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Thailand tourism industry adapts to coup, curfew

Tourists enjoy Thailand’s white beaches and popular nightclubs despite curfews after a recent military coup. Hotels and businesses, however, have been offering promotions and “staycations” to entice more visitors after increasing trip cancellations





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Ukraine, Russia operations intensify; dozens dead

The Ukrainian government’s anti-insurgent operation heightens with one of the heaviest assaults by Ukrainian government forces yet. Recently-elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vows to negotiate a peaceful unification and end to the insurgency.


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Pakistani woman slain in ‘honor killing’

Farzana Parveen was stoned to death by her father, brothers and other relatives outside a Lahore courthouse for a marriage that was not arranged by her family. Such marriages are the norm and hundreds of women are murdered every year as punishment for adultery or illicit sexual behavior.


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Federal forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters anticipate a slower Atlantic hurricane season than years past. Despite the slow 2014 season, forecasters and cities are still preparing for the season with new online tools to update residents on storms.




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Wreck near Refugio kills 4

A roundup of Texas news includes George W. Bush’s partial knee replacement; a Nebraska woman eating two Big Texan steaks in 15 minutes; and a planned groundbreaking for the Jimmy Dean Museum.



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Heavy storms bring needed rain to parched Texas

Flash flood watches and thunderstorm warnings spread across Texas as a major storm system travels through the lower half of the state. The system has produced heavy winds and more than five inches of rain in some areas.


Soaring CEO salaries spur pay gap questions

The average employee would have to work 257 years before he or she earned the amount one S&P 500 CEO makes in one year, according to the study. Even after boards of directors changed CEO compensation measures to more accurately reflect performance, the gap is still raising questions about where company money should go.


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5 facts for the 2014 hurricane season

The hurricane seasons begins June 1. Scientists predict a milder-than-average season and hope to study the severe weather systems with remotely-guided drones.


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Drones could improve forecasts of hurricane strength

The machines could supply information about hurricane intensity that could be the difference in deciding whether communities evacuate or not. Weather officials plan to use federal dollars stemming from Hurricane Sandy relief to fund the project.