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  • Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item.

  • YOUR MONEY-Top travel tips for a hassle-free journey Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    Aug 21- When is the best time to book a trip to Walt Disney World? During a Twitter discussion on Aug. 19 hosted by Reuters, a panel of experts fielded questions about travel. The panel comprised Brian Kelly, who runs ThePointsGuy.com; Tim Winship, editor and publisher of FrequentFlier.com, and Jason Cochran, editor of Frommers.com.

  • US housing recovery appears to be back on track Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

  • Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Kim Min- koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts— in the noodles. Instant noodles carry a broke college student aura in America, but they are an essential, even passionate, part of life for many in South Korea and across Asia.

  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws.

  • US warns travelers of canceled Venezuela flights Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas issued an advisory Tuesday urging Americans to be careful when traveling to Venezuela because of the steep drop in airline service to the South American country.

  • Kentucky business unspooled as feds closed in Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Louis Joseph Brothers used sales of military-grade electronics to Hong Kong to boost the revenue for his business, then resigned from the company he founded when federal investigators started questioning the sales and the company fell apart.

  • Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.

  • German retailer opening US flagship in Cincinnati Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    Wiesnkoenig, the official supplier of lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, is hoping its fashion-forward take on traditional German clothing takes off in America with the opening of its flagship U.S. store inside a Cincinnati brewery.

  • Social media pushes back at militant propaganda Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    BEIRUT— The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

  • Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:11 AM ET

    Aug 20- Twitter Inc said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday.

  • Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.1 percent at 25,154.62 while Japan's Nikkei 225 was little changed at 15,441.70. Taiwan's Taiex rose 0.4 percent to 9,278.81 while Seoul's Kospi shed 0.1 percent to 2,068.73.

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 11 to Sunday, August 17 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. 4. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, "Cecilia And The Sattelite". 8. Ryan Adams, "My Wrecking Ball".

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 7 to Sunday August 17 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. 1. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me". 7. Ariana Grande, "Break Free".

  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax.

  • Senate Democrats demand liquid nicotine rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    FARMINGTON, Conn.— Two Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday announced a drive in Congress to require child-proof bottles of liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., said at a news conference at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Elizabeth Esty, D- Conn., said they are responding to a rising number of poisonings.

  • No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1- year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable."

  • 5 things that could derail Google's stock Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc.

    With triumphs inevitably comes scrutiny, and Google is the recipient of plenty. Here are five risks the company faces over the next 10 years.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 19- India's prime minister on Monday sought suggestions from the public to help re-fashion the Soviet-inspired central Planning Commission that supporters say is in line with a new, open style of governance.

  • Niche, mainstream sellers carry kale into beauty Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    Sprawled in ads on a bed of kale, British fashion darling Alexa Chung is the face of Nailkale, a new line of 12 nail shades from London- based Nails Inc. They just launched in the U.K. and will hit U.S. shelves in late August. Nails Inc. founder Thea Green was inspired by a couple of trips to New York City last year.