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How Social Media Helps Drive ABC’s ‘Scandal’

ABC‘s D.C. fixer drama <i>Scandal</i> has built big ratings in three seasons with a potent mix of often ridiculous plot twists and creator Shonda Rhimes’ …

Weibo soars in first day of U.S. trading

Chinese social media company Weibo Corp.'s shares climbed 19 percent Thursday, their first day of U.S. trading.<p>Weibo, created four years ago by Chinese online media company Sina Corp., provides a Twitter-like service that allows users to post a feed of up to 140 Chinese characters to share with …

Barnes & Noble chairman trims stake to 20% by selling shares

<b>Barnes & Noble's chairman has trimmed his stake in the bookstore to 20%, by selling shares worth $64m (£38m).</b><p>Leonard Riggio, the company's founder and largest shareholder, said he sold 3.7 million shares on Thursday at $17.30 each.<p>Investors followed suit and the company's shares fell by 12.5% to …

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Chinese Government Admits One Fifth Of Country's Farmland Is Polluted

The report raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.<p>Results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country's soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land.<p>More than …


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Former BP employee pays $224,000 over insider trading charges

<b>A former BP employee, who oversaw the cleanup of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, will pay $224,118 to settle an insider trading charge.</b><p>Keith Seilhan was accused of selling $1m of shares in BP after receiving information about the severity of the spill which was not publicly available …

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Time-Lapse Photography Shows the Gorgeous Luminous Activities of Fireflies

Using long exposure photography, Missouri-based photographer Vincent Brady captures some magical images of luminescent light trails left behind by …

Time-lapse Photography

Underworld: The Intrepid Cave Photography of Robbie Shone | Colossal

<p>Robbie Shone is a British adventure, cave and travel photographer based out of Austria. His adventures have led him to the remotest areas of China, …

Architecture of Density

Photographer Michael Wolf, double winner of the World Press Photo provides us with this series “Architecture of Density” where unretouched pictures …

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Kepler's cool find: Another Earth-size planet<br>STORY:<br>(Photo: Danielle Futselaar)

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If You 'Like' This Brand, You Can't Sue: General Mills Changes Legal Terms

You could be forfeiting certain legal rights simply by ‘liking’ your favorite brand on Facebook. General Mills’ new legal terms dictate that …