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  • Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    Nintendo says 12 characters will be part of its upcoming toy-game line set for release later this year. The initial line-up will include Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Kirby, Marth, Fox McCloud, the "Wii Fit" Trainer and the Villager from " Animal Crossing.

  • Group trips across Grand Canyon will need permit Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:20 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit— a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona.

  • Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:22 AM ET

    BEIJING— Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Promoters of electric cars see China as a promising market due to Beijing's support for the technology and eagerness to reduce smog.

  • Aug 29- Apple Inc is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications technology into the next iPhone, which would enable the smartphone users to pay by touch, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with Apple's plans.

  • Aug 29- Apple Inc is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications technology into the next iPhone, which would enable the smartphone users to pay by touch, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with Apple's plans.

  • UPDATE 1-Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28- Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday.

  • Google building fleet of package-delivering drones Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

  • Aug 28- Longtime Google Inc executive Megan Smith is a top candidate for the role of United States' chief technology officer, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.

  • Splunk beats Street 2Q forecasts, raises outlook Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:17 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Splunk Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $60.8 million in its fiscal second quarter, but the data management software developer raised its estimates for the year, sending its stock up in late trading. Analysts expected $94.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • Pacific Sunwear meets Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    ANAHEIM, Calif.— Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $7.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 3 cents per share. Analysts expected $207.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

  • Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18- year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.

  • Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday and has support from top Democrats who rejected a similar effort last year.

  • No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"

  • Thai worker settlements with Hawaii farms at risk Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    HONOLULU— A federal judge in Hawaii says she won't consider approving $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai farm workers until the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a news conference clarifying that the agreements are still subject to court approval.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 28- Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it leapt from person to person, changes that could blunt the effectiveness of diagnostic tests and experimental treatments now in development, researchers said on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28- Apple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. Apple's typically cryptic invitation read: "Wish we could say more."

  • Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company.

  • Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing? Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea— but it doesn't quite work.