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  • SPOKANE, Washington— For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The Washington Apple Commission— which represents growers of the nation's largest crop and most apple exports— said China stopped buying U.S. apples in 2012 because of concerns over a fungus.

  • Uber caps surge pricing during winter storm Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? In New York City, surge pricing will be capped at 2.8 times— nearly triple— the normal fare. The San Francisco company is also planning to donate some of the proceeds to the American Red Cross.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict him. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was not accused of any...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. In deal news, Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp said they would combine to form a packaging company worth $16 billion, with MeadWestvaco shareholders owning a majority stake. Rock-Tenn shares jumped 6.7 percent to $67.19 while MeadWestvaco rose 14.5 percent to $51.59 as the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainer.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida— NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX and Boeing said Monday that they are on track to carry out their first manned test flights to the space station in 2017. NASA chose the two private companies last...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California voted last week to approve the new...

  • New Mexico appeals court hears assisted suicide case Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:57 PM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives? The Santa Fe woman, who has advanced uterine cancer, is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws putting doctors in legal trouble and preventing her from ending her life. Two doctors and Aja Riggs, the Santa Fe woman, asked the judge to determine that physicians...

  • IBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people. The company "flatly denies" the Forbes report, IBM spokesman Ian Colley said in a phone interview. IBM previously has announced layoffs affecting "several thousand people," only "a small fraction" of...

  • PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 26- Facebook Inc's Oculus VR is getting into movies with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality films and will show its first short movie at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, the company said. Tapping talent from both Pixar, the animation studio behind computer graphics imagery films including "Toy Story" and " Monsters Inc,"...

  • Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks' Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. Julia Kadison, CEO of Milk Processor Education Program, which represents milk companies, says the breaking point came last year when the British Medical Journal published a study suggesting drinking lots of milk could lead to earlier deaths and higher incidents of fractures.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 26- A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after...

  • NEW YORK— The author of a best-seller about Twitter is working on an investigative book about the black market website Silk Road. According to Portfolio, Bilton has been looking into Silk Road for the past year, in coordination with Epic Magazine. 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to a Silk Road film based on Bilton's book and Epic's planned story.

  • Soros eyes investing in auto dealer groups -report Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    DETROIT, Jan 26- Billionaire financier George Soros wants to invest in or buy a large automotive dealership group, potentially following in the footsteps of Warren Buffett, Automotive News reported. Two representatives of Soros Fund management, which Soros chairs, attended the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco over the...

  • BERLIN— WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff. The warrants, issued in March 2012, required the Internet giant to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails...

  • Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results that fell far short of analyst expectations. The 64- year-old-executive has served on Mattel's board since 1996.. On a per-share basis, Mattel earned 44 cents per share in the most recent quarter, or 52 cents per...

  • Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said...

  • OSI posts 2Q profit Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. _ OSI Systems Inc. on Monday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $18.2 million. OSI expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.54 to $3.76 per share, with revenue in the range of $975 million to $998 million. Keywords: OSI Systems, Earnings Report.

  • Bank of Marin misses Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    NOVATO, Calif. _ Bank of Marin Bancorp on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Analysts expected $20 million, according to Zacks.

  • Provident Financial beats 2Q profit forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. _ Provident Financial Holdings Inc. on Monday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $2.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LOS ANGELES— Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage to that symbol of celebrity, the Hollywood Sign. "There will probably be 10,000 of them here this weekend," one homeowner, Guy Pohlman, complained as he recently watched a parade of cars pass his home. Peter's Basilica in Rome or the Acropolis in Greece, they press to get as...