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'Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details.

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.

Study: Thumb bones in pre-humans make them more like us

Some of our tree-swinging pre-human ancestors may have been a bit more like us than previously thought, thanks to a tiny section of their thumbs.

Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

Dinosaur no more: UK museum's Dippy to be retired in 2017

Dippy the dinosaur is being retired from London's Natural History Museum — and his fans aren't happy.

Sunbeam recalls Holmes space heaters that can spray hot oil

Sunbeam is recalling about 34,000 Holmes-branded space heaters because they can spray hot oil and possibly cause household damage or injuries.

Consumers fuel US economy; rest of world struggles

There’s a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.

As the cost of gasoline shrinks, small businesses think big

For small business owners who deliver goods and services via car, truck or SUV, lower gas prices have brought more customers within reach and put more money in their pockets.

Shrinking gas prices help small businesses grow

NEW YORK (AP) — For small business owners who deliver goods and services via car, truck or SUV, lower gas prices have brought more customers within reach and put more money in their pockets.

IRS hires company that muffed HealthCare.gov work

WASHINGTON — The Canadian company that played a major role in creating the formerly glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov website is working on a $4.5 million contract to help the Internal Revenue Service handle its responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act.

Some doctors won’t see patients with anti-vaccine views

LOS ANGELES — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of first Social Security check

LUDLOW, Vt. — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 -- the first Social Security payout.

Romney rules out 2016 presidential run

WASHINGTON — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016.

Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps

Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008.

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