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Fort McMurray, Alberta

In Canada's oil sands, a boomtown starts feeling the chill

The boomtown in the heart of Canada's oil sands region is getting nervous. Fort McMurray, surrounded by the boreal forest of northern Canada, has long drawn thousands with jobs that paid six-figure salaries to a region that produces more crude than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

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Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer

Original Apple computer sells for $365,000 at New York auction

A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents' garage in 1976 for $600 sold for $365,000 at Christie's on Thursday.

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Disney-Pixar to translate 'Finding Nemo' film into Navajo

Hollywood is paying a tribute of sorts to the largest American Indian-speaking population in the United States by translating the wildly popular children's film "Finding Nemo" into Navajo.

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Working Woman

Only 13 percent of financial firms' top executives are women: study

Only one top executive in eight at major financial services firms is a woman and the pace of change at banks and other companies is too slow, according to a diversity study.

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

In fading Japan hinterland, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will cure ills

Mihoko Asaka wants to know how candidates in this month's election in Japan will create jobs and halt the drastic population decline that is bleeding her home region of youth and vitality, but has little hope they will offer real solutions.

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Silicon Valley

Canadian startups woo Silicon Valley expats for top jobs

Technology startups in Canada are seeking to lure back expatriates from Silicon Valley with the promise of executive roles, generous stakes and the chance to stamp their mark on a nascent industry.

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No Smoking

China considers tougher tobacco controls: Xinhua

China, the world's biggest tobacco market, is considering a draft regulation that would ban indoor smoking, limit outdoor smoking and end tobacco advertising, the state-run Xinhua news agency has reported.

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crash site of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine to close state offices, bank services in rebel-held east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued several decrees on Saturday to shut state institutions and banking services in pro-Russian eastern regions, pressing a move to cut links with the rebel-held territory.

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Russian rouble banknotes and kopeck coins

Russians buy dollars, hoard cash on rouble fears

Many Russians are buying dollars and hoarding cash, increasingly concerned by a slide in the rouble and wary of possible restrictions on bank withdrawals as President Vladimir Putin blames currency woes on speculators and the West.

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Paris, France

Rise in French speakers since 2010 a boost for France: report

The number of French speakers across the world grew 25 percent since 2010, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) said in a report published on Wednesday, a potential boost as France seeks growth from overseas opportunities.

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Merrill Lynch

The master who teaches the Merrill herd to graze on wheatgrass and chia

At a retreat for Merrill Lynch financial advisers in a luxury Orlando hotel last month, a group of several dozen men and women in business attire swung their arms back and forth over their heads to Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" to get their circulation going.

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Fashion

London exhibition celebrates female empowerment through fashion

From a jade green wool dress suit worn by former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to the suffragettes' lace blouses, clothes have been a defining feature of women's empowerment, according to a new exhibition in London.

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Health insurance

Insurance, income, education tied to survival after lung cancer surgery

How long patients survive after surgery to remove lung cancer may depend on factors like insurance, income and education, according to a new study.

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June Shannon

TLC cancels reality TV program 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

Cable television network TLC on Friday said it has canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," the popular cable reality series, about a rural Georgia family and their precocious beauty pageant daughter.

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Osenat auction house in Paris

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a "bicorne" felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the "sale of a century" for fans of the legendary leader.

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