Ahead of the Bell: Consumer prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers likely didn’t see much of an increase in prices in November, outside a probable rise in food costs. Economists project that the Consumer Price Index rose 0.2 percent last month, matching the October increase. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core consumer prices increased 0.1 percent, economists forecast. That would […]




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Holiday road trips will cost more at the pump

It looks like more Americans will be on the road this holiday season than last year, and they can count on paying more for gas. The national average for unleaded regular gasoline rose to $2.984 a gallon on Wednesday, according to a survey by AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That’s about […]




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Austria: Judge Rules That Yodeling Offends Muslims

It seems as though in Austria, the popular yodel is an insult to Muslims. An Austrian court has recently fined a citizen for yodeling while mowing his lawn, according to a report in The Kronen Zeitung newspaper. The citizen, 63-year-old Helmut G., was told by the court that his yodeling offended his next-door Muslim neighbors, […]




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Competitors squeeze TV sales out of Best Buy

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2010 file photo, Claire Niea ponders which television to buy at Best Buy, which opened at 5:00 a.m. in Atlanta. Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. said Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, its third-quarter net income fell more than expected as it lost share to competitors in categories such as TVs […]




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Rioters clash with police in Athens during rally

Planes are grounded during a 24-hour strike at the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos in Spata, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. A new general strike hit Greece Wednesday, grounding flights and disrupting hospital and transport services as unions protest freshly approved labor reforms amid painful austerity and rising unemployment. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) ATHENS, Greece (AP) — […]




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Chemo During Pregnancy OK

Chemo During Pregnancy OK Dec. 13, 2010 (San Antonio) — Pregnant women who have breast cancer shouldn’t delay chemotherapy or schedule an early delivery to avoid exposing the baby to the drugs, doctors say. A review of the records of 313 pregnant women with breast cancer showed that nearly twice as many women who didn’t […]




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EU Affirms Readiness to Recognize a Palestinian State

On Monday, the European Union reaffirmed its readiness to recognize a Palestinian state at an “appropriate” time. However, it stopped short of an outright recognition. There has been pressure on the European Union to recognize a Palestinian state, particularly after the latest talks between the U.S. and Israel on a new construction freeze of Jewish […]




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Yahoo’s holiday trimming cuts work force 4 pct

In this Dec. 1, 2010 photo, a sign outside Yahoo Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. is shown. Yahoo is preparing to lay off between 600 and 700 workers in the latest shake-up triggered by the Internet company’s lackluster growth. Employees could be notified of the job cuts as early as Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, according […]




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Stocks, bond yields rise as Fed sticks by stimulus

Traders Richard Genna, left, and Peter Tuchman work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (AP Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — Bonds prices fell sharply Tuesday, sending long-term interest rates to their highest level in seven months, after the Federal Reserve said it would continue its efforts to lift […]




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Aromatase Inhibitors May Raise Heart Risks

Aromatase Inhibitors May Raise Heart Risks Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) — Postmenopausal women with early breast cancer who take newer hormone drugs known as aromatase inhibitors are 26% more likely to develop heart disease than those who take the old standby tamoxifen, researchers report. “Treatment with aromatase inhibitors is associated with a significant increase […]




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