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Housing goes from hopeful to underwhelming as 2014 moves along

McClatchy Washington Bureau  A house is ready for sale in Phoenix, Arizona, April 2, 2014, once an epicenter of the national housing crisis. (Kevin G. Hall/MCT) WASHINGTON — A spate of new economic reports shows that a speedier recovery of the housing market does not appear in the cards this year.

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That and $30 Gets You a Cuppa Joe

Newsweek  In 1950, any American could have told you the price of a cup of coffee: one dime. Back then, American coffee was the ultimate commodity: uniform, inexpensive and frankly not that great. Today, coffee, like virtually every other product category, has luxury options that cost not just a little bit more but many times what mass-market products cost.

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Man With Syringe 'Full Of AIDS' Robs Oregon Baskin Robbins

International Business Times  Portland Police Department officers are looking for a man who robbed an Oregon ice cream shop by threatening to use a syringe that he claimed was “full of AIDS.” The robber held up a Baskin-Robbins around 9 p.m.

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Renforcement des essais cliniques - Un nouveau centre de coordination pour attirer les investissements dans la recherche au Canada

PR Newswire  OTTAWA, le 24 avril 2014 /CNW/ - Le gouvernement du Canada a annoncé aujourd'hui la création du Centre canadien de coordination des essais cliniques (CCCEC), fruit d'une collaboration entre les Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC), les Compagnies de recherche pharmaceutique du Canada (Rx&D) et deux organisations ayant récemment fusionné, soit l'Association canadienne des institutions de santé universitaires et l'Association canadienne...

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Of Mice And Men: How Pheromones Trigger Specific Male Behaviors

Medical Daily  In the wild, male mice mark their territory with urine splashes that serve to advertise their presence to all the attractive lady mice while simultaneously scaring off competitors. Marking works, in part, due to pheromones — the chemical signals that communicate information between individuals of the same species.

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Vancouver: World-class city gets a boost

Toronto Star  VANCOUVER—Trendy hotels and out-there restaurants, sure. But this city also has solid, reliable standbys you don’t want to miss. Here’s a look at one of the world’s great cities, “Tried-and-New” style.

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Raptors refuse to play Nets' game in power-forward battle

National Post | Sports  Heading into the Toronto Raptors' series against the Brooklyn Nets, analysts were obsessing over the "four spot" - power forward. It was going to determine the way the games went. Raptors head to Brooklyn with history of struggling in road playoff games The Raptors use traditional power forwards, players with offensive games that are focused around the rim and excel on the inside defensively: Amir Johnson, Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough.

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Knoxville.com's guide to upcoming concerts

Knoxville News Sentinel  Upcoming concerts announced this week include Bruce Hornsby (June 22); NEEDTOBREATHE (Aug. 20 and 21); Corey Smith (Aug. 23); and David Sedaris (Oct. 23). New Niall Toner Band; 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, $10, Tennessee Shines, Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S.

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Nasdaq Leads As Indexes Reverse Upward FB TXN ALXN

Investor's Business Daily  The major indexes reversed from earlier losses and were up modestly in midday trade on the stock market today. The Nasdaq led with a 0.8% gain, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% and the Dow industrials 0.2%.

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List Hillary Clinton's successes? State Dept. spokeswoman flubs answer

The Washington Times  A spokeswoman for the State Department has been subjected to mocking national headlines after she stumbled over a question about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's accomplishments - and then made matters worse with a second-day do-over that was little more than a bureaucratic jumble.

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If the CBC doesn't prioritize Canadian programming, who will?

National Post | Arts  Despite the hand-wringing over a downsized CBC that has taken place after it announced the gloomy prospects for its budget this year, the significant news was not the elimination of more than 650 jobs which, though a big number, has to be put in the context of a company that employs almost 7,000 and is in an industry undergoing tremendous upheaval.

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Judge Tosses Retaliation Lawsuit by Fired N.Y. Fed Examiner

ProPublica  A federal judge dismissed the claims of a former bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York who says she was fired for refusing to change her finding that Goldman Sachs lacked a firm-wide conflict-of-interest policy.

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Pope phones divorcee 'living in sin' to tell her she can take Holy Communion

National Post  Pope Francis telephoned a woman "living in sin" with a divorced man to tell her that she was free to take Holy Communion, it was reported Wednesday, in what appears to be a significant departure from Roman Catholic teaching.

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Terence Corcoran: How Canada's temporary foreign workers program became a victim of its own success

Financial Post  Few issues can fan populist fires more quickly than immigration policy, especially if a policy seems to promote the arrival in Canada of low-paid workers who are taking jobs from Canadians. So it is no surprise that we are witnessing the bonfire of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, a 10-year-old federal scheme designed to allow companies to bring in workers to work in sectors and industries facing chronic labour shortages.

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Beyond the rubble: One year after Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladesh is still reeling

GlobalPost  Editor's Note: This is the first piece in a three-part series that goes inside Bangladesh's garment industry to explore how the Rana Plaza collapse served as a wake-up call to an entire global supply chain and how Bangladesh is working furiously to reform itself before another tragedy strikes.

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Blues say Backes won't play until he's healthy

Chicago Tribune  CHICAGO — St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock played it coy during the morning skate when it came to the status of center David Backes for Game 4 of the playoffs against the Blackhawks. "He wasn't available for the pregame skate," Hitchcock said when asked if Backes would return to the lineup after missing Game 3 after an illegal hit from the Hawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2 on Saturday.

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Twins turn back Rays in 12 innings

Star Tribune  Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Tampa Bay Rays play host to the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times/MCT) ST.

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Cardinals fall to Mets despite Macha's career-high 10 strikeouts

St. Louis Post-Dispatch  NEW YORK — It happened suddenly for St. Louis Cardinals wunderkind Michael Wacha. For three innings, the New York Mets had no idea where his next pitch was going. Then, in the fourth, Wacha had no idea where his next pitch was going either.

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Tigers' leaky bullpen stains solid start by Drew Smyly

Detroit Free Press  U.S. Olympic short track speedskater Jessica Smith throws out a ceremonial first pitch as the Detroit Tigers play host to the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit on Wednesday April 23, 2014.

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Jose Calderon regains his rhythm to boost Mavericks

Fort Worth Star-Telegram  SAN ANTONIO — The Dallas Mavericks didn't panic and stayed the course. That was the message during a two-day lull between Sunday's Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and Wednesday night's 113-92 blowout win in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

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