Futures point to a flat open for TSX

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A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange stock information is seen in Toronto(Reuters) – Stock futures pointed to a flat opening for Canada's main stock index on Wednesday with September futures on the S&P TSX index marginally lower at 0715 ET. No major Canadian economic data is due for release on Wednesday. Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as shares of Tim Hortons Inc  climbed after the coffee chain said it planned to merge with Burger King Worldwide Inc  in a C$12.64 billion deal. Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.10 percent at 0715 ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.05 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0. …


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APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core

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Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

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Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

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Dwayne Isgrig pulls his children through the street while taking part in a protest in FergusonBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago. By nightfall, a small group of about 30 protesters marched along the street that has been the center of demonstrations since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, where the majority of residents are black and most elected officials and police are white. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. Brown's death focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in Florida in 2012.


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President Obama authorizes reconnaissance missions over Syria

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U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria as ISIS militants continue to gain ground in the war-ravaged nation, a U.S. official told CNN.

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Oil prices climb on Mideast, Ukraine tensions

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Pump jacks are seen at dawn in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation near Lost Hills, California on March 24, 2014Oil rose on Tuesday on geopolitical tensions in crude producers Iraq and Libya as well as Ukraine, a key conduit for Russian gas exports to Europe, dealers said. Brent North Sea crude for October added 19 cents to stand at $102.84 per barrel in midday London deals. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery gained 25 cents to $93.60 a barrel. "Brent crude has ticked up … deriving support from hawkish developments in both geopolitical crises in Ukraine and Libya, despite abundance in supply and forecasted waning demand on subdued economic data from Europe and the United States," said Inenco analyst Dorian Lucas.


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Michael Brown remembered in Missouri, march planned

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Rev. Al Sharpton comforts Michael Brown's uncle, Rev. Charles Ewing, at Brown's burial service at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. LouisBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Family and supporters of Michael Brown celebrated the life of the black teenager slain by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in a music-filled funeral service on Monday ringing with calls for peace and police reforms. Brown's home suburb, which had seen riots since his shooting, was peaceful after the ceremony and late into the evening, though police said another demonstration was planned later on Tuesday. Brown's death on Aug. 9 focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially-charged cases, including the fatal shooting of black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. "It was real spiritual," said Mike Montgomery, a black city employee who said he took the day off from work to attend.


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Merkel backs Spain’s economy minister to lead Eurogroup

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Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos attends a G5 ministers meeting press conference about fraud and tax evasion at the French Economy Ministry in Paris on April 28, 2014German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her powerful backing Monday to Spain's economy minister, Luis de Guindos, in his bid to lead the Eurogroup forum of eurozone finance ministers. The German leader's support could be crucial in landing him the job, a testament to Spain's changed fortunes two-and-a-half years since the nation was fighting off the threat of an all-out financial and economic bailout. Merkel praised De Guindos' handling of the Spanish crisis as she supported his candidacy in the run-up to a European Union summit on Saturday in Brussels, where top jobs in the 28-nation bloc for the next five years will be decided. "We will support Luis de Guindos' candidacy," she told a news conference at the end of at two-day visit to the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, birthplace of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.


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When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately.

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