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November 28, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Thailand's prime minister easily survived a no-confidence vote Thursday, but hundreds of protesters continued to besiege ministries in the capital as her embattled government sought a way out of its political crisis. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai party prevailed in parliament by a vote of 297 to 134. The opposition hoped to unseat the government but members of Yingluck's party held firm in their commanding majority to blunt the challenge. Footage showed her smiling broadly dressed in a dark suit and gold necklace as the vote was announced.
November 22, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's standing with global investors plummeted over the last two months amid fiscal fights and the flawed roll-out of the healthcare reform website, with just 38% of respondents in a new poll viewing him favorably. The figure in the Bloomberg Global Poll, released Friday, was down sharply from a 50% favorable rating in mid-September. The drop echoes Obama's plunging approval rating in other polls in recent weeks after problems with the new website that launched Oct. 1. QUIZ: How well do you understand the Fed stimulus?
November 20, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, he of legendary fourth-and-nine heroics against Notre Dame, animatedly led USC players out of the Coliseum tunnel and onto the field for the Trojans' game Saturday against then-fifth-ranked Stanford. It proved a prescient bit of celebrity scheduling after quarterback Cody Kessler produced his own fourth-down moment during USC's game-winning drive. Kessler's stirring performance in the 20-17 upset showed a young quarterback coming of age. Leinart, who guided USC to two national titles, had predicted as much.
November 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
There has been no shortage of skepticism about whether Sochi can pull things together for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, but at least one group of athletes has given the Russian city a thumbs up. This week, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation began a training session for athletes who want to test the Sanki Sliding Center in the mountain cluster. Sliders have arrived from around the world. “We are here for the second time and the ice quality is much better," Latvian skeleton racer Martins Dukurs said.
November 8, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence fell this month to its lowest level in nearly two years, surprising analysts who expected a rebound from the recent shutdown-induced downturn in American's view of the economy. The preliminary consumer sentiment index for November from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters dropped to 72 from 73.2 at the end of October. Analysts had expected the index to rise to 75 after it had plunged in October. Instead, the index fell to its lowest point since December 2011.
October 30, 2013 | By David Wharton
The president of the International Olympic Committee reaffirmed his belief that Russia's anti-gay law will not impact the 2014 Sochi Games and said organizers are preparing an “excellent, unique and a perfect stage for the athletes to perform at their best. " Thomas Bach made his statements Wednesday, the third day of a four-day tour of Sochi and its nearby mountains. "I can confidently say that all the athletes will be warmly welcomed and they will be suitable impressed with the athletes' villages and competition venues," he said.
October 25, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- A leading barometer of consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level this year as the partial federal government shutdown led to fears the economic recovery would slow down. The consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters fell to 73.2 from 77.5 in September, a steeper drop than economists had forecast. The October figure, released Friday, was the lowest since December, when consumers were concerned about the looming fiscal cliff of tax hikes and budget cuts.
October 21, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON  - Jake Peavy hasn't forgotten the first words Jonny Gomes said to him on his first day in the Fenway Park home clubhouse after his trade from the Chicago White Sox. "I asked how Jonny was doing, and his quote to me was, 'Just a day closer to the parade, Jake. Doing well. Just check this one off the list.' "It took me a minute to realize what that meant," Peavy said Monday. "I said, 'Oh my God. He's talking about the World Series parade.' This is the last day of July.
October 17, 2013 | By Don Lee, Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Tangel
WASHINGTON - In the grand scheme of the $16-trillion U.S. economy, the nearly three-week government shutdown and standoff over the debt ceiling may not look like much. Analysts estimate the loss at tens of billions of dollars, and reckon that much of that will be recouped in the next quarter. But the extent of the economic harm goes well beyond what can be immediately tallied: lost business deals and disrupted research; a hit to consumer confidence; and what many see as permanent damage to U.S. credibility around the world.
October 16, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
More than 250 Los Angeles city transportation employees packed the City Council chambers Wednesday to complain about management practices they said have left the department's morale at "an all-time low. " Since general manager Jaime de la Vega was hired in 2011 , high-ranking supervisors said, he has reshuffled senior staff, left key positions vacant and ignored the concerns of employees, adding to the department's workload and stress levels....
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