Black widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman COLCHESTER, Vt.- A Vermont woman has been bitten by a black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes. WCAX-TV reports the 21- year-old Colchester resident spent a night at a hospital after being treated for the bite. Shaw's supermarket in Colchester sold the grapes.
Source: The Associated Press
Hard road ahead as UK's Osborne embarks on mission to reshape state LONDON, May 19- Britain's finance minister George Osborne is under pressure to spell out how he will slash government spending after getting the green light from voters to finish off what is expected to be, for many, a painful redefinition of the role of the state. "It really is a sea change in the way the government views itself," said Ian Jackson, an economist at...
| By: William James
Obama library foundation raised $5.4 million in 2014 The Barack Obama Foundation's largest contribution of $1 million came from Fred Eychaner, a major Democratic donor and founder of Chicago- based Newsweb Corp.. The library foundation announced last week that it would establish the library on the South Side of Chicago on a site proposed by the University of Chicago, after also entertaining bids made by...
Source: The Associated Press
| By: By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
Balance of power in Middle East: Isaacson Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute CEO, provides perspective on President Obama's meeting with Persian Gulf leaders over concerns about talks the United States is having with Iran.
METALS-London copper firms as dollar descends from highs *China bonded aluminium premiums drop $15 to $230. MELBOURNE, May 12- London copper climbed on Tuesday as the dollar came back off its highs, while investors looked to the second half of the year for a boost to metals demand in China following the latest interest rate cut. A slowdown in China's property sector, a major consumer of metals, has hurt copper demand but...
| By: Melanie Burton
Greek yields rise as Germany floats referendum on Athens reforms LONDON, May 11- Greek government bond yields rose on Monday as Germany raised the idea of a referendum on the painful reforms Europe is asking Athens to implement in exchange for further aid, adding another layer of uncertainty to the issue. Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels were expected to issue a short statement later in the day acknowledging...
| By: Alexis Akwagyiram and Marius Zaharia
Van Gogh work sold for $66M in auction "The Allee of Alyscamps" was sold for $66.3 million at a Sotheby's auction held on Tuesday, The New York Times reports.
Source: The New York Times
| By: Robin Pogrebin
UPDATE 1-Citadel's Griffin ranks as 2014's best paid U.S. hedge fund manager Citadel's Kenneth Griffin, who launched his trading career from his Harvard dormitory in the 1980 s, topped the list with $1.3 billion, according to Institutional Investors' Alpha's 14th annual rankings. Renaissance Technologies founder James Simons came in second with $1.2 billion, and Bridgewater Associates' Ray Dalio placed third with $1.1 billion.
| By: Svea Herbst-Bayliss