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  • Natural causes or accident likely in Getty heir death Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:47 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home from was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. Gordon Getty is the San Francisco billionaire scion of the late J. Paul Getty, whose oil fortune made his family among the...

  • It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. Miami is luring Argentinians,...

  • LOS ANGELES— The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. Neither the coroner nor police had officially identified the man, but a statement from 47- year-old...

  • LOS ANGELES— A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of Getty oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, but officials didn't say if the body was that of J. Paul Getty's grandson. Getty is one of four sons of Gordon Getty, a San Francisco multibillionaire who is among the richest men in the United States. Calls to numbers associated with Andrew Getty and Gordon...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A California woman and her boyfriend say kidnappers entered their house in the middle of the night last week, abducted the woman and held her for ransom before releasing her two days later. At about 2 p.m. on March 23, 30- year-old physical therapist Aaron Quinn called police to report that his girlfriend was abducted from their San Francisco Bay...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- The United States feels China's yuan does not yet meet the standards for inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's basket of global currencies, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Tuesday. Lew said that China had more work to do. Lew, who was returning from a trip to Beijing where he met with Chinese officials, repeated the U.S. view that...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- The United States feels China's yuan does not yet meet the standards for inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's basket of global currencies, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Tuesday. Lew said that China had work to do to meet the standards for inclusion. Lew, who was returning from a trip to Beijing where he met with Chinese...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday said a strong dollar remains good for America, especially when it appreciates because of a strong domestic economy. "A strong dollar is good for the United States, especially when it's reflecting a strong U.S. economy relative to other economies."

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- The United States feels China's yuan does not yet meet the standards for inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's basket of global currencies, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Tuesday.

  • Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:19 PM ET

    Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned to April 1 in Asia. That ushered in a day when Google shows off its playful side by injecting more frivolity into its services. The game can be played in Google Maps on desktop computers or mobile devices that have...

  • BUSINESS NEWS SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT/2:30 PM ET Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky 1 646 223 6214. NEW YORK- U.S. consumer confidence rebounded strongly in March amid optimism over the labor market and home prices increased, hopeful signs that a recent sharp slowdown in economic activity will be temporary. NEW YORK- U.S. stocks decline in a retreat from the previous session's sharp rally, but major indexes remain on track...

  • The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday the anonymous person wrote that Denise Huskins' ordeal last week was real, and her name should be cleared. One lengthy email said the kidnappers used plastic squirt guns with strobe flashlights and laser pointers duct-taped to them to mimic firearms when they broke into Huskins' Vallejo home in the early hours of...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- A Spider-Man toy that shoots out webs of foam was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, with the justices appearing little inclined to overturn a half-century-old legal precedent to allow more royalty fees to go to its inventor. The nine justices heard more than an hour of oral arguments in the case pitting the inventor,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Officials of a San Francisco suburb hit by a deadly 2010 gas-line blast said Tuesday they support a proposal to raise the financial penalty against the utility responsible to $1.6 billion. San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane spoke in favor of a plan by the new head of the state Public Utilities Commission, Michael Picker, to raise the penalty against Pacific...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- Ellen Pao faces an uphill battle should she choose to appeal her defeat last week in a gender discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield& Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Not only did a San Francisco Superior Court judge side with Pao on some key evidentiary disputes in the run-up to trial, but...

  • DETROIT, March 31- Honda Motor Co has joined Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz in testing self-driving vehicles and technologies on private roads at a former U.S. naval facility outside San Francisco, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday. Honda also is a partner in the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center, which plans to open a similar testing...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. consumer confidence rebounded strongly in March amid optimism over the labor market, a hopeful sign that a recent sharp slowdown in economic activity will be temporary. A combination of harsh winter weather, a now-settled labor dispute at the country's busy West Coast ports, softer global demand and a strong dollar dampened growth early...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. single-family home prices rose in January from a year earlier and the year-on-year growth increased for a second straight month, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. Denver and Miami reported the highest year-over-year gains, with prices increasing by 8.4 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, over the last 12 months.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions...

  • Greatfire.org said Chinese authorities carried out the attacks by installing malicious code on the computers of users visiting the popular Chinese search engine Baidu and related sites and using those computers to overwhelm Github and Greatfire.org websites with service requests. The Open Technology Fund, a U.S. government-backed initiative to...