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Wholesale prices rose 1.1 percent last month, triple the rate that had been expected and the second-largest increase in the past 33 years, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. Core inflation, which excludes energy and food, climbed by a less worrisome 0.2 percent in March.

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest seller of firearms, said it plans to institute tougher policies to monitor the retailer's gun business. The news, which was denounced by the National Rifle Association, was shared Monday at a Mayors Against Illegal Guns meeting. Wal-Mart will record images of gun sales, act to weed out criminal buyers, and expand background checks of gun sales personnel.

Hawaii will become the first state to employ radio-frequency identification technology for improving food safety, it said Monday in introducing a three-year pilot program that will use paper-thin antennae stuck onto produce boxes to help track the path of products to market.

Texas district Judge Barbara Walther said Monday she didn't know how the logistics of a massive child custody hearing involving 416 children seized by the state would work on Thursday. More than 350 lawyers from across Texas have volunteered to represent the children removed from the ranch of a renegade Mormon sect, where abuse was reported.

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