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The Pulse: Canada hockey wins gold

The Canada women's hockey team winning the gold; and Facebook buying a mobile messaging company. This is "The Pulse."
The Canada women's hockey team winning the gold; and Facebook buying a mobile messaging company. This is "The Pulse."

The Canada women's hockey team took the gold in Sochi Thursday. The Canadians beat the U.S. to win in a 3-2 overtime victory. This marks the fourth consecutive gold medal for the Canadian women's hockey team. The U.S. won the very first gold medal at the event's debut in 1998 and has been trying ever since to recapture the top spot.

Families separated for decades after the Korean War reuniting at a mountain resort in North Korea. The latest reunion included 200 elderly North and South Koreans. Most are in their 80s and 90s and have not seen their loved ones since the war left the Korean Peninsula divided.

President Obama ditching a proposal that would have reduced annual boosts in Social Security benefits. The so-called chained CPI proposal was included in the president's budget last year. It would alter the inflation formula used to determine cost-of-living increases in Social Security checks. The White House is due to release a new budget in March without the chained CPI.

Gap, Inc. announcing this week it will increase the minimum wage it pays $65,000 U.S. employees to at least $9 an hour this June. And by June 2015, it plans to pay workers a minimum of $10 an hour. The announcement is getting praise from President Obama, who's pushing to raise the nation's minimum wage. The company operates The Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta stores.

Facebook is buying WhatsApp. The social media giant is buying the mobile messaging service -- and its 450 million users-- for $19 billion in cash and stock. WhatsApp has only 55 employees, but its app has been adding close to one million users per day. That makes it a potential treasure trove of opportunity for Facebook to dominate mobile messaging.
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