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Manchester City primed to pounce on leaders Chelsea By Michael Hann LONDON (Reuters) - Rejuvenated Manchester City can pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time this season if they beat struggling visitors Crystal Palace on Saturday. With Chelsea not playing at Stoke City until Monday, a City victory at the Etihad Stadium against a Palace side who have failed to win their last four Premier League matches would put the champions level on 39 points with Jose Mourinhos men. ...
Factbox - Who is Alan Gross and what did he do? HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross: Gross was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and a career development consultant who travelled the world on private contracts before taking his Cuba assignment. He had only once previously visited Cuba and spoke very limited Spanish. ...
Fed confident on U.S. growth, opens door wider to rate hike By Howard Schneider and Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a considerable time in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy. Closing out a two-day meeting against a backdrop of solid domestic growth but trouble overseas, the U.S. central bank said it would take a patient approach in deciding when to bump borrowing costs higher. ...
Nevada regulators reject tribal solar plant again Nevada regulators on Wednesday refused a second request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa River Paiute Indian ...
Greek poll shows anti-bailout leftists hold 3.6-point lead over conservatives ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeces radical leftist Syriza party holds a 3.6-percentage-point lead over the ruling conservatives, a poll published after the first round of a presidential vote on Wednesday showed. The poll was published hours after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras lost the first round of the vote by a larger-than- expected margin, in a disappointing result for his conservative-centre left coalition ahead of two more rounds of voting this month. The survey conducted by Marc for Alpha TV showed support for the anti-bailout Syriza at 28. ...
Armitage banned for 12 weeks after abusive rant LONDON (Reuters) - Former England international Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks for abusing spectators after Toulons European Cup clash with Leicester earlier this month. The 31-year-old wing/fullback will be eligible to play again from March 8, 2015, a European rugby disciplinary hearing said late on Wednesday. The committee was satisfied that Armitage had directed abusive language at Leicester Tigers supporters after the match, and while it found that his comments were provoked, the committee decided he was guilty of misconduct, the competitions organisers said in a ...
10 Things to Know for Thursday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT SYDNEY (AP) — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John OBrien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape.
APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board.
HOLD-PREVIEW-Soccer-Man City primed to pounce on leaders Chelsea By Michael Hann LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Rejuvenated Manchester City can pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time this season if they beat struggling visitors Crystal Palace on Saturday. With Chelsea not playing at Stoke City until Monday, a City victory at the Etihad Stadium against a Palace side who have failed to win their last four Premier League matches would put the champions level on 39 points with Jose Mourinhos men. ...
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