• Yemen weighs on Asian shares, Japan gains on stimulus hopes

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were lackluster Friday as investors monitored violence in the Middle East but Japan's market rose after weak economic data boosted hopes for more central bank stimulus. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 percent to 19,564.67 after slipping in and out...

  • Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. The U.S. has...

  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made...

  • Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    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...

  • Google's new CFO gets $70M for defecting from Morgan Stanley

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google just found out that luring a top executive from Wall Street to Silicon Valley is expensive. The Mountain View, California, company is paying its new chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, more than $70 million to defect from the same job at New York...

  • Yahoo says it will buy back $2 billion in stock

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo says it will buy back $2 billion in company stock as it prepares to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Investors were pushing Yahoo to use some of the proceeds from the Alibaba spinoff to buy back stock, and the company had said it would...

  • Worker struck by new roller coaster during testing at park

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ELYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A worker is recovering from a broken hand and staples in his head after being struck by a newly built roller coaster during testing at a Pennsylvania amusement park. A Knoebels Amusement Resort spokeswoman said the company employee was struck by the Impulse roller...

  • Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday said working families need protections from heavy debt burdens and warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry....

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

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    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. An annual report by the industry tracker Beverage Digest found that overall soda volume slipped 0.9...

  • Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago. Watch the...

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