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Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 2009 law that raised federal taxes to discourage smoking cost the U.S. government billions of dollars in lost revenue as manufacturers relabeled products and consumers shifted to cheaper pipe tobacco and large cigars, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Tuesday.

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Toyota says first-half global sales rise 3.8 pct

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> said its first-half groupwide global sales rose 3.8 percent to 5.097 million vehicles, achieving a record for first-half sales as its reign at the top of the global auto industry comes under threat from Volkswagen AG .

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U.S. attorneys want out of sex-abuse case against 'X-Men' director

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The attorneys for the man who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a minor have asked to be withdrawn from the case, according to a filing on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hawaii.

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Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final, has quit as national team coach with Gerardo Martino or Jose Pekerman in line to succeed him, Argentine media reported on Tuesday.

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OkCupid experiment may violate FTC rules on deceptive practices

(Reuters) - OkCupid’s disclosure that the popular dating website intentionally misled couples about their suitability could open it up to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission inquiry, according to lawyers and experts in consumer-protection law.

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