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New York (AFP) – The Dow stock index topped 18,000 for the first time on Tuesday, rising in the opening moments of trade following a strong report on U.S. economic growth.

Shortly after the market’s 1430 GMT open, the Dow stood at 18,008.57, up 49.13 points (0.27 percent).

The S&P 500 gained 6.26 (0.30 percent) to 2,084.80, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index added 10.48 (0.22 percent) at 4,791.90.

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

The Arizona Senate is ditching its controversial measure to knock on doors and ask Arizona residents about their voting history. According to AZCentral, Senate President Karen Fann (R) on Friday penned a letter U.S. Department of Justice detailing the decision.

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