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Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 sales spot

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

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‘American Idol’-like talent competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For anyone who’s ever dreamed of being on “American Idol” or “The Voice” as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.

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New Samsung, HTC phones out April 10

NEW YORK (AP) — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.

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FACEBOOK’S MESSENGER

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook’s Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.

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House panel passes bill banning IRS from using private email

WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Heinz buys Kraft to build food giant

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies.

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2 Internet provides sue over neutrality

NEW YORK (AP) — The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government’s new Internet traffic rules are “premature” and may be dismissed because they were filed too early.

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SeaWorld counters disparaging documentary

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is mounting a public defense of its animal handling in a new advertising campaign that began Monday, after a highly critical 2013 documentary left the park with declining revenue and attendance.

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Drillers scramble to thwart OPEC

NEW YORK (AP) — OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

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Uber says CFO Brent Callinicos leaving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ride-sharing company Uber said Monday that CFO Brent Callinicos is leaving the company to spend more time with his family.

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McDonald’s workers detail job hazards

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

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Does health go better with Coke? That’s new marketing strategy

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world’s biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

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Cablevision hopes to attract Internet customers with HBO Now

NEW YORK (AP) — Cablevision is offering the new HBO Now online service to its Internet customers, even though the service could persuade more people to drop their cable TV packages.

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DRIVERS OR CONTRACTORS?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two San Francisco federal judges say juries will have to decide whether drivers for Uber and Lyft were independent contractors, or employees of the ride-hailing companies with all of the protections and benefits the state affords regular workers.

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Posted: mar. 12, 2015 9:21 p.m. | | DRIVERS OR CONTRACTORS? Comments 0 Comments

Google browsing system targets unwanted software

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

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Intel cuts 1Q revenue forecast, cites weak desktop PC demand

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Intel’s stock fell Thursday after the giant chipmaker lowered its first-quarter revenue forecast, citing weak demand for business desktop PCs and a strong dollar that affects revenue from overseas sales.

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Household wealth touches record at nearly $83 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by higher stock and home values, Americans’ net worth reached a record high in the final three months of 2014.

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Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.

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World’s tallest observation wheel falls short on riders

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The world’s tallest observation wheel hasn’t quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner.

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A golden MacBook, HBO on your iPhone & the Watch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All eyes were focused on the watch, but Apple CEO Tim Cook also unveiled a new MacBook and announced other deals at a company event Monday in San Francisco.

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FDA keeps warning about suicide on Chantix

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting the drug does not increase those problems.

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Snuggie seller settles charges that it deceived customers

NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind the Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other “As Seen on TV” products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers.

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Google providing car insurance quotes in latest net expansion

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company’s latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.

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FDA study finds hardly any evidence of antibiotics in milk

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

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Ringling Bros. giving up elephant acts

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the “Greatest Show on Earth” will go on without elephants.

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SIZE DOES MATTER

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung’s runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?

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Facebook & NBA: ‘Lean in’ for women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work.

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Uber heads in new mapping direction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.

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McDonald’s chicken drops human antibiotics

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.

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BUSINESS NEWS

• 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.

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Sony plans to launch gaming virtual-reality headset in 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers’ noggins next year.

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Men’s testosterone drugs overused

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.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 9:31 p.m. | | Men’s testosterone drugs overused Comments 0 Comments

Why your laptop battery won’t kill you

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.

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GAS PRICE COLLAPSE?

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.

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Target to cut $2B in costs, 2,000 jobs

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.

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Waze map app to get Amber Alerts

NEW YORK (AP) — The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.

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HP’s big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks

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.

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Google selling wireless plans in bid to get more people online

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 9:30 p.m. | | Google selling wireless plans  in bid to get more people online Comments 0 Comments

Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, nears high

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.

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Costco’s deal with Visa, Citi

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.

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Minimum wage in Oakland jumps to $12.25 an hour

OAKLAND (AP) — The minimum wage in Oakland is now the highest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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PayPal buying mobile wallet provider

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.

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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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