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  • What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee) Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior. "

  • McDonald's, franchisees liable in worker disputes Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    A worker puts together an order of Chicken McNuggets at a McDonald's restaurant in Little Falls, N.J.

    McDonald's and its franchisees can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB said.

  • Freezer company creating jobs in Kentucky Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    ELKTON, Ky.— A manufacturer of custom coolers and freezers has expanded to Todd County in southern Kentucky. Steve Beshear's office says Custom Cooler Inc. is creating 75 jobs and investing nearly $5.8 million in the manufacturing facility.

  • Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    TOKYO— Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3 DS video-game machine sales. Kyoto- based Nintendo reported a 9.92 billion yen April-June loss compared with an 8.62 billion yen profit a year earlier.

  • Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K.. Users in Australia, Canada and India will also get a version of Cortana, although the company said that would be an earlier test mode.

  • The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    McLEAN, Va.— Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. Between his wife, six daughters, friends, neighbors and relatives, there are often 40 people dining. "I'm not a gourmet chef," Nassetta says.

  • HONG KONG, July 30- China's institutional investment in property overseas rose 17 percent in the first six months of this year, with residential investment surging 84 percent, real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle said on Wednesday. San Francisco and Chicago followed with $548 million and $365 million, respectively.

  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:40 AM ET

    The yearlong investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a portrait of inspection delays, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006. A copy of the investigators' report was obtained by The Associated Press.

  • July 30- A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California charged PG&E Corp on Tuesday alleging it obstructed the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board into the deadly San Bruno natural gas explosion in 2010..

  • Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, a critic of the for-profit education industry who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, finds that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in the 2012-2013 school term.

  • PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010..

  • July 29- A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California charged PG&E Corp on Tuesday alleging it obstructed the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board into the deadly San Bruno natural gas explosion in 2010..

  • July 29- McDonald's Corp, not just its franchisees, can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin Jr. wrote in the letter that of the 181 complaints filed against the fast-food chain since November 2012 in connection with employee protests, 43 had merit.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- More than 17,000 U.S. military personnel and other consumers will receive about $92 million in debt relief as part of a settlement over a lender's alleged improper practices, the U.S. consumer watchdog and 13 states announced on Tuesday.

  • Dreamworks reports 2Q loss Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    GLENDALE, Calif.— Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss after posting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Glendale, California- based company reported a loss of $15.4 million, or 18 cents per share, compared with a profit of $22.3 million, or 26 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • July 29- Amgen Inc on Tuesday said it would cut up to 15 percent of its work force and close plants in a series of moves aimed at reallocating resources as it prepares to introduce new medicines it hopes will drive future growth.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Dustin Moskovitz has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago.

  • July 29- Edwards Lifesciences Corp posted stronger second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, propelled by a gain from a legal settlement and higher sales of heart valves that are implanted using a less-invasive procedure than traditional open-heart surgery.

  • July 29- Amgen Inc on Tuesday said it would cut up to 15 percent of its global work force and close plants as part of a series of moves aimed at reallocating resources as it prepares for the eventual launch of medicines it hopes will drive future growth.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 30- When inspectors visited Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd earlier this summer, the production line at the plant now at the centre of an international food scandal appeared in good order, with fresh meat being handled by properly-attired workers and supervisors keeping a watchful eye over the process.