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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Orleans recycling smoked cigarette butts

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Reno convention bookings up 49%

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Northern Nevada tourism officials say they’ve seen a significant spike in convention bookings, but continue to struggle with a drop in government business because of a misconception that casino resorts cost more than other hotels.

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Univ. of Phoenix faces government financial aid review

NEW YORK (AP) — Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary.

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Consumer bureau sues law firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued a major debt collection law firm on Monday, alleging it is a “mill” that produces shoddy, mass-produced credit-card collection lawsuits.

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Citigroup to pay $7B in mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

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1,153 Trump Plaza workers to lose jobs

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Job losses at Trump Plaza when the Atlantic City casino shuts down in September will be even worse than expected.

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