Today's Top Stories - January 29, 2015  


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a mixed open on Thursday ahead of a major day of earnings from Wall Street's biggest tech firms, after the Federal Reserve stuck with its to its vow to be "patient" on hiking rates More

EUROPE: European equities were in negative territory on Thursday as oil prices and a slightly hawkish tone from the U.S. Federal Reserve managed to dent investor sentiment More

ASIA: Asian indices were broadly lower on Thursday, as a rout in energy stocks and a slew of disappointing corporate earnings weigh on regional markets More

OIL: Oil remained weak in Asia on Thursday after data showing record U.S. stockpiles sent prices tumbling to the lowest level in nearly six years in the previous session and analysts said a global glut would continue to keep the market under pressure More

Senate pulls brake on Keystone pipeline bill Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure More

Keystone XL Vote Set For Later Today: While measure will likely pass, Obama has promised a veto More

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi Arabia jumps on bets that oil has bottomed out … Saudi Arabia's petrochemicals sector surged on Tuesday after OPEC's secretary-general said oil prices might have bottomed out and warned of a jump to $200 a barrel if investment in new supplies became too low More

GOLD: Gold dropped for the fourth session in five on Thursday after the Federal Reserve painted a bullish picture of the U.S. economy, signalling it was on course to lift interest rates this year More

BB&T Corp. is apologizing for a processing problem that caused some customer accounts to show incorrect balances or zero funds More

Apple posts blowout quarter, will ship Watch in April Apple reported a blockbuster quarter on Tuesday, blowing past Wall Street's most optimistic expectations …The company sold almost 9 million more iPhones than expected, while its cash pile ballooned to the point that it could buy about 480 of the S&P 500 companies outright More

The 6 things you need to know about Apple's best quarter ever … Apple made all the money last quarter—its $18 billion in profit is not only the best quarter Apple’s ever had, it’s the best quarter any company has ever had, and a jaw-dropping 74.5 million iPhones sold is a big reason why Apple’s growth in China also contributed to the iPhone 6’s successful launch. Despite not being on sale a full quarter in China (iPhone 6 launched mid-October there, and the quarter ran from October 1 to December 27), Apple saw 100 percent year-over-year growth More

Google to report as more analysts downgrade stock … Google shareholders are reckoning with an unfamiliar concept to start 2015: the downgrade More

Microsoft Brings Outlook to iPhone and Android Microsoft has planned new mobile versions of Outlook that make use of the technology it acquired in last year’s $200 million purchase of email startup Accompli More

Are McDonald's eggs real? Fast food giant cracks mystery Many of these eggs are so fresh that if you picked them up, they'd still be warm More

Russia's Credit Downgraded to Junk Status for the first time in decade More

Berkshire's NetJets avoids $500M IRS tax claim … NetJets, the private jet-sharing company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, has defeated a U.S. Internal Revenue Service lawsuit attempting to recoup more than $500 million of unpaid taxes, penalties and interest. More

the global equalization of wages and technology, which is growing at an exponential pace, has killed so many millions of jobs in America and other Western economies it's going to kill them at an even faster pace going forward More

HOTEL WI-FI SECURE? Forget the hotel Wi-Fi. Now that the Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on hotels and other businesses trying to force you to use their networks, it's time to consider a more secure way to connect to the Internet More

For a better airfare deal, divide and conquer Travelers often book nonstop, round-trip fares by default, but that's not always the best bargain More

OBAMA’S SMALL BUSINESS MASSACRE … American Small Business Is Literally Dying: By the time the media or the political class notices, it will be far too late More

COMMIE ECONOMICS … President Barack Obama touted “middle-class economics,” which he defined as “the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules” during his Weekly Address on Saturday More

Record Unaffordability for New Homes in 2014 … In terms of affordability, 2014 became the worst year on record for the median price of new homes sold in the United States More

One in Five U.S. Children Depends On Food Stamps More

US News and World Report Chairman and Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the New York Daily News, Mort Zuckerman argued that President Obama’s economic plan “doesn’t address what is happening in this country” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.” More

Dems launch retreat vowing to boost middle class incomes More

MEDIA RATINGS - LIBERAL MEDIA IN DUMPER: Fox News #1 For 13th Year; MSNBC collapses by double digits More


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Displaying polyester prints - - VNS Globe-traveling Photographer Corey Langley caught this display of Polyester shirts in Cambodia - - VNS will be featuring a series of outstanding photos from Corey over the next week or so
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