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  • California recycler to pay $2.4 million over waste Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 5:11 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A Northern California scrap metal recycler has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a state civil case alleging loose handling of toxic waste. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the settlement Monday with Sims Group. Sims Group denied wrongdoing in its settlement with the state.

  • Unidentified country likely behind spying software Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    The malicious software known as "Regin" is designed to collect data from its targets for periods of months or years, penetrating deep into computer networks while covering its tracks to avoid detection, according to analysts at Symantec, the Silicon Valley security firm that disclosed the program's existence in a report this week. Citing factors including its...

  • Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    Redbox's Blu-Ray rental rates are jumping 33 percent, from $1.50 per day to $2. The stock of Redbox's owner, Outerwall Inc., surged $7.83, 12 percent, to close Monday at $71.39— the biggest one-day gain since February 2012. Those options include Netflix's $9- per-month Internet video service, with 37 million U.S. subscribers, and various video-on-demand packages...

  • Gap in deal with European online retailer Zalando Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Gap is teaming up with Zalando to sell its clothing and accessories on the European online retailer's website, helping to expand its presence in the region. Gap Inc., which is based in San Francisco, opened its first company-run international store in the U.K. in 1987. It now has 190 company-operated stores and 33 franchise locations in Europe.

  • US stocks inch further into record territory Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:22 AM ET

    The rally has been driven by optimism that central banks in Europe, China and Japan will take action to help invigorate economic growth outside the U.S., after the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying stimulus program last month. "You clearly have momentum favoring stocks right now," said Russ Koesterich, chief investment strategist at Blackrock.

  • Nov 23- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States dropped 10 cents in the past two weeks, hitting a four-year low, according to the latest Lundberg survey released on Sunday. The gasoline price is down about 41 cents a gallon from a year ago and has dropped 88 cents from a 2014 peak of $3.72 in May. The highest price within the survey area within 48 U.S....

  • Does bad behavior really hurt business? Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. So far Uber's investors, which include Google Ventures and prominent venture capital firms that poured $1.2 billion into the company at its latest funding round, have remained quiet. "I think it's going to alienate some potential customers but I doubt, given what's happened to...

  • Spain rolls out red carpet for entrepreneurs Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:46 AM ET
    Madrid skyline at sunset

    A new law is Spain's latest effort to make the country more attractive to people outside the EU who want to start a businesses, invest or work there. The NYT reports.

  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin- based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. When it comes to toilets,...

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LA PAZ, Bolivia— International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." Peru is about to overtake Bolivia as the top exporter, worrying Bolivians about their ability to compete. As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed...

  • Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company's dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American...

  • Nov 21- The European Parliament is preparing to call on regulators to consider splitting Internet search from other commercial services, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters, escalating a longstanding effort to curtail Google Inc's dominance of the industry. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned about Google's and other American...

  • Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Hilo and Honolulu were the top two most expensive markets out of 264 examined in the study. The study pegged the national average at $49.41 for 2014....

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • PG&E fined $10.8M over Calif. natural gas blast Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been fined $10.85 million for a March natural gas explosion that destroyed a cottage in Carmel. The California Public Utilities Commission says in a Thursday statement the utility violated safety rules and failed to properly equip a crew trying to replace a gas-distribution line in the area.

  • White House: Immigration steps would boost wages Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10- year period. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as a result of his administrative actions, the gross domestic product would...

  • Terreno reports 3Q results Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:31 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Terreno Realty Corp. on Friday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in San Francisco, said it had funds from operations of $7.4 million, or 22 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 23...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama plans to make life a little easier for some foreign tech workers, but Silicon Valley representatives are disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards. The president's moves will make it easier for entrepreneurs to work in...

  • *Sees FY profit of $3.40- $3.55/ shr. Nov 20- GameStop Corp posted quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of "Assassin's Creed Unity," and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. GameStop narrowed its fiscal 2014 earnings forecast to $3.40- $3.55 per share...

  • Nov 20- GameStop Corp reported quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of Assassin's Creed Unity and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. GameStop said it expected fiscal 2014 diluted earnings of $3.40- $3.55 per share, compared to its earlier...