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  • Mission accomplished, says Snowden - Washington Post Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | 11:29 PM ET

    Dec 24- Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed extensive details of global electronic surveillance by the U.S. spy agency, said in an interview published on Tuesday that he has accomplished what he set out to do. "For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished," he told the Washington Post.

  • President Barack Obama enrolled in a less expensive option offered by his healthcare reform plan in a show of support for the law before a signup deadline Monday, the White House said. Obama chose an individual "bronze" plan on the Washington, D.C., exchange, at a cost of less than $400 a month- a bargain for a man who earns $400,000 a year running the United States.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration's decision to delay for some people the requirement to buy medical insurance under his healthcare law, but acknowledged that the botched rollout of the policy was his biggest mistake of 2013..

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration's decision to delay for some people the requirement to buy medical insurance under his healthcare law, saying that the rollout of his signature domestic policy is a "messy process."

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration's decision to delay for some people the requirement to buy medical insurance under his healthcare law, explaining that the rollout of his signature domestic policy is a "messy process."

  • The White House said Obama would appear in the White House briefing room to take questions at 2 p.m. EST, hours before departing for Hawaii for the holidays.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- A lack of detailed operational guidelines between the Chinese military and the United States and its allies is heightening fears that a miscalculation or mishap across Asia's crowded seas and skies could get out of control.

  • Dec 16- When Gloria Adams signed a contract to install a rooftop solar power system on her Oahu home in late August, she looked forward to lower electric bills and a return on her investment in the years ahead.

  • TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, Dec 14- Japan and Southeast Asian countries called for freedom of the air and sea on Saturday, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions and after U.S. and Chinese warships narrowly avoided collision in the disputed South China Sea.

  • TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, Dec 14- Japan and Southeast Asian countries called for freedom of the air and sea on Saturday, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions and after U.S. and Chinese warships narrowly avoided collision in the disputed South China Sea.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 3- The star witness in the government's case against SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Michael Steinberg faced aggressive questioning on Tuesday from Steinberg's lawyer, who sought to discredit his earlier testimony.

  • *China says monitored flight of the B-52s. *Islands at heart of China territorial dispute with Japan. The defiance from Japan and its ally the United States raises the stakes in a territorial standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over the islands and challenges China to make the next move, experts said.

  • *No response from China to B-52 bomber flights over new zone. *Islands at heart of China territorial dispute with Japan. The flight did not prompt a response from China, the Pentagon said, and the White House urged Beijing to resolve its dispute with Japan over the islands diplomatically, without resorting to "threats or inflammatory language".

  • Would you believe teriyaki Spam? Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 12:01 PM ET

    Sales of Hormel's signature meat-in-a-can Spam rose around the globe, said CEO Jeffrey Ettinger. And a new teriyaki SPAM was just rolled out in Hawaii, he added.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- A U.S. housing regulator has been investigating the activities of a small California not-for-profit that bought hundreds of foreclosed homes through a federally backed program intended to help local communities hurt by the housing bust, according to government documents reviewed by Reuters.

  • Thinning blue line: Police cuts cripple cities Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    In crisis: Trenton police on patrol in the Garden State's capitol

    Wider efforts to rebuild America's deeply depressed cities can't succeed until public safety is restored.

  • The new city economy Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 9:45 AM ET
    Ford Motor Co. said it will invest $200 million to make four-cylinder engines at the Ford Motor Co. Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio.

    Even struggling metros are having success in attracting investment. In the process, they are creating a virtuous cycle of creativity.

  • How Orlando and Phoenix are making a comeback Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:47 AM ET
    Orlando, Florida

    These sunshine cities have focused their efforts on developing new industry niches to strengthen their local economies and promote future growth.

  • Miami vice: Shady muni deals cripple cities Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    The ebbing economic tide from the Great Recession revealed some of the worst swindles in municipal finance in decades.

  • Is the muni bond market about to blow up? Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 9:26 AM ET
    Detroit city grate is missing a cover. With cut backs to city services, Detroit's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.

    Detroit's bankruptcy, and rumblings about tax overhaul, have fueled a big sell off in the municipal bond market. What's next?

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