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Mom Makes Toys R Us Pull 'Breaking Bad' Dolls

Toys R Us is pulling its collectible action figures based on the characters of AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.


Mormons Expose Mysteries of Underwear

The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video while admonishing ridicule from outsiders.


US Stocks Have Their Best Day of the Year

The U.S. stock market logged its biggest gain of the year as investors applauded solid earnings from U.S. companies and economic growth in China.


ISIS Producing $800 Million in Oil a Year

Oil production by ISIS has reached the equivalent of more than $2 million a day, according the global source of information and analytics IHS.


Utah May Pull Plug on Daylight Saving Time

Utah lawmakers are considering stopping the practice of changing clocks for daylight saving time after hearing popular support for the measure in a survey.


Rural Areas Seek a Piece of Subprime-loan Settlement

Subprime loans were distributed in the rural U.S. at even higher rates on average than in metropolitan counties. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help.


'Ghost' Caught on Camera at Haunted Hospital

Paranormal investigators said they captured footage of a ghost at a British medical center famous for specter sightings.


Why Are Energy Prices Falling?

Both demand and supply are contributing to a drop in a market that was stable for almost three years at $100 a barrel.


Unemployment Fell in Most States in September

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns.


Volatility No Reason to Bail on Stock Market

The stock market's big swings have raised concerns about how much longer the five-year bull market can last, but the volatility is no reason to abandon the market, say professional investors and strategists.


Total SA CEO Margerie Killed in Moscow

Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.


NY Court: Ex-ball Boys Can Sue Boeheim For Slander

New York's highest court has reinstated the slander lawsuit by two former Syracuse University ball boys against basketball head coach Jim Boeheim.


Turner Channels Removed From Dish Amid Pact Spat

Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement.


Ebola: Why Do Some Die and Others Don't?

Although Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too.


SF Youths Gain a Win Over Tech Bros

Teenage soccer players in San Francisco won an off-field victory over the city's technology workers after a videotaped confrontation gained national attention.


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