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 2016-02-05 16:58 

Reuters

U.S. CDC: Link between Zika, microcephaly looks "stronger and stronger"... +

The suspected link between the Zika virus and a birth defect known as microcephaly appears ...

 2016-02-05 16:58 

AP

[ US News ]

Cruz's 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters... +

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. AP -- Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America.....

 2016-02-05 16:58 

AP

[ US News ]

Lawyer: 'Serial' defense crippled by omission of witness... +

BALTIMORE AP -- An attorney told a Maryland judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by ...

 2016-02-05 16:57 

AP

[ Big Story ]

Bridge case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs... +

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case will get a chance to force the release of documents from the law firm whose 2014 report absolved Christie from blame. Bill Baroni and...

 2016-02-05 16:57 

Reuters Canada

Italian student killed in Egypt criticized Cairo government in articles... +

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian student found dead by a roadside in Cairo with cigarette burns and other signs of torture on his body had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, according to...

 2016-02-05 16:57 

Reuters

Swedish regulator orders tighter security at nuclear plants... +

Sweden's nuclear regulator hasordered tighter security measures including armed guards andperimeter dog patrols at its nuclear power plants because of theglobal security situation....

 2016-02-05 16:56 

Reuters

Russia's luxury flagship store turns to Chinese spenders... +

Framed by Swarovski crystal figurines and crocodile skin-clad smart phones, sales promotions at Moscow's exclusive TsUM department store are being publicized in two languages: Russian, of course, and now Chinese....

 2016-02-05 16:55 

Reuters Africa

Italian student killed in Egypt criticised Cairo government in articles... +

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian student found dead by a roadside in Cairo with cigarette burns and other signs of torture on his body had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, according to...

 2016-02-05 16:55 

Reuters

UPDATE 1-Maisons du Monde owner taps Goldman, Citi for Paris listing - sources... +

Private equity firm Bain is closerto a stock market listing of its home furniture chain Maisons duMonde, and is working with banks on a Paris listing, threesources familiar with the matter said on Friday....

 2016-02-05 16:55 

Reuters

BRIEF-IFA Hotel & Touristik to prolong share repurchase program... +

IFA Hotel & Touristik AG :...

 2016-02-05 16:55 

Reuters

BRIEF-O2 Czech Republic says bought 148,056 own shares between Feb 1-Feb 5... +

O2 Czech Republic As...

 2016-02-05 16:55 

AP

[ Business ]

Stocks lose more ground as jobs report disappoints... +

NEW YORK AP -- Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.....

 2016-02-05 16:53 

AP

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Afghan Taliban close ranks around new leader... +

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) Afghanistan's Taliban are closing ranks around their new leader after months of infighting that followed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, which could allow the insurgents to speak with one voice in hoped-for peace talks b...

 2016-02-05 16:53 

AP

[ Top International ]

Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism... +

RIO DE JANEIRO AP -- Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples t...

 2016-02-05 16:51 

Reuters

BRIEF-Intesa not considering any acquisitions abroad for now... +

Intesa Sanpaolo CEO Carlo Messina:...

 2016-02-05 16:51 

Reuters

[ World ]

U.N. migration chief says Angela Merkel is a hero... +

The U.N's top migration official called German Chancellor Angela Merkel a hero on Friday, saying she had taken a principled stand to support refugees while some European leaders had failed a test of human decency....

 2016-02-05 16:51 

Reuters

[ World ]

Hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdistan kills 17, governor tells local TV... +

A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region killed 17 people on Friday, the governor of Erbil told a local media network....

 2016-02-05 16:49 

Reuters

Obama's move on gender pay gap seen as first step in uphill battle... +

Advocates fighting to close the U.S. gender paygap hailed President Barack Obama's proposal to expand salaryreporting requirements but said much more was needed to end wagediscrimination....

 2016-02-05 16:49 

Reuters

A sweet treat for Valentine's Day? Chocolate ramen... +
 2016-02-05 16:48 

Reuters

UPDATE 1-EU executive accepts Portugal's 2016 draft budget after changes... +

The European Commission will notreject Portugal's draft 2016 budget after Lisbon madelast-minute changes, but the draft still risks breaking therules, the EU executive said on Friday....

 2016-02-05 16:48 

UPI

Tax preparation company TaxSlayer reports data breach... +

Ed AdamczykEVANS, Ga., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The makers of individual tax preparation software TaxSlayer reported hackers accessed some accounts of its customers....

 2016-02-05 16:48 

AP

[ Top International ]

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting... +

BEIRUT AP -- Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.....

 2016-02-05 16:48 

AP

[ US News ]

NYPD officer who was shot in cheek released from hospital... +

NEW YORK AP -- One of two New York City police officers who was shot and wounded in the stairwell of a public housing project was released from the hospital Friday to cheers from fellow officers.....

 2016-02-05 16:47 

Reuters

Puerto Rico's emergency fiscal measures exhausted by June: GDB president... +

Puerto Rico, struggling to restructure its mountain of debt and already paying some but not all of its creditors, will run out of fiscal emergency measures by June, the U.S. commonwealth's Government Development Bank president said on Friday....

 2016-02-05 16:46 

Reuters

UPDATE 1-Puerto Rico's emergency fiscal measures exhausted by June -GDB president... +

Puerto Rico, struggling to restructure its mountain of debt and already paying some but not all of its creditors, will run out of fiscal emergency measures by June, the U.S. commonwealth's Government Development Bank president said on Friday....

 2016-02-05 16:44 

Reuters

Russia's luxury flagship store turns to Chinese spenders... +

Framed by Swarovski crystal figurines and crocodile skin-clad smart phones, sales promotions at Moscow's exclusive TsUM department store are being publicized in two languages: Russian, of course, and now Chinese....

 2016-02-05 16:44 

Reuters

UPDATE 1-'Brexit' would lop 4 pct pts off UK GDP growth, hit pound 15-20 pct - Citi... +

Economic growth in Britain wouldbe up to 4 percentage points lower over the next four years andsterling could lose a fifth of its value if the country votes toleave the European Union, economists at U.S. bank Citi said onFriday....

 2016-02-05 16:43 

UPI

Agent Erik Burkhardt cuts ties with Johnny Manziel... +

The Sports Xchange Erik Burkhardt, the agent for Johnny Manziel, has parted ways with the Browns quarterback after he allegedly hit his former girlfriend at a Dallas hotel....

 2016-02-05 16:42 

AP

[ Big Story ]

David Aardsma agrees to minor league contract with Blue Jays... +

Pitcher David Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selecte...

 2016-02-05 16:41 

UPI

Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry fuel romance rumors... +

Marilyn MalaraLOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Actor Orlando Bloom and pop star Katy Perry are further igniting romance rumors after a reportedly busy week of dating....

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