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  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin- based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. When it comes to toilets,...

  • Eureka? Lost IRS emails recovered—30K of them Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 11:31 AM ET
    The IRS' Lois Lerner speaks before refusing to testify at a House hearing on May 22, 2013.

    Investigators told congressional staff late Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner.

  • California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    COARSEGOLD, Calif.— When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state. The National Indian Gaming Commission, which regulates Indian casinos, and a federal judge...

  • Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy— just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. "This is focused on people who are already in the economy today, who are contributing mightily but are basically operating in the shadows," said Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, a professor at the...

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LA PAZ, Bolivia— International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." Peru is about to overtake Bolivia as the top exporter, worrying Bolivians about their ability to compete. As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed...

  • Man pleads guilty in New York cybercrime case Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Prosecutors say a California man has pleaded guilty in New York City for his role marketing malware that federal authorities say infected more than a half-million computers worldwide. Brendan Johnston entered his plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit computer hacking before a Manhattan federal judge Friday. Attorney Preet Bharara says the 24-...

  • Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Frederick Hill, spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators told congressional staff at a briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner. In a statement, the IRS said it remains committed to cooperating with all investigations. Lerner headed the IRS...

  • Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company's dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American...

  • Man gets 18 months for Subway cash register hacks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    BOSTON— A federal judge has sentenced a California man to 18 months in prison for hacking into computerized cash registers at Subway sandwich shops and stealing more than $40,000 in gift cards. District Judge Richard Stearns also sentenced 46- year-old Shahin Abdollahi of Lake Elsinore, California, to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay...

  • PALMDALE, Calif., Nov 21- Lockheed Martin Corp expects to reach an agreement next year with a launch customer for a giant new hybrid airship that would revolutionize the way oil and mining companies haul equipment to the Arctic and other remote areas without roads. The initial version of the airship, filled mostly with helium, would carry 20 tons of cargo, but could...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc's agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company is unsuccessful in appealing a ruling that found it liable for antitrust...

  • Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing to call on regulators to consider splitting Internet search from other commercial services, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters, escalating a longstanding effort to curtail Google Inc's dominance of the industry. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American...

  • James Cagney's 1942 Oscar fails to sell at auction Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    Auctioneer Nate D. Sanders initially predicted the Oscar could sell for more than $1 million. In 2011, for instance, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" Oscar sold for $861,542. Representatives for Nate D. Sanders didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Hilo and Honolulu were the top two most expensive markets out of 264 examined in the study. The study pegged the national average at $49.41 for 2014....

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • PG&E fined $10.8M over Calif. natural gas blast Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been fined $10.85 million for a March natural gas explosion that destroyed a cottage in Carmel. The California Public Utilities Commission says in a Thursday statement the utility violated safety rules and failed to properly equip a crew trying to replace a gas-distribution line in the area.

  • House GOP sues Obama administration on health law Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    Legal experts expressed doubts that the GOP would prevail or that the case could be concluded during Obama's presidency. GOP lawmakers said those unilateral actions were unconstitutional and have promised unspecified congressional action. A Republican official said party leaders might amend the suit to include Obama's immigration actions, which would...

  • Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Employers added jobs in 38 states and cut them in 12. The biggest gains occurred in California, which added 41,500; Texas, which gained 35,200; and Florida, which added 34,400.. Nevada reported the largest job loss, a decline of 7,300, followed by New York, where...

  • Calif. insurance sign-ups outpace enrollment Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday. Overall, nearly 70,000 people have been determined eligible for either private health plans sold through the exchange or Medi-Cal, the state's...

  • New Mexico lawmakers grill spaceport boss Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— Lawmakers demanded more details Thursday about how the New Mexico Spaceport Authority plans to succeed now that the nearly quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America stands empty and commercial fights by anchor tenant Virgin Galactic have been delayed indefinitely. There have been concerns about the spaceport's future after Virgin...