. Stocks surged Wednesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average nearly 300 points to another record, after the Fed decided the economy was strong enough for it to begin a […]

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US Congress passes bipartisan budget agreement

December 18, 2013 3:16 pm

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to avert another U.S. government shutdown and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts. Obama’s signature was assured on the measure, which lawmakers in both parties and at opposite ends of the Capitol said they hoped would curb budget brinkmanship and prevent […]

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Bipartisan Budget Deal Clears Congress

December 18, 2013 3:10 pm

Congress is sending President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation scaling back across-the-board spending cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system. The final vote on the measure was 64-36 today in the Senate. (D…

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