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  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology— all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval,...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. He says his plan would bring workers to the federal poverty level by...

  • Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed the two-page notice of appeal in San Francisco Superior Court. Kleiner Perkins' attorney Lynne Hermle countered during the trial that Pao failed as an investor at the company and sued to get a big payout as she was being shown the door. Kleiner Perkins' spokeswoman Christina Lee said in a statement Monday...

  • NEW YORK— Genetic testing company Natera filed for an initial public offering valued at up to $100 million on Monday. The company plans to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol "NTRA" but did not disclose how many shares it plans to sell. The company says lost $37.1 million in 2013, but it pared its loss to $5.2 million in 2014 as its annual...

  • The comments by the Abu Dhabi- based carrier mark its latest move to deter the Obama administration from revisiting aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. U.S. airlines say more than $40 billion in subsidies from the countries have allowed Etihad, Emirates airline and Qatar Airways to begin driving down prices and push competitors out of...

  • TORONTO, June 1- Taxi drivers packed a courtroom in Canada's largest city on Monday as Toronto stated its case for the Uber ride-sharing service to be regulated like the traditional cab companies with which it competes. Toronto is seeking an injunction to halt Uber's operations unless the San Francisco- based company and all its drivers are licensed.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. At least 120 farmers in the delta east of San Francisco had filed...

  • The comments by the Abu Dhabi- based carrier mark its latest move to deter the Obama administration from revisiting aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. U.S. airlines say more than $40 billion in subsidies from the countries have allowed Etihad, Emirates airline and Qatar Airways to begin driving down prices and push competitors out of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google isn't making much headway diversifying its workforce beyond white and Asian men, even though the Internet company hired women to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year. "Early indications show promise, but we know that with an organization our size, year-on-year...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— The price of a private lunch with Warren Buffett is already over $1 million, and the online auction continues all week. The top bid Monday afternoon was $1,000,100, so the California charity that will receive the proceeds is guaranteed another significant donation. Through the annual auctions, Buffett has raised $17.9 million for the Glide...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that its chief financial officer, Jay Rasulo, will resign at the end of June, clearing the path for another top executive, Tom Staggs, to succeed Bob Iger as eventual CEO. Barton Crockett, a media company analyst with FBR Capital Markets& Co., said the move is clearly related to succession planning, something Disney has...

  • DALLAS— Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. Southwest wants to get families seated together more quickly. Airlines have tinkered with different boarding systems almost since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who tossed a coin to decide who would fly...

  • TORONTO, June 1- Taxi drivers packed a courtroom in Canada's largest city on Monday as Toronto stated its case that the Uber ride-sharing service should be regulated, as are the traditional cabs with which Uber competes. Toronto is seeking an injunction to stop Uber from operating unless the San Francisco- based company agrees to comply with Toronto's demand...

  • June 1- Etihad Airways on Monday issued it strongest rebuttal yet of claims that it received market-distorting subsidies, saying it is required to repay loans and that its U.S. competitors have a "condescending" view of non-U.S. law. The comments by the Abu Dhabi- based carrier mark its latest move to deter the Obama administration from revisiting aviation...

  • June 1- An online auction for the right to dine with billionaire investor Warren Buffett and raise money for a San Francisco charity has started strongly, with the top bid surpassing $1 million in less than a day. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday, the top bid was $1,000,100 in the eBay auction, which ends at 10:30 p.m. EDT Friday. This year's winner can bring up to seven...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— Jurors are expected to hear testimony this week in a lawsuit that claims a nonprofit violated state consumer fraud laws when it offered treatment it said would turn gays into heterosexuals by, among other methods, having them spend more time naked with their fathers. The lawsuit against Jersey City- based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing,...

  • June 1- Intel Corp agreed to buy Altera Corp for $16.7 billion as the world's biggest chipmaker seeks to make up for slowing demand from the PC industry by expanding its line-up of higher-margin chips used in data centers. By combining with Altera, Intel will be able to bundle its processing chips with the smaller company's programmable chips, which are used,...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Walt Disney Co. said Monday that its chief financial officer, Jay Rasulo, will resign at the end of June. Once considered a possible candidate to replace CEO Bob Iger when Iger retires in 2018, Rasulo's resignation paves the path to Disney's top job for 55- year-old Tom Staggs, who became chief operating officer in February. He was also recently...

  • Hollywood dipping toes into virtual reality worlds Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Virtual reality is creeping into our world. says Matt Lipson, senior vice president of digital marketing at Focus Features. Universal's Focus Features recently launched its first virtual-reality experience for movies, promoting the upcoming release of its "Insidious: Chapter 3" horror flick.

  • June 1- Foster Farms, one of the top U.S. chicken producers, plans to largely eliminate antibiotics used to treat humans from its poultry production, it said on Monday. The move brings California- based Foster Farms in line with other top chicken producers, including market leader Tyson Foods Inc, that are backing away from using the drugs over concerns about...