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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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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 9:22 p.m. | | Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox Comments 0 Comments


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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SWEET MAGIC

SWEET MAGIC

When Phil and Jema Soria first walked into Jeff Liotard’s restaurant he thought that they were spies.

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