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  • NEW YORK— Intuit is looking to draft another small business for some air time in football's biggest game. The winner will get the kind of exposure that big brands like Budweiser, Chevrolet and Microsoft pay millions to get. The winner of the first contest, toy maker GoldieBlox, saw its sales soar after it won Intuit's competition and had a commercial in the 2014...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 5- "Avengers: Age of Ultron" scored the second-biggest domestic opening in history this weekend, kicking off summer blockbuster season with a mammoth $187.7 million debut. At that pace, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" should pass $1 billion, particularly after it opens in China on May 12. Part of the issue may have been weaker reviews than the first "Avengers"...

  • Google embeds engineers as professors Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 12:12 PM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. In ongoing efforts to diversify Silicon Valley's tech sector, Google is embedding engineers at a handful of Historically Black Colleges and Universities where they teach, mentor and advise...

  • The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.. Although "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had...

  • WEST CHARLTON, N.Y.— In an online profile of "Our Farmers," New York City milk bottler Elmhurst Dairy tells the story of how David Wood bought his first two calves as a part-time hobby in 1970 and grew his Saratoga County farm to more than a thousand Holsteins, whose milk is trucked every day to its plant in Queens. Elmhurst abruptly cut ties with Wood's seven-farmer...

  • Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess. Members of the House and Senate collect their $174,000 annual salaries whether Congress is making laws, taking a break or causing a partial government shutdown. "This is the most important building in the world," said Sontia Bailey, who works the cash register and stocks the shelves at the "Refectory" takeout on the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— David Goldberg, a popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook second-in-command and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg, has died suddenly at age 47, his company and family members said Saturday. "Dave Goldberg was an amazing person, and I am glad I got to know him," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

  • LOS ANGELES— The California Legislature is considering multiple— and conflicting— plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the move toward state control comes as various proposals are being floated for the ballot next year to legalize recreational...

  • 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' assembles huge opening day Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    The $250 million sequel pulled in $84.5 million from Thursday night and Friday showings, topping the $80.8 million opening of the first "Avengers" in 2012, according to Disney estimates Saturday. The Marvel and Disney film, directed by Joss Whedon, now boasts the second biggest opening day of all time, behind the final "Harry Potter" film, which debuted with $91.1...

  • At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. "In order to be really cyber aware, or be ready for the next wave of the cybersecurity workforce, a student, high...

  • Japan prime minister ends US visit Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up his U.S. visit in Los Angeles on Friday where he shared his vision for strengthened economic and political ties between the two allies. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said the United States and Japan will work toward promoting more direct investment in each other's markets and approval of a Pacific...

  • Police in Portland, Oregon, say an initially peaceful May Day demonstration turned violent Friday evening as a splinter group hurled chairs and other objects at officers. The Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River was closed for about a half-hour during the height of the evening commute when protesters tried to force their way across.

  • Mehmet Oz's radio show, "The Daily Dose with Dr. Oz struck a deal with iHeartMedia that will begin later this year, according to a release this week from Oz and the Texas- based company. The show was produced by the former Harpo Radio, which was part of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

  • California port truckers end strike after four days Friday, 1 May 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, May 1- Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms...

  • LOS ANGELES— Drivers who picketed several trucking firms at the nation's busiest seaport complex returned to work Friday after a weeklong strike they say will not be their last. A few hundred truckers staged a strike against four companies that haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to organizers of the action. "We are glad everyone is...

  • Correction: Earns-MobileIron story Friday, 1 May 2015 | 3:59 PM ET

    MobileIron reports 1 Q loss. MobileIron reports first-quarter loss, misses expectations. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— MobileIron Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $21 million in its first quarter.

  • May 1- Oil and natural gas producer Chevron Corp reported a 43 percent drop in quarterly profit on Friday, though results beat analysts' expectations as cost cuts and robust refining margins helped offset the impact of tumbling crude prices. The help from refining operations mirrored results at large, integrated peers such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a constitutional challenge to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Nevada company Morgan Drexen Inc and an attorney who contracts with the firm, Kimberly Pisinski, had no legal grounds to make...

  • LOS ANGELES— Visitors to the music pirate website Grooveshark.com won't be finding their favorite songs for free anymore. The website has shut down completely after reaching a settlement with major record companies Universal, Sony and Warner on Thursday. Founders Josh Greenberg and Sam Tarantino admitted to creating and operating an infringing music...

  • LOS ANGELES— Chatting on the red carpet with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; recording a country song with Clint Black; working a relief mission with Patricia Arquette; receiving a serenade from Michael Bolton on a Caribbean island. "If you can have a Military Channel and a History Channel, I don't see any reason there can't be a' Cause Network,'" said Wagner, who...