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Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate sent pastries on Tuesday to a camp of royal watchers waiting outside a London hospital for the birth of their second child. "We're getting close," said Kathy Martin, 50, one of around a dozen of royalist faithful decked out in the colours of the Union Jack flag who have slept outside the London hospital for a week in tents and on benches. Martin was delighted at the box of croissants and apple turnovers from Kensington Palace -- William and Kate's official residence in the British capital. Fellow fan Maria Scott, 44, added: "We get a lot of abuse.
By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. shares rebounded in afternoon trading on Tuesday, boosted by strong earnings from Merck and a dividend hike by IBM, while oil prices pared gains on expectations that U.S. crude stockpiles have reached record highs. Brent crude was last down 8 cents at $64.75 a barrel.