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BC-Business News Digest

Business News at 5 p.m.

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Eds: The weekly personal finance column, "On the Money," will not be sent this week. It will resume on Wednesday, April 16.

a¿¿Adds: IRELAND-BANK SCANDAL, FTC-DATA BROKER COMPLAINTS, CITRUS CROP, HEWLETT-PACKARD-SETTLEMENT, TAX POLL

a¿¿Updates: TOYOTA-RECALL, INTERNET SECURITY THREAT, TRAIN SAFETY, BANK OF AMERICA-CREDIT CARD SETTLEMENT, FASHION-BEAUTY BOXES, LA QUINTA-IPO, PANERA REVAMP-Q&A, FED MINUTES, OIL PRICES, WALL STREET

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TOYOTA-RECALL

DETROIT a¿¿ The number of recalled cars in the U.S. is on a record pace, as automakers try to avoid bad publicity and even punishment from a more aggressive government. Toyota announces it is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a spate of problems including air bags that might not inflate. It's part of a worldwide recall of 6.4 million cars and trucks. By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5:30 p.m.

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a¿¿ TOYOTA-RECALL-GLANCE a¿¿ Toyota recalls 6.39 million vehicles globally for safety defects. UPCOMING: 320 words by 5:30 p.m.

INTERNET SECURITY THREAT

SAN FRANCISCO a¿¿ A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. By Michael Liedtke and Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 1,100 words.

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a¿¿ INTERNET SECURITY THREAT-Q&A a¿¿ Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. Here are some answers to common questions about the "Heartbleed" bug and how to protect yourself against it. SENT: 600 words.

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