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  • US bars Kurdish oil from entering Texas port Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive.

  • SOFIA, July 29- Bulgaria's outgoing parliament voted on Tuesday to widen the 2014 fiscal deficit target and raise 3.4 billion levs in new debt, giving the next government some of the tools needed to solve the country's banking crisis.

  • Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. The swap, however, failed to resolve Argentina's troubles. Argentina's government lined up two more swaps in 2005 and 2010, offering existing creditors new bonds worth much less than the old ones.

  • Billionaire fund manager warns of ... space rays? Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:44 PM ET
    Paul Singer, founder and president of Elliott Management Corp.

    Paul Singer has called the threat of a widespread blackout from an electromagnetic surge the "most significant danger" in the world.

  • Higher growth ahead?     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    Discussing U.S. growth forecasts, with Mike Wilson, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Jim Dunigan, PNC Asset Management Group.

  • US is the new Switzerland: Insana Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    Amid all the conflict and unrest in the world, the US is increasingly a haven for the world's money, says Ron Insana.

  • Here's some hope that the gold bulls are right Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    If there is a time to own gold as a safe alternative to other assets during tumultuous times, there's no time like the present.

  • US puts hold on some oil exports for now: Sources Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:04 PM ET
    Headquarters of the U.S. Department of Commerce

    The Commerce Department has put on hold several requests to sell crude abroad, stalling an industry push to export a glut of oil, sources said.

  • Fed? No, THIS will move markets this week: Pro Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:42 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Though Wall Street awaits the Fed's monetary policy announcement, it's not the "biggest wildcard" this week, says Jefferies analyst David Zervos.

  • US confidence soars to highest in nearly 7 years Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:05 AM ET
    The Apple store on the Upper West Side in New York, July 20, 2014.

    Consumers grew more confident about the economy in July, The Conference Board reported on Tuesday, as expectations built for the recovery.

  • LONDON, July 29- Gold turned lower on Tuesday as uncertainty before a Federal Reserve policy meeting and key U.S. data later this week pulled the metal back from a one-week high hit on the back of violence in the Middle East and Ukraine. Gold is highly sensitive to any changes in U.S. monetary policy.

  • Greece moves debt talks to France Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's next meetings with international debt inspectors will take place in Paris instead of Athens, the government said Tuesday, calling the move a sign that the country is no longer under "intense pressure" to make austerity measures.

  • Pittsburgh, UPMC drop suits over nonprofit status Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The city of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have dropped opposing lawsuits over the hospital network's nonprofit status.

  • 35% of Americans face debt collectors: Study Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    Delinquent debt is overwhelmingly concentrated in Southern and Western states with residents of Texas cities among the most reported.

  • Does immigration help US economy go boom—or bust? Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    U.S. border patrol agents detain a suspected smuggler in Mission, Texas, after she allegedly transported undocumented immigrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014.

    Among the difficult questions posed by the ongoing border crisis is whether illegal immigrants are a boon or bust to the US economy.

  • Wall Street worries Fed's easing will 'end badly' Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington.

    CNBC's Fed Survey shows market pros aren't very confident the Fed can end its easy money polices without a market crash, a recession or bad inflation.

  • EU clears state aid for ailing Polish carrier LOT Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's antitrust authority on Tuesday approved the Polish government's 200 million-euro bailout for its ailing national carrier, LOT airlines. Star Alliance member LOT has been in financial difficulty for several years.

  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter& Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

  • Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation— billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. At that point, unless Congress acts, the program will collect only enough payroll taxes to pay 81 percent of benefits.

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