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CPUC backs gas plant near San Diego

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utility regulators Thursday opened the way for development of a natural gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, perhaps one of the last of its kind in California as the state pushes toward a green energy future.

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PayPal’s chief promises new services for a mobile world

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As PayPal prepares to split from its corporate parent, its new chief executive is promising to expand the popular online payment system, adding a variety of services for consumers to use when shopping on their phones or in traditional stores.

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Kaiser Manteca earns high marks from U.S. News & World Report

Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center has been rated high performing in heart failure treatment in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings released this week. The ratings evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. 

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IRS refunding $10M to tax preparers who paid to take test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is refunding a total of $10 million to thousands of tax preparers who paid to take a competency test, the agency announced Thursday.

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Ready for liquor bottles smart enough to talk smart phones?

PLEASANTON (AP) — The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle.

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HP’s 2nd quarter earnings slip

PALO ALTO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.’s earnings slipped in the latest quarter as the long-slumping technology company struggled to boosts its sales while preparing to split up its operations.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:10 p.m. | | HP’s 2nd quarter earnings slip Comments 0 Comments

Shoppers could soon have difficulty finding meat’s origin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where some of their red meat comes from.

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Court agrees Samsung copied Apple, but tosses some damages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a jury’s finding that Samsung illegally copied some patented features in Apple’s iPhone, but it sided with Samsung on one point that could reduce the $930 million in damages the South Korean company had been ordered to pay.

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Smart mirrors boost clothing sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine a fitting room with a “smart” mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

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Olive Garden rolling out Breadstick sandwiches

NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden’s plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it’s known for and make sandwiches out of them.

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Fox calling end to ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox is lowering the curtain on “American Idol,” ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

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Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit files for $100M IPO

NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, on Thursday filed for an initial public offering worth up to $100 million.

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Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators’ fears about a giant cable company’s control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers.

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Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

NEW YORK (AP) — It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights.

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Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones.

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Posted: apr. 29, 2015 10:38 p.m. | | Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps Comments 0 Comments

FDA approves injection for melting away double-chin fat

NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it approved an injection designed to melt away double-chin fat.

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Corinthian students may loans forgiven

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top education official said Wednesday that the 16,000 former Corinthian Colleges students who saw their campuses abruptly close this week will automatically have their federal student loans discharged — but only if they agree to forgo any credits they earned at the schools.

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Forget the watch: Apple’s iPhones are still main event

CUPERTINO  (AP) — The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple’s phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch.

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Corinthian closes remaining 28 campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.

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North Dakota farmers planting crop to be made into jet fuel

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota farmers this year have agreed to plant 6,000 acres of a crop that can be made into jet fuel.

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Google lavishes chairman with $109M pay package

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company’s stock slumped.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 9:52 p.m. | | Google lavishes chairman with $109M pay package Comments 0 Comments

Nasdaq sets record high, 15 years after dot-com bubble

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 9:52 p.m. | | Nasdaq sets record high, 15 years after dot-com bubble Comments 0 Comments

Trucking group urges move to speed limiters

DETROIT (AP) — The nation’s largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 7:22 p.m. | | Trucking group urges move to speed limiters Comments 0 Comments

Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

NEW YORK (AP) — This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

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Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 12:48 a.m. | | Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors Comments 0 Comments

Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn’t as easy as it used to be.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 12:48 a.m. | | Don’t panic, college seniors:  Jobs for grads likely to grow Comments 0 Comments

WikiLeaks site creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony’s hacking problems aren’t over yet.

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US prescription drugs pending jumped 13%

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. spending on prescription drugs soared last year, driven up primarily by costly breakthrough medicines, manufacturer price hikes and a surge from millions of people newly insured due to the Affordable Care Act.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 7:18 p.m. | | US prescription drugs pending jumped 13% Comments 0 Comments

NY attorney general questions work practices of 13 retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s attorney general has launched an inquiry into 13 major retailers, questioning the practice of keeping workers on call for shifts on short notice and possible violations of the state requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four hours when they report for work.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 7:18 p.m. | | NY attorney general questions work practices of 13 retailers Comments 0 Comments

Veggies take center plate as healthy fast food expands

MIAMI (AP) — They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don’t want it to taste like it’s good for them.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 7:18 p.m. | | Veggies take center plate as healthy fast food expands Comments 0 Comments

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review

CHICAGO (AP) — Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven’t been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2015 7:55 p.m. | | Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review Comments 0 Comments

Starbucks to expand online tuition program

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says its workers can now have four years of tuition covered for an online college degree from Arizona State University instead of just two, marking the latest sign that companies are rethinking their treatment of low-wage workers.

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Uber’s popularity surges with business travelers avoiding taxis

NEW YORK (AP) — Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies.

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Posted: apr. 06, 2015 7:53 p.m. | | Uber’s popularity surges with business travelers avoiding taxis Comments 0 Comments

Samsung’s profit forecast beats estimate

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter operating income likely beat analysts’ consensus.

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LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.

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Mexican growers offer 15% in bid to settle Baja farm strike

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico’s Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 9:03 p.m. | | Mexican growers offer 15% in bid to settle Baja farm strike Comments 0 Comments

McDonald’s to test all-day breakfast next month

NEW YORK (AP) — A McMuffin for dinner? It might happen, as McDonald’s plans to test an all-day breakfast at some locations in the San Diego area starting next month.

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Amazon.com offering to help get jobs done around the house

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.

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Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj offer streaming service

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

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Volvo Cars plans to open US plant

DETROIT (AP) — Volvo Cars is planning to build its first-ever U.S. assembly plant as part of a push to increase sales here.

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StubHub sues Ticketmaster

NEW YORK (AP) — StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster’s resale exchange.

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Tesla to unveil new product likely a battery

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it’s not a car.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 9:02 p.m. | | Tesla to unveil  new product likely a battery Comments 0 Comments

When corporations make mistakes

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tempest in a coffee cup.

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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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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 10:07 p.m. | | Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi  takes back No. 2 sales spot Comments 0 Comments

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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