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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: China Information Technology Inc. rose 18.9 percent to $5.23. Conn's Inc. rose 14.5 percent to $45.48. BioFuel Energy rose ...

  • Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power
    Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power

    Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter storms over the northwest Pacific Ocean and changing North America's weather, a new study finds. Northwest Pacific winter storms are now 10 percent stronger than they were 30 years ago, before Asian countries began their industrial boom, according to research published today (April 14) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. North America will be hardest hit by the intensifying storms, which move from west to east, said lead study author Yuan Wang, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "The increasing pollution in Asian countries is not just a local problem, it can affect other parts of the world," Wang told Live Science.

  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly
    Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

  • Vibrant colors for latest Giorgio Armani makeup collection
    Vibrant colors for latest Giorgio Armani makeup collection

    The Italian luxury brand is preparing for the arrival of summer with the bold and intense shades of its new makeup collection, Bright Ribbon. For the new line, Giorgio Armani Beauty's international makeup artist Linda Cantello created a palette of bright hues ranging from orange to dark purple, with plenty of pinks in between. Altogether, the collection includes six new colors. Armani's Rouge Sheer lip color, based on a translucent formula, and Nail Lacquer, a gel-textured polish, are both available in coral, mandarine, soft pink, electric pink and dark purple.

  • Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line
    Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line

    Kristine and Kayla Biagiotti Were Feet From the Finish Line

  • Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll
    Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan. Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stepped down last week after overseeing the law's rollout, including the HealthCare.gov website's tumultuous first weeks, when many users were unable to access the system to purchase or research their insurance options.

  • 'The Goldfinch' wins fiction Pulitzer

    Donna Tartt's breakthrough novel "The Goldfinch" has scooped the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, ahead of "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul" by Bob Shacochis and "The Son" by Phillip Meyer.

  • 'Game Of Thrones' Director On Filming Tyrion & Shae Split
    'Game Of Thrones' Director On Filming Tyrion & Shae Split

    Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones" was big. Beyond King Joffrey Baratheon's poisoning, there were big moments for Brienne of Tarth, who was confronted for the first time with her feelings about Jaime (by his own twin, Cersei Lannister). And for Tyrion, he had to break up with the woman he loves - Shae. AccessHollywood.com: Some of those of those moments in Episode 2 - Cersei vs. Margaery, Cersei vs. Oberyn, Cersei vs. Brienne -- can we just talk about working with Lena [Headey] on those and the direction you gave her?

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