Archive for December 24th, 2013

Yahoo Finance (Bloomberg): U.S. Store Traffic Sinks 21% as Last-Ditch Deals Flop

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By Cotten Timberlake
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

U.S. store visits plummeted 21 percent and retail sales dropped 3.1 percent in the week through Saturday, signaling a lackluster finish for stores’ most important selling season, Chicago-based researcher ShopperTrak said yesterday.

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By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
December 23, 2013 Updated 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON — A three-month extension of emergency unemployment benefits is gaining momentum.

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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden: The former NSA contractor’s leaks have altered the U.S. government’s relationship with its citizens and the rest of the world. Six months later, he reflects.

By Barton Gellman
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.

“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.

He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.

“I’ll see you there,” he said.

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