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Stocks close higher for third day in a row
Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Major U.S. stock indexes notched their third day of gains in a row. Yahoo and Delta Air Lines were among the companies posting big gains...
By Alex Veiga The Associated Press FULL STORY
State home prices surge in March; sales fall
SAN DIEGO — California home prices surged to a six-year high in March amid lackluster sales at the start of the traditional buying season, a research firm said Wednesday. The median sales price for new and existing houses and condominiums reached $376,000, up 5.9 percent from $355,000 the previou...
By Elliot Spagat The Associated Press FULL STORY
Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
WASHINGTON — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from some worker...
By Alan Fram The Associated Press FULL STORY
Google’s 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip
SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet’s most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst proje...
By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press FULL STORY
China’s growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q
BEIJING — China’s economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.4 percent from a year ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo’s recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing may lead to more second-guessing of Yahoo CEO Marissa Maye...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Zoosk files for IPO valued at up to $100 million
NEW YORK — Online dating service Zoosk is filing for an initial public offering worth as much as $100 million. The company says its Behavioral Matchmaking engine gathers data about users as they send messages and accept connections. That allows it to offer better connections. Zoosk says its app w...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Two House Dems pressing inquiry into Tenn. VW vote
WASHINGTON — Two House Democrats said Wednesday they are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated “or otherwise run afoul of” federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected...
Hot models at this year’s New York Auto Show
NEW YORK — With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday. ACURA TLX: Honda’s luxury Acura brand calls the new ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gap outlines growth plans for China
NEW YORK — Gap Inc. announced Wednesday it plans to more than triple sales in China in three years as it seeks to grab a bigger piece of the overall $1.4 trillion global clothing market. The San Francisco-based clothing chain, which operates stores under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Ath...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Man killed in boating accident near Redwood City identified
A man killed Wednesday evening in a boating accident near Redwood City was identified today as Yong ..
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
GENEVA — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreemen..
Three protesters killed in attack on Ukrainian base
MARIUPOL, Ukraine — The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three pro..
Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
PARIS — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wa..
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