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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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Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

NEW YORK (AP) - Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.

July 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft earnings for 4Q tops Street

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units - Nokia phones and Bing search - would become profitable in 2016.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly two years

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Five tips to protect yourself from ID theft

NEW YORK (AP) - It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach.

July 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


New Orleans recycling smoked cigarette butts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft : Design central to its future

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food - or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

July 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


What happens to your online accounts when you die?

WASHINGTON (AP) - You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Strong PayPal growth boosts eBay’s 2Q profit

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as strong growth from its PayPal payments business offset lower-than-expected revenue that was hampered by a global password reset after a cyberattack.

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


SoCal hearing addresses oil refinery rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

July 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


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