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Seattle woman knocked unconscious in drive-by egg throwing incident 
Reuters India - 2/27/2015
12:20am IST SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police searched on Friday for a vandal who hurled an egg at a woman standing outside a local bar, striking her in the head and knocking her unconscious in
Seattle woman knocked unconscious in drive-by egg throwing incident (Reuters) West Australian
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NYC trucker accused of avoiding toll with device inspired by James Bond 
Reuters - 2/26/2015
(Reuters) - A trucker accused of using a James Bond-style retractable bumper to evade a $95 toll on the George Washington Bridge has been charged with using burglary tools, police said on Thursday.
NYC trucker accused of avoiding toll with device inspired by James Bond (Reuters) Yahoo!Xtra
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Toronto mystery tunnel had rosary nailed to wall, police say 
Reuters Canada - 2/24/2015
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - A mysterious tunnel discovered in Toronto near one of the venues for this summer's Pan American Games contained a rosary with a crucifix and poppy, and there     Add Comment

Arrests made in emu beating death in Texas 
CNEWS - 2/26/2015
Eight people have either been arrested or cited by police for their roles in stealing an emu in a rural Texas town and beating it to death, the Comanche County Sheriff's Department said on Thursday.
At least eight linked to theft, beating death of emu in Texas (Reuters) Yahoo! News Australia
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>>   US politics
Georgia Republican clarifies vaccination comm 
MSNBC - 2/27/2015
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not. And so I’m looking at [my] wife – most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have     Add Comment

Jeb Bush enters the lion's den, touts conservative credentials 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
Jeb Bush speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland February 27, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush asked     Add Comment

Influential Republicans Wary of Bush Coronation 
NBCNews.com - 2/27/2015
By Perry Bacon Jr. Democrats seem poised to hand Hillary Clinton their party's nomination without much of a fight. But Republicans aren't giving any kind of coronation to their party's 2016 candidate     Add Comment

Santorum digs at Obama: "We don't need a weatherman-in-chief" 
CBS News - 2/27/2015
Senator Rick Santorum speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/ Former Senator     Add Comment
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>>   Mergers & acquisitions
Perceptron Completes Acquisition of Coord3, an Italy-Based CMM Designer and Manufacturer 
Bloomberg - 2/27/2015
PLYMOUTH, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 02/27/15 -- Perceptron Inc Coord3™ is a leading, innovative supplier of a full range of CMMs with a growing global customer base, and one of only two companies in the     Add Comment

Intrexon to Acquire Okanagan Specialty Fruits 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
Increasing Access to Convenient, Fresh Produce Choices for Consumers PR Newswire GERMANTOWN, Md. and SUMMERLAND, British Columbia, Feb. 27, 2015 GERMANTOWN, Md. and SUMMERLAND, British Columbia     Add Comment

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
(Adds O2 Czech, RWE,Vivendi ) Feb 27 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Friday: ** Nikon Corp, the 98-year-old Japanese company best     Add Comment

Close of AltaLink's Acquisition by BHE, Safety Performance and National Corporate  
Reuters - 2/27/2015
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE     Add Comment
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>>   Top US stories
This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
A potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown  would directly affect lawmakers’ pocketbooks under a bill introduced in the House this week. The Democratic measure , sponsored by Reps. Brad Ashford
Federal Eye: This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down Washington Post
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Software behind 'Big Hero 6’ pushes limits on computer animation 
San Francisco Chronicle - 2/27/2015
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Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any more reality  
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, gave the  commencement speech at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts on May 19, 2012,  telling them about advice he once got from John F. Kennedy
Strauss: Leonard Nimoy to BU arts students: Be persistent. And ‘don’t create any  Washington Post
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Video: Rift between US and Israel 
NBCNews.com - 2/27/2015
Andrea Mitchell   |   February 27, 2015 Fmr. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address to both houses     Add Comment
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>>   Banking
CANADA STOCKS-TSX steady as miners, banks edge higher 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
* TSX down 6.82 points, or 0.04 percent, at 15,234.34 * Seven of the 10 main index sectors decline * Index climbs 3.8 percent in February By John Tilak TORONTO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Canada's main
TSX steady as miners, banks edge higher Reuters Canada
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JPMorgan Chase Announces Redemption of $1.5 Billion of Outstanding Trust Preferred  
CNBC - 2/27/2015
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) announced today that JPMorgan Chase Capital XXIX will redeem all of the issued and outstanding $1,500,000,000 aggregate liquidation amount of
JPMorgan Chase Announces Redemption of $1.5 Billion of Outstanding ... Finwin
JPMorgan Chase Announces Redemption of and#36;1.5 Billion of Outstanding Trust Preferred  SPi World News
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX steady as miners, banks rise slightly 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
Feb 27 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed on Friday as higher bullion prices boosted shares of gold miners and banks climbed after reporting quarterly results earlier this week.
TSX steady as miners, banks rise slightly Yahoo! Canada
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ESSA Bancorp, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend, Increases Payment to Nine Cents  
BusinessWeek - 2/27/2015
STROUDSBURG, PA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/27/15 -- ESSA Bancorp This will be the twenty-eighth consecutive quarter ESSA Bancorp, Inc. has paid a dividend to its shareholders, and represents the second     Add Comment
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>>   Finance news
Wall Street ends down after data; posts strong gains for month 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York February 25, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson (Reuters) - The S&P 500 posted its best monthly
Wall Street records best month since 2011 Melbourne Age
US STOCKS-Wall St ends down after data; posts strong gains for month CNBC
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Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders 
CNBC - 2/27/2015
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the “Company” or “ARI”) (NYSE:ARI) today announced the Board of Directors set March 9, 2015 as the record date for the Company's
Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces 2015 Annual ... Ariva.de
APOLLO COMMERCIAL REAL EST FINANCE : Estate Finance, Inc. : Announces 2015 Annual  4 Traders
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Life Partners Holdings, Inc. Announces Receipt of Nasdaq Letter Relating to Additional  
CNBC - 2/27/2015
WACO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”)(Nasdaq GS: LPHI) announced today that on February 23, 2015, the Company received a letter from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications
LIFE PARTNERS : Announces Receipt of Nasdaq Letter Relating to Additional Staff  4 Traders
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Pemex Negotiates Lower Rig Rates as Crude Collapse Hurts Profit 
Bloomberg - 2/27/2015
(Bloomberg) -- Petroleos Mexicanos is negotiating reduced rig rates with all of its providers after the state-owned oil producer posted a ninth straight quarterly loss on slumping crude prices. Pemex     Add Comment
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>>   IPO
Oceasoft says over-allotment option partially exercised in IPO 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
:30pm EST   Oceasoft SA:Says Portzamparc Societe de Bourse has partially exercised the over-allotment option granted to it as part of Oceasoft's IPO.As a result, 40,291 additional shares have been issued     Add Comment

Bombardier Said to Boost Bond Sale as Stock Offering Beats Goal 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
(Bloomberg) -- Bombardier Inc. raised C$1.1 billion ($868 million) as it closed an increased stock offering and is also said to have boosted a planned bond sale Friday to $2.25 billion as it seeks to     Add Comment

UPDATE 3-Bankia to pay first dividend after state caps listing liabilities 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
* To make first-ever dividend payment, for 2014 business year * State caps bank's liabilities over IPO at 312 mln euros * News comes as a relief to investors (Adds first dividend payment, chairman
Bankia to pay first dividend after state caps listing liabilities Sharenet
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Weight Watchers Shares Post Biggest Decline Since 2001 IPO 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
(Updates with earnings forecast in fifth paragraph.) The company has faced declining subscriptions and revenue as consumers migrate to digital methods for counting calories and keeping in shape. Weight     Add Comment
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>>   Stockwatch
John Hancock Premium Dividend Fund Required Notice To Shareholders - Sources Of  
Reuters - 2/27/2015
PR Newswire BOSTON, Feb. 27, 2015 BOSTON , Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Premium Dividend Fund (NYSE: PDT) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund managed by John Hancock Advisers, LLC     Add Comment

Slumping crude leads to first quarterly loss 
Nikkei Asian Review - 2/27/2015
SINGAPORE -- Malaysian oil company Petronas on Friday reported a net loss for the three months ended Dec. 31 due to a drop in crude oil prices, spilling red ink for the first time since quarterly disclosures     Add Comment

The Ryland Group, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
The Board of Directors of The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE: RYL), has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share, payable on April 30, 2015, to common stockholders of record on April 15,     Add Comment

Metanor Reports its Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2014 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
VAL-D'OR, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb 27, 2015) - Metanor Resources Inc. ("Metanor") (TSX VENTURE:MTO) is pleased to report on its financial results for the quarter ended December 31 st 2014 (Q2). This
Metanor Reports its Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2014 Marketwired Yahoo! Finance
METANOR RESOURCES : Reports its Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December  4 Traders
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