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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.06 or .2 percent, to $32.26. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.16 or .2 percent, to $71.30. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Indian temple 'purified' after low-caste chief minister visits

    By Thomson Reuters Foundation correspondent PATNA India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The government in India's northern state of Bihar has ordered an investigation after reports that a Hindu temple was cleaned and its idols washed after a visit by the state's chief minister, who belongs to a lower caste community. Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, a member of the Musahar community, said he had been told the shrine in Bihar's Madhubani district was "purified" after he visited it last month. ...

  • Hong Kong's student protesters ignite campaign against Beijing

    By Clare Baldwin and Kinling Lo HONG KONG (Reuters) - They are dubbed the "umbrella generation" - teenaged students who have stormed the streets of Hong Kong in their tens of thousands and electrified a long-running protest campaign against Beijing's attempts to control the financial hub. Organised, determined and idealistic, they pose a major challenge to mainland China as they demand it gives them the freedom to nominate election candidates. China recently announced that it would not go that far. ...

  • New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYT
    New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYT

    (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to expand the city's living wage measure to include thousands of additional workers, as well as increase the amount workers are paid under the law, the New York Times reported on Monday. De Blasio will sign an executive order on Tuesday to make the change, which his administration estimated could extend coverage to 18,000 workers over the next five years, the newspaper said on its website. The living wage would go to $11.50 an hour from $10. ...

  • Turkey deploys tanks to border as lawmakers to consider anti-IS action
    Turkey deploys tanks to border as lawmakers to consider anti-IS action

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Turkey on Monday deployed tanks and armoured vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria amid escalating violence by the Islamic State group, as parliament was set to consider whether to authorise military action against the jihadists.

  • 4 House Remodeling Projects Worth Every Cent
    4 House Remodeling Projects Worth Every Cent

    Remodeling your home before you put it on the market is becoming a smart sales tactic; For 2014, the cost-value ratio, which expresses the resale value as a percentage of construction cost, stands at 66.1 percent, up 5.5 points over the last year and the largest increase since 2005, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 cost vs. value report. “Significantly, for the first time in four years, improved resale value of residential housing had more of an influence on the cost-value ratio than construction costs,” according to the magazine. “A modest 2.2 percent increase in average national construction costs was more than offset by an 11.5 percent improvement in average national resale value.”

  • FBI agents invented a defendant to catch a judge
    FBI agents invented a defendant to catch a judge

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — To catch a Philadelphia municipal judge they suspected of corruption, FBI agents invented a defendant — complete with a staged arrest and court appearances.

  • U.S. strikes help Iraq Kurds, army advances against Islamic State
    U.S. strikes help Iraq Kurds, army advances against Islamic State

    By Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces captured a strategic border crossing and several villages from Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq on Tuesday, scoring gains as the militants were pounded by heavy U.S.-led air strikes and the Iraqi army advanced from the south. An Iraqi Kurdish political source said Kurdish peshmerga fighters took control of the Rabia border crossing with Syria in a battle that began before dawn. "It's the most important strategic point for crossing. ...

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