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Apple Increases Stock Buyback, To Split Stock

Wed, 2014-04-23 21:34

Apple is giving more of its cash to shareholders and will split its stock for the first time in 9 years. It's attempting to charm investors fretting over slow sales growth and the pace of innovation.

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

Wed, 2014-04-23 20:03

If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.

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WATCH: Young Baseball Fan Learns About The Pain Of Defeat

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:53

The Cubs blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks, teaching a boy a hard lesson on losing.

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Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:51

According to reports, the FCC is set to approve a system in which Internet service providers offer a faster pipe to American homes to content companies willing to pay for it.

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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:19

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.

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Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:31

Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.

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In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:24

Even as investment in education technology grows, teachers say free tools are just as effective as paid ones.

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Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:14

Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty," but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

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Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:09

President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.

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CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:05

The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.

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Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:53

While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.

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Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:26

People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.

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Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:14

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.

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Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least.

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Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected.

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Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis.

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Slaughter In South Sudan Raises Fears Of Future Violence

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Prompted by calls for violence on the radio, South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered hundreds of civilians. As Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International explains, details are just starting to emerge.

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Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups.

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Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.

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