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  • LA JOLLA, Calif., March 6- One of the earliest tasks in President Barack Obama's $215 million "precision medicine" program will be finding a way to piece together data from a hodgepodge of existing studies, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. Volunteers include Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic, the Marshfield Clinic in...

  • NEW YORK— The maker of TurboTax software said Friday that it had been contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies about a recent spike in fraudulent income tax filings. Intuit Inc. said that it received a formal request for information from the Justice Department and was also contacted by the Federal Trade Commission and Congress.

  • NEW YORK— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 75 this week to 1,192 amid depressed oil prices. Baker Hughes said Friday 922 rigs were seeking oil and 268 were exploring for natural gas, with two listed as miscellaneous. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 32 rigs; New...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stock investors may be bracing for further signs next week that the Federal Reserve could increase interest rates sooner rather than later, with retail sales expected to rebound after two straight months of declines. The S&P 500 ended the week more than 2 percent off its March 2 closing record high, while the Nasdaq was more than 70 points off...

  • LOS ANGELES— A court fight over retail operations at one of the nation's busiest airports led to a charges Friday that passengers are being gouged on bottled water prices. Legal papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by boutique retailer Kitson Stores said Hudson Group, which operates many shops at Los Angeles International Airport, is exploiting...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, March 6- A man previously convicted of harassing Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has been arrested by Austin police on suspicion of sending her sexually graphic emails, according to police records released on Friday. Gregory Calvin King, 30, was booked on Thursday into the Travis County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, March 6- A man previously convicted of harassing Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has been arrested by Austin police on suspicion of sending her sexually graphic emails, media reports said on Friday. Gregory Calvin King, 30, was booked on Thursday into the Travis Count Jail with bond set at $100,000. After his release in February, King...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon. Their partnership rosters are stacked with some of the nation's most accomplished graduates— multiple-degree holders from schools such as...

  • LOS ANGELES— If you haven't seen one of Peter Max's paintings or drawings today, chances are you haven't opened your eyes yet. When he's not doing that, this exuberant, seemingly tireless 77- year-old child of the' 60 s keeps busy in his New York studio, cranking out more wildly colorful paintings in a style merging the realism of Norman Rockwell with the pop-art...

  • LOS ANGELES— A jury has resumed deliberations in a copyright infringement case in which Marvin Gaye's family claims the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" copied their father's music. Gaye's children are suing Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the rapper T.I., alleging their song copies Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." "Blurred Lines" was 2013' s biggest hit and earned...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California enjoyed its largest monthly job gain in over a year with the addition of 67,300 new positions in January, driving the unemployment rate down to 6.9 percent, a state agency said Friday. "Both nationally and in California, a number of the same positive trends are present: strong and steady job growth spread among a range of sectors," said...

  • Leadership-allied group's ads thank GOP lawmakers Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A political group that backs House Republican leaders started running television and online ads Friday to thank GOP lawmakers who voted this week for a bill funding the Homeland Security Department. The bulk of the latest effort is being spent on broadcast TV ads praising four House Republicans: Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Susan Brooks and...

  • LOS ANGELES— Success came early and strong for Curtis Stone. By his 20 s, the Australian was cooking in London's top restaurants. AP: Why do you think more Australian chefs— like Donna Hay, who is often called the Martha Stewart of Australia— haven't caught on in the U.S.?

  • For virtual reality creators, a question of control Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 9:38 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— At the Game Developers Conference, it's easy to imagine what virtual reality will look like when it eventually hits the marketplace. "For us, it's a choice we want to give the player," said Elisa Di Lorenzo, business development manager at Untold Games, developer of the VR adventure "Loading Human." During a demo of the latest Project Morpheus VR...

  • Calavo posts 1Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 9:06 AM ET

    SANTA ANA, Calif. _ Calavo Growers Inc. on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. The Santa Ana, California- based company said it had profit of 31 cents per share. Keywords: Calavo Growers, Earnings Report.

  • Shares of Orexigen Therapeutics sank in premarket trading Friday, giving back some of the gain they netted this week after the company announced encouraging early data from a study of its weight-loss drug Contrave. That announcement, which came in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, drew a rebuke from the Food and Drug Administration.

  • New Home posts 4Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif. _ The New Home Co. on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. The Aliso Viejo, California- based company said it had profit of 32 cents per share. Keywords: New Home Co., Earnings Report.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. The stakes are big for Apple CEO Tim Cook: the watch is the first brand-new Apple product to be launched without legendary co-founder Steve Jobs.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, March 6- Avago Technologies Ltd may be one of the pacesetters among companies looking to make a purchase in the semiconductor industry after its advanced talks last month to acquire Freescale Semiconductor Ltd fell through. Demand for cheaper chips and new products to power Internet-connected gadgets is expected to drive chip...

  • LOS ANGELES— When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Ford, 72, who as dashing archaeologist Jones battled Hitler's henchmen in the World War II-set "Raiders of the Lost Ark," was flying a vintage plane of that era when it lost engine power shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Municipal Airport.