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  • Dramatic Storms Strike Dallas-Fort Worth Area
    A line of strong storms moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday with a number of tornadoes touching down. Homes and businesses were damaged across the region but there were no fatalities. As a massive storm approached Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, staff told travelers to seek shelter close to the center of the terminal buildings.
  • Gay Marriage Lawsuit Presses For Survivor Benefits
    The Defense Of Marriage Act prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages — and that means Social Security benefits don't pass on to surviving partners. A lawsuit seeks the same benefits given to heterosexual married couples.
  • A Rare Mix Created Silicon Valley's Startup Culture
    Silicon Valley has become a powerful economic engine, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. But in simpler times, the area was known as the Valley of the Hearts Delight. And it took years to assemble the mix of talent, money and gumption to create America's startup hub.
  • Activist Puts Albany Neighborhood On The Bus Map
    Residents of the South End neighborhood of Albany, N.Y., had made repeated requests for a bus route for their underserved neighborhood. Resident Willie White brought his neighbors together to demand a bus route — and a seat at the table in city politics.
  • An Upgrade, And Bigger Ships, For The Panama Canal
    The Panama Canal is getting its first major overhaul since it was opened nearly a century ago. The massive construction project will add a third channel that will permit many more ships, and much larger ones, to take the shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
  • 'Shanghai': A Rom-Com Look At Americans In China
    The romantic comedy Shanghai Calling tells a fish-out-of-water story about a New York attorney on assignment in China. Frank Langfitt went to the Shanghai premiere and spoke with Chinese-American director Daniel Hsia about the film and the growing number of American professionals in China.
  • Facebook Fires Back In Patent Dispute With Yahoo
    The social networking site says Yahoo products, including the photo-sharing site Flicker, are infringing on 10 of its patents. Facebook's legal action is a counter-claim to a suit filed by Yahoo last month, which also claims 10 patent infringements. The pending court battle is a distraction for Facebook as it prepares to go public — a move that could see the company valued at up to $100 billion.
  • Murdoch Resigns From British Satellite TV Giant
    James Murdoch is stepping down as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting. News Corp has long sought control of the profitable broadcaster. But the involvement of News Corp executives in the tabloid phone-hacking scandals has called into question the company's fitness to run BSkyB.
  • Nokia Aims For Comeback With New Phone
    Nokia was once the most valuable company in Europe, a pioneer in mobile phone technology. But Nokia has been left behind by competitors in the smartphone market. Now the Finnish company is betting its future on a new phone that uses a Microsoft operating system.
  • Williams-Sonoma Launches Agrarian Collection
    The New York Times reports that Williams-Sonoma, the maker of cooking pots and appliances, now wants to get you out of the kitchen and into the backyard. The Agrarian Collection includes everything you need to grow your own food.

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