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Stocks flat...Senator pushes for probe of Calif. nuclear plant...Styrofoam container ban in NYC?

Thursday - 2/7/2013, 7:40am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest round of earnings reports failed to push the stock market's recent rally forward. Stocks on Wall Street were flat Tuesday with the Dow rising seven points to 13,986. The S&P 500 went up just under a point to 1,512 and the Nasdaq was three points lower at 3,168.

HONG KONG (AP) -- Stock markets around the world are mixed today. Investors in Japan took profits following a huge rally, while those in China pulled back ahead of a weeklong holiday. However, European markets are higher in early trading. Futures point to a rise when trading opens on Wall Street this morning.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims today along with fourth-quarter productivity data. Freddie Mac releases weekly mortgage rates and the Federal Reserve releases consumer credit date for December.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California Sen. Barbara Boxer is pressing federal regulators to open a probe at the shuttered San Onofre (oh-NOH'-fray) nuclear power plant. Boxer said in a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair that her office has received documents that she says suggest the utility that runs the plant took shortcuts that compromised safety. Boxer's letter Wednesday comes as Southern California Edison is pushing a plan to restart one of the reactors.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sanitation officials in New York City are considering a ban on plastic foam food containers. Communities from Massachusetts to California have barred eateries from using to-go containers made of polystyrene foam, a material in Styrofoam. Restaurateurs like the lightweight containers. But environmentalists say they take years to break down in trash.

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