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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 you should know about giving gifts & taxes

The tax code allows you to give away up to $14,000 each year to as many people as you want, without triggering gift tax. If you and your spouse “split” your gifts, you can double this $14,000 annual gift-tax exclusion and give $28,000 per recipient.

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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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‘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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