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Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25

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.

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CBS News releases video in Bill O’Reilly dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News on Monday released video from four stories it aired about the Falklands War in 1982, all part of a dispute involving Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly and his subsequent statements about covering the war.

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Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking’s effects

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s biggest tobacco companies asked a federal appeals court Monday to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking.

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Google teams up with wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aiming to undercut Apple’s latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

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Man wins $1.52M in NJ’s largest online jackpot

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A royal flush led to a king-sized payout for a New Jersey man playing cards online in the state’s largest-ever Internet gambling jackpot.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 8:59 p.m. | | Man wins $1.52M in NJ’s largest online jackpot Comments 0 Comments

‘Modern Family’ episode takes place only online

LOS ANGELES (AP) — How to keep the “modern” in “Modern Family” in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 7:43 p.m. | | ‘Modern Family’ episode takes place only online Comments 0 Comments

Did NSA plant its spyware around world?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?

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Raley’s marks 80th year of its first store

WEST SACRAMENTO — Raley’s Supermarkets marked its 80th year on Sunday.

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Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen device

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 7:43 p.m. | | Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen device Comments 0 Comments

Drugmaker resubmits women’s sex pill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women’s groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 7:38 p.m. | | Drugmaker resubmits women’s sex pill Comments 0 Comments

Ford Motor Co. recognizes Waterford

Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford has been nominated to an exclusive group of Ford Motor Company dealers — 2015 Salute To Dealers.

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Now someone can manage your Facebook after you die

MENLO PARK (AP) — Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

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Posted: feb. 12, 2015 10:37 p.m. | | Now someone can manage  your Facebook after you die Comments 0 Comments

Retailers fret as products languish on ships, docks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won’t have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

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Posted: feb. 12, 2015 10:37 p.m. | | Retailers fret as products  languish on ships, docks Comments 0 Comments

Zynga reports loss of $4.5M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) on Thursday reported a loss of $45.1 million in its fourth quarter.

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Expedia to buy Orbitz, further shift in online travel bookings

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of deals in the online travel industry has increasingly put some familiar names under two corporate umbrellas: Expedia and Priceline.

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Posted: feb. 12, 2015 10:36 p.m. | | Expedia to buy Orbitz, further  shift in online travel bookings Comments 0 Comments

IRS apologizes for seizing small business bank accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

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Posted: feb. 11, 2015 7:08 p.m. | | IRS apologizes for seizing  small business bank accounts Comments 0 Comments

Tesla’s 4Q profit falls on strong dollar, delayed shipments

FREMONT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors’ fourth-quarter loss widened to $107.6 million because of the impact of the strong dollar and a delay in shipments of its new all-wheel-drive Model S sedan.

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Cybersecurity firm FireEye stock up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — FireEye Inc., the high-profile computer security company called in to investigate massive hacks at Sony Pictures and Anthem, reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that show its business is growing but profit so far remains elusive.

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Posted: feb. 11, 2015 7:14 p.m. | | Cybersecurity firm FireEye stock up Comments 0 Comments

Panera beats profit forecasts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — ST. LOUIS (AP) — Panera Bread Co. (PNRA) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $48.5 million.

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Yelp buying East24 online food ordering

NEW YORK (AP) — Competition for online takeout orders is heating up with Yelp’s purchase of Eat24.

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Posted: feb. 10, 2015 7:49 p.m. | | Yelp buying East24 online food ordering Comments 0 Comments

Samsung smart TVs eavesdropping?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing.

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Posted: feb. 10, 2015 7:54 p.m. | | Samsung smart TVs eavesdropping? Comments 0 Comments

Flipboard magazines not just for mobile devices anymore

PALO ALTO (AP) — Smartphones and tablets have been pushing the personal computer aside, thanks in part to popular apps made by mobile-first entrepreneurs like Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.

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Apple sets US record with market value above $700B

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple has set a record on Wall Street: It’s the first U.S. company to be worth more than $700 billion based on the value of its stock at the close of trading Tuesday.

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Posted: feb. 10, 2015 7:48 p.m. | | Apple sets US record with  market value above $700B Comments 0 Comments

California formally opens large solar plant

RIVERSIDE (AP) — One of the nation’s largest solar projects was dedicated Monday in the Riverside County desert, as California rushes to expand its use of green power to meet the state’s renewable energy requirements.

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Is doctor’s office most dangerous place for data?

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud.

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Posted: feb. 09, 2015 7:55 p.m. | | Is doctor’s office most  dangerous place for data? Comments 0 Comments

RadioShack files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — A diminished RadioShack will live on, but its future may lie with Sprint.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2015 8:54 p.m. | | RadioShack files for bankruptcy Comments 0 Comments

Yelp beats Street 4Q forecasts with $32.7 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp Inc. (YELP) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $32.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2015 8:54 p.m. | | Yelp beats Street 4Q forecasts with $32.7 million Comments 0 Comments

Twitter shares flying high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter shares flew nearly 10 percent higher aftermarket, as the messaging service shrank losses and nearly doubled quarterly revenue by drawing more users and expanding its advertising offerings.

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Symantec tops 3Q profit forecasts

MOUNTAIN VIEW  (AP) — Symantec Corp. (SYMC) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $222 million.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2015 8:53 p.m. | | Symantec tops 3Q profit forecasts Comments 0 Comments

Staples buys Office Depot for $6B to keep pace with change

NEW YORK (AP) — Evolving shopping habits have forced yet another retailer to think outside of the box.

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Posted: feb. 04, 2015 8:57 p.m. | | Staples buys Office Depot for  $6B to keep pace with change Comments 0 Comments

Shutdown could be 5 days away

LOS ANGELES (AP) — West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.

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Posted: feb. 04, 2015 8:57 p.m. | | Shutdown could be 5 days away Comments 0 Comments

Samsung launches Tizen-powered TVs

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. is starting domestic sales of televisions powered by its internally developed operating system.

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Posted: feb. 04, 2015 8:56 p.m. | | Samsung launches Tizen-powered TVs Comments 0 Comments

Oil price slumps again as US crude inventories surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices plunged on Wednesday, ending a four-day rally, after the U.S. government reported that crude inventories surged last week.

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Posted: feb. 04, 2015 8:57 p.m. | | Oil price slumps again as US crude  inventories surge Comments 0 Comments

Kohl’s 4Q sales metric tops expectations

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Kohl’s rose Wednesday after the department store operator said it was pleased with its fourth quarter sales and said its base business improved.

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Tech firms hint at more restraint

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology’s big-spending trio of Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com appear to be tightening their belts — at least a notch — in a concession to cost-conscious investors and a strong dollar that’s taking a big bite out of their revenue.

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Posted: feb. 02, 2015 8:13 p.m. | | Tech firms hint at more restraint Comments 0 Comments

Apple plans to sell as much as $6.5B in bonds

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple is planning another large bond sale at a time when investors are paying near record premiums for high-quality bonds.

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Posted: feb. 02, 2015 8:13 p.m. | | Apple plans to  sell as much as  $6.5B in bonds Comments 0 Comments

Viewership record for Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England’s thrilling win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

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HP boss gets raise despite slump

PALO ALTO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard boss Meg Whitman has graduated from the dollar-a-year club, as the struggling company prepares to split up.

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Posted: feb. 02, 2015 8:18 p.m. | | HP boss gets raise despite slump Comments 0 Comments

What does Apple do next?

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been “staggering” and “hard to comprehend.” That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 8:34 p.m. | | What does Apple do next? Comments 0 Comments

Facebook beats profit expectations

MENLO PARK (AP) — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Facebook beats profit expectations Comments 0 Comments

Frenzy forces Vegas White Castle to close

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain’s fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 8:32 p.m. | | Frenzy forces Vegas White Castle to close Comments 0 Comments

What! Facebook’s down? No storm selfies during outage

MENLO PARK (AP) — No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:05 p.m. | | What! Facebook’s  down? No storm selfies during outage Comments 0 Comments

iPhone sales smash records

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

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Yahoo spinning off Alibaba stake

SUNNYVALE (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company’s $39 billion stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding in a move that wards off a potential shareholder rebellion.

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Parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

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IBM denies report of mass layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Calling it “ridiculous” and “baseless,” IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

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Microsoft earnings report doesn’t excite

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft’s quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC.

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George’s Bikes closing, turns into mobile service

George’s Bikes is shuttering its brick-and-mortar location near Ripon’s historic downtown.

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Starbucks’ 1Q profits soar on strong traffic

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks Corp.’s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 8:59 p.m. | | Starbucks’ 1Q  profits soar on  strong traffic Comments 0 Comments

Microsoft to show off more Windows 10 features today

REDMOND, Washington (AP) — Microsoft will use an event today to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 10:47 p.m. | | Microsoft to show off more Windows 10 features today Comments 0 Comments

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