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Goodwill Workers Find Cremated Remains in Donation 
ABC News - 12/15/2014
Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased's next of kin, police said. Goodwill employees sorting
Cremated remains accidentally donated to Goodwill Press-Republican Online
Goodwill workers find cremated remains in Lafayette donation WTHR
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'Magic' mushroom found in Buckingham Palace garden 
USA Today - 12/15/2014
Titchmarsh, who is hosting a show on Buckingham Palace's garden, asked ecology expert Mick Crawley whether the mushroom can be eaten, the Telegraph Titchmarsh later told theSunthat the surprise find
'Magic' mushroom found in Queen's garden Kens5.com
Men Far More Likely to Die Stupid Deaths KKZX 98.9
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The greenest goodbye - Seattle group wants to compost the dead 
Reuters UK - 12/15/2014
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Ashes to ashes, dust to dust - and corpses to crops? In Seattle, a local nonprofit group wants to become the world's first organization to offer as a service human composting, in     Add Comment

Massachusetts baby born at 10:11, 12-13-14 
Africa News Wire - 12/16/2014
Mining Industry News and Mining press releases from public and private companies. Mining Newswire accepts press releases and headline news. Unlimited Mass Media SEO Press Release Distribution with     Add Comment
>>   US politics
Bill Clinton: Garner 'didn't deserve to die' 
MSNBC - 12/16/2014
Bill Clinton is the latest national figure to weigh in on a Staten Island grand jury’s controversial decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July choke hold death of unarmed     Add Comment

Obama Condemns Deadly Attack on Pakistani School 
ABC News - 12/16/2014
President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls a "heinous attack" on a Pakistani school. Obama says terrorists are once again showing their depravity with the shooting spree that killed 126 in     Add Comment

'Fast Track' To Nowhere: Congress Shouldn't Give Obama Power To Ram Through TPP 
Forbes.com - 12/16/2014
Post written by Daniel DiMicco Daniel DiMicco is chairman emeritus of Nucor Steel If the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and global governance agreement has any chance at passage, it will     Add Comment

White House task force launches rule to curb pirate fishing 
Washington Post - 12/16/2014
Customers select their own fish at a supermarket in this 2012 file photo. As much as one-third of seafood sold in restaurants and grocery stores is fraudulently labeled, according to a new report. (Tracy     Add Comment
>>   Mergers & acquisitions
ALM Acquires Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marking the first step in its acquisition and growth strategy, ALM, a leader in specialized industry news and information, and publisher of The American Lawyer
ALM Acquires Kennedy Consulting Research and Advisory SPi World News
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$8.3B deal: Spain's Repsol buys Talisman 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
MADRID — Spanish energy company Repsol is buying Canadian oil firm Talisman Energy for $8.3 billion, a combination that would be among the 15 largest privately owned oil and gas companies in the world,     Add Comment

Spectris plc Announces Acquisition of ESG Solutions 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
HOUSTON, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ESG Solutions (ESG), an industry leader and pioneer in microseismic technology and services recently announced that the ownership of ESG Solutions has transferred     Add Comment

Qatar Fund Acquires HSBC’s London Base From Korean Pension Fund 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign-wealth fund seeking to gain control of London’s Canary Wharf financial district, bought the headquarters of HSBC Holdings Plc from the National Pension Service     Add Comment
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More than 100 killed in Taliban attack on Pakistan school 
Chicago Tribune - 12/16/2014
At least 130 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, taking hundreds of students hostage in the bloodiest insurgent     Add Comment

Peace Corps unveils rankings: Calif., Vt., NYC lead way 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
There must be something in the maple syrup: Vermonters volunteered for the Peace Corps in larger proportion than any other state in 2014. It is the third time in five years that tiny Vermont has claimed
Peace Corps unveils rankings: Calif., Vt., NYC lead the way USA Today
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U.S. volunteerism: Which states do it best? 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
Volunteerism is slightly down in the U.S, according to a new study that ranks states on their philanthropic efforts. This year, 62.6 million Americans volunteered for nearly 7.7 billion hours, according     Add Comment

CBS US News: This Morning from CBS News: Dec. 16, 2014 
CBS News - 12/16/2014
Ambulances drive away from military-run school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan on Dec. 16, 2014 REUTERS Taliban massacre Pakistani officials say Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run
This Morning from CBS News: Dec. 16, 2014 CBS News
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>>   Banking
Raiffeisen, SocGen Plummet as Ruble Slide Triggers Bank Worries 
Bloomberg - 12/16/2014
Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) and Societe Generale SA (GLE) , the European banks with most at stake in Russia, led European lenders lower as the ruble continued its slide today, defying a surprise     Add Comment

UPDATE 1-Morocco's central bank cuts benchmark interest rate to 2.5 pct 
Reuters Africa - 12/16/2014
(Add details) RABAT Dec 16 (Reuters) - Morocco's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate on Tuesday to 2.5 percent from 2.75 percent, the second rate cut in three months as it seeks to support     Add Comment

Market share: Busey Bank leades in C-U, but it's a close race in Danville [The News-Gazette,  
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--Last week, The News-Gazette explained how Busey Bank's merger with Pekin-based Herget Bank would affect banks' shares of deposits in the Peoria area. This week, we'll turn closer to home to     Add Comment

Oil Plunge Seen as Boon for U.S. Banks as Traders Benefit 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
The benefits of cheaper oil for the biggest U.S. banks -- a jump in trading and consumers with more money to spend -- will outweigh the costs, according to executives and analysts. The collapse of crude     Add Comment
>>   Finance news
Foreign investments in Azerbaijani economy increase by nearly 19% [Trend News Agency,  
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--The total volume of foreign investments made in the Azerbaijani economy amounted to 4.400 billion AZN in January-November 2014, which is 18.9 percent more than in the same period of last year,     Add Comment

Stocks Drop With Ruble as Oil Extends Selloff; Bonds Gain 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Stocks (SPX) fell around the world as a rout in oil accelerated and data signaled a contraction in Chinese manufacturing. The ruble weakened to a record low as Russia’s interest-rate increase failed to     Add Comment

U.S. Stocks Retreat as Oil Tumbles Before Fed Meeting 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
U.S. stocks fell as concerns about the impact of sliding oil prices spread through financial markets before a meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index retreated 0.6     Add Comment

Nigerian Stock Index Drops to 2-Year Low as Oil Trades Under $60 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Nigeria’s benchmark stock index tumbled to an almost two year low as the outlook for Africa’s biggest oil producer worsened with Brent crude trading below $60 a barrel. The Nigerian Stock Exchange All     Add Comment
>>   IPO
Exact Sciences Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock 
CNBC - 12/16/2014
MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced the pricing of the public offering of 4,000,000 common shares previously sold to Jefferies LLC and Robert W.
Exact Sciences : Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock 4 Traders
Exact Sciences Announces Agreement to Sell 4000000 Common Shares PharmiWeb
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Here's what the 2015 tech IPO pipeline looks like 
CNBC - 12/16/2014
To date, these tech firms have raised a whopping $64 billion across more than 2,700 deals. The tech IPO market looks like it will keep its momentum in 2015, Sanwal said. "December has been a fairly
Get ready for a big year in tech IPOs CNBC
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IPO Profile: eRex to ramp up business with biomass power plants 
Nikkei Asian Review - 12/16/2014
TOKYO -- eRex, a Japanese retailer and low-key generator of electricity, will debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers market for high-growth and emerging stocks on Dec. 22.      The company buys     Add Comment

MAI prefers early birds for 2015 listings [Bangkok Post, Thailand] 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--The Market for Alternative Investment expects 22 companies with a combined market capitalisation of 13.2 billion baht to seek listings on the exchange next year. "We're set to have two initial
MAI prefers early birds for 2015 listings Bangkok Post
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>>   Stockwatch
Navistar reports surprise fourth-quarter loss 
Chicago Tribune - 12/16/2014
Navistar International on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss, due partly to one time charges. Analysts had expected the Lisle-based company to turn a profit in the quarter, which is traditionally     Add Comment

Slovenian Krka says depreciation of rouble will hurt 2014 profit 
Reuters UK - 12/16/2014
LJUBLJANA Dec 16 (Reuters) - Slovenia's largest pharmaceutical company Krka said on Tuesday the recent significant depreciation of the Russian rouble was likely to dent its earnings this year. "The     Add Comment

Post-Earnings Coverage - Brocade Communications 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
Editor Note: For more information about this release, please scroll to bottom. PR Newswire LONDON, December 16, 2014 LONDON , December 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Investor-Edge.com has issued
Brocade Communications Systems : Post-Earnings Coverage - Brocade Communications 4 Traders
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Land Securities Group PLC ("Land Securities") Notification of Third Quarter IMS  
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
LAND SECURITIES : "Land Securities") Notification of Third Quarter IMS Release Date 4 Traders
Land Sec. Group PLC : Notification of third quarter IMS release date Investegate
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