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Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood 


(AP) — Though rejected, a surprise bid by Rupert Murdoch's Fox for entertainment rival Time Warner underscores that large media companies are in the mood for major consolidation.

North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban

(AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Contraception ruling serves as political pitch

(AP) — In an election-year pitch to female voters, Democrats on Wednesday pressed for legislation that would restore free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.

Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll 


(AP) — One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said immigration topped their list of concerns.

Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

(AP) — Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers.

Google appoints Ford ex-CEO Mulally to board

(AP) — Google says it has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board.

US stocks mostly down as investors digest earnings 


(AP) — The Federal Reserve's latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day.

House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

 (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

Lay's newest flavor: Cappuccino? 


(AP) — American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small 


(AP) — The next big thing in aviation may be really small.