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Prison time for making, selling counterfeit music

FRESNO - Victor Puga Quiroz, 28, of Modesto, and Martin Munoz Peralta, 40, of San Jose, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement and traffic in counterfeit labels, illicit labels and counterfeit documentation and packaging.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Coca-Cola denies Monster drink acquisition rumors

NEW YORK (AP) - Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares soared on Monday following a report that Coca-Cola Co. was considering buying the energy drink maker, but the world's biggest soft drink maker later denied the discussions are under way.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


E! Entertainment network plans refurbishing

NEW YORK (AP) - The Kardashians' television neighborhood is getting a refurbishing.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Census: Homeownership hit 15-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American dream of homeownership is at its lowest point in 15 years, the latest evidence of a housing market still far from recovering five years after the housing crash.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft says raid damaged operation

BALTIMORE (AP) - Microsoft and the banking industry Monday provided a detailed, behind-the-scenes account of an operation they said disrupted a major cybercrime operation that used malicious software to allegedly steal $100 million from consumers over the last five years.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


World Trade Center is back on top in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) - One World Trade Center, the monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, claimed the title of New York City's tallest skyscraper on Monday, as workers erected steel columns that made its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, just enough to peek over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Delta buys a refinery in bid to cut its fuel bill

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Delta Air Lines is buying a refinery in a novel - and some say risky - attempt to slice $300 million a year from its escalating jet fuel bill.

April 30, 2012 | | Nationwide


Looking for a few good boomers to help others

WASHINGTON (AP) - Local charities and nonprofits are looking for a few good baby boomers - well, lots of them, actually - to roll up their sleeves to help local schools, soup kitchens and others in need.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Dow regains ground it lost in April; Amazon surges

NEW YORK (AP) - It took a while, but the Dow Jones industrial average finally gained back all its losses for the month.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Social Security outlook: Reform, Yes, panic, no

I was all set to submit a column to my editor with reactions to the fact sheet I recently offered my readers called "When to Take Your Social Security Benefits." But then I woke up this morning to this headline in my morning paper: "Social Security Drain is Gaining Momentum." It was yet another news report predicting the demise of our nation's bedrock retirement insurance program. So I'm delaying that practical column about the best time to sign up for Social Security to write a more politically-charged newspaper story dealing with the hot button issue of Social Security ...

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Oak Valley net income rises to $1.4M during first quarter of 2012

OAKDALE − Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, has reported consolidated financial results.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


April: Financial literacy month

April is Financial Literacy Month - a nationwide effort to "highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits," according to Wikipedia. Yes, the effort to spread the word about the importance of financial skills and capability has earned a place in our national consciousness, spurred on by the results of the mortgage crisis.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart offers online shoppers a "cash" option

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart shoppers now will be able to pay cash for online purchases.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


House OKs student loan bill, ignores Obama veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans defied a veto threat and the House voted Friday to prevent federal loan costs from doubling for millions of college students. The vote gave the GOP a momentary election-year triumph on a bill that has become enmeshed in partisan battles over the economy, women's issues and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ford first quarter earnings fall on Europe slump, tax rate

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co. has tidied up North America, sweeping out old products and excess costs. But the rest of the world keeps making a mess.

April 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

SAN JOSE (AP) - She's a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail, or squatting at someone else's house for 30 years.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Firms post most jobs in 7 years in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Math, science grads earn top dollar

WASHINGTON (AP) - What you study - math and science are a plus - seems to matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Luxury Rolls-Royce car sales soar

LONDON (AP) - They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Settlement reached in Remington suit

ST. LOUIS (AP) - One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.

July 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


After Aereo, what’s next for Internet TV?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ikea raises hourly pay for US retail workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Nike 4th quarter net income tops estimates

NEW YORK (AP) - Nike's fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 5 percent as higher revenue in most geographic regions offset heavy investments in marketing for the World Cup soccer tournament.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks move lower on Wall Street, led by banks

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, with banks posting some of the biggest declines.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Study: Angelenos spend more on housing than others

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study finds half of households in metropolitan Los Angeles spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage payments - the highest rate among U.S. cities.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Analysts predict slower June sales for GM

DETROIT (AP) - A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.

June 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google shows off new Android gadgets at conference

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Stocks edge higher despite economic data

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market inched modestly higher Wednesday, recovering more than half of what it lost the day before, as investors were able to set aside two disappointing economic reports.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Justices rule for broadcasters in fight with Aereo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Moody’s upgrades California’s credit to Aa3

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's credit rating is rebounding, reflecting the relative stability of its state budget.

June 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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