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  • "The United Arab Emirates is seeking to confirm its status as a spacefaring nation," he told a gathering at an event rolling out the federal body in the capital, Abu Dhabi, that featured models of Emirati satellites and waiters serving space-themed canapés, like hummus in metal squeeze tubes. Abu Dhabi's Al Yah Satellite Communications Co., better known as Yahsat,...

  • TOKYO— Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. Success in Japan is important for Blue Bottle, which operates 17 cafes in the San Francisco Bay area, New York and Los Angeles. Japan is its first foray outside of the U.S.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 24- There weren't as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer "Tomorrowland" disappointed with a $32.2 million debut. The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of "Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol" renown. That's still good enough for a first place finish, with...

  • That was just before YouTube's whirlwind success culminated in its $1.76 billion sale to Google Inc.. YouTube's potential to transform people's viewing habits became apparent during the autumn of 2005 when a Nike soccer shoe ad called "Touch of Gold" became the first video on the site to be watched 1 million times. The only other video to break the billion...

  • LOS ANGELES— It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. "A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me," said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. Here we are a year later at Barnes& Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 24- There weren't as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer "Tomorrowland" disappointed with a $32.2 million debut. The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of "Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol" renown. That's still good enough for a first place finish, with...

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician dies in car crash Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Letters sent by Dr. John Nash to the NSA in the 1950s.

    John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize and was the subject of "A Beautiful Mind” was killed in a New Jersey car crash.

  • BEIJING— At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market. The lights from the Beijing Environment Exchange— one of seven pilot markets in China for trading carbon— raises questions for the country as it prepares for next year's roll-out of a nationwide system that could help the world's...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 23- A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday. A rescue team washed oil off its coat and hydrated it, but the sea lion died early on Saturday, SeaWorld said in a statement.

  • May 23- As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported on Saturday. During his presentation on April 29, Marchionne said that if traditional...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 23- A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline has died after it was taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be treated, officials said on Saturday. Up to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara on...

  • Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to country ice cream stands. They're my boys, "Vargas said while relaxing this past week with her poodle mixes, Luigi and Carmine, and a friend's wire fox terrier at an outdoor Manhattan park cafe.

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, May 23- Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. "That was one of my predominant fishing spots, so I just have to think of a Plan B," said Mutz, who supplies restaurants from Santa Barbara to Orange County, including the Michelin- starred...

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. The rare concession from the farmers is the latest indication of the severity of the water shortage...

  • LOS ANGELES— The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement by successfully arguing in...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 22- Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S....

  • SANTA BARBARA May 22- Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara- a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement. Perhaps one of the worst places on Earth for a crude oil leak, Santa Barbara is a beautiful...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 22- Union dockworkers at all 29 U.S. West Coast ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract agreement reached in February with shipping companies and terminal operators to end months of labor strife that snarled trans-Pacific trade. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the new...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps- importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing...