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Earnings lift Wall St. for fifth straight day

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks edged higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 up for a fifth straight day as technology companies rallied on strong results, though weakness in Boeing weighed on the Dow.

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Toyota executive stands by Takata as supplier despite air bag troubles

TOKYO - A top Toyota Motor Corp executive said on Wednesday the Japanese automaker has no plans to abandon Takata Corp despite the supplier's struggles with air bag inflators that could rupture and spray metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants.

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Dow Chemical profit beats estimates as plastics margins rise

- Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected profit as margins rose for the ninth straight quarter in its plastics business, its biggest, due to low raw material costs.

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Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

BERLIN/FRANKFURT - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday.

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

- For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars.

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ECB cools speculation over bank health checks ahead of results

MADRID/VIENNA - The European Central Bank cautioned on Wednesday against speculation over the outcome of its stress tests after a media report said at least 11 banks had failed the landmark financial health checks, driving some banking shares lower.

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Why the U.S. is spending $1 trillion on nukes

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the 10-year costs of maintaining and modernizing our existing arsenal at $355 billion, with another $215 billion slated for "other nuclear-related activities."