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David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)

Businessman Defeats Longtime Politician in Senate Runoff

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Atlanta — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration. Tuesday night’s primary runoff win validates Perdue’s campaign as an outsider. The former CEO …

Study: Sleeping Habits Affect Ethics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes.” But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night owls, on the other …

EU Imposes New Sanctions On Russia

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Berlin — The European Union agreed Tuesday to expand a list of Russian entities and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans and threatened to target vast sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow did not act swiftly to rein in rebels believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. But E.U. foreign ministers meeting in Brussels stopped …

Amazon Is Starting $9.99-a-Month Service For Unlimited E-Books

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Amazon.com introduced a $9.99-a-month service for unlimited Kindle e-book downloads, letting customers devour books like they binge on TV services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Kindle Unlimited includes more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks from Audible, Amazon said Friday in a statement. Readers can access …

Google Mulls NYC Pay Phones For Wi-Fi Spots

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New York —Google is among several technology companies considering a plan that uses pay-phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless Internet access. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was among more than 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project, according to a city document. …

Working Part Time Is Not A Disaster for Recovery

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — By many indicators, the recent job market is clearly improving. It still has a long way to go, but the pace of employment growth is up and unemployment has fallen sharply in recent months. Importantly, the recent decline in the jobless rate has been for the …

Ray Lonnen, British Actor, Is Dead at 74

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ray Lonnen, a British actor who played a spy in The Sandbaggers, a TV series that made the bureaucratic battles of espionage as gripping as 007-style cloak and dagger, died July 11 at his home in London. He was 74. The cause was cancer, said his wife, actress …

Convicted Soviet Spy Arthur Walker, 79, Dies

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Arthur Walker, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander who was convicted of spying for the Soviets during the Cold War and was a member of what was described as an entire family of spies, died earlier this month at a federal prison where he was serving a life …

Tobacco Co. Hit With $23.6 Billion In Damages

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Miami — A Florida jury has slammed the nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed …

N.H. Soldier’s Story Highlights Long Delays for Medals of Honor

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — When President Obama drapes the Medal of Honor around the neck of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts on Monday, it will symbolize all of the heroism and sacrifice that occurred in a ferocious battle in Afghanistan. But it will represent something else, too: a dramatic rise …

Death Puts Focus on Caffeine Powder

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Columbus, Ohio — A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. But it was one of …

Suddenly, The Sun Is Eerily Quiet and Spotless

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago, it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum-the time in the sun’s 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there …

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Utah Gay Marriage Case Stay

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted Utah’s request for a stay in a appellate court ruling, allowing the state to avoid-at least for now-having to recognize about 1,300 same-sex marriages performed after its ban on such unions was struck down late last year. In December, U.S. District …