From the Wires

AT&T pursues DirecTV

NYT: The country's second-largest wireless carrier is in talks to purchase the largest U.S. satellite television provider for at least $50 billion.

Hillshire acquires rival food firm Pinnacle

BBC: U.S. food firm Hillshire Brands purchased its rival, Pinnacle Foods, for $6.6 billion.

U.S. cervical cancer rate higher than previously thought

CBS: A study shows the rate is up 55% among all women.

McDonalds tests seasoned french fries

Salon.com: McDonald’s says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday.

Apple close to buying Beats for $3.2 billion

Reuters: Both companies are hashing out details and the envisioned deal could still fall through.

Fast food workers plan to strike in 150 cities

CNN: Fast food workers have been calling on their employers to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

CO2 reduces nutrients in major food crops

BBC: A new study reports that rising levels of carbon dioxide worldwide will significantly affect the nutrient content of crops.

WSJ Twitter account hacked

CNN: The Wall Street Journal Twitter account was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

WHO: Maternal deaths falling worldwide

BBC: New figures show that maternal deaths worldwide have dropped by 45% since 1990.

Office Depot shares up 20%

Forbes: News that the retailer will close 400 stores by 2016 sent Office Depot shares soaring.

World facing polio health emergency

BBC: The World Health Organization declared the spread of polio as an international public health emergency.

Coca-Cola drops flame retardant ingredient in sports drink

TIME: The company will no longer use brominated vegetable oil, which has been linked to a flame retardant, in its Powerade sports drink.

Study: Young blood rejuvenates older animals

CBS: Older mice who were given blood and blood proteins from young mice showed improved muscle and brain function.