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CHINA-THE NEW NORMAL

GUJIAO, China — From coal country to the export-driven manufacturing heartland of China's southeast, millions of people are enduring wrenching change. Beijing is trying to replace an economic model that has run out of steam after delivering years of blistering growth based on trade and investment in construction and heavy industry. By Joe McDonald. SENT: Thursday, 940 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-WHEN YOUR PRODUCT GOES VIRAL

NEW YORK — Whether it's a news story, a tweet from a celebrity or a review that gets passed around so much that it goes viral, instant social media fame can catapult sales of a product. For small businesses that have unexpectedly stumbled into the spotlight, the sudden attention can create short-term sweat that builds into longer-term success. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: Thursday, 910 words, photos.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HBO NOW

SAN FRANCISCO — HBO's stand-alone streaming service is launching in a few weeks. Here are some things to know before you rush out to cancel your cable or satellite service. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: Thursday, 630 words, photo and interactive quiz.

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OF MUTUAL INTEREST-SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS Q&A

Audrey Choi, CEO of Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing, talks about the move within the industry to offer more mutual funds that look to invest with an eye toward the environment or society at large. By Stan Choe. UPCOMING: Thursday, 800 word.

HIGHER COSTS FOR DRUGS

Roughly 5 million people in the U.S. rely on a growing class of medicines known as specialty drugs for complex conditions such as Hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis. The therapies conquer or control diseases that were once almost untreatable, but they can cost more than $80,000 for a single course of treatment and bury patients in debt. Patient advocates expect the problem to worsen. By Tom Murphy. SENT: Wednesday, 1,050 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-MORTGAGE SHOPPING

Tips on how to get the best deal on a mortgage. By Alex Veiga SENT: Wednesday, 940 words.

JAPAN-TSUNAMI-SOY SURVIVOR

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — The recovery of a ninth-generation family soy sauce producer devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami is a testament to human survival, the power of tradition and modern-day crowd-funding. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: Tuesday, 950 words, photos.

DIGITAL LIFE-REVIEW-APPLE WATCH VS OTHER SMARTWATCHES — Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch. A look at what's out so far and how they stack up with Apple Watch. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: Tuesday, 860 words, photos.

OIL TRAIN DERAILMENTS-Q&A

WASHINGTON — Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February, rupturing tank cars, spilling their contents, polluting waterways and igniting spectacular fires that burned for days. The Associated Press asked rail and hazardous materials safety experts about what's causing these accidents and what can be done to stop them. By Joan Lowy. SENT: Tuesday, 860 words, photo.

CREDIT REPORT-CHANGES-Q&A

NEW YORK — Disputing a mistake on your credit report could get easier and the effects of medical debt less severe under changes being made by the three largest credit-reporting agencies. By Michelle Chapman and Alex Veiga. SENT: Monday, 660 words, photos.

BULL MARKET-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY-Q&A

NEW YORK — In 2009 the housing market had collapsed, Lehman Brothers had gone under, the U.S. was in a deep recession and stocks had plunged 57 percent from their high in Oct. 2007. Fast forward six years, and investors are enjoying one of the longest bull markets since the 1940s. By Steve Rothwell. SENT: Monday, 1,090 words, photos, graphic, interactive.

EUROPE-STIMULUS-FIVE THINGS

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank has hit the launch button on its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program by starting to buy government bonds. Here are five things to know about the program and its effects. By David McHugh. SENT: Monday, 780 words.