Today's Top Stories - December 17, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Wednesday as investors waited to see whether the recent slide in oil prices and ongoing market volatility will lead to a dovish statement from the Federal Reserve More

EUROPE: European shares were lower in morning trade on Wednesday, as banking stocks with a heavy exposure to Russia weighed down wider benchmarks More

ASIA: Asian equities largely recovered from the week's rout on Wednesday, brushing off continued weakness in the oil markets and a financial crisis brewing in Russia, as investors look ahead to the Federal Reserve's monthly meeting More

OIL: Brent futures fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday, down for a sixth straight session, with persistent worries of a supply glut keeping prices near a 5-1/2 year low under $60 a barrel More

GOLD: Gold steadied at just below $1,200 an ounce on Wednesday ahead of the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting of the year, when it may signal how soon it will raise interest rates More

Bank of America fails 2 of 31 mortgage settlement tests designed to see whether it is complying with a national mortgage settlement’s rules, a report Tuesday from the settlement’s watchdog shows More

Russia starts selling its foreign currency stock Russia's Finance Ministry says it was starting to sell its leftover foreign-currency stock More

There is a sense of panic in Russia after a massive rate hike by the country's central bank failed to stop the ruble from crumbling, a former United States ambassador to Russia told CNBC on Tuesday: However, he doesn't think President Vladimir Putin will necessarily resort to war to distract from Russia's deteriorating economic situation More

Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia Due To Shaky Currency More

A Federal Gummint Program Susceptible to Fraud. Who Knew? A new U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) Report by CBS News is entitled "Social Security disability programs (are) susceptible to physician-assisted fraud." More


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SEX IN THE SHOWER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In a recent survey carried out for the leading toiletries firm 'Brut', people from Chicago have proved to be the most likely to have had sex in the shower!
In the survey, 86% of Chicago's inner city residents (almost all of whom are registered Democrats) say that they have enjoyed sex in the shower.
The other 14% said they hadn't been to prison yet.
Sort of brings tears to your eyes!!!!






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