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Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Williams' daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called "cruel and unnecessary" messages sent to her following her father's death.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.

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Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide — and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014

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Police cite threats, won't name cop who shot teen

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The police chief in a St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager said he's holding off on publicly identifying the officer because of death threats.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014

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Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

MALIKIYA, Syria (AP) — In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.

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Iraq's PM-designate faces challenges ahead

BAGHDAD (AP) — The choice of Haider al-Abadi to become Iraq's next prime minister, a move that would end Nouri al-Maliki's eight-year rule, came as a surprise to many Iraqis. He was not among the best-known members of the Baghdad political elite, nor an obvious choice to replace the embattled premier.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014

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