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Tornadoes hit Oklahoma City area, airport evacuated

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A series of tornadoes, including a major twister, touched down southwest of Oklahoma City on Wednesday, flipping cars and causing severe flooding and the escape of bears from an exotic wildlife park, officials said.

Business

Gas prices or economy, experts disagree on what drives U.S. demand

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans hit the road in record numbers this winter, reigniting a long debate that may determine whether global oil markets hold steady or tumble anew. But many economists and academics are split on whether prices matter when it comes to gasoline demand.

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Al Jazeera America says replaces CEO

(Reuters) - Al Jazeera Media Network said on Wednesday it had replaced the chief executive of its U.S. network, Ehab Alshihabi, in a move that follows reports of several staff departures and a lawsuit claiming wrongful employment.

Life

J&J to consult ethicists on requests for experimental drugs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson will become the first pharmaceutical company to formally seek advice from outside medical ethicists on "compassionate use" requests, in which desperate patients ask drugmakers to let them take an experimental medication, the company announced on Thursday.

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Technology

Samsung Elec says new South Korea chip plant to start production in first half of 2017

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its new $14 billion South Korean chip plant, which is expected to help drive growth as smartphone earnings slow, will start production sometime in the first half of 2017.

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