Today's Top Stories - September 2, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open following the Labor Day weekend, as equities around the world continue to shrug off ongoing Russia/Ukraine tensions More

EUROPE: European shares pushed higher in morning trade on Tuesday as investors as investors continued to monitor events in eastern Ukraine and reacted to economic data from the region More

ASIA: Asian equity markets were mostly higher on Tuesday with Shanghai and Japanese shares leading the gains despite the absence of a U.S. lead More

Nikkei hits 7-month high on weaker yen, Cabinet reshuffle hope: Tokyo stocks advanced Tuesday, with the Nikkei index hitting a seven-month high, as market sentiment was buoyed by the yen's weakness against the U.S. dollar More

OIL: Brent crude held steady below $103 a barrel on Tuesday, with new unrest in OPEC oil producer Libya balanced by concerns of slowing oil demand growth due to weak economic recoveries in China and Europe More

GOLD: Gold fell to its lowest level in nearly a week on Tuesday as a stronger dollar outweighed any safe-haven demand from lower equities and heightened tensions over Ukraine More

HEALTH - HEART UPDATE: Remarkable New Heart Drug Will Cut Deaths By a Fifth Could be available as early as next year More

Brazil's economy falls into recession, latest figures show, just a month before the general election; Economic output, GDP, fell by 0.6% in the three months to June, worse than analysts had predicted, and revised figures for the first quarter of the year also showed a fall of 0.2% More

When the government has a plan - Obamacare costs - laid on taxpayers instead of the intended payees More

Poker chips, golf towels, taxpayer: The US Marshals Service “Swag” List More

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ranking Member Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) its “August Porker of the Month” for her inane efforts to re-brand the term “net neutrality.” More

Online food stamp fraud growing, GAO reports One online posting in Raleigh, N.C., offered 10 days of cooking and cleaning services in exchange for food stamps. Someone in Charlotte offered to exchange beer for food stamps; In Boston, $400 worth of electronic benefit-transfer cards were offered in exchange for $240 in cash. Another website offered to trade personalized artwork allegedly worth as much as $3,000 for food stamps More

Obama Promotes Surging Economy as Midterm Elections Near; Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections More

Why analysts say September could be a big deal; After a sluggish late August, September promises to pack a punch—with enough major events to influence the course of markets into the end of the year More

Apple says it is 'actively investigating' celeb photo hack the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all over the Web More

USDA Stimulus Programs ‘Inherently Not Shovel Ready’ The Washington Free Beacon's Elizabeth Harrington reported that an audit of the so-called "Recovery Act" at the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that over five years, $5 billion was misspent. More

Obama's Labor Department Regulators Aid Union Effort to Kill Franchising: Participate in liberal conference More

SCREW THE VETERANS! Smaller Military Hospitals Put Patients At Risk, Chants New York Times, Carrying the Ammunition as Pentagon Fires Opening Salvo In Budget Battle To Close Them More


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