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Varane nets 2, Real Madrid starts Copa del Rey defense with 4-1 win at 3rd-tier rival

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 21:05
by  Associated Press Varane nets 2, Madrid beats 3rd-tier rival in Copa by JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press - 29 October 2014 17:05-04:00

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Raphael Varane headed in two corner kicks to help Real Madrid start its Copa del Rey title defense with a 4-1 win at third-division Cornella on Wednesday.

The France center back opened the scoring in the 10th before Cornella striker Oscar Munoz leveled to the delight of the home fans in the 20th.

But Varane struck again in the 36th before forward Javier Hernandez and Marcelo added goals in the second half.

A semi-professional team, Cornella fielded a starting 11 that included a dentist, a topographer and an employee of the city's bike sharing scheme.

The match was played at Espanyol's Power8 Stadium, in the Barcelona neighborhood whose name Cornella shares. Cornella reached the deal to play at the 40,000-seat stadium because its home ground only holds 1,500.

News Topics: Sports, Soccer, Men's soccer, Men's sports, Professional soccer

People, Places and Companies: Spain, Barcelona, Madrid, Western Europe, Europe

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Judicial agents in Costa Rica probed for snooping on personal data of Real Madrid's Navas

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 21:03
by  Associated Press Judicial agents spied on Navas' personal records Associated Press - 29 October 2014 17:03-04:00

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department says 24 of its own agents are being investigated after a database was wrongly used to access personal information about Real Madrid and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Francisco Segura, head of the department, said Wednesday there was no justification for their actions as his agents only have authority to access the "information platform" during an investigation. Navas is not under any investigation.

Segura said it wasn't clear what exactly the agents were looking for. He said that one of them had wanted "to check out" information on Navas' sisters.

Navas guided Costa Rica to the quarterfinals of this year's World Cup, the first time the tiny Central American country had advanced that far. He later signed a six-year contract with Madrid.

News Topics: Sports, Espionage, Men's soccer, Soccer, Crime, General news, Men's sports, Professional soccer

People, Places and Companies: Keylor Navas, Costa Rica, Central America, Latin America and Caribbean

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Brazil Marine troops end rapid deployment maneuvers

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:21
by  Associated Press Brazil troops end rapid deployment maneuvers Associated Press - 29 October 2014 16:21-04:00

SAO PAULO (AP) — Nearly 2,000 Brazilian Marine troops have wrapped 12 days of rapid deployment maneuvers in the central-western region of Latin America' biggest country.

The Navy says in a statement that the maneuvers began Oct. 17 at the Formosa Training Camp in the state of Goias and ended Wednesday.

Military aircraft, combat cars, armored personnel carriers and anti-tank and ground-to-air missiles were used during the maneuvers.

News Topics: General news, Troop deployments, War and unrest

People, Places and Companies: Brazil, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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US stocks slip after Federal Reserve shuts down bond-buying program; Dollar, bond yields rise

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:07
by  Associated Press Stocks slip after Fed statement; Dollar gains Associated Press - 29 October 2014 16:07-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after the Federal Reserve said it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help.

Gold and bond prices fell and the dollar jumped against other major currencies Wednesday as investors anticipated higher interest rates.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,982.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 31 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,974. The Nasdaq composite fell 15 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,549.

Facebook slumped 6 percent after its chief financial officer said the social networking giant's expenses could rise sharply next year as it ramps up spending.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.32 percent.

News Topics: Business, General news, Stock indices and averages, Financial markets, Stock markets

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BC-US--Cotton, US

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:07
by  Associated Press BC-US--Cotton, US Associated Press - 29 October 2014 16:07-04:00

New York (AP) — Cotton No. 2 Futures on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday:

(50,000 lbs.; cents per lb.)

COTTON NO.2 Open High Low Settle Chg. Dec 64.23 65.99 64.17 65.35 Up .88 Mar 62.63 63.82 62.55 63.22 Up .38 May 63.47 64.36 63.47 63.95 Up .25 Jul 64.25 65.07 64.25 64.76 Up .29 Oct 65.72 Up .08 Dec 66.20 66.90 66.20 66.39 Up .21 Mar 67.50 67.72 67.50 67.50 Up .31 May 68.12 Up .33 Jul 68.64 Up .33 Oct 69.12 Up .23 Dec 68.37 68.41 68.37 68.41 Up .08 Mar 69.00 Up .08 May 69.99 Up .08 Jul 70.01 Up .08 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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Ex-US governor takes blame for flap over song at event honoring Malala Yousafzai

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:03
by  Associated Press Ex-governor takes blame for Malala event song flap Associated Press - 29 October 2014 16:03-04:00

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is blaming himself for a flap that led to a song being scrapped from a program honoring Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai.

Malala was in Philadelphia last week to receive the Liberty Medal.

At the event, the National Constitution Center had agreed to play a music video by the 14-year-old daughter of a former donor to Rendell campaigns. In the video, the girl sings about how lucky she is to live in America, "where the kids are safe."

Center officials say they agreed with Malala's advisers the song did not fit "the austerity of the event."

Rendell says he should have realized the song could seem culturally insensitive.

Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban over her support of girls' education and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: Malala Yousafzai, Edward Rendell, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North America

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UN Security Council holds emergency meeting on Israeli-Palestinian tensions over settlements

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:02
by  Associated Press UN holds emergency meeting on Israel tensions Associated Press - 29 October 2014 16:02-04:00

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. official is warning the Security Council that Israel's plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state.

The council was meeting in emergency session Wednesday at the request of council member Jordan on behalf of the Palestinians.

Tensions have soared between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the part of the city the Palestinians demand for their future state.

U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman says the settlements, if pursued, would raise "grave doubts" about Israel's plans for a durable peace solution with the Palestinians. He urges both sides to commit to "meaningful negotiations."

Israel's ambassador says his country is doing everything possible to minimize tensions. The Palestinian ambassador says Israel isn't listening.

News Topics: General news, International relations, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Jeffrey Feltman, Palestinian territories, Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East

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A glance at marijuana laws in Latin America and the Caribbean

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:00
by  Associated Press A look at marijuana laws in Latin America by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 29 October 2014 16:00-04:00

Here's a look at the status of marijuana laws in some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

— ARGENTINA: Personal possession of marijuana was decriminalized under a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that jail time for small amounts of drugs violates Argentina's constitution. Although the ruling only referred to pot, in practice it extended to most drugs.

— BRAZIL: Does not punish personal drug use, but trafficking or transporting small amounts of controlled substances is punishable by drug abuse education or community service.

— CHILE: The law allows use of medical marijuana, but so far only one pilot program has been authorized. First legal seeds were planted Wednesday.

— COLOMBIA: President Juan Manuel Santos in August endorsed newly introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and therapeutic use in the drug war-afflicted Andean nation.

— GUATEMALA: President Otto Perez Molina has called the drug war a failed strategy and praised the "visionary" legalization experiments in Washington and Colorado. Currently, prison terms of four months to two years can be imposed for the possession of drugs for personal use.

— JAMAICA: The justice minister in June announced legislation to decriminalize the possession of to 2 ounces (57 grams) of pot and legalize the drug for religious purposes in a country where adherents of the Rastafarian spiritual movement ritually smoke marijuana as a "holy herb."

— MEXICO: There is no general push to legalize marijuana in a country where tens of thousands have been killed in drug war violence in the past seven years, but lawmakers in the capital, Mexico City, have introduced a measure to allow stores to sell up to 5 grams of pot.

— URUGUAY: Became the first nation to approve a state-overseen marijuana market in 2013. Once registered and licensed, any Uruguayan adult will be allowed to grow plants at home or join a pot-growing club. Soon users will also be able to buy marijuana cigarettes from pharmacies.

News Topics: General news, Health, Medical marijuana, Laws, Legislation, Health issues, Medication, Diagnosis and treatment, Human welfare, Social issues, Social affairs, Legislature, Government and politics, Recreational drug laws and regulations, Government regulations

People, Places and Companies: Juan Manuel Santos, Otto Perez Molina, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, Chile, Uruguay, North America, Central America, South America

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Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed 'House of Cards' secretary, dies

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:51
by  Associated Press 'House of Cards' actress Norment dies Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:51-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey's hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards," has died. She was 61 years old.

Netflix confirmed the death on Wednesday but offered no details. Beau Willimon, the show's co-creator, called Norment a "talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all."

Norment appeared as a guest in many other TV shows, including "Doogie Howser, MD," ''ER," Party of Five" and "Law & Order." She also appeared in the movie comedies "The Woman in Red" and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."

She was born in Washington, lived in Japan and Germany while growing up, and graduated from Yale University.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, Obituaries, Celebrity deaths, Celebrity

People, Places and Companies: Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon

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Time to pay: Recent college grads have several options for managing their student loans

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:45
by  Associated Press Time's up: 5 tips to tackle student loan debt by ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:45-04:00

Tackling a hefty new monthly expense can be daunting, particularly for recent grads who haven't found steady work.

But grads have many options for making student loan payments more manageable, even putting them off, if they qualify.

The key is to avoid missing payments, which can scorch your credit score and even lead to having your wages garnished.

"The majority of students who miss payments on loans miss the very first payment," said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com, a college planning and financing website that is owned by student loan servicer College Loan Corp.

Here are five ways recent grads can manage their student loan debt:

1. KNOW YOUR LOAN TERMS

Both federal and private student loans give borrowers a grace period of at least six months before they're required to begin making payments. You'll need to know the terms of your loan to evaluate options for repayment, or to ask for a deferment when your grace period expires.

For example, Stafford loans have a six-month grace period, while Perkins loans give borrowers nine months before their first payment is due. Grace periods for other types of federal loans and private student loans can vary.

Ask your lender or check out this U.S. Department of Education website, which shows how to find the lenders that manage federal loans: https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/servicers .

If you have private student loans, you'll have to contact the lender directly.

2. CONSIDER DEFERMENTS AND FORBEARANCE

Can't find a job? Can't afford any student loan payments? Borrowers with federal student loans can temporarily postpone payments by asking for a deferment or forbearance.

Deferments allow you to temporarily put off making payments. During this period, the government will pay interest on three types of federal loans: direct subsidized loans, subsidized federal Stafford loans and Federal Perkins loans. Several factors may enable you to qualify for a deferment, including economic hardship, unemployment or serving in the military on active duty during a war.

If you don't qualify, you may request a forbearance, which can generally buy you up to 12 months without making payments. However, you'll continue to pile up interest on your balance, even with subsidized loans.

Estimate how much interest you'll accrue on a deferment with this online calculator: https://studentloanhero.com/calculators/student-loan-deferment-calculator/ .

3. REVIEW PAYMENT OPTIONS

If you qualify, there are repayment plans on federal loans that will set your monthly payment to a level based on how much you earn or a percentage of your discretionary income.

Another option is a graduated repayment plan, which offers lower upfront payments that increase every couple of years.

You can enroll in income-based repayment plans as soon as you begin paying back your loan, but notify your lender early on, as it can take 30-to-60 days for the paperwork to be processed. Expect to provide a tax return or other income verification, said Andrew Josuweit, CEO of StudentLoanHero.com, an online student loan management site.

Federal loans are scheduled to be paid back over a 10-year period. But if you can't afford your monthly payments under that standard plan, you may be able to extend the length of time to pay back the loan up to 25 years. That will lower the monthly payment, but you will pay more over the life of the loan.

"It's not just reducing your monthly payment, it's increasing the total cost of the loan," Kantrowitz said.

Here's a breakdown of repayment options on federal loans: https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans .

On private student loans, repayment options will vary from one lender to the next.

4. LOOK OUT FOR SAVINGS

Your student loan balance may seem like a fixed financial obligation, but there are often ways to carve out some savings.

For example, if you set up your monthly loan payments to be directly deducted from your checking account, many lenders will give you a slight interest rate reduction. On federal loans, it's generally a 0.25 percentage point reduction, notes Kantrowitz.

At tax time, be aware that you can deduct up to $2,500 of interest paid on federal and private student loans on your federal income tax return.

5. WEIGH A LOAN CONSOLIDATION

If you have several loans to repay, consolidating your payments may be a good option.

Consolidating your loans can help you manage your debt because you only need to keep track of a single, lower monthly payment for all your loans. But your loan term will also increase, which means you'll be paying more in the long-run.

"If you're actually trying to save money, it's not always in your best interest to consolidate," Josuweit said.

In addition, you will no longer be able to take advantage of some of the perks built into federal loans, such as deferment options and the variety of income-based payment plans.

For more tips on how to consolidate your student loan, check out: https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/consolidation .

Edvisors has a list of lenders offering private consolidation loans at http://PrivateStudentLoans.com .

News Topics: Business, Student loans, Education costs, Student financial aid, Personal loans, Education, Personal finance, Student finances, Social affairs

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FDA approves Pfizer vaccine to prevent bacteria linked to meningitis in college students

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:32
by  Associated Press FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:32-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to prevent a potentially deadly form of bacterial meningitis often associated with college dormitories.

The Food and Drug Administration says it cleared Pfizer's Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease in people ages 10 to 25. The bacteria infect the bloodstream and attack the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

The disease spreads through saliva and other throat fluids via coughing, kissing and sharing utensils. College students living in communal housing are at a slightly higher risk.

Of the 500 cases of meningococcal disease reported in the U.S. in 2012, 160 were caused by the sub-group that Trumenba targets.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics, but vaccination is the most effective way to prevent its spread.

News Topics: Business, General news, Health, Drug approvals, Immunizations, Meningitis, Diseases and conditions, Product approvals, New products and services, Products and services, Corporate news, Public health, Neurological disorders, Infectious diseases

People, Places and Companies: Pfizer Inc

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Morales loyalist win 2/3 control of Bolivia's congress, easing possible re-election bid

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:28
by  Associated Press In Bolivia, Morales allies win 2/3 of congress Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:28-04:00

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Electoral authorities say President Evo Morales' party retained two-thirds control of Bolivia's legislative assembly in this month's elections.

The result announced Wednesday would make it easier for Morales to seek indefinite re-election because a two-thirds majority is required to amend the constitution. An amendment would then need to be approved by voters.

Morales won a third consecutive term in the Oct. 12 balloting, garnering 61 percent of the vote.

Bolivia's first indigenous president said afterward that he's not thinking about a fourth term.

Morales' Movement Toward Socialism party won 25 of the Senate's 36 seats and 89 of the 130 seats in the lower house.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: Evo Morales, Bolivia, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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BC-US--Coffee, US

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Coffee, US Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Coffee futures trading on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday:

(37,500 lbs.; cents per lb.)

Open High Low Settle Chg. COFFEE C Dec 192.35 193.85 189.45 189.60 Down 2.75 Mar 195.60 198.00 193.80 193.95 Down 2.70 May 198.85 200.30 196.20 196.35 Down 2.65 Jul 200.65 202.20 198.20 198.40 Down 2.60 Sep 202.30 203.20 199.40 199.60 Down 2.55 Dec 202.90 203.65 200.30 200.30 Down 2.50 Mar 202.50 203.20 199.90 199.90 Down 2.45 May 201.65 201.65 199.25 199.25 Down 2.60 Jul 201.00 201.00 198.50 198.50 Down 2.60 Sep 200.90 200.90 198.40 198.40 Down 2.50 Dec 198.25 Down 2.20 Mar 198.35 Down 2.20 May 199.80 Down 2.20 Jul 200.15 Down 2.20 Sep 198.30 Down 2.20 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Coffee markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Cocoa, US

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Cocoa, US Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Cocoa futures trading on the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) Wednesday: (10 metric tons; $ per ton)

Open High Low Settle Change Dec 2934 2950 2900 2937 Up 14 Mar 2920 2940 2889 2925 Up 12 May 2915 2926 2882 2915 Up 10 Jul 2916 2923 2881 2913 Up 10 Sep 2909 2921 2878 2910 Up 11 Dec 2896 2902 2870 2902 Up 16 Mar 2878 2892 2872 2892 Up 19 May 2884 Up 20 Jul 2874 Up 21 Sep 2873 Up 21 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Cocoa markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Gold, US

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Gold, US Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Gold futures trading on the NY Merc Wednesday:

(100 troy oz.; dollars per troy oz.)

Open High Low Settle Change Oct 1224.30 Down 4.90 Nov 1228.20 1229.80 1208.60 1224.30 Down 4.70 Dec 1227.80 1230.40 1208.20 1224.90 Down 4.50 Feb 1228.50 1231.00 1209.40 1225.90 Down 4.40 Apr 1230.20 1231.10 1210.00 1226.40 Down 4.50 Jun 1230.20 1230.20 1212.80 1227.00 Down 4.50 Aug 1225.90 1227.60 1213.00 1227.60 Down 4.50 Oct 1228.30 Down 4.50 Dec 1233.60 1233.60 1218.00 1229.00 Down 4.50 Feb 1225.00 1230.00 1225.00 1230.00 Down 4.50 Apr 1231.20 Down 4.40 Jun 1232.60 Down 4.40 Aug 1234.40 Down 4.30 Dec 1238.70 Down 4.20 Jun 1247.70 Down 4.00 Dec 1262.80 1262.80 1259.00 1259.00 Down 3.80 Jun 1271.90 Down 3.40 Dec 1286.20 Down 3.40 Jun 1301.80 Down 3.40 Dec 1319.20 Down 3.40 Jun 1349.20 Down 3.40 News Topics: Precious metal markets, Gold markets, Metal markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Silver, US

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Silver, US Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:18-04:00

New York (AP) — Silver futures trading on the NY Merc Wednesday:

(5,000 troy oz.; cents per troy oz.)

Open High Low Settle Change Oct 1721.9 Up 3.4 Nov 1718.5 1722.4 1711.0 1722.4 Up 3.4 Dec 1720.0 1731.5 1701.5 1726.4 Up 3.8 Jan 1725.5 1729.0 1710.0 1728.6 Up 3.8 Mar 1730.0 1736.5 1707.5 1732.5 Up 3.9 May 1729.5 1737.5 1723.5 1735.4 Up 3.9 Jul 1738.0 1738.0 1737.8 1737.8 Up 3.8 Sep 1740.2 Up 3.8 Dec 1731.0 1743.6 1729.5 1743.6 Up 3.7 Jan 1745.3 Up 3.7 Mar 1747.9 Up 3.9 May 1750.9 Up 4.0 Jul 1753.9 Up 4.0 Dec 1761.4 Up 4.0 Jul 1774.1 Up 4.3 Dec 1784.1 Up 4.5 Jul 1808.1 Up 5.5 Dec 1825.6 Up 6.0 Jul 1856.6 Up 6.0 News Topics: Silver markets, Precious metal markets, Metal markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business

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BC-US--Grain Prices, US

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:18
by  Associated Press BC-US--Grain Prices, US Associated Press - 29 October 2014 15:18-04:00

CHICAGO (AP) — Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wednesday.:

Settle WHEAT (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Dec 538 1-4 Mar 551 May 558 Jul 565 3-4 Sep 576 Dec 588 1-2 Mar 598 1-4 May 603 3-4 Jul 601 1-4 Sep 608 1-4 Dec 616 1-2 Mar 617 3-4 May 600 Jul 597 3-4 CORN (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Dec 375 1-4 Mar 388 1-2 May 397 Jul 403 1-2 Sep 409 1-4 Dec 416 1-4 Mar 424 1-2 May 431 Jul 435 3-4 Sep 425 1-2 Dec 419 1-2 Jul 436 1-2 Dec 421 3-4 OATS (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Dec 350 1-2 Mar 341 1-2 May 334 1-2 Jul 327 1-4 Sep 330 1-2 Dec 318 1-4 Mar 318 1-4 May 318 1-4 Jul 319 1-4 Sep 319 1-4 Jul 319 1-4 Sep 319 1-4 SOYBEANS (5,000 bu ; cents per bushel) Nov 1043 Jan 1049 Mar 1056 May 1062 3-4 Jul 1069 1-4 Aug 1067 3-4 Sep 1040 3-4 Nov 1020 3-4 Jan 1025 1-2 Mar 1030 1-4 May 1033 1-4 Jul 1039 Aug 1036 3-4 Sep 1006 3-4 Nov 998 Jul 1017 1-2 Nov 992 1-2 SOYBEAN OIL (60,000 lbs; cents per lb) Dec 34.18 Jan 34.41 Mar 34.68 May 34.90 Jul 35.14 Aug 35.21 Sep 35.18 Oct 35.01 Dec 34.99 Jan 35.17 Mar 35.37 May 35.55 Jul 35.76 Aug 35.79 Sep 35.83 Oct 35.78 Dec 35.76 Jul 35.76 Oct 35.76 Dec 35.76 SOYBEAN MEAL (100 tons; dollars per ton) Dec 397.20 Jan 374.60 Mar 352.20 May 346.80 Jul 346.40 Aug 345.80 Sep 342.60 Oct 333.60 Dec 330.20 Jan 330.90 Mar 332.10 May 332.70 Jul 333.80 Aug 333.70 Sep 333.70 Oct 333.60 Dec 328.80 Jul 328.80 Oct 328.80 Dec 328.80 News Topics: Soft commodity markets, Grain markets, Soybean markets, Coarse grain markets, Soybean oil markets, Wheat markets, Corn markets, Feed meal markets, Vegetable oil markets, Commodity markets, Financial markets, Business, Grain and edible oil markets

People, Places and Companies: Chicago, Illinois, United States, North America

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Russian Navy successfully test-fires new submarine-based ballistic missile

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:41
by  Associated Press Russia successfully test-fires new Navy missile Associated Press - 29 October 2014 14:41-04:00

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, proving its reliability after a long and troublesome development.

The Defense Ministry said that the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine test-fired a Bulava missile from an underwater position in the Barents Sea Wednesday. The missile's warheads successfully reached designated targets at a testing range in the Kamchatka Peninsula in fare eastern Russia.

The launch was key for confirming the capability of the missile, which the Kremlin touted as an important part of the nation's nuclear deterrent.

Many early Bulava launches went awry during a decade of tests, raising doubts about Russia's ability to carry out the ambitious project. A series of recent launches, however, has been successful and the Navy now has three nuclear submarines to carry the Bulava.

News Topics: General news, Weapons testing, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe

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Zac Brown Band to headline tailgate party before inaugural College Football Playoff title game

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:35
by  Associated Press Zac Brown Band to headline championship tailgate Associated Press - 29 October 2014 14:35-04:00

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the tailgate party before the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game in January.

Game organizers announced Wednesday that the Zac Brown Band will perform on Jan. 12.

The tailgate outside AT&T Stadium will begin at noon on game day. It's a free event for those holding tickets for the game.

There are also concerts with national recording artists planned the weekend before the game. Performers for those events will be announced later.

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Online: www.collegefootballplayoff.com

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Sports, Music, Entertainment, Country music, Pop music, College football, College sports, Celebrity, Football

People, Places and Companies: Zac Brown

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Governor: Maine will seek to enforce voluntary quarantine after nurse says she won't cooperate

New Europe News - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:33
by  Associated Press Governor: Maine will seek to enforce quarantine Associated Press - 29 October 2014 14:33-04:00

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State officials are seeking legal authority to enforce the quarantine of a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa and says there's no justification to keep her in isolation, Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday.

State police are monitoring the Fort Kent home where nurse Kaci Hickox is under voluntary quarantine, LePage added. That was to ensure her protection as well as the safety of the community, he said.

Hickox told NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Good Morning America" that she has so far abided by the state's voluntary quarantine. She said she had no contact with anyone Tuesday and will have no human contact again Wednesday. But she said she doesn't plan to cooperate after that.

"I don't plan on sticking to the guidelines," Hickox said on "Today." ''I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though I am in perfectly good health."

Her lawyer told The Associated Press that Hickox isn't willing to cooperate further unless the state lifts "all or most of the restrictions," which LePage said was disappointing.

"We hoped that the healthcare worker would voluntarily comply with these protocols, but this individual has stated publicly she will not abide by the protocols," LePage said in a statement. "We are very concerned about her safety and health and that of the community."

Hickox, who volunteered in Africa with Doctors Without Borders, was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine for people arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport from three West African countries.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were sharply criticized for ordering mandatory quarantines for health care workers like Hickox who've shown no symptoms of Ebola. Now in Maine, Hickox arrived Tuesday night at the off-campus home of her boyfriend, who's a senior nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

"I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public," she said.

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