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  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. Sage grouse are chicken-sized birds that inhabit grass and sagebrush ecosystems in 11 states from...

  • Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:50 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable. The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may...

  • BRUSSELS, May 28- The European Commission said on Thursday it had asked Paris for more information on a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars following a complaint from mobile phone taxi-booking service Uber. In November Uber filed a complaint with the Commission against the new French taxi law, arguing it favored regular taxis at Uber's expense and that...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor appointed after the technology company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. While saying some allegations against the monitor Michael Bromwich "give pause," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

  • Star managers hit by rocky ride in yields, dollar Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been hit by sharp moves in bonds and currencies and they're bracing for even more volatility.

  • *Broadcom, Avago shares slip after big rise on Wednesday. May 28- Avago Technologies Ltd agreed to buy Broadcom Corp for $37 billion in the biggest chip industry deal ever, creating a company that will be able to supply chips used in everything from iPhones to servers used in data centers. Avago, a maker of chips for the wireless and industrial markets, is offering...

  • May 28- Abercrombie& Fitch Co said its business was showing signs of recovery as sales of its Hollister- branded clothes improved, suggesting that recent efforts to revitalize the teen apparel retailer may be starting to pay off. The company's shares rose nearly 12 percent on Thursday after it reported comparable sales fell less than expected in the first...

  • J.D. Power buying used auto guides business Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Marketing information company J.D. Power and Associates will buy the National Automobile Dealers Association's used car guide business for an undisclosed amount. J.D. Power is a unit of New York- based McGraw Hill Financial Inc.. "Benchmarks are a key to the McGraw Hill Financial business model and the National Automobile Dealers Association used car...

  • TORONTO, May 28- Royal Bank of Canada, the country's top lender, posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by strength in its domestic banking and capital markets divisions. RBC has been expanding its U.S. wealth management business and launched a $5.4 billion bid in January for Los Angeles- based City National Corp. City National said...

  • What drought? Why California water is so cheap Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Low water levels are visible at Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Bar Bridge on May 7, 2015 in Oroville, Calif.

    Contrary to expectations, California's water bills haven't gone up as the drought continues. Here's why.

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions. Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in...

  • US gambling market saturated, yet casinos keep on coming Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    That's the consensus of participants at a major casino conference in Atlantic City. Asked if casino closings outside New Jersey are likely, she said nothing appears imminent, but "of course it's going to happen" if expansion continues at its current pace. "Pennsylvania doesn't care what happens to New Jersey, and New York doesn't care what happens to Pennsylvania,"...

  • TREASURIES-Long-dated yields edge higher on profit-taking Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    *Treasury to sell $29 bln in 7- yr notes. NEW YORK, May 28- U.S. long-dated Treasury yields edged higher on Thursday after traders took profit following a recent price rally, while data showing that U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly rose drew some demand for short-dated notes. "We've seen some month-end buying all week," said Kim Rupert, managing director at...

  • Uber, Lyft push back against proposed NYC regulations Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 9:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Representatives of Uber and Lyft warned Thursday that a New York City effort to regulate app-based ride-hailing services will stall innovation and threaten competition. The regulations "will be crushing to our thousands of drivers," Michael Allegretti, New York head of public policy for San Francisco- based Uber, said at a public hearing of New York's...

  • May 28- Ford Motor Co said it would give other automakers access to its electrified vehicle technologies for a fee to accelerate research and development of such vehicles. Ford's offer comes nearly a year after a move by Tesla Motors Inc, the California electric car maker, to share its patents with other companies, though at no charge. At least four major...

  • J&J accepts offer from Cardinal Health for Cordis unit Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Health care giant Johnson& Johnson has formally accepted a $1.94 billion offer to sell its Cordis heart devices unit to Cardinal Health. Cordis has operations in more than 50 countries, including China, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the U.K. and Brazil. Cardinal Health had previously said that it expects the deal to add more than 20 cents per share to its...

  • May 28- Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will offer limited free same-day delivery under its Prime shipping service as retailers try to outdo each other on delivery deals, and expanded the service to San Diego and the Tampa Bay Area. Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 per order and non-members for $8.99, plus 99 cents per unit.

  • GoPro gets real ... virtually real Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of GoPro jumped to a five-month high Thursday after the company's CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business. Nick Woodman, who also founded the company, said at the Code Conference in California, that GoPro will come out with a quadcopter drone geared toward consumers in the first half of 2016..

  • UPDATE 1-Avago to buy Broadcom in $37 bln chip deal Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    May 28- Avago Technologies Ltd said it would buy fellow chipmaker Broadcom Corp in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $37 billion. Avago, a maker of chips for the wireless and industrial markets, is offering Broadcom shareholders $17 billion in cash and Avago shares valued at $20 billion. Broadcom had a market value of $28.85 billion as of Tuesday's close, while...

  • NEW YORK— Avago Technologies is buying rival chipmaker Broadcom in a cash and stock deal worth about $37 billion, vastly expanding its lineup of products for the rapidly growing wireless device market at a time when sales growth has otherwise been tough to come by for smaller chipmakers. Hock Tan, Avago's president and chief executive, says that the deal will...