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January 25, 2014

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CANADA-QUEBEC FIRE

L’ISLE-VERTE, Quebec — The painstaking search through the iced-over remains of a burned-out Quebec retirement home resumes Saturday morning, with friends and relatives of some 30 missing people awaiting word. Eight people have been confirmed dead.

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TRADE PACT POLITICS

WASHINGTON — Debates on lowering trade barriers can turn Congress upside down for Democratic presidents promoting such legislation. Business-minded Republicans suddenly turn into allies and Democrats aligned with organized labor can become outspoken foes. By Tom Raum.

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UNITED STATES-INDIA-AMBASSADOR INTERVIEW

WASHINGTON — India and the U.S. are holding preliminary discussions to resolve their differing interpretations of diplomatic immunity as they look to mend ties damaged by the row over American treatment of an Indian diplomat who was arrested and strip-searched in New York, India’s ambassador says. By Matthew Pennington.

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VENEZUELA-TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

CARACAS, Venezuela — Tempers flare at airline offices in Caracas as Venezuelans reacted angrily to international carriers’ refusal to sell tickets after the government devalued the bolivar for flights abroad. By Fabiola Sanchez.

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ARGENTINA-ECONOMY

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina announces it will relax restrictions on the purchase of U.S. dollars after the sharpest slide in the value of the local peso since the 2002 economic collapse. By Almudena Calatrava.

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GUANTANAMO-PRISONER REVIEWS

MIAMI — Some prisoners at Guantanamo are getting an opportunity to plead for their release, but journalists and observers from human rights groups won’t get to hear them in what critics say is a break from past practice at the U.S. base in Cuba. The Department of Defense is restricting access to a series of hearings that start Tuesday, requiring reporters and observers from non-governmental organizations to view the proceedings only by video link from Washington. By Ben Fox.

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BUSINESS:

WALL STREET

UNDATED — Fear is back in the market. Investors are worried about slower economic growth in China, a gloomier outlook for U.S. corporate profits and an end to easy-money policies in the United States and Europe. They’re also fretting over country-specific troubles around the world — from economic mismanagement in Argentina to political instability in Turkey. By Paul Wiseman and Joshua Freed.

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JPMORGAN-CEO PAY

NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase almost doubled Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon’s pay for 2013, rewarding the executive for settling probes against the bank. By Steve Rothwell.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-SUNDANCE-ACQUISITIONS

PARK CITY, Utah — Most of the 117 feature films screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were missing just one thing: Distribution. As a showcase for independent cinema, the Sundance festival shows movies made outside the studio system through private financing. Without studio distribution, the festival is often the only place to see these films. By Sandy Cohen.

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