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Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

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UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

GENEVA (AP) — Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes — banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors — until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

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Consumer confidence near a 7-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

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New rules could squeeze Malibu wine growers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Malibu region’s growing wine industry, made up of some 50 commercial vineyards, could be squeezed by proposed regulations that would prohibit new grape growing in a large swath of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2014 8:18 p.m. | | Legal questions arise for fantasy game biz Comments 0 Comments


Amazon buys Twitch for $970M

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2014 8:16 p.m. | | Amazon buys Twitch for $970M Comments 0 Comments


TiVo to make version for those without cable

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

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Fairchild Semiconductor cutting 1,350 jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) — Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs.

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Like airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

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Credit card late payments down in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit.

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Housing recovery on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 8:54 p.m. | | Housing recovery on track Comments 0 Comments


Russia may close more McDonald’s

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald’s restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

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Wealth gap widened in the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) — A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

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Gap reports higher profit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.

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