Q. I enjoy reading your column, but I must complain that sometimes you are too long winded in your answers. Why can't you answer a simple question with a simple answer?
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.
• ALIBABA OPENS DATA CENTER IN SILICON VALLEY: SAN JOSE (AP) - The cloud-computing unit of Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is making its first foray into the U.S. by opening a data center in Silicon Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue.
NEW YORK (AP) - News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. is cutting several thousand jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?
NEW YORK (AP) - The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.
NEW YORK (AP) - If you're shopping at Costco, you'll need a new credit card to pay for those family-sized packs of chicken breasts or toilet paper.
OAKLAND (AP) - The minimum wage in Oakland is now the highest in the San Francisco Bay Area.
SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay's PayPal payment unit is acquiring mobile wallet operator Paydient ahead of PayPal's spinoff as the mobile payment sector heats up.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers.