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  • Syria Accused Of Repeatedly Using Chemical Weapons
    Officials from France, Britain and Israel claim chemical weapons have been used in Syria. President Obama has warned Syria that the use of chemical weapons would be a red line. U.S. officials say they are looking into the latest allegations of chemical-weapons use but have not come to the same conclusions that others have.
  • Boston Business Owners Allowed To Return To Bombing Site
    In Boston on Tuesday, residents and business owners on Boylston Street were allowed to return for the first time since last week's bombings. They returned to stores with windows blown out, restaurants with the remains of uneaten meals still sitting on tables and barricades to keep the public away from the scene.
  • Coffee For A Cause: What Do Those Feel-Good Labels Deliver?
    It doesn't take much effort to find bags of coffee with labels that promise social and environmental improvements. But each one of these certification programs promises something different for the farmer and the land — and every promise involves some compromises.
  • People On Terrorism Watch List Not Blocked From Buying Guns
    Under current laws, if a background check shows your name is on the national terror watch list, you can still purchase a gun. Government data show that people on terrorism watch lists were able to buy guns or explosives after a background check more than 1,300 times between 2004 and 2010.
  • Donations Pour In To Help Marathon Bombing Victims
    Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing, local officials set up the One Fund Boston to collect and distribute donations to help the victims. The fund was set up by Mayor Thomas Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick to help coordinate aid, and to avoid some of the acrimony over donations that has followed past tragedies.
  • How Anger Has Festered In Russia Republic Of Chechnya
    Two Chechen brothers are the main suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. David Greene talks to author Oliver Bullough about life in Chechnya, and the experience of Chechen immigrants. Among other books, Bullough is the author of: Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus.
  • Apple Moves To Win Back Investor Confidence
    Apple says it will pay out $100 billion to its shareholders in stock buy backs and increased dividends by the end of 2015. On Tuesday, the company announced its first profit decline in a decade. Slowing sales of the Apple iPhone are blamed for the disappointing profit results.
  • Fake Tweet Causes Financial Markets To Drop
    The Dow Jones Average plunged Tuesday afternoon, but recovered quickly after it was revealed that an Associated Press tweet about explosions at the White House was fake. The AP acknowledged that its Twitter account had been hacked.
  • For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields
    Corn production was down last year thanks to drought. This year, conditions are too cold and wet for farmers to plant the crop. Without a break in the clouds pretty soon, there may be another shortage of the crop at harvest time.
  • Career Survey: Actuary Is No. 1 Job
    People who measure risk and uncertainty ranked in the top spot of the survey by CareerCast.com. At the bottom of the list with reporters are flight attendants, roofers, mail carriers, meter readers, dish washers and lumber jacks.

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