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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- President Barack Obama made his first comments on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's comments that the Central Intelligence Agency broke laws by searching Senate Intelligence Committee computers. "With respect to the issues that are going back and forth between the Senate committee and the CIA, [CIA Director] John Brennan has referred them to the appropriate authorities and they are looking into it and that's not something that is an appropriate role for me and the White House to wade into at this point," he said. "But the one thing that I want to emphasize is that the subs

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tantive issue, which is how do we operate even when we are threatened, even when even gone through extraordinary trauma has to be consistent with the rule of law and our values. And I acted on that on the first day and that hasn't changed."

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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures are tilted higher Wednesday some nine hours ahead of the New York open. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 26 points, or 0.2%, while those for the S&P 500 are up 3.4 points, or 0.2%. Nasdaq futures are 11 points, or 0.3%, higher. The moves come as Chinese share markets are making solid gains in afternoon trading, and with the ICE dollar index fractionally lower.

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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks bounced up as Friday trading got underway, following a higher finish for U.S. stocks, and comments from Japan's central bank about its stimulus efforts. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 1.7% to 14,695.78, and the broader Topix rose 1.6% to 1,214.210, with exporters Panasonic Corp. up 3.6%, Hitachi Ltd. gaining 3.2%, and Mazda Motor Corp. tacking on 2.5%. The Nikkei Average was looking at a 2.8% advance for the week.

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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- China's consumer inflation rate held steady in January, printing slightly above forecasts, while wholesale prices fell at a faster rate than in January. The consumer price index rose 2.5% from a year earlier, or 1% on a monthly basis, as beef and vegetable prices all rose. The year-on-year result was identical to that in December, though the month-on-month gain was above a 0.3% rise in the previous month. The result also surpassed a median forecast 2.3% rise in separate surveys from The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. The producer price index, meanwhile, fell 1

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.6% from a year earlier -- the largest drop since August -- and was 0.1% below that of a month earlier. This compared to a 1.4% fall in December, when prices were flat on a monthly basis. The result matched the forecast from the Wall Street Journal poll of economists. Stocks opened higher as the data were released, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index up 1.1% compared to a 1% premarket gain ahead of the numbers, while the Shanghai Composite swung to a 0.4% gain from a 0.1% loss in the premarket. The Australian dollar rose briefly immediately after the data but quickly returned to its previous level around 90.10 U.S. cents.

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- At least 13 people were injured, six critically, when a three-story building exploded Wednesday morning in Minneapolis, according to media reports. There were no early reports on a possible cause. Officials said the building had a grocery store on the street-level floor and apartments on the two floors above.

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LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) - The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was taken into custody after a standoff with police Friday night in Watertown, Mass., concluding a daylong manhunt in which the area's residents were in lockdown and told to stay indoors, media reports said. Authorities had combed through the Boston suburb before cornering Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, inside a small boat in a backyard. Tsarnaev was taken into custody after police reportedly set off several flash devices and used tear gas to try and get him to surrender. Tsarnaev managed to elude police during a nighttim

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e firefight in a Watertown neighborhood late Thursday in which his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed. The two men are believed to have set and detonated the devices that exploded near the finish line of Monday's marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 175.

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Shares of alternative energy company First Solar Inc. rose 4.6% on Wednesday, topping S&P 500 stocks, on the heels of a ratings upgrade. Analysts at Raymond James lifted their ratings on First Solar to market perform from underperform as part of a sector upgrade. Most solar stocks are down recently, but the weakness is a "sign of more rational trading," and the downside is limited, the Raymond James analysts said. The company also upgraded to market perform SunPower Corp. , U.S.-listed shares of Suntech Power Holdings , and U.S-listed shares of Trina Solar L

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A multiple car crash during a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the final lap marred a victory by driver Tony Stewart as pieces of at least one car sailed into the stands, according to media reports Saturday. The car of rookie driver Kyle Larson reportedly crashed into the fence that separates the track from spectators. Several spectators in the stands appeared to be injured after the crash although the extent of the injuries was not known, according to reports.

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LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Only one member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee wanted to make changes to the bank's 375 billion pounds ($593.66 billion) asset-purchase program, according to minutes from the latest meeting released on Wednesday. David Miles voted against the proposition to leave the program unchanged, preferring to boost the size by a further £25 billion to a total of £400 billion. Additionally, the nine members voted unanimously to keep the central bank's key lending rate at a record low of 0.5%. "Market developments in the first week of January had been consist

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ent with greater confidence that some of the major tail risks facing the global economy had been reduced," the minutes from the January meeting said.

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HONG KONG (MarketWatch) - Samsung Electronics Co.'s latest 3G handset is set to reach a milestone of unit shipments faster than had been anticipated, according to research by Macquarie Securities, which cited contact with component suppliers for the device. Samsung's Galaxy S III, due to launch in Europe later in May, should reach the 10 million mark in terms of global total shipments in the third quarter, about five months earlier than the Galaxy S II from the time of its launch, and seven months earlier than the Galaxy S, according to Macquarie. Macquarie said its forecasts of 3G handset

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shipments by Samsung this year now appear too conservative. "We believe the GS3 has little competition in the premium smartphone market until Apple's widely expected launch of the next iPhone in September," The broker also presented graphical data as showing that Samsung's share of the global smartphone market is set to rise while Apple Inc.'s share is to flatten. Samsung shares ended Thursday's session in Seoul down 1.3%.

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