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Scott - Mars rover Curiosity takes break as sun comes between it, Earth

The Earth and Mars will be on opposite sides of the sun for most of the month of June, an alignment called Mars solar conjunction.

2 S. Korean hospitals shut over MERS fears; 13th person dies

Authorities in South Korea temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS virus outbreak, which has killed 13 people through Friday, though health officials said they are seeing fewer new infections.

US to send 400-plus more troops to train Iraqis

The Obama administration is about to announce the U.S. will send more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces, officials said Wednesday, in a response to recent setbacks at the hands of the Islamic State and Baghdad's appeals for more help.

NTSB says Amtrak engineer didn't use cellphone before crash

The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download data just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said Wednesday, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans are resurrecting efforts to thin more quickly millions of acres and take down dead trees.

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

With one out of four U.S. doctors older than 65, the American Medical Association adopted a plan Monday to help decide when it's time for aging senior physicians to hang up the stethoscope.

AP analysis: Companies ‘adjust’ profits more in their favor

NEW YORK — Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they’re cracked up to be.

Survey finds abortions declining in nearly all states

Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them – but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.

What Charter-Time Warner deal could mean for you

As the Internet has upended their business, cable companies have been racing to reinvent themselves as dominant broadband providers and distributors of online video.

Tapping your credit card through a cash advance is costly

Crisp checks sent over by your credit card company are marketed as a “convenient” way for you for pay bills, consolidate debt and access more of your available credit. To the untrained consumer, it might seem no different from any other credit card purchase.

Wal-Mart aims to change how you shop for groceries

As Sam’s Club began allowing customers to buy their groceries online and pick them up in person, the Wal-Mart-owned chain of stores noticed a frequent conundrum: Customers were having to wait too long in the warehouses to get their goods.

Wal-Mart wants to change how you shop for groceries

A phone notice prompts you to let the store know when you’ll be picking up your order, so frozen items will be ready.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As Sam’s Club began allowing customers to buy their groceries online and pick them up in person, the Wal-Mart-owned chain of stores noticed a frequent conundrum: Customers were having to wait too long in the warehouses to get their goods.

Tapping your credit card through a cash advance is costly

WASHINGTON — You’ve probably seen them crowding your mailbox. Crisp checks sent over by your credit card company are marketed as a “convenient” way for you for pay bills, consolidate debt and access more of your available credit.

Hospitals move to control their online reps

Laura Markowski used to worry every time a text alerted her that a patient had posted a bad review online of a doctor at her health care system.

Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president

WASHINGTON — Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency’s disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies’ hands.