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Last Update on May 26, 2015 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: CHARTER COMMUNICATION NEARS DEAL WITH TIME WARNER

UNDATED (AP) -- Looks like Time Warner Cable has another suitor for a corporate marriage. Charter Communications is said to close to sealing a deal that will see it walk the aisle with Time Warner. The "dowry" -- about $55 billion, according to people familiar with the talks. One source says the deal may be announced today. Charter wanted Time Warner before, but Time Warner chose a $45 billion offer from Comcast instead. Comcast walked away from the deal after regulators hinted it wouldn't fly -- so Charter may get Time Warner on the rebound. Cable companies are losing subscribers and facing more pressure from online services like Netflix and Amazon for consumers who watch TV over broadband connections.

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IN THE NEWS: FISHING BY COMPUTER

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Sure, you see it laying on all that crushed ice in your supermarket counter. But what do you really know about the seafood you buy for yourself and your family? Computers may end up being pressed into service to help people selling New England seafood to help consumers know the backstory of that slab of haddock. The technology lets would-be buyers click on a QR code on the seafood packaging. The link can take the person to information about where the fish was caught, what company caught it -- and other information. It's hoped the electronic link from fishing net to shopping cart will help area watermen tout the benefits of local seafood.

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