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  • *Risk aversion rises on Russia's financial crisis. TOKYO, Dec 17- The dollar nursed its losses in early Asian trading on Wednesday, pulling away from lows hit overnight on skidding oil prices, Russia's financial crisis, and speculation that the Federal Reserve might take a more cautious tone on monetary policy. We also expect committee members to raise their...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 16- The National Labor Relations Board is expected to rule soon on if, and how, companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried out by their contractors or franchisees- a move that could have far-reaching implications for businesses. In fact, if a conflict is found between the NLRB's stance and findings from other state and...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge; crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone on monetary policy, while a slide in oil prices pushed the Russian rouble to new lows and boosted the safe-haven yen. "That the FOMC sounds dovish either in the statement or the press conference is certainly a risk to the...

  • Federal Reserve stared down a volatile global economy in October to keep its plans for an eventual interest rate hike on track, and is likely to do so again this week amid plunging oil prices and a potential currency crisis in Russia. According to the Bank for International Settlements, U.S. bank exposure to Russia has fallen from $43 billion at the start of 2013 to...

  • *Buyback, dividend hike, guidance lift Boeing, 3 M, CVS. NEW YORK, Dec 16- The Dow and S&P 500 were holding onto small gains in volatile trading Tuesday afternoon, helped by a rebound in energy shares and investor bets the Federal Reserve will be cautious in removing support in the face of a more fragile global economy. U.S. crude, which fell as much as 4.1 percent, was last...

  • WASHINGTON/ PARIS, Dec 16- Alstom SA is close to settling a bribery case with the U.S. Justice Department for $700 million, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday, in what would be the largest criminal fine levied by the United States for foreign bribery. A top Justice Department official said in a speech last month that Alstom executives along with Japanese...

  • *Buyback, dividend hike, guidance lift Boeing, 3 M, CVS. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile Tuesday session as energy shares rallied and investors bet the Federal Reserve will be cautious in removing support in the face of a more fragile global economy. "Perhaps markets think the Fed will not be as on-schedule on taking out that language," said Quincy Krosby,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile Tuesday session as energy shares rallied, and on bets the Federal Reserve will be cautious in removing support in the face of a more fragile global economy. Adding to global concerns, data showed factory activity shrinking in China and euro zone business growth remaining weak. "Perhaps markets think the Fed will not be...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- When the U.S. House of Representatives approved a terrorism insurance bill last week, it contained a little-noticed provision that would require at least one member of the Federal Reserve's board to have community banking experience. An earlier version of the legislation that cleared the Senate also contained the provision, suggesting it...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- When the U.S. House of Representatives approved a terrorism insurance bill last week, it contained a little-noticed provision that would require at least one member of the Federal Reserve's board to have community banking experience. An earlier version of the legislation that cleared the Senate also contained the provision, suggesting it...

  • *Gold posted biggest weekly gain since October last week. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 15- Gold fell more than 2 percent to one-week lows on Monday for its weakest session so far this year after a late sell-off triggered by oil's continued rout and a stronger dollar ahead of the key Federal Reserve meeting later in the week. "Gold was a victim to the fall in crude," said Tai Wong,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- The U.S. dollar rose against the euro on Monday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will take a less-dovish stance on monetary policy at the end of a two-day meeting on Wednesday, while risk aversion on lower oil prices underpinned the yen. "The market is setting up for a less-dovish-sounding FOMC this week," said Martin Schwerdtfeger, a foreign...

  • *Gold posted biggest weekly gain since October last week. LONDON, Dec 15- Gold fell 1 percent on Monday, after posting its biggest weekly gain in two months, as the dollar firmed before a Federal Reserve meeting that could provide clues on the timing of a possible interest rate rise by the U.S. central bank. Spot gold fell to a session low of $1,209.10 an ounce earlier...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- Americans shopping for toy remote-controlled airplanes or helicopters may find, sometime in the near future, that they come with unexpected accessories: A raft of new regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration, by the end of the month, is expected to propose new rules governing small unmanned aircraft systems, the first major overhaul of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- Holders of U.S. inflation bonds are feeling the pain as tumbling oil prices intensify fears of global disinflation and a possible interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve next year. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, commonly known as TIPS, become more popular when investors sense inflation is quickening. Since September,...

  • Founding Fathers under attack from the Internet Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
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    If dark Web activity increases on the Internet as expected, it's only a matter of time before the Fourth Amendment is riskily reinterpreted.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- For the Federal Reserve, deciding when to raise rates for the first time in nearly a decade has become the easy part. The harder call, and one increasingly preoccupying U.S. central bankers, is how fast to move after that, navigating stuttering global growth and nervous markets on the Fed's long journey back to pre-crisis policies.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 12- Hong Kong shares edged down on Friday as investors stayed cautious, with some worrying that good U.S. retail data will cause the Federal Reserve to starting raising interest rates not too far into 2015.. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Mongolian Mining Corp, up 31.3 percent to HK $0.02, CCT LAND, unchanged at HK...