Today's Top Stories - October 24, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a lower open on Wall Street on Friday after the first Ebola case was confirmed in New York City More

EUROPE: European shares were lower in midday trade on Friday, after reports of the first Ebola case in New York, with the FTSEurofirst 300 trading down 0.3 percent More

ASIA: Asian equities were mixed on the last trading day of the week as concerns over Ebola and China offset gains on Wall Street More

OIL: Brent reversed sharp overnight gains and fell towards $86 a barrel on Friday as investors' risk appetite took a hit from news that a doctor in New York City tested positive for Ebola More

GOLD: Gold dipped for a third session in a row on Friday and was set to snap a two-week winning streak as a firmer U.S. dollar and robust economic data dented the metal's appeal as a hedge More

Brazilians sweeten offer as Chiquita vote looms More

Despite Ebola jitters, markets keep cool Amid news of a confirmed Ebola case in New York City, cooler heads seemed to have prevailed on Wall Street More

PoS malware infections soar ahead of holiday season hackers are ramping up their efforts to attack retailers and other businesses with point-of-sale malware More

HOUSING CRISIS: A staggering 330 million urban households around the world live in substandard housing or are so financially stretched by housing costs they forgo other basic needs like food and health care More

What billionaires spend each month: Being rich is getting expensive. Just ask Sam Wyly and Anne Dias Griffin While all billionaires are different, with some living large and others more frugal, the filings show the so-called burn-rate, or monthly spending, for many of today's upper crust can dwarf most people's annual incomes More


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  Quote OF THE DAY   



"One of the curious aspects of the Tea Party’s emergence during the past four years is the extent to which the mainstream media have fostered the idea that this political phenomenon represents a kind of radicalism. Certainly, some politicians of the so-called Tea Party have tossed out ideas and expressions that have been silly and warped. Does that mean, though, that the Tea Party, as a broad political movement, is radical?


"The answer is no. The Tea Party is a reactive movement, aimed at protecting the political mainstream from radical ideas, initiatives and policies of the left. Indeed, a review of American politics over, say, the last 50 years reveals that, to the extent America has been grappling with radicalism, it has been coming from the left. Then, as these ideas have gained traction through the agitations of the country’s liberal establishment, that establishment promptly labels those who resist as radicals."


~ Robert W. Merry, Political Editor, The National Interest





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