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  • 1/50   Timberlake celebrates return to music with second No. 1 album this year
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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


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  • 2/50   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead American Music Awards nominations
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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


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  • 3/50   Taylor Swift to receive country music songwriting award
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


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  • 4/50   Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back
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    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...

    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


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  • 5/50   OneRepublic victorious in closest UK chart battle of 2013
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    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...


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  • 6/50   Miley Cyrus mocks 'motherly' advice from Sinead O'Connor
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    LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...

    LONDON (Reuters) - American pop star Miley Cyrus has snubbed some prim motherly advice about her new bad girl image from Irish singer and sometime rebel Sinead O'Connor. The "We Can't Stop" singer - who has ditched her squeaky clean Hannah Montana Disney image for a solo singing career as a tattooed sex siren - rebuffed an open letter from O'Connor calling on Cyrus to tone down her sexualized persona. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL (U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live) this week," Cyrus tweeted. ...


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  • 7/50   Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death
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    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...

    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ...


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  • 8/50   Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
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    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...

    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get canceled. ...


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  • 9/50   Canadian rapper Drake lands third No. 1 album on Billboard chart
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    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Drake vaulted straight to No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, as his latest album garnered the second-largest sales week of the year so far. "Nothing Was the Same," the third studio album from the Canadian rapper, sold 658,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March, outsold "Nothing Was the Same" in a one-week period. All three of Drake's studio albums have debuted at No. ...


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  • 10/50   Miley Cyrus aimed to 'make history' with video awards performance
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    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Disney star Miley Cyrus says she was out to shock and "make history" and is unapologetic for her raunchy performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. In a documentary, "Miley: The Movement," airing on MTV on October 2, the 20-year-old singer and actress comes across as a shrewd, ambitious performer determined to see her single, "We Can't Stop," hit No. 1 and put her roots as the wholesome Disney Channel star of "Hannah Montana" far behind her. ...


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  • 11/50   As fallout mounts, NBA to discuss Sterling probe
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    From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, from Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, from President Obama to prominent corporate partners of the NBA, the condemnation of racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling has come from all circles and has shown that the issue extends far beyond the Los Angeles Clippers.

    From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, from Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, from President Obama to prominent corporate partners of the NBA, the condemnation of racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling has come from all circles and has shown that the issue extends far beyond the Los Angeles Clippers.


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  • 12/50   Heat will have time to rest after sweeping Bobcats
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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade will have a chance to rest those sore knees and that tight hamstring.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade will have a chance to rest those sore knees and that tight hamstring.


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  • 13/50   Hawks take series lead with 107-97 win at Indiana
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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Scott rediscovered his shooting touch when Atlanta needed it most.

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Scott rediscovered his shooting touch when Atlanta needed it most.


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  • 14/50   Ginobili, Diaw help Spurs get even with Mavs 93-89
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    DALLAS (AP) — Boris Diaw's big third quarter wasn't enough to hold off a Dallas comeback.

    DALLAS (AP) — Boris Diaw's big third quarter wasn't enough to hold off a Dallas comeback.


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  • 15/50   LA Kings surge past Sharks 4-1, force Game 7
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The puck was sitting underneath Sharks goalie Alex Stalock when Justin Williams whacked at his pads and the narrow space between them. Like a magic trick, the puck popped out behind Stalock in the San Jose net.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The puck was sitting underneath Sharks goalie Alex Stalock when Justin Williams whacked at his pads and the narrow space between them. Like a magic trick, the puck popped out behind Stalock in the San Jose net.


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  • 16/50   Clippers' Sterling has long history of trouble
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has been known to heckle his own team from the center-court seat where he has sat for decades, whether with his now-estranged wife or women young enough to be his granddaughters.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has been known to heckle his own team from the center-court seat where he has sat for decades, whether with his now-estranged wife or women young enough to be his granddaughters.


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  • 17/50   Parise lifts Wild past Avs 5-2, to tie series at 3
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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild gave Zach Parise all that money for games like this. Parise signed that megadeal two years ago for games even bigger than this.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild gave Zach Parise all that money for games like this. Parise signed that megadeal two years ago for games even bigger than this.


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  • 18/50   IOC vice president says Rio preps are 'worst' ever
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    In an unusually blunt public warning, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday called the delayed preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro "the worst I have experienced."

    In an unusually blunt public warning, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday called the delayed preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro "the worst I have experienced."


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  • 19/50   Spurs edge Mavericks to level playoff series
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    Manu Ginobili scored 23 points, including three clinching free throws in the final seconds, to give the San Antonio Spurs a 93-89 NBA playoff victory at Dallas. The Western Conference top seed Spurs pulled even at 2-2 in the best-of-seven first-round series with game five Wednesday at San Antonio and game six back in Dallas on Friday. After a last-shot loss in game three at Dallas, the Spurs felt the game was a must-win matchup since NBA clubs that fall behind 3-1 in a series are eliminated 96 percent of the time.

    Manu Ginobili scored 23 points, including three clinching free throws in the final seconds, to give the San Antonio Spurs a 93-89 NBA playoff victory at Dallas. The Western Conference top seed Spurs pulled even at 2-2 in the best-of-seven first-round series with game five Wednesday at San Antonio and game six back in Dallas on Friday. After a last-shot loss in game three at Dallas, the Spurs felt the game was a must-win matchup since NBA clubs that fall behind 3-1 in a series are eliminated 96 percent of the time.


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  • 20/50   Sponsors slam-dunk Clippers amid racism furor
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    Wary sponsors lined up to dump the Los Angeles Clippers as pressure mounted over racist remarks allegedly made by the NBA team's owner, the embattled billionaire Donald Sterling. Among them was a water brand owned by rap music star Sean "Diddy" Combs, as the National Basketball Association said it would make an announcement Tuesday about the league's investigation of Sterling, whose team is valued at $575 million by Forbes magazine. Comments attributed to Sterling, heard in a recording first made public by celebrity news website TMZ at the weekend, have set off a firestorm around the 80-year-old real-estate tycoon, who bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981. Clippers players, in the middle of a first-round playoff battle with the Golden State Warriors, staged a silent on-court protest on Sunday and NBA luminaries have called for the league to take tough action against Sterling, who has remained silent since the remarks surfaced.

    Wary sponsors lined up to dump the Los Angeles Clippers as pressure mounted over racist remarks allegedly made by the NBA team's owner, the embattled billionaire Donald Sterling. Among them was a water brand owned by rap music star Sean "Diddy" Combs, as the National Basketball Association said it would make an announcement Tuesday about the league's investigation of Sterling, whose team is valued at $575 million by Forbes magazine. Comments attributed to Sterling, heard in a recording first made public by celebrity news website TMZ at the weekend, have set off a firestorm around the 80-year-old real-estate tycoon, who bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981. Clippers players, in the middle of a first-round playoff battle with the Golden State Warriors, staged a silent on-court protest on Sunday and NBA luminaries have called for the league to take tough action against Sterling, who has remained silent since the remarks surfaced.


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  • 21/50   Six injured in Kennesaw FedEx shooting
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    Police say an active shooter opened fire early Tuesday at an airport-based FedEx center north of Atlanta.

    Police say an active shooter opened fire early Tuesday at an airport-based FedEx center north of Atlanta.


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  • 22/50   Car bomb attack in Syria kills 36
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    A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a predominantly Alawite district of the central city of Homs, killing 36 people.

    A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a predominantly Alawite district of the central city of Homs, killing 36 people.


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  • 23/50   Father and son tell of a 'very different' twister
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    How one Arkansas family survived deadly tornadoes, but lost everything.

    How one Arkansas family survived deadly tornadoes, but lost everything.


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  • 24/50   As fallout mounts, NBA to discuss Sterling probe
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    From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, from Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, from President Obama to prominent corporate partners of the NBA, the condemnation of racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling has come from all circles and has shown that the issue extends far beyond the Los Angeles Clippers.

    From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, from Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, from President Obama to prominent corporate partners of the NBA, the condemnation of racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling has come from all circles and has shown that the issue extends far beyond the Los Angeles Clippers.


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  • 25/50   Tornadoes tear through South, add to US death toll
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    LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.

    LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.


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  • 26/50   Tony Award nominations to be announced Tuesday
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Suspense was the mood on Broadway in the hours before Tony Award nominations are announced, with no obvious front-runners for best musical or play emerging this year.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Suspense was the mood on Broadway in the hours before Tony Award nominations are announced, with no obvious front-runners for best musical or play emerging this year.


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  • 27/50   Craig Ferguson announces late-night retirement
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks after David Letterman announced he'd be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks after David Letterman announced he'd be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same.


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  • 28/50   Clooney gives up serial romance for engagement
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looks like George Clooney owes Michelle Pfeiffer a lot of money.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looks like George Clooney owes Michelle Pfeiffer a lot of money.


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  • 29/50   AP PHOTOS: The loves Clooney left behind
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    After two decades of insisting he wouldn't marry again, George Clooney has taken himself off the romantic market. The 52-year-old Oscar winner is engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a 36-year-old international law attorney.

    After two decades of insisting he wouldn't marry again, George Clooney has taken himself off the romantic market. The 52-year-old Oscar winner is engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a 36-year-old international law attorney.


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  • 30/50   'Master' Willie Nelson gets 5th-degree black belt
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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some advice for when Willie Nelson slides off his sneakers personalized with the word "Texas": Don't mess with him.

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some advice for when Willie Nelson slides off his sneakers personalized with the word "Texas": Don't mess with him.


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  • 31/50   Last Nokia phones sell sluggishly as loss widens
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    Nokia said on Tuesday its phone sales fell 30 percent in the last quarter they belonged to the previous world-market leader and the unit's loss widened. Nokia's discontinued operations - the phone unit - posted a drop in first-quarter sales to 1.9 billion euros ($2.6 billion)from 2.8 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. Microsoft bought Nokia's phone unit for 5.6 billion euros in a deal that closed on Friday.

    Nokia said on Tuesday its phone sales fell 30 percent in the last quarter they belonged to the previous world-market leader and the unit's loss widened. Nokia's discontinued operations - the phone unit - posted a drop in first-quarter sales to 1.9 billion euros ($2.6 billion)from 2.8 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. Microsoft bought Nokia's phone unit for 5.6 billion euros in a deal that closed on Friday.


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  • 32/50   Sprint revenue rises on new device installment plan
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    (Reuters) - Sprint Corp, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider on Tuesday reported an increase in quarterly revenue in line with analysts' expectations, due to a new billing plan that lowered wireless expenses. Sprint has been cutting costs and reshuffling executives in an attempt to offset subscriber losses from a shut down of its older Nextel network and technical problems related to a massive overhaul of Sprint's remaining network. The company, which is 80 percent owned by Japan's SoftBank Corp, said it lost 467,000 net subscribers in the quarter.

    (Reuters) - Sprint Corp, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider on Tuesday reported an increase in quarterly revenue in line with analysts' expectations, due to a new billing plan that lowered wireless expenses. Sprint has been cutting costs and reshuffling executives in an attempt to offset subscriber losses from a shut down of its older Nextel network and technical problems related to a massive overhaul of Sprint's remaining network. The company, which is 80 percent owned by Japan's SoftBank Corp, said it lost 467,000 net subscribers in the quarter.


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  • 33/50   Samsung Electronics tips second quarter pickup, smartphone challenge looms
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    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it expected stronger earnings in the second quarter as a pickup in sales of high-end televisions and smartphones spurs growth, after it posted its second straight fall in quarterly profit. The South Korean tech giant said the football World Cup in Brazil should help boost sales of screens and smartphones in the current quarter, as fans splurge on up-market devices like ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs to watch the action. A revival of sales of upmarket TVs and smartphones is crucial for Samsung to sustain growth, as its mainstay mobile business, which generated three fourths of its first-quarter profit, reported its first smartphone market share loss in four years. "Their handset shipments guidance suggests there will be low single-digit growth for smartphone shipments for the second quarter, which I think might be below street expectations," said Maybank Kim Eng analyst Warren Lau.

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said it expected stronger earnings in the second quarter as a pickup in sales of high-end televisions and smartphones spurs growth, after it posted its second straight fall in quarterly profit. The South Korean tech giant said the football World Cup in Brazil should help boost sales of screens and smartphones in the current quarter, as fans splurge on up-market devices like ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs to watch the action. A revival of sales of upmarket TVs and smartphones is crucial for Samsung to sustain growth, as its mainstay mobile business, which generated three fourths of its first-quarter profit, reported its first smartphone market share loss in four years. "Their handset shipments guidance suggests there will be low single-digit growth for smartphone shipments for the second quarter, which I think might be below street expectations," said Maybank Kim Eng analyst Warren Lau.


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  • 34/50   European Union moves to end smartphone patent wars
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    By John O'Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission moved on Tuesday to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals, ruling that Motorola Mobility had broken EU law by taking such action against Apple. In a dual ruling, the European Union's anti-trust enforcer said that it had also accepted a pledge by Samsung Electronics not to seek injunctions against rivals if they had signed up to a licensing agreement for smartphones or tablets. The landmark ruling will help draw a line under a long-running feud between smartphone makers and a slew of legal action against rivals by manufacturers who claimed they had copied their designs. No fine will be imposed on Google Inc's Motorola.

    By John O'Donnell BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission moved on Tuesday to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals, ruling that Motorola Mobility had broken EU law by taking such action against Apple. In a dual ruling, the European Union's anti-trust enforcer said that it had also accepted a pledge by Samsung Electronics not to seek injunctions against rivals if they had signed up to a licensing agreement for smartphones or tablets. The landmark ruling will help draw a line under a long-running feud between smartphone makers and a slew of legal action against rivals by manufacturers who claimed they had copied their designs. No fine will be imposed on Google Inc's Motorola.


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  • 35/50   Bitcoin traders settle class actions over failed Mt. Gox exchange
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    U.S. and Canadian customers of failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox have agreed to settle their proposed class action lawsuits that alleged the company defrauded them of hundreds of millions of dollars. The class action plaintiffs agreed to support a plan by Sunlot Holdings to buy the shuttered exchange and accept their share of bitcoins still held by Mt. Gox, according to a statement and court filings. "BEST OPTION" Once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox is slated to be liquidated after the Tokyo District Court granted the company's request to abandon plans to revive its business. In return for settling separate class actions, the U.S. and Canadian customers will share in a 16.5 percent stake after Mt. Gox is sold to Sunlot, a firm backed by child actor-turned entrepreneur Brock Pierce and venture capitalist William Quigley.

    U.S. and Canadian customers of failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox have agreed to settle their proposed class action lawsuits that alleged the company defrauded them of hundreds of millions of dollars. The class action plaintiffs agreed to support a plan by Sunlot Holdings to buy the shuttered exchange and accept their share of bitcoins still held by Mt. Gox, according to a statement and court filings. "BEST OPTION" Once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox is slated to be liquidated after the Tokyo District Court granted the company's request to abandon plans to revive its business. In return for settling separate class actions, the U.S. and Canadian customers will share in a 16.5 percent stake after Mt. Gox is sold to Sunlot, a firm backed by child actor-turned entrepreneur Brock Pierce and venture capitalist William Quigley.


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  • 36/50   LG Electronics says higher TV marketing could blunt Q2 earnings
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    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Tuesday increased marketing spending on new products could pull down earnings in its mainstay television business, making it difficult for second-quarter profit to match the first. The world's second-largest TV maker after compatriot Samsung Electronics Co Ltd beat analyst estimates with a 44 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit, attributing the gain to lower TV panel and marketing costs during a seasonally weak period for consumer electronics.

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Tuesday increased marketing spending on new products could pull down earnings in its mainstay television business, making it difficult for second-quarter profit to match the first. The world's second-largest TV maker after compatriot Samsung Electronics Co Ltd beat analyst estimates with a 44 percent rise in first-quarter operating profit, attributing the gain to lower TV panel and marketing costs during a seasonally weak period for consumer electronics.


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  • 37/50   Nokia says has won several contracts in Europe
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    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia has won several contracts in Europe which have not been announced yet and will be booked later this year, its incoming chief executive said on Tuesday. "Europe and Latin America remain particularly challenging, although we have a number of unannounced contract wins in Europe that should stabilize our sales in Europe this year," CEO Rajeev Suri said in a conference call with investors. (Reporting by Sakari Suoninen; Editing by Jussi Rosendahl)

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia has won several contracts in Europe which have not been announced yet and will be booked later this year, its incoming chief executive said on Tuesday. "Europe and Latin America remain particularly challenging, although we have a number of unannounced contract wins in Europe that should stabilize our sales in Europe this year," CEO Rajeev Suri said in a conference call with investors. (Reporting by Sakari Suoninen; Editing by Jussi Rosendahl)


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  • 38/50   Sprint’s Q1 loss narrows but nearly half a million subscribers flee
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    Sprint on Tuesday announced its earnings results for the first quarter of the year, revealing that it lost nearly half a million net customers during the period. The carrier said it lost 231,000 net postpaid subscribers and 364,000 net prepaid customers during Q1 2014, with the Sprint platform serving nearly 54 million subscribers in total at the end of the quarter. The company sold 5 million smartphones during the period and moved 3 million customers onto new Sprint Framily plans. Sprint reported an operating income of $420 million for Q1, highlighted as Sprint’s best performance in over seven years. However, the mobile operator lost $151 million, or $0.04 per share during the period, on revenue of $8.88 billion. Sprint has further

    Sprint on Tuesday announced its earnings results for the first quarter of the year, revealing that it lost nearly half a million net customers during the period. The carrier said it lost 231,000 net postpaid subscribers and 364,000 net prepaid customers during Q1 2014, with the Sprint platform serving nearly 54 million subscribers in total at the end of the quarter. The company sold 5 million smartphones during the period and moved 3 million customers onto new Sprint Framily plans. Sprint reported an operating income of $420 million for Q1, highlighted as Sprint’s best performance in over seven years. However, the mobile operator lost $151 million, or $0.04 per share during the period, on revenue of $8.88 billion. Sprint has further


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  • 39/50   Europe warns Google, Samsung on phone patent abuse
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    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.


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  • 40/50   The new Engadget: It's all about you... except when it's about us
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    When Engadget started 10 years ago, flip phones were ubiquitous; Firefox was still the new kid on the block; and EDGE was cutting-edge wireless technology. Clearly, things have changed. There's never been a more exciting time in the consumer electronics industry.

    When Engadget started 10 years ago, flip phones were ubiquitous; Firefox was still the new kid on the block; and EDGE was cutting-edge wireless technology. Clearly, things have changed. There's never been a more exciting time in the consumer electronics industry.


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  • 41/50   Microsoft builds gesture-sensing PC keyboard
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    Microsoft is experimenting with ways to combine trackpad gestures on traditional PC keyboards. In a research paper published recently, the software maker reveals a prototype that combines an Apple keyboard with an array of infrared proximity sensors that are mounted above the key caps. While there are many new and emerging ways to interact with PCs, Microsoft’s system looks like it could be one of the more natural and easy to use, a way to compliment an existing mouse instead of replacing it. Simple gestures like swiping down on keyboard keys navigates a page downwards, and there’s even support for gestures when you hover above the keyboard.

    Microsoft is experimenting with ways to combine trackpad gestures on traditional PC keyboards. In a research paper published recently, the software maker reveals a prototype that combines an Apple keyboard with an array of infrared proximity sensors that are mounted above the key caps. While there are many new and emerging ways to interact with PCs, Microsoft’s system looks like it could be one of the more natural and easy to use, a way to compliment an existing mouse instead of replacing it. Simple gestures like swiping down on keyboard keys navigates a page downwards, and there’s even support for gestures when you hover above the keyboard.


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  • 42/50   Sprint loses hundreds of thousands of customers due to 'service disruption'
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    Now that T-Mobile has upped its game, Sprint is left as the only major US carrier still struggling with financial losses. That didn't get much better this quarter, as the company lost 364,000 pre-paid and 231,000 valuable postpaid customers. It says the losses were anticipated, and were largely due to widespread annoyance at disruptions to its service, caused by the ongoing overhaul of its network infrastructure.

    Now that T-Mobile has upped its game, Sprint is left as the only major US carrier still struggling with financial losses. That didn't get much better this quarter, as the company lost 364,000 pre-paid and 231,000 valuable postpaid customers. It says the losses were anticipated, and were largely due to widespread annoyance at disruptions to its service, caused by the ongoing overhaul of its network infrastructure.


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  • 43/50   Apple launches new MacBook Airs that are faster than ever and $100 cheaper
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    Apple on Tuesday quietly unveiled new MacBook Air models, as previously reported, but the new laptops will not offer any particularly interesting updates – a recent report claimed new Air models will be even thinner and lighter than their predecessors, but that’s not the case for Apple’s early 2014 Air models. What’s significant though is that the new Airs are now cheaper than ever, no matter what model buyers end up choosing. For the 11.6-inch MacBook Air model pricing starts at $899, or $100 less than before, while the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Air now costs $999, also $100 less than its predecessor. That effectively means customers can order their Airs with a “free” memory upgrade (8GB instead of 4GB), and pay

    Apple on Tuesday quietly unveiled new MacBook Air models, as previously reported, but the new laptops will not offer any particularly interesting updates – a recent report claimed new Air models will be even thinner and lighter than their predecessors, but that’s not the case for Apple’s early 2014 Air models. What’s significant though is that the new Airs are now cheaper than ever, no matter what model buyers end up choosing. For the 11.6-inch MacBook Air model pricing starts at $899, or $100 less than before, while the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Air now costs $999, also $100 less than its predecessor. That effectively means customers can order their Airs with a “free” memory upgrade (8GB instead of 4GB), and pay


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  • 44/50   Galaxy S5 ‘killer’ confirmed to launch next month
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    LG on Tuesday confirmed the name of its next Android flagship device, the LG G3, in a press release announcing the company’s “improved first-quarter 2014 results.” The LG G3, expected to be one of the main Galaxy S5 rivals this year, has been featured in plenty of reports and leaks so far, with some of them suggesting the phone will arrive earlier than anticipated. Its predecessors launched in fall 2012 (Optimus G) and fall 2013 (LG G2), but it looks like LG is eager to bring its next-gen high-end device to market as soon as possible. LG apparently sees the G3 as a best-selling device, one that would help the company’s bottom line. “Higher revenues are expected in the second

    LG on Tuesday confirmed the name of its next Android flagship device, the LG G3, in a press release announcing the company’s “improved first-quarter 2014 results.” The LG G3, expected to be one of the main Galaxy S5 rivals this year, has been featured in plenty of reports and leaks so far, with some of them suggesting the phone will arrive earlier than anticipated. Its predecessors launched in fall 2012 (Optimus G) and fall 2013 (LG G2), but it looks like LG is eager to bring its next-gen high-end device to market as soon as possible. LG apparently sees the G3 as a best-selling device, one that would help the company’s bottom line. “Higher revenues are expected in the second


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  • 45/50   Microsoft wins antitrust lawsuit brought by Novell
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    The U.S Supreme Court's decision to reject without comment an appeal from Novell signals the end of Novell's decade-long antitrust claims against Microsoft Corp. This follows an earlier ruling by the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals that also favored Microsoft. According to The Associated Press, the 10th Circuit had ruled that "Novell's complaint came too late" and that "it failed to make the larger case that Microsoft was protecting a monopoly on operating systems."

    The U.S Supreme Court's decision to reject without comment an appeal from Novell signals the end of Novell's decade-long antitrust claims against Microsoft Corp. This follows an earlier ruling by the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals that also favored Microsoft. According to The Associated Press, the 10th Circuit had ruled that "Novell's complaint came too late" and that "it failed to make the larger case that Microsoft was protecting a monopoly on operating systems."


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  • 46/50   Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap
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    The newly identified Jurassic period creature, a species named Kryptodrakon progenitor that was unearthed in the Gobi desert in northwestern China, was modest in size, with a wingspan of perhaps 4-1/2 feet (1.3 meters). But later members of its branch of the flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were truly colossal, including Quetzalcoatlus, whose wingspan of about 35 feet was roughly the same as that of an F-16 fighter. Roughly 220 million years ago, pterosaurs became the first flying vertebrates to appear on Earth, with birds - first appearing about 150 million years ago - and bats - appearing about 50 million years ago - coming much later. Pterosaurs arose during the Triassic period not long after their cousins, the dinosaurs, also made their debut.

    The newly identified Jurassic period creature, a species named Kryptodrakon progenitor that was unearthed in the Gobi desert in northwestern China, was modest in size, with a wingspan of perhaps 4-1/2 feet (1.3 meters). But later members of its branch of the flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were truly colossal, including Quetzalcoatlus, whose wingspan of about 35 feet was roughly the same as that of an F-16 fighter. Roughly 220 million years ago, pterosaurs became the first flying vertebrates to appear on Earth, with birds - first appearing about 150 million years ago - and bats - appearing about 50 million years ago - coming much later. Pterosaurs arose during the Triassic period not long after their cousins, the dinosaurs, also made their debut.


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  • 47/50   NASA tries space kits to engage kids in science and space
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    By Sarah McBride NEW YORK (Reuters) - Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that could interest kids in science, but their complexity can derail all but the most enthusiastic hobbyist. Now, NASA, the U.S. space agency, hopes it has found a workaround through new space kits and a collaboration with a New York-based startup called LittleBits. NASA, through its Aura mission to study the Earth’s ozone layer and climate, is working with LittleBits to develop activities around a new $189 space kit, announced on Thursday. Using electronic modules such as motors and dimmers that snap together, the creations will perform functions that normally might require hours of tedious tinkering or piles of electronics components.

    By Sarah McBride NEW YORK (Reuters) - Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that could interest kids in science, but their complexity can derail all but the most enthusiastic hobbyist. Now, NASA, the U.S. space agency, hopes it has found a workaround through new space kits and a collaboration with a New York-based startup called LittleBits. NASA, through its Aura mission to study the Earth’s ozone layer and climate, is working with LittleBits to develop activities around a new $189 space kit, announced on Thursday. Using electronic modules such as motors and dimmers that snap together, the creations will perform functions that normally might require hours of tedious tinkering or piles of electronics components.


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  • 48/50   Swiss lab 'nano chisels' world's tiniest magazine cover
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    A laboratory in Switzerland has created the smallest magazine cover in the world, using a tiny chisel to create an image so minute that 2,000 of them could fit on a grain of salt. Scientists carved the 11x14-micrometre image of two pandas that appeared on last month's cover of the National Geographic Kids magazine onto a polymer using technology similar to 3D printing. "My idea was to do something similar to chiselling a rock, but just to do it on a nano-scale," said Urs Duerig, a scientist at IBM in Switzerland and one of the inventors of the machine. "The application range is quite broad," said Felix Holzner, chief executive of SwissLitho, a startup to which the IBM technology has been licensed.

    A laboratory in Switzerland has created the smallest magazine cover in the world, using a tiny chisel to create an image so minute that 2,000 of them could fit on a grain of salt. Scientists carved the 11x14-micrometre image of two pandas that appeared on last month's cover of the National Geographic Kids magazine onto a polymer using technology similar to 3D printing. "My idea was to do something similar to chiselling a rock, but just to do it on a nano-scale," said Urs Duerig, a scientist at IBM in Switzerland and one of the inventors of the machine. "The application range is quite broad," said Felix Holzner, chief executive of SwissLitho, a startup to which the IBM technology has been licensed.


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  • 49/50   Pfizer's move on Astra fuels fears for British science
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    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer's plan to snap up its smaller rival AstraZeneca has stoked concerns about Britain's ability to remain a leader in life sciences, even as the U.S. drugmaker insists that it highly values UK research. The pharmaceutical industry represents a rare manufacturing success story for Britain and its two flagship drugmakers - AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline - provide thousands of highly skilled, well-paid jobs. AstraZeneca alone employs some 7,000 staff in Britain, even after recent hefty job cuts, and it exports almost 7 billion pounds of drugs each year, representing around 2.3 percent of all British exports of goods. “AstraZeneca and GSK are the two pillars of the UK's thriving and economically important life sciences sector, supporting biotech and academia across the science base," said Sarah Main, director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering.

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer's plan to snap up its smaller rival AstraZeneca has stoked concerns about Britain's ability to remain a leader in life sciences, even as the U.S. drugmaker insists that it highly values UK research. The pharmaceutical industry represents a rare manufacturing success story for Britain and its two flagship drugmakers - AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline - provide thousands of highly skilled, well-paid jobs. AstraZeneca alone employs some 7,000 staff in Britain, even after recent hefty job cuts, and it exports almost 7 billion pounds of drugs each year, representing around 2.3 percent of all British exports of goods. “AstraZeneca and GSK are the two pillars of the UK's thriving and economically important life sciences sector, supporting biotech and academia across the science base," said Sarah Main, director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering.


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  • 50/50   Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters
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    In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon's Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish. Instead, he has found he is more likely to hook the wild variety, whose numbers have declined.

    In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon's Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish. Instead, he has found he is more likely to hook the wild variety, whose numbers have declined.


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