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Oracle's 1Q earnings rise 11 pct despite sales dip for software

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle joined a recent procession of technology companies that have stumbled in a shaky economy, but management's forecast for the next few months seemed to persuade investors the business software maker will quickly regain its stride.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Bay Area briefs

Father of murder suspect tried for molesting girls

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Economists say employment will pick up in Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Employment will pick up slowly this year and next in California with economists expecting the state's unemployment rate to drop to 8.5 percent in 2014.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Higher stock prices help Americans regain wealth

WASHINGTON (AP) - A jump in the stock market and rising home prices are bringing Americans closer to regaining the wealth they lost in the recession.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

New Maps app rare Apple flub

CUPERTINO (AP) - With a touch of geek whimsy, Google Maps warns anyone who seeks walking directions to Mordor -the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings"- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either.

September 20, 2012 | | Nationwide

Groupon launches payments service

NEW YORK (AP) - Groupon launched a payment service Wednesday that allows businesses to accept credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch, becoming the latest company to enter the growing mobile payments market.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide

Trulia prices IPO of 6M shares at $17 each

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Real estate website operator Trulia Inc. said Wednesday it has priced its planned initial public stock offering at $17 each, above its expected range.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide

Premiums inching higher for popular Medicare plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Monthly premiums for popular private insurance plans through Medicare are only inching up next year, the Obama administration said Wednesday, trumpeting good news for skeptical older voters on a closely watched election-year issue.

September 19, 2012 | | Nationwide

Apple closes above $700 for first time

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple's stock closed above $700 for the first time on Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

Odd News

CUSTOMS PROBES USE OF HELICOPTER FOR SCHOOL STUNT: McLEAN, Va. (AP) - After a government helicopter was used in an over-the-top invitation to a high school dance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing the incident and an agency pilot has been reassigned.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

Itochu to buy Dole businesses for $1.7 billion

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

Ford's Mulally: No retirement date set from his role as CEO

DETROIT (AP) - Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday that he hasn't told the company's board when he plans to retire.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

Alaskans to get $878 in yearly oil wealth payout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - It's not much - $878 - but Sina Takafua isn't balking at her first annual payout from Alaska's oil savings account.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

Sesame Street's next chapter: Elmo talks back in two-way conversation

NEW YORK (AP) - Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the "Sesame Street" crew have always talked to kids. Now, they'll try to have a two-way conversation with their pint-sized audience using Kinect, the motion and voice-sensing controller created by Microsoft.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

FedEx says economy is stalling, cuts outlook

NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx Corp. says the global economy is stalling, and it's going to get worse next year.

September 18, 2012 | | Nationwide

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