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California jobless rate dips below 10%

SACRAMENTO (AP) - After a long twilight, business is booming again at Matt Construction as high-end orders come in for hotels and office complexes.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


FDA: Fast-growing fish would not harm nature or people

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


It's all-hands-on-deck for final retail gift push

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - With the final retail push under way, L.L. Bean CEO Chris McCormick is playing Santa's helper against a backdrop of conveyor belts and beeping front-end loaders as he boxes up slippers and shirts. But there's little time to reflect on the holiday cheer those gifts will bring because he's busy concentrating to make sure no shipments go astray.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hostess expects to split up snack cakes in sale

NEW YORK (AP) - Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Disney completes Lucasfilm acquisition

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Disney says it has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.06 billion in cash and stock.

December 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook tests $1 fee for messages to non-friends

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook says it is testing a service that will charge users $1 to guarantee that messages they send to people they are not connected to arrive in users' inboxes, rather than in an often-ignored folder called "other."

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


All we want for Christmas is our gifts to arrive on time!

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Santa's sleigh be late?

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


US Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter offers users scrapbook of past tweets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is offering its more than 200 million users a chance to keep a digital scrapbook of all their tweets.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple appeals decision in case against Samsung

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple filed an appeal Thursday of a judge's refusal to bar some Samsung smartphones from the U.S. market, extending one of several legal battles raging around the world between the two tech giants.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Funds reconsider investments in gun makers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers and confronting an uncomfortable fact: Their pensions have supported the manufacture of deadly weapons, in some cases the same type of gun used in the Connecticut school shooting.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business Briefs

OLIVE GARDEN OWNER SHIFTS COURSE TO FOCUS ON DEALS: NEW YORK (AP) - After new ad campaigns touting the quality of its food failed to spark sales, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster is retooling its strategy to attract diners with more promotional deals.

December 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Watchdog: Fannie, Freddie may have lost over $3 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal watchdog has found that government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may have lost more than $3 billion from big banks' alleged rigging of a key interest rate.

December 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Discounts abound as stores try to salvage season

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never.

December 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google launches 'scan and match' music service

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Google is turning on a "scan and match" service for Google Music users to store copies of their songs online, offering for free what Apple charges $25 a year for.

December 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints from recordings to fight fraud

LONDON (AP) - "This call may be monitored."

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Aaron’s rent-to-own to pay $28 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest chain of rent-to-own furniture and appliance stores has agreed to pay $28.4 million to settle a case in which it allegedly violated California's consumer protection and privacy laws, attorney general Kamala Harris announced Monday.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Houston Astros improvement costs mogul

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros' improvement this year from baseball's worst team cost a Houston furniture mogul Jim McIngvale more than $4 million to make good on a promise to fans.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s invites icky questions about its food to counter erroneous perceptions

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Drug agency sued over its fake Facebook account

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case in hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Oil firms fined for risk to water

FRESNO (AP) - California has fined two oil companies a total of nearly a half-million dollars for dumping oilfield fluid into unlined pits in Kern County.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Health law waivers: Are they too complicated to claim?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


US to delay enforcing rule for home-care workers protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying enforcement of its initiative to extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly 2 million home-care workers.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds give oyster farm until year’s end to vacate

POINT REYES (AP) - A popular family-owned oyster farm whose lease at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California has expired will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under a legal agreement with the federal government announced Monday.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can Hewlett-Packard survive the tablet trend?

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer sales have been in a slump for years, as customers flock to increasingly powerful smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Now Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley stalwart that was once the world's biggest seller of personal computers, is splitting off its PC and printing businesses. It's the latest shakeup in a tech industry that's being reshaped by the mobile revolution.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can a football stadium be as ‘smart’ as a phone?

SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's a tough challenge for the National Football League to entice fans off their comfy couches and into stadiums when ticket prices are almost as high as the sport's TV ratings.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


New car technology may not lower insurance rates

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Facebook tightens research guidelines

CUPERTINO (AP) - Facebook has tightened its research guidelines following uproar over its disclosure this summer that it allowed researchers to manipulate users' feeds to see if their moods could be changed.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


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