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White House Says There Are No Plans To Bail Out Puerto Rico

Wed, 2014-02-05 10:13

The island's credit rating was pushed to junk territory on Tuesday. The downgrade could affect Puerto Rico's bond offerings.

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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Wed, 2014-02-05 09:55

The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.

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Sniper Attack On Calif. Power Station Raises Terrorism Fears

Wed, 2014-02-05 09:40

Last April in San Jose, transformers were knocked out at a power station when one or more snipers fired at least 100 rounds into them. Investigators say they don't believe it was an act of terrorism, but other experts disagree.

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Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues

Wed, 2014-02-05 08:00

Alena, a reworking of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca, takes place in the contemporary art world, while The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles is a "delicious French romp." Critic Maureen Corrigan says both novels are "exquisite vehicles of escape fiction."

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Millions Warned To Stay Off Roads As Latest Storm Spreads

Wed, 2014-02-05 06:59

If you're in the North and you love winter weather, there's more of it. If you're sick of slipping and sliding, the news isn't so good. In New York state, drivers have been asked to stay off the roads — and will be ticketed if they try to get on Interstate 84.

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Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Wed, 2014-02-05 06:19

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner, a lager and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could someday replace human taste-testers.

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Employers Added 175,000 Jobs Last Month, Survey Signals

Wed, 2014-02-05 05:54

The ADP National Employment Report shows slow but solid growth. But will Friday's survey from the Labor Department agree? A month ago, the two reports reached very different conclusions about job growth at the end of 2013.

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Reports: 4 Arrests Linked To Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

Wed, 2014-02-05 05:23

Police in Manhattan are telling New York news outlets that three men and one woman are in custody. It's thought they may have been involved in the distribution of heroin reportedly found in the apartment where the actor died over the weekend.

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Wed, 2014-02-05 04:25

The company's 7,600 pharmacies will remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from their shelves by Oct. 1. The decision should "help people on their path to better health," says CVS CEO Larry Merlo.

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Vatican Let Abuse Of Kids Go On For Decades, U.N. Panel Says

Wed, 2014-02-05 03:55

In what's being called an "unprecedented and scathing report," the U.N.'s Committee on the Rights of the Child says the Catholic Church's hierarchy adopted policies that let tens of thousands of children be sexually molested for decades. The Vatican says it isn't responsible for abusive priests.

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A Denver Family Of Doctors Has Seen Medicine Transformed

Wed, 2014-02-05 00:48

Bureaucracy and mammoth student loans weren't part of the package for Dr. Michael Sawyer's father and grandfather. Still, like them, he feels medicine is a calling. A fourth generation of Sawyers is thinking about whether to carry on the tradition.

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An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games

Wed, 2014-02-05 00:33

Vladimir Putin's Olympics remind commentator Frank Deford of prescription medicine ads — the kind with the short list of benefits and long disclaimer.

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One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened

Wed, 2014-02-05 00:31

There's plenty of snow for the Olympics. A massive, fully automatic snow-making system operated by a Michigan-based company comes complete with two man-made lakes to draw water from. The company says the snow that's been pumped so far could cover more than 900 football fields.

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China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others

Wed, 2014-02-05 00:29

China officially shut down its re-education through labor camp system late last year. But critics say the change was mostly cosmetic and that the government still has a wide range of means to incarcerate critics without legal process.

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JPMorgan Pays $614 Million In Mortgage Lending Fraud Case

Tue, 2014-02-04 20:47

The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., will pay $614 million and improve mortgage lending practices under a deal announced Tuesday to settle claims it approved thousands of unqualified home mortgage loans for government insurance and refinancing since 2002, costing the government millions of dollars when the loans defaulted.

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Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

Tue, 2014-02-04 18:57

Target says it's "deeply sorry" for compromising the data of up to 110 million customers. Appearing before lawmakers Tuesday, company executives backed a faster move to encrypted, chip-enabled cards to prevent future fraud.

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Look Ma, No Cables: Flea Cops To Playing Air Bass At The Super Bowl

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:20

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played to a track, but the vocals were live, the band's bassist admitted. Internet sleuths started questioning the performance, when they noticed the band's instruments weren't plugged in.

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More Access To Health Care Means Millions Can Quit Or Cut Hours

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:15

A budget report estimates that about 2.5 million people will work fewer hours or not at all by 2023 because under Obamacare, they can get health care without holding down a full-time job. The news immediately became political fodder for critics of the Affordable Care Act.

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Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:09

The long-held idea that cancer is a disease of the rich is slowly being undermined. The world now records about 14 million new cancer cases each year, a study found. The majority of these cases occur in developing countries, which aren't equipped to detect and treat the disease.

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Watch The Creationism Vs. Evolution Debate: Ken Ham And Bill Nye

Tue, 2014-02-04 15:55

Does it damage children to teach them biblical creationism? What are the costs of denying evolution, one of biology's core tenets? Those are the questions for Tuesday night, in a live debate between best-selling Christian author Ken Ham and Emmy Award-winning science educator Bill Nye.

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