Japanese prime minister urges calm after raised nuclear threat level - AP

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Japan’s prime minister is urging the public not to panic after the government boosted the severity level of the crisis at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant to the highest rating

Portugal seeks bailout, Europe debt crisis spreads - AP

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If the bailout is granted Portugal will become the third EU nation to receive one

Dish Network acquiring Blockbuster for $228M - AP

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Dish Network Corp. said Wednesday that it won the auction for Blockbuster Inc.

McDonald's to hire 50,000 new employees - in one day - CNN Money

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The fast food giant plans to hold a hiring spree on April 19

Source: Katie Couric leaving 'CBS Evening News' anchor post - AP

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Couric reported to be leaving less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast

US applications for unemployment aid drop slightly - AP

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The number of people in the U.S. seeking benefits dropped by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000 in the week ending March 19

NFL: No legal ground for court to halt lockout - AP

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The NFL has asked a federal judge to keep its lockout in place, saying there are no legal grounds to stop it

AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA - AP

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AT&T Inc., the second-largest wireless carrier in the United States, on Sunday said it will buy T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest for $39 billion

Red-light district for the Net gets green light - AP

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You’ve heard of ‘.com’ and ‘.org.’ Joining them soon will be ‘.xxx’ for pornographic websites

Japan to spray water, acid on stricken nuke plant - AP

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Japan struggles to contain the spiraling crisis caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami

Third explosion rocks Japanese nuclear plant - AP

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Cascading issues with the nuclear power plant worry scientists and politicians

Japanese Prime Minister: Worst crisis since WWII - AP

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Quake, tsunami leave more than 10,000 estimated dead while nuclear meltdowns threaten

Quake and tsunami a blow to fragile Japan economy - AP

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Japan’s central bank vowed to do everything necessary to keep financial markets stable, including pumping cash into the financial system

Huffington Post unaffected by mass AOL layoffs - NY Post

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As AOL transitions into an online media business, the company will layoff 900 workers, but its new partnership with The Huffington Post will remain unaffected

Wisconsin Republicans cut collective bargaining - AP

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Wisconsin Republicans bypass Dems, pass bill cutting public worker collective bargaining

Senate passes bill to overhaul patent system - AP

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The legislation, which was approved 95-5, transforms a patent system now operating under a law passed in 1952

NFL offers more financial info; union deciding - AP

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NFLPA hires bank to decide whether the league’s offer to reveal more financial information will be enough to satisfy the union’s call for full disclosure

Sprint in talks over T-Mobile USA - WSJ

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‘I don’t get the sense that there’s anything near-term at all’

World stocks fall on global recovery worries - AP

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Crude prices jumped above $106 a barrel as political unrest continued to shake the world’s key oil producing region

NFL, union extend deadline to solve differences - AP

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A reprieve, even for one day, provided a touch of optimism in the NFL’s labor dispute with the players’ union