Benghazi committee head says no witness off limits, including Clinton

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 02:03
The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony. "I can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity,"Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview.
China's local GDP data points to recovery, rebalancing
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 01:57
By Aileen Wang and Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - China's regional economies enjoyed a revival in growth in the second quarter, data from provincial governments showed, chiming with earlier figures that suggest a burst of government stimulus measures is re-invigorating activity. Of the 30 regions and provinces that released their local gross domestic product (GDP) data, 23 reported first-half economic growth accelerated from the first quarter. About three-quarters posted growth that was higher than…
Asian shares hit six and a half year high, dollar steady before Fed
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 01:57
By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares touched a six-and-half-year peak on Wednesday and the dollar was steady, with investors waiting for second quarter U.S. growth data as well as a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that some believe might yield a more hawkish policy outlook. The Fed will not be updating its economic forecasts and Chair Janet Yellen will not hold a news conference following the two-day policy meeting, leaving investors' focus squarely on…
AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 01:48
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed. For the moment, the deadlock is well-entrenched: As long as the crippling blockade of Gaza remains in place, Hamas says it will continue firing rockets at Israel — terrifying but mostly…
Exclusive: Upstart trading venue IEX may prompt U.S. market rule change
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:56
By John McCrank NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S regulators may relax rules that require the fastest possible execution of securities trades, potentially helping upstart trading venue IEX Group's plans to become a full-fledged stock exchange. IEX, described in author Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" earlier this year as a place for investors to place buy and sell orders without worrying that they are being "front-run" by other traders whose order transmission…
Fed seen trimming bond buys, could offer vague rate clues
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:56
By Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday looks certain to press forward with its plan to wind down its bond-buying stimulus, and could offer some vague clues on how much nearer it might be to finally raising interest rates. The central bank is widely expected to cut its monthly asset purchases to $25 billion from $35 billion, which would leave it on course to shutter the program this fall.
Opinion: In the '60s, we did overcome
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:52
Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll defined the 1960s. But the decade was also a time of pivotal change — politically, socially and technologically. Check out 60 of the most iconic moments of the decade, and then experience "The Sixties" on CNN.
Man Discovers Dad's Killer Coaching Youth Baseball
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:51
One of the men who beat Joey Mathews' father to death in 1988 and served prison time for it was coaching a Little League team in Chicago.
Table for five: Obama gets barbecue with Kansas City penpals
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:51
KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - Valerie McCaw, a single mom who owns a small engineering firm and has a son in college, emailed President Barack Obama last week "in the middle of the night," describing how she works seven days a week and still struggles to pay the bills. On Tuesday, she had the chance to tell Obama in person as one of four people the president dined with in a visit to her midwestern…
West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine. Obama administration officials say roughly 30 percent of Russia's banking sector assets are now constrained by U.S. sanctions. The sanctions target five of Russia's six largest state-owned banks and aim to curtail their access to U.S.

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