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Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don’t buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

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Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

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Union Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17% by hauling 8% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates.

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Workforce layoffs are becoming rare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

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Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

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General Motors profit falls 85% on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) — Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors’ bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

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Obama slams company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

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California AG to help illegals get lawyers

WEST SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California’s attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.

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Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California’s high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley.

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Los Banos man gets 14 years for raping men in bathroom

LOS BANOS  (AP) — A Central California man has been sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison following his conviction on charges that he drugged and raped two men.

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Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down in Cotati

COTATI  (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 6:27 p.m. | | Outcry saves rare redwood from  being chopped down in Cotati Comments 0 Comments

Fire season in expected to get much worse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

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Salmon, steelhead get help

FRESNO  (AP) — State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled ambitious plans aimed at helping endangered salmon and steelhead thrive again in Central California rivers.

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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution got underway

PHOENIX (AP) — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

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Senator: PTSD made him plagiarize

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars’ work in his thesis to earn a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

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