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  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. NEW YORK/ TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece- but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris,...

  • Recalls this week: vacuum cleaners, bicycles Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:55 PM ET

    Vacuum cleaners that pose an electric shock risk to users are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include Trek bicycles with a defect that has caused several injuries. They were sold at Bed Bath& Beyond, Best Buy, Kohl's, Lowes, Target and other stores nationwide, online at www.sharkclean.com and through television infomercials from August...

  • NEW YORK— Technology startups and New York authorities will get each other's input on dealing with regulations under an initiative announced Friday by the state attorney general and New York City's chief lawyer. "This will help new companies navigate our regulatory system, but it will also provide insights to the state and local government about outdated or...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • NEW YORK, April 24- The Nasdaq's March 2000 peak brought with it a plethora of colorful personalities- Wall Street analysts, bankers and tech moguls- who saw their reputations tarnished once the bubble burst. Then: In his initial heyday, Henry Blodget called Amazon's success early and earned $12 million a year analyzing internet stocks at brokerage Merrill Lynch.

  • NEW YORK— The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest commuter rail network, is on track to receive a nearly $1 billion federal loan for safety improvements meant to avoid a repeat of a 2013 derailment that killed four people, New York Gov. "It is the state-of-the-art safety design for the system and it is something that is very important,"...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ CHICAGO, April 24- The UK- based trader accused by U.S. authorities of making more than $40 million manipulating markets and contributing to the 2010 Wall Street flash crash was on the losing end of at least one trade: his purchase of the CME Group seat that helped to make the alleged scheme possible. Navinder Sarao bought the seat in May 2008 for...

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. TOKYO, April 24- A small group of Japanese tech-addicts lined up in Tokyo to become the first consumers to buy the Apple Watch from selected stores on Friday, but there was no sign of the frenzy that usually accompanies Apple Inc product rollouts. They include The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los...

  • PITTSBURGH— Carnegie Mellon University researchers are going all in, pitting a computer program against some of the world's best professional poker players. Computer science professor Tuomas Sandholm and researchers Sam Ganzfried and Noam Brown are taking their poker-playing computer program, Claudico, to Rivers Casino on Friday. Claudico— the Latin word...

  • What could McDonald's do to fix its business? Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— When it comes to McDonald's, everyone seems to have an opinion about what the company needs to do differently. After turning in another quarter of sliding sales and profit, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the chain will unveil initial details on a plan to turn around its fortunes on May 4. McDonald's recently began testing an all-day breakfast...

  • McClatchy reports 1Q loss Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— McClatchy Co. on Friday reported a loss of $11.3 million in its first quarter. The Sacramento, California- based company said it had a loss of 13 cents per share. The media company and owner of The Kansas City Star posted revenue of $257.2 million in the period.

  • Pacific Mercantile reports 1Q loss Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    COSTA MESA, Calif. _ Pacific Mercantile Bancorp on Friday reported a loss of $85,000 in its first quarter. The bank, based in Costa Mesa, California, said it had a loss of 2 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • JMP reports 1Q loss Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ JMP Group Inc. on Friday reported a first-quarter loss of $1.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The San Francisco- based bank said it had a loss of 9 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • EHealth reports 1Q loss Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. _ EHealth Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $2.1 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 18 cents per share. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $46.2 million.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander has asked the U.S. intelligence agency to review patent filings by his company to make sure that they do not reveal any secrets or misappropriate any government work. Alexander told Reuters he took the step to head off additional controversy about IronNet Cybersecurity, a...

  • NEW YORK, April 24- New Zealand chef-turned-entrepreneur Chris Cullen seems to have hot sauce running in his veins, judging from the passionate way he speaks about one of America's hottest food trends. The expo is expected to draw thousands of "chili heads" paying between $10 and $100 each to sample a breathtaking array of a condiment that has gone from cult status...

  • TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc's first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rollouts. Buyers can take the smartwatch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores, including The...

  • MELBOURNE, April 24- Apple Inc managed to frustrate gadget lovers and investors desperate to find out the components of its new smartwatch on Friday, encasing its chips in tough resin and using rare screws to thwart people trying prise it apart. The iFixit team, which travelled from San Luis Obispo to Australia to get its hands on one of the first Apple Watch...

  • BYOB: It's brew your own beer at some colleges Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:10 AM ET

    When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its gleaming new stainless steel brewery in December, it joined a small-but-growing number of colleges instructing students on how to produce high-quality craft beers. "To make the beer here and sell the beer here and have a cafe and have an educational component, we're the first to have put all...

  • Review: Getting your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Apple Watches are arriving Friday to the first group of people who had ordered one two weeks ago. Those who haven't ordered one yet will likely face a wait. Maxfield in Los Angeles is carrying the watch, along with boutique and department stores in Paris, London, Tokyo and Berlin and authorized resellers in China and Japan.