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Student loan interest rates to increase

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates go up Tuesday, July 1, for students taking out new federal loans. This hike is relatively minimal but could foreshadow more increases to come. The change stems from a high-profile, bipartisan deal brokered last year by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that ties the rates to the [...]

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Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Aereo

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, June 25, that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters’ copyrights [...]

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Sexist views dent Japan push for women’s rights

  TOKYO (AP) — Japanese newspapers splashed front-page photos on Tuesday, June 24, of a male Tokyo assemblyman bowing deeply to a female colleague after admitting that he had heckled her with a sexist remark last week. The uproar over the rude comments aimed at Ayaka Shiomura by several male lawmakers reflects both greater awareness of [...]

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Stocks inch up after strong housing, consumer data

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes were edging higher in morning trading Tuesday as investors worked through a handful of economic reports. Homebuilder stocks rose sharply after the government reported that sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average [...]

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Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a miner takeover.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it.In recent weeks, a British-based “mining pool” called GHash has amassed nearly half of the Bitcoin computing power and [...]

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Endangered delicacy: Japan eel on species red list

  TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese eel, a popular summertime delicacy that has become prohibitively expensive due to overfishing, has been put on the international conservation “red list” in a move that may speed up Japan’s push for industrial farming of the species. Japan’s agriculture minister urged that efforts to boost the eel population be [...]

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US job market recovers losses yet appears weaker

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has finally regained the jobs lost to the Great Recession. But go easy on the hallelujahs. The comeback is far from complete. Friday’s report from the government revealed an economy healing yet marked by deep and lasting scars. The downturn that began 6½ years ago accelerated wrenching changes [...]

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Southern Baptists could weigh president, gays

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, is in Baltimore this week for its annual meeting. Among the issues that will or are likely to come up: THE PRESIDENCY Two years after electing its first African-American president, the 15.7-million-member group will chose its next leader from a slate of candidates [...]

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