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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A widespread drought that's forcing ranchers to sell off animals has helped shrink the nation's cattle herd to its smallest number in at least four decades.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Viacom and DirecTV fought a bruising bout over fees to a draw Friday and agreed to a long-term deal that ended a 10-day channel blackout.
DETROIT (AP) - Ford says a plug-in electric version of its new C-Max small van will be able to go more than 20 miles on battery power alone, and have a range of 550 miles on a tank of gas.
NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Communications Inc., parent of the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Thursday said its net income rose 13 percent in the second quarter as its wireless arm pulled in record profits.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is getting even better at showing online ads to the right people at the right time. That enabled the Internet search leader to hit analysts' earnings target for the second quarter and reassure investors about the company's moneymaking prowess.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft posted its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company on Thursday as it declared a struggling online ad business a bust and prepared for one of the biggest product updates in its history.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Yahoo is giving its new chief executive Marissa Mayer a compensation package worth more than $59 million over the next several years.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway Inc. said Thursday that its net income fell 16 percent in the second quarter, as the grocery store operator spent more on advertising and rolled out a new loyalty program to stave off growing competition.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Walgreen pharmacy chain will begin filling prescriptions from customers in the Express Scripts network again starting in September under a new multiyear contract that ends a costly impasse between the companies.
DENVER (AP) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s earnings soared more than 61 percent in the second quarter but its shares plunged in Thursday after-hours trading after the popular restaurant chain's revenue growth missed expectations.
SUNNYVALE (AP) - Trouble in the global economy dragged Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s net income down 40 percent in the second quarter, and the world's second-biggest chipmaker warned that revenue will continue to be hurt through the rest of the summer.
SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay Inc. more than doubled its second-quarter net income thanks to higher revenue from its PayPal online payments business and its e-commerce websites.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Yum Brands Inc. was spared more heartburn from a rare profit setback in China thanks in part to Taco Bell's new take on the taco.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE (AP) - Google, so far, has won the search engine wars. Now it wants to target international crime, including Mexico's powerful drug cartels.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is canceling plans for a restaurant in a new hotel being developed in Washington by real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has received a federal funding bonus of $293,000 after reducing the error rate in its 3SquaresVT food assistance program by more than two-thirds, officials said Thursday.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday lost their bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Boston challenging the award of the state's most lucrative casino license to Wynn Resorts.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.
DETROIT (AP) - Slow sales and falling gasoline prices have prompted Honda to stop selling gas-electric hybrid and natural gas-powered versions of its Civic compact car.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bethesda jump started the Electronic Entertainment Expo by showing off the latest installments of "Fallout" and "Doom."
HOUSTON (AP) - Men's Wearhouse said Wednesday it will run tuxedo rental shops in 300 Macy's stores starting this fall, and will also carry a line of tailored clothing from Kenneth Cole.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Automakers should immediately include as standard equipment in all new cars and commercial trucks systems that automatically brake or warn drivers to avoid rear-end collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government will make it easier for more students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to get rid of their federal loans, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost as much as $3.6 billion.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal appeals court says Allegiant Air had the right to make changes in work rules for its pilots.
• Apple Music app cost: $10 a month: Apple says its new Apple Music app will cost $10 a month for one person or $15 a month for a family of up to six people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new college scholarship aimed at providing tuition relief to middle-class families in California has emerged as a sticking point in the Legislature's discussions over higher education spending.
NEW YORK (AP) - PepsiCo is looking to launch a line of "craft" fountain sodas made with sugar in hopes of appealing to people who may shun big soda brands.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The drug industry's decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The first inductees into the new World Video Game Hall of Fame include "Pong," the game that introduced millions to electronic play, "Doom," which triggered a debate over the role of games and violence in society, and "Super Mario Bros.," whose mustachioed hero has migrated to everything from fruit snacks to sneakers.