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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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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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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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Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service.

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US settles case over fake Facebook page

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

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Twitter buys ZipDial in bid for users in emerging markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Tuesday that it plans to buy Indian mobile marketing company ZipDial as it tries to reach new users in developing regions.

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Does Airbnb help or hurt affordable housing?

NEW YORK (AP) — They cater to travelers, but Airbnb and other short-term rental sites are sparking debate over an issue few tourists are likely to unpack: affordable housing.

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Cheap oil means spending changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap oil doesn’t only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he’ll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

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BUSINESS NEWS

• AMAZON BRANCHING OUT FROM TV SERIES TO MOVIE PRODUCTION: SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

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Pumpkin seed: Future cash crop for Oregon?

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation’s decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.

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Obama Treasury choice withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Wall Street banker nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department has pulled out of contention for the post in the face of Democratic opposition, a blow to the White House and a victory for the party’s liberal wing.

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Social Security won’t seize tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won’t be seizing their tax refunds.

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Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama’s law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

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NY elected officials take aim at Uber surge pricing

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s turf war on wheels reached fever pitch Monday as City Council members grilled representatives of the app-based Uber service — a fierce competitor of the city’s 13,000 yellow cabs hailed with a flailing hand.

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GADGET SHOW

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

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Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

DALLAS (AP) — If you’ve been putting off a trip abroad because it’s too expensive, start packing your bags.

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Gadgets raise your home’s IQ

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called “smart home,” cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

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Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.

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4M enroll in health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called “an encouraging start.”

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Consumer confidence increases rises in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.

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Chevron allows oversight of refinery flare

RICHMOND (AP) — Chevron has allowed a California county agency to oversee its investigation into a refinery flare that brought large flames and steam visible for miles in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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White Castle’s veggie slider not for dieters

NEW YORK (AP) — White Castle is offering a vegetarian version of its famous sliders, but they’re not necessarily for dieters.

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Court sides with POM Wonderful in beverage fight

PASADENA (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company’s use of the term “pom.”

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Home price growth slows for 11th consecutive month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.

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Chinese access to Gmail cut

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese access to Google Inc.’s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company’s services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring.

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IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax filing season will start on time this year despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress, the IRS said Monday.

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Fake room rentals hurt tourists

HONOLULU (AP) — Scammers who fraudulently advertise Hawaii rental properties have ripped off hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the state, according to Honolulu police, who say it’s difficult to prosecute the con artists because most of them operate out of state.

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Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

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Key decisions on drones likely coming from Congress next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

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It’s down to the wire for online shopping

ATLANTA (AP) — As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.

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Did USA government cause North Korea Internet outages?

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access is “totally down.” The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

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FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign after aircraft near misses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.

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Do heart patients fare better when doctors are away?

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors joke that if you’re going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren’t around.

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FDA blesses new melanoma drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval Monday to a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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Complaints about drones over beaches, homes

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Cameras on drones have provided spectacular videos from Kauai, but residents are filing complaints when the unmanned aircraft fly too close.

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Nordstrom fires worker over post advocating killing police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page.

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California home prices rise cool in November

IRVINE (AP) — California home prices cooled in November as lack of affordability and low inventories kept potential buyers on the sidelines, a research firm said Tuesday.

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Apple wins suit over iPods

OAKLAND (AP) — A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn’t compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

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T-Mobile to let users carry over unused data

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments.

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Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google net searches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.

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Russia raises key rate to its protect ailing economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy.

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 8:40 p.m. | | Russia raises key rate to  its protect ailing economy Comments 0 Comments

‘Driving while black’? There’s an app for that

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A “Driving While Black” smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.

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Teen retailers: Cold shoulder for holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.

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ALMONDS PROVIDE MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS

MODESTO —According to a new study from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), the almond industry supports California’s economic well-being by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion dollars to size of the its total economy.

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Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the new career trade-off:

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No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don’t have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

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Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook in 2014

MENLO PARK (AP) — Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.

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IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren’t eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

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