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PRECIOUS-Gold rises 2 pct as Fed takes patient stance on rate hike
... * Fed: Rate hike unlikely for at least "couple of meetings". * Silver up more than 3 pct; platinum, palladium also rise.
U.S Treasurys fall, investors mull Fed comments  CNBC
Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets  The Seattle Times
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Putin Strikes Uncompromising Stance Over Crisis Gripping Russia
President Vladimir Putin struck an uncompromising stance over the crisis gripping Russia, accusing the U.S. and European Union of trying to undermine his country and blaming external factors for the sharp plunge in the ruble.
Putin Accuses West of Trying to Sideline Russia  ABC News
Putin predicts economic recovery but warns West against pressuring Russian ...  Washington Post
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Swiss Franc Falls as SNB Introduces Negative Rates; Aussie Rises
Switzerland's franc weakened the most in nine months versus the euro after the nation's central bank introduced negative interest rates to help defend the currency's cap.
SNB introduces negative interest rates  MarketWatch
SNB chairman says could cut interest rates further  Reuters
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California power regulator to address allegations
California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.
New furor emerges with CPUC in upheaval  San Francisco Chronicle
PUC top boss tainted by scandals set to preside over final meeting  Santa Cruz Sentinel
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New York bans fracking after health report
ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.
Cuomo administration bans fracking in New York  Mid-Hudson News
NEW YORK STATE TO DRILLERS: No fracking here, no way  Sky Valley Chronicle
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German business more bullish as euro weakens
FRANKFURT--German business confidence improved for the second consecutive month, a key indicator showed Thursday, as the eurozone's largest economy benefits from lower oil prices and a weaker euro.
German Business Sentiment Rises To 4-Month High  RTT News
German Business Confidence Rises With Growth Signs  Bloomberg
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The rock star manager who reinvents himself
Jeff Vinik, left, as fund manager for Fidelity. Now he owns the Tampa Bay Lightning and is working on a big real estate project. NEW YORK (CNNMoney).
With Vinik Plan Unveiled, Buckhorn Waits on Rays  WUSF News
Vinik's Vision: Lightning Owner Unveils Plans for Downtown Tampa  The Ledger
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FedEx Corporation (FDX)'s Shares Fall Post Weaker Quarterly Results Despite ...
The shares of FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) fell nearly five percent after the company announced lower-than-expected second quarter 2015 financial results.
Missed Q2 Forecast: It's Not A Big Deal For FedEx (FDX)  Seeking Alpha
FedEx misses Street 2Q forecasts, but profit jumps 23 percent  Maryville Daily Times
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Uber Promises to Improve Safety Using New Technology
Uber's safety chief is promising to improve driver screening using things like "biometrics and voice verification." Ridesharing company Uber, which has come under fire recently after multiple highly publicized incidents of driver misconduct, has outlined various ...
Bad boy Uber is flawed but, admit it, we're all addicted  Telegraph.co.uk
Uber ramping up security measures  Independent Online
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Russia's Putin says hopes Sistema will restore its position on market
MOSCOW Dec 18 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Sistema would be able to restore its positions on the stock market, sending the conglomerate's shares higher.
Sistema Jumps Most on Record as Owner Freed From House Arrest  Businessweek
Vladimir Putin Vows That Russian Bear Won't Become 'Stuffed Animal'  NBCNews.com
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