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19 December 14

TOP STORIES

Manufacturers face ‘bloodbath’ in Russia, says Renault Nissan boss

Obama greets Raul Castro at the Nelson Mandeal memorial Secret talks led to Barack Obama’s apparently accidental meeting with Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in December 2013. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Behind the scenes of the US–Cuba deal

Secrecy, the pope and Canada played crucial parts in the 18–month effort to reach the historic agreement

 

Ruble Strengthens After Central Bank Acts

Fall of Russian ruble

Fall of Russian ruble injects uncertainty into global economy

Russia’s turmoil involving the ruble serves as a reminder of the way falling petroleum prices can roil the outlook for oil–exporting nations.

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

No.Korea proposes probe over Sony hacking

U.S. repatriates 4 more Guantanamo detainees -- this time to Afghanistan

Mariella Castro
Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro’s daughter

ECONOMY/MARKETS/BUSINESS

North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S. | Video

Bankers See $1 Trillion of Investments Stranded in the Oil Fields

A Full–Blown Economic Crisis Has Erupted In Russia

Putin upbeat on ruble, reassures Russians economic pain will pass. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin says country’s economic troubles will pass in no more than two years, adding the government and central bank are responding "appropriately," though a bit belatedly.

IRS warns of possible shutdown

Sunglasses
Facebook claims share in revenues from sunglasses sales in India, which is up due to profile pictures. In a shocking lawsuit filed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the social networking website has sued sunglasses making company Ray–Ban, asking it to share revenues from the rising sales of sunglasses in India.

Wall St. falls third session, led by tech, discretionaries

AMERICAS

Who the fuck needs police? Hundreds of women in the Mexican town of Xaltianguis formed their own community defense organization to protect their town from organized crime.

OP-ED

The Oil Price Crash of 2014

Weight Gains – The New Inquiry

History supports McCain’s stance on waterboarding

HEALTH

Your high blood sugar is ROTTING your brain

What Your Nails Reveal About Your Health. Your nails can be affected by a variety of medical problems, so paying attention to nail health is a smart idea.

This Article Could Change Your View of This Popular Food Forever. I’m not joking – it promotes disease and actually destroys the quality of life for many, leading to a higher incidence of asthma, headaches, eye irritation, and nausea. Think carefully before eating it and ask: is the price really worth it?

SPORTS

Accolades pour in for Lakers’ Bryant

6:56pm EST

Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

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Jerry Sandusky’s pension appeal denied but lawyer vows to keep fighting

5:55pm EST

Sport–Off–field drama takes focus away from top displays

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CELEBRITY, ENTERTAINMENT, ROYALTY

Just in time for winter breaks and vacations, Netflix and Amazon have added new titles to their streaming options.
What’s new on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes

U.S.

Pacific storm could mark floods, landslides, early holiday woe

Investigation reveals Los Angeles fire was an act of arson

Friday 19th December, 2014 – LOS ANGELES – Authorities have said that a fire that cost an estimated loss of $30 million in downtown Los Angeles earlier this month was an act of arson. – The Dec

Obama
Obama: Sony made a mistake pulling "The Interview". Sony Pictures "made a mistake" when it decided to cancel the theatrical release of "The Interview" in the wake of cyber attacks from North Korea, President Obama said Friday. "I wish they’d spoken to me first," he added. "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated."

Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 220 Million Undocumented Whites.

NY Times reporter James Risen
Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

U.S., Cuba plan restored relations after 50 years of hostility

Uninsured Under the ACA: Millions of Americans Can’t Afford Coverage

CIA morale ‘deeply hurt’ following Senate report

Senate reaches deal for vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

West Coast storms surprise Los Angeles with...a tornado, captured on video

CANADA

Loonie
Canada’s inflation rate drops to 2.0% in November

Canada’s inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, dropping from 2.4 per cent the previous month.

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Gas prices continue to slide in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Sun

By TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN December 19, 2014 7:32 AM … But in many areas of Vancouver the prices as low as 105.9 cents.

Stephen Harper’s carbo tice plan rejected by Dalhousie dentistry student

Chevron cancels Canadian Arctic drilling as oil prices slide

M.E./ASIA

All spent fuel removed from reactor 4 pool at Fukushima No. 1, Tepco says

Israel Slams EU Over Plan to Take Hamas Off Terror List – Dec 18, 2014 – 11:21 GMT
Aron Heller Published 18/12/2014 | 02:30 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union yesterday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust. The EU court order to remove Hamas from the EU terrorist list came the same day (continue reading)

U.S. can’t slam others on human rights: China . BEIJING – China’s foreign ministry said that the United States has no right to confront other countries on their human rights records when it faces problems with racism and mistreatment of prisoners at home.

TECH

Virus shuts down provincial communications

Some kind of virus has forced the BC government to shut down its communications servers. It's unclear how severe the problem is or how long the servers will be down.

H.R.4681 silently passed. Your files no longer require a warrant to be searched.

SCIENCE, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT

Mom Receives Glyphosate Task Force Studies on Glyphosate Submitted to the EPA

How cheap oil changes the world. Consumers get lower heating bills and prices at the pump. Russia, Iran, and Venezuela face shrinking treasuries, while Saudi Arabia tries to still US drills. 

Do Jews Carry Trauma in Our Genes? A Conversation With Rachel Yehuda. The innovative neuroscientist discusses how the Holocaust, famine, and other catastrophic experiences can affect our DNA

 

 

 

 

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