PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Jan 22

Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:20am EST
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Jan 22 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* Regulatory pressures are pushing many of the biggest banks to pass on financing lucrative deals, as Washington targets excessive borrowing. The guidelines are designed steer banks from deals regulators find too debt-laden. ()

* U.S. military leaders have presented the White House with a plan that would keep 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but then start drawing the force down to nearly zero by the end of President Barack Obama's term, according to senior officials. ()

* Dozens of Syrian emergency-aid workers waited hours this weekend for government permission to evacuate hundreds of children, elderly and the sick from among tens of thousands of residents trapped with little food and medicine in a rebel-held neighborhood here sealed off by regime forces. ()

* The malicious software that infected Target Corp popped up in January 2013 with a price tag of $2,000 and spent nearly a year evolving in the Internet's black markets before an unknown attacker slipped it into the retailer's computer systems. ()   Continued...