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US says 168 million children are laborers

 (AP) — The Labor Department reported Tuesday that about 168 million children, aged 5 to 7, worked last year as laborers around the world, about half of them in hazardous jobs.

The dangers of talking to your car 


(AP) — Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers 


(AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

(AP) — Public hospitals in New York City are so concerned about Ebola, they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how well the triage staffs identify and isolate possible cases.

Obama claims progress on Wall Street rules

(AP) — A year after prodding financial regulators to act more swiftly to rein in Wall Street, President Barack Obama on Monday claimed progress in toughening banking rules but urged bank overseers to consider additional ways to prevent the kind of risk-taking that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis.

GM uses Facebook, calls to get recalled cars fixed

(AP) — Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.

Stocks edge lower; H&R Block sinks

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower, giving up an early gain.

$1.6B in bonds approved for 3 World Trade Center

(AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says $1.6 billion in funding has been approved to ensure completion of one of the skyscrapers at the rebuilt World Trade Center site.

Study: Chesapeake cleanup would bring $22B boon

(AP) — The Chesapeake Bay region would reap an additional $22.5 billion a year from improved hurricane protection, crab and fish production and climate stability if the Obama administration's contested plan to clean up the watershed proceeds, an environmental group says.

NBA extends television deals with ESPN and TNT

(AP) — The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.