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WALL STREET-TWITTER TUMBLE

NEW YORK â¿¿ For decades, computers have been helping people sort through data and news to decide whether to buy or sell stocks. Now the machines seem to have dispensed with the slowpoke humans. Just how big a role computers played in Tuesday's brief market swoon is uncertain. But, according to some experts, when human traders read a fake news tweet and hesitated to buy, the computers took over and went into sell mode. The result, they say, was a market completely on autopilot, at least for a few crucial seconds. What are the risks of such a market and should it be regulated? By Business Writers Bernard Condon and Matthew Craft.

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FALLING GAS PRICES

NEW YORK â¿¿ A sharp decline in the price of oil this month is making gasoline cheaper at a time of year when it typically gets more expensive. It's a relief to motorists and business owners and a positive development for the economy. Nationwide, average retail prices have fallen by 28 cents, or 7 percent, since the end of February to $3.51 per gallon. Analysts say pump prices call fall an additional 20 cents per gallon over the next two months. By Energy Writer Jonathan Fahey.

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FOOD-GAS DRILLERS' DELIGHTS

PENNSDALE, Pa. â¿¿ The land of scrapple and chipped ham is starting to get a taste for jambalaya and boudin. Thanks to an influx of Southerners filling jobs in north-central Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry, a region not often placed on many culinary maps is finding itself flush with the foodways found below the Mason-Dixon line, arguably the source of some of the nation's richest culinary traditions. Suddenly, convenience stores stock sweet tea, barbecue is a hot seller, and the almost Norman Rockwell-quaint Country Store in Pennsdale even makes its own boudin, a pork sausage popular in Louisiana. By Genaro C. Armas.

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AP IMPACT: MILITARY-UNWANTED GEAR

WASHINGTON â¿¿ Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio/Lackland are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force's bid to retire them. Idle aircraft and pricey ship deployments underscore the contradictions as Congress orders the Pentagon to slash hundreds of billions of dollars, even as lawmakers force the services to keep ships, aircraft, military bases, retiree benefits and other programs that defense leaders say they can't afford or won't be able to use. By Lolita C. Baldor.

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BANKS-SALT LAKE SHUFFLE

NEW YORK â¿¿ The annual spring ritual of bank shareholder meetings is starting this week, and two major banks â¿¿ San Francisco-based Wells Fargo and New York-based Goldman Sachs â¿¿ are decamping from their hometowns to Salt Lake City. If the cross-pollination of Mormons and mammon seems strange, it's because the banks historically have held the meetings in their headquarter cities. Critics say they're just trying to avoid the wrath of protesters. By Business Writer Christina Rexrode.

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SANDBERG-LEAN-IN CIRCLES

NEW YORK â¿¿ "If you lean back, you are denying the universe your greatness. So lean in, shout out, and get comfortable with who you are! Tonight is about teamwork," business coach Franne McNeal told some 100 women crowded into a downtown Manhattan office lounge one evening last week. Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer whose best-selling book, "Lean In," inspired the meeting, would surely have been happy with the turnout. By Jocelyn Noveck.

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HOLLYWOOD IN CHINA

Coming soon to a theater near you: China's Communist Party. From demanding changes in plot lines that denigrate the Chinese leadership, to dampening lurid depictions of sex and violence, Beijing is having increasing success in pressuring Hollywood into deleting movie content Beijing finds objectionable. It's even getting American studios to sanction alternative versions of films specially tailored for Chinese audiences, like "Iron Man 3," which debuts in theaters around the world later this week. The Chinese version features local heartthrob Fan Bingbing, absent from the version showing abroad, and lengthy clips of Chinese scenery that local audiences love. By Peter Enav.

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SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK

NEW YORK â¿¿ Crowdfunding has been touted as a windfall for small businesses hoping to raise money. But this online method of soliciting money from investors may be more of a bust for many small business owners. People involved in venture funding say entrepreneurs may find that investors aren't interested if their companies don't have a good track record or the promise of a good return. The Securities and Exchange Commission is still writing rules to govern crowdfunding. In the meantime, experts say, they shouldn't get their hopes too high. By Joyce M. Rosenberg.

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DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 PHONE

NEW YORK â¿¿ I've seen Android phones get better and more powerful over the years, as Google and phone manufacturers pack devices with more and more features. There comes a time, though, when less is more. I'm afraid we've reached that time. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun.

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NEW YORK â¿¿ The BlackBerry has finally caught up to the world of touch-screen smartphones. It took time â¿¿ six years, from the launch of the first iPhone â¿¿ and it may be too late to save the company that makes it. But the BlackBerry deserves to be taken seriously again. By Technology Writer Peter Svensson.

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ON-THE MONEY-PROM SPENDING

Gowns, limos and corsages don't come cheap. Parents are also willing to pay for a growing list of services, from spray tans to makeup artists, in order to give their teenagers a memorable night. By Joseph Pisani.

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