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  • VIENTIANE, Laos— China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia's main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc's members are victims of Beijing's actions. Most significantly, it failed to mention a recent ruling by an international arbitration panel in a...

  • LOS ANGELES— High Times says it is "awaiting an explanation" from Lil Wayne's representatives after the rapper's performance at its Cannabis Cup event in Southern California. Wayne was billed as the headliner of the three-day event in San Bernardino, California. A publicist for the entertainer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of gasoline has dropped 7 cents over the past three weeks to $2.22 a gallon for regular grade. The Lundberg Survey found the average price of midgrade unleaded is $2.51 a gallon and $2.72 for premium. The highest average price for regular gasoline in the Lower 48 is $2.83 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • July 24- Verizon Communications Inc will announce an agreement on Monday to buy Yahoo Inc for about $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Bloomberg first reported the deal would be announced on Monday for $4.8 billion. Started in 1994 by Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo in its early years was the destination of...

  • NEW YORK— Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source. The deal is likely to end the four-year reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive who flopped in her attempts to turn around the Sunnyvale, California, company. After the sale is completed,...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 24- "Star Trek Beyond" debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there's still life left in one of Hollywood's most durable franchises. As boon to Trekkies, Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even...

  • Paramount's latest outing with the Starship Enterprise soared to $59.6 million in domestic ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, knocking Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets" from the No. 1 spot. "Pets" fell to second place, adding an additional $29.3 million to its stellar $260 million earnings over the past three weeks. This latest film opened $20...

  • TRUCKEE, Calif.— Once believed to have gone extinct in the Sierra Nevada, scientists believe a wolverine spotted this winter north of Lake Tahoe is the same one that in 2008 became the first documented in the area since the 1920 s. Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up remote cameras in the Tahoe National...

  • July 24- Verizon Communications Inc will announce an agreement on Monday to buy Yahoo Inc for about $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The announcement will come before the start of New York trading hours, the source added. Bloomberg first reported that the deal will be announced Monday for $4.8 billion.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings— or face steep fines. That means Airbnb and others must stick to advertising San Francisco hosts who have registered with the city and haven't exceeded the...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 24- "Star Trek Beyond" debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies, and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there's still life left in one of Hollywood's most durable franchises. As boon to Trekkies, Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even...

  • SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 23- Amid fog and lasers on Saturday, Marvel gave frenzied fans at Comic-Con their first look at a new Black Panther movie cast, the mysterious Doctor Strange, a Spider-Man teen movie and an Oscar-winning actress as the new Captain Marvel. The 6,500- plus audience, many of whom had queued overnight at San Diego's annual film and pop culture event,...

  • July 23- Tesla Motors Inc and SolarCity Corp have made progress in putting together a deal that will merge the electric car maker and the solar panel installer, people familiar with the matter said. The two companies, which count billionaire Elon Musk as a major shareholder, are in the final stages of carrying out due diligence on each other, and could agree on the...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif.— In a story July 21 about Polycom Inc.' s earnings— generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research— The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company's adjusted earnings were 7 cents a share and missed Wall Street expectations. Polycom reports 2nd- quarter loss of $10 million. SAN JOSE, Calif.— Polycom Inc. on...

  • NEW YORK, July 22- U.S. prosecutors on Friday unveiled an indictment against three men for engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging unsuspecting mobile phone users for unwanted text messages. An indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan charged Fraser Thompson, an ex-executive at mobile aggregation company Mobile...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • The speaker was Ivanka Trump, the sleeveless studded sheath came from her own line, and the candidate she spoke about was her father. Her ensemble was "modern, feminine and beautiful," said Peter Marx, president of the Washington, D.C.- area luxury women's fashion shop Saks Jandel. It's no surprise that Ivanka Trump might choose to wear something from her own brand,...

  • iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending July 21, 2016:. This Is What You Came For, Calvin Harris. H A R D L O V E, NEEDTOBREATHE.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- A quartet of technology heavyweights will be part of an avalanche of quarterly corporate earnings reports next week that, along with a meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers, could hold the key to whether Wall Street extends its record-breaking rally or loses steam. With second-quarter reporting season kicking into high gear,...

  • REDDING, Calif. _ Bank of Commerce Holdings on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.6 million. Bank of Commerce shares have decreased almost 2 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Bank of Commerce, Earnings Report.