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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened flat on Wednesday as investors found few reasons to keep buying after a rally that has taken indexes to repeated records even as there was little seen on the horizon that could derail the rally.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 25.36 points or 0.15 percent, to 17,132.06, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 1.71 points or 0.09 percent, to 2,001.73 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 3.88 points or 0.08 percent, to 4,574.51.

by Capitol News Bureau

Nighttime lane closures are planned for the next 18 months on the heavily-traveled Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge, officials said Wednesday.

The work is needed for rust removal and painting, Indira Parrales, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Development, said in an email response to questions.

“You’re all going to Hollywood,” Keith Urban announced Tuesday night at a special show in The Parish at the House of Blues.

Radio station WNOE has courted Urban and his management since 2011 in an attempt to convince them that New Orleans was a legitimate country music market. The local country station partnered with Urban’s management to present the show, and the only way to get tickets to see the country music star in a rare small venue was through Urban’s fan club and WNOE.

By Letitia Stein

TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Charlie Crist won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor on Tuesday, defeating his primary challenger with almost 75 percent of the vote and setting the stage for a nationally watched governor's race.

Republican Governor Rick Scott easily cruised toward victory with more than 87 percent of the vote over two little-known primary opponents.

Voter turnout was low - under 17.5 percent - in an election lacking tight races at the top of the tickets to help draw voters.

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown.

When lawmakers return from their summer recess on Sept. 8, they hope to sprint to another long break beginning around Sept. 19. That gives them little time to agree on temporarily funding federal agencies on Oct.

By Edward McAllister

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in Florida in 2012.

NHL shoots down expansion rumors
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:43

The NHL denied reports on Wednesday that the league is planning to expand to Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Canada's TVA Sports that expansion is "not in our plans.

Clippers, Rivers agree to contract extension
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:43

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Rivers, who also serves as the team's president of basketball operations.

Hero or villain? Josh Shaw plot thickens
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:43

Southern Cal starting cornerback Josh Shaw is out for the season opener Saturday, but the cause of his two high ankle sprains is under heightened scrutiny as the university determines whether he was playing hero or villain when he was injured.

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