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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Oct 29, 2013 — The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.
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Aug 27, 2013 — Consumer confidence and home prices continue to rise. But they're not moving up quickly. Both are key economic indicators.
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Jan 29, 2013 — Though there have been other signs to indicate that the economy is on the upswing, many Americans aren't feeling all that good about how things are going.The private Conference Board reports that its widely watched consumer confidence index fell to 58.6 in January from 66.7 in December.
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Apr 24, 2012 — After a slight decline in March, the widely watched consumer confidence index from the private Conference Board "was virtually unchanged in April," the research group reports.
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Nov 18, 2011 — Pushed up by an increase in housing permits, the barometer of economic growth rose 0.9 percent in October.
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Oct 25, 2011 — The widely watched consumer confidence index from the Conference Board has fallen to a level not seen since the economy was officially in recession two years ago.
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Aug 30, 2011 — A widely watched gauge of consumers' mood is at a two-year low. That could be a warning sign for consumer spending in coming months.
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Jun 28, 2011 — Since consumers buy about 70 percent of all goods and services, their mood is a critical indicator of how strong the economy will be in coming months. The index that gauges confidence is more than 40 points below the reading for a healthy economy.
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Jun 17, 2011 — The gauge still points to "choppy" growth in coming months, though, according to Conference Board economists.
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May 31, 2011 — Anxiety about the job market, inflation and the general economic outlook combined to push down consumer confidence in May, the private Conference Board business research group says.
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