From the Wires

Merck & Co. to buy Idenix

Reuters: The drugmakers purchased Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $3.85 billion to boost its hepatitis C drugs portfolio.

The American Dream is out of reach

CNN: Young adults, age 18 to 34, feel the American Dream is unattainable, with 63% saying it's impossible.

World honors D-Day's fallen, 70 years on

BBC: Almost 2,000 veterans and world leaders gathered at Sword Beach in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France.

GM fires 15 employees over recall failures

WSJ: General Motors Co. dismissed 15 employees after a "troubling" report revealed why it took the auto maker 11 years to recall defective cars.

Pollution linked to irregular heartbeat and lung clotting

BBC: Research suggests that air pollution is linked to an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung.

Google announces digital encryption service

Businessweek: Officially named "End-to-End," the Chrome Web browser extension will encrypt one's digital message which will remain encrypted until the intended recipient decodes it.

CDC: One in 5 restaurant employees works with norovirus symptoms

USA Today: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that food handlers cause about 70% of norovirus outbreaks related to contaminated food.

Automakers report strong uptick in May sales

Reuters: Automakers reported higher-than-expected new car sales in the United States in May.

EPA proposal wants CO2 emissions cut by 2030

WSJ: The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a draft rule that seeks to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30% from existing power plants by 2030.

Is U.S. manufacturing poised for a comeback?

WSJ: The number of factory jobs has risen to more than 12 million in the past four years.

Learning a second language slows brain aging

BBC: A study has found that learning a second language, even in adulthood, has positive effects on the brain.

Dish network to accept bitcoin payments

NYT: Dish customers will be able to make manual payments in Bitcoin beginning in the third quarter.

Study: Nearly 29% of world population is overweight

WSJ: The prevalence of people overweight of obese jumped 27.5% for adults; 47.1% for kids from 1980 to 2013.