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As foreign banks retreat, Canadians retake bond trading share

New bank capital rules that are throwing the bond dealing market into tumult have one happy result for Canadian banks – a huge pickup in market share on their home turf.<p>Figures from Greenwich Associates show that Canadian banks have gained big ground in market share. The Big Six's share of the …

U.S. exports hit record $191 billion in June and shrink trade deficit

The idea that America doesn’t make anything the world wants has become so ingrained in the popular consciousness it’s practically an aphorism. But …

Erick Erickson calls Wendy Davis an “abortion Barbie”

The conservative commentator just may have something to do with his party’s “woman problem”<p>Remember that whole mystery Republican strategists were trying to solve about why women don't seem to "connect" with their party?<p>Well, I may have found a clue!<p>On Monday, Wendy Davis deflected a question from …

Fox News contributor: Gays love the same way Ariel Castro loved his rape victims

In a recent radio interview, talk-back host, Sandy Rios, compared homosexuals to the Cleveland kidnapper<p>First she claimed that Hilary Clinton's "love of homosexuality" may mean she's a lesbian. Now American Family Association radio host and Fox News contributor, Sandy Rios, has a wild new theory …

Obama's Highly Political Economy Speech

The president's speech was more about establishing the grounds for a fight with the GOP than it was about new policies.<p>Kevin Lamarque/Reuters<p>Sometimes a speech is designed to really do something -- to uplift, to rally, to comfort or heal, to lay out fresh plans and gird for a fight. And sometimes …

Surrender - Nixon gives up Watergate tapes: from the archive, 25 July 1974

<b>Washington, July 24.</b><br>President Nixon has lost what may be the most important battle of his political life. By a unanimous vote, the eight Supreme …

The Rise of the Christian Left in America

The religious right has been in decline for years. Can progressives build a new "moral majority"?

Bicyclist First in U.S. Guilty of Vehicular Homicide

A bicyclist who struck and killed a 71-year-old pedestrian in San Francisco has been convicted of felony manslaughter, the first conviction of its …

Colombia civil conflict has killed 'nearly a quarter of a million': study

Almost a quarter of a million Colombians have been killed in the country's bloody half-century conflict, most of them civilians, a government-funded report revealed on Wednesday, providing fresh evidence of the vast scale of human rights violations since hostilities began.<p>The study, which took six …

Julian Assange launches Wikileaks Party bid for Australian senate

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has officially launched his political party to contest Australian elections this year, saying his candidates are an antidote to dirty politics in the country's Senate.<p>Mr Assange, the Australian founder of the whistleblowing website, said the WikiLeaks Party would …

Australia

Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

The troubles at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began over two years ago when an earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns in three reactors. But events over the past week serve as reminder that the problems are far from over.<p>First, a remote camera spotted steam rising from one of the melted …

Bulgarian protesters lay siege to parliament in Sofia

Six weeks of largely peaceful anti-government protests in Bulgaria turned violent on Wednesday when demonstrators laid siege to parliament, threw …

Montenegro gay rights clash could slow bid to join European Union

Hundreds of anti-gay demonstrators in the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro may have set back their country’s bid to join the<p>European Unionon Wednesday with their rock-throwing protest against a gay pride march.<p>At the first known pride event in the Balkan enclave, angry demonstrators …

LGBTQI

Spain train crash: many dead as train derails near Santiago de Compostela - Telegraph

Passenger Rail

China's Gansu province hit by powerful earthquakes

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/996000/996787_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524707429_6a19f599e2e33a1d171169f12033ad48<p><b>Two powerful earthquakes have struck China's north-west Gansu province, killing at least 75 people and leaving more than 400 others injured.</b><p>The first …

Natural Disasters

Detroit hurtles toward first bankruptcy hearing Wednesday

The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history will have its first day in court two days from now, even as other lawsuits seek to block a plan to restructure its more than $18 billion in debt.<p>On Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed to the expedited hearing to put state …

U.S. Federal Courts

Speed limits going up in many states

Gentlemen, ladies and kids with driver's licenses: Start your engines. Five state legislatures voted this year to raise speed limits on some divided highways in their states.<p>They're following the lead of Texas, which last year bumped the speed limit on one stretch to 85 mph, the highest in the …

IRS scrutinized some liberal groups

After a political group in Texas asked the IRS for a tax exemption last year, it got a lengthy, time-consuming list of questions — like a request for the minutes of all the board meetings since the group got started.<p>And a California-based group got turned down completely in 2011, because the IRS …

Germany to probe spying ties with US

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has announced a probe into ties between its secret services and US agencies following extreme pressure from the public and political rivals.<p>Monday's announcement was in response to a report by news weekly <i>Der Spiegel</i> which said documents provided by …

Associated Press News

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