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U.S. to include offshore Atlantic in new drilling plan: WSJ

The Obama administration will propose a new five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling as soon as Tuesday that will include areas of the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Interior Department's offshore drilling proposal for 2017 to 2022 is expected to include opening up federally-owned waters off Virginia and North and South Carolina, the report said citing people familiar with the plan. A spokeswoman for the Department of Interior would not comment on the timing of the release of the proposal. U.S. supplies have swollen thanks to the six-year fracking boom and demand is weak amid economic slowdown in China and much of Europe, leading many energy companies to cut drilling plans.

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Swiss National Bank says stands ready to intervene in FX market

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss National Bank is ready to intervene in the foreign currency market to ease monetary policy after ditching its cap on the Swiss franc earlier this month, its vice-chairman said in an interview on Tuesday.

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Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting

A man shot two police officers shortly after they were sworn in at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two newly sworn police officers were in good condition and expected to survive after the shooting at the city hall in New Hope, Minnesota, Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told a news conference.

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Asia stocks rally as Greece concerns ease

Risk-off mood eases amid signs new leadership wishes to keep Greece in eurozone

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New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UtahBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated ce

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Japan's Amari - BOJ may have leeway in meeting inflation target

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Tuesday that the Bank of Japan could have some leeway in meeting its 2 percent inflation target, given declines in oil prices.

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Microsoft profit falls on sluggish Windows, currency pressure

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Monday reported a fall in its quarterly profit that was in line with Wall Street forecasts, as sluggish personal computer sales dampened demand for Windows software and the company struggled with the impact of the strong U.S.

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US east coast braced for storm

US northeast braced for ‘crippling’ winter battering

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U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources, prosecutors said. Monday's charges stem from Buryakov's alleged covert work on behalf of Russia's foreign intelligence service, the SVR, according to a criminal complaint.

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