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Futures flat after four-day rally, Yahoo up early

NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, implying that buyers were taking a pause following the biggest four-day rally for the S&P 500 since January 2013.

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Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1 million U.S. cars: NHTSA

WASHINGTON - The U.S. highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States.

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Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

BEIJING - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Xerox revenue falls on lower printer sales

- Xerox Inc reported a 2 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by slowing demand in its printing business.

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European shares fall as bank stress test worries offset ECB stimulus talk

LONDON - European shares slipped and the euro hit a one-week low on Wednesday as reports that at least 11 banks could fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend offset hopes of corporate bond buying by the ECB.

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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."