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Senator Paul Won't Budge On Blocking Tax Treaties
Republican Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday again blocked the U.S. Senate from moving toward ratifying five pending tax treaties, saying they would make it easier for foreign governments to invade the privacy of Americans. The Kentucky libertarian, defying business interests that favor the agreements, cited concerns the treaties would allow more inter-government sharing of financial information on citizens. The United States has tax treaties with more than 60 countries, ranging from China to Kyrgyzstan. Their main purpose is to prevent double-taxation of corporate profits.
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A college student told a 911 dispatcher that a man he later identified as Rob Bironas chased him and his friends, then tried to hit their pickup truck minutes before the former Titans kicker's fatal crash. Metro Nashville Police Department released copies of two 911 calls Tuesday afternoon. One call was made by Bironas' wife reporting him missing at 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 20. The second was from Belmont University student Connor Fraley at 10:45 p.m. while being chased by Bironas, who was driving a white SUV.
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Russia's Khodorkovsky Says He Does Not Intend To Set Up Party
Freed former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said in Berlin on Tuesday he had no intention of founding a new political party or standing in Russian elections, but wanted his "Open Russia" movement to support fundamental change. Khodorkovsky was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin last December after 10 years in jail for fraud and tax evasion, in a case his supporters say was politically motivated. The former energy magnate has since based himself in Switzerland. Khodorkovsky warned Moscow not to squander the country's wealth, saying its oil and gas sales-based economic model was no longer working and rich Russians were emigrating.
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Citizens Financial's IPO Prices Below Expected Range At $21.50
Citizens Financial Group Inc said its initial public offering was priced at $21.50 per share, valuing the U.S. unit of Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland at about $12 billion. The IPO, which was priced below the expected range, raised about $3 billion, making it the second biggest in the United States this year after Alibaba raised $21.8 billion last week. Citizens IPO is also the biggest bank offering since the financial crisis.
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Kate Middleton Is No Longer The Most Stylish Woman In The UK
It's almost impossible to mention Kate Middleton without also mentioning her impeccable fashion. The Duchess of Cambridge has transformed herself into a style icon with her chic dresses, elegant gowns and that unforgettable wedding dress! But, alas, the Duchess of Cambridge is no longer the most fashionable lady across the pond. In fact, according to research commissioned by U.K. website Voucher Codes, the royal didn't even make the list!
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Rob Gronkowski -- Breakin' Out The Guns For Charity
Gronk like gun. Gronk shoot gun. Gronk raise money for charity. Rob Gronkowski was one of several New England Patriots players who picked up a gun and blasted away on Tuesday to raise money for an ex-teammate's charity ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. It all went down in Mapleville, RI -- where Pats players like Julian Edelman, Stevan Ridley and Nate Soldier participated in the 10th annual "Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out" ... which features a skeet shooting competition.
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U.S. And Arab Allies Launch First Strikes On Militants In Syria
The United States and its Arab allies bombed militant groups in Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters, members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group and opening a new front amid shifting Middle East alliances. The attacks encountered no objection, and even signs of tacit approval, from President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, which said Washington had warned Damascus in advance.
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Cirque du Soleil is known for doing incredible things with the human body. Now they’re doing incredible things with quadcopters. In a collaboration with the University of Zurich and Canadian production house Verity Studios, Cirque has gussied up a brigade of drones to look like lampshades floating about their creator’s workshop.
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It's official ... NY Knicks star Iman Shumpert's in a full-on RELATIONSHIP with singer Teyana Taylor -- and TMZ Sports has the video proof. There had been rumors the two were hookin' up, but this week the two set the record straight -- hitting up "The Equalizer" premiere together in NYC ... with all sorts of PDA.
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U.N. Security Council Blacklists Foreign Fighters, Recruiters
A United Nations Security Council committee blacklisted on Tuesday more than a dozen foreign extremist fighters, fundraisers and recruiters tied to militant groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Yemen, including a senior Islamic State leader. Individuals from France, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Senegal and Kuwait are among those targeted by the Security Council's al Qaeda sanctions committee for an arms embargo, global travel ban and asset freeze. France submitted three of the individuals to the committee, while the United States proposed 11 individuals and the groups Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, which has links to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and has recruited Tunisian youth to fight in Syria, and the al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades.