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  • PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010..

  • July 29- A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California charged PG&E Corp on Tuesday alleging it obstructed the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board into the deadly San Bruno natural gas explosion in 2010..

  • July 29- McDonald's Corp, not just its franchisees, can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin Jr. wrote in the letter that of the 181 complaints filed against the fast-food chain since November 2012 in connection with employee protests, 43 had merit.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Dustin Moskovitz has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago.

  • Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:38 PM ET

    Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. Twitter also grew its user base more than expected, alleviating concerns, at least for now, that it doesn't hold appeal for a broad swath of people.

  • OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Think you're in control? The New York- based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 29- The U.S. judge overseeing a criminal drug prosecution against FedEx Corp said one of the core issues will be what FedEx executives knew about illegal online pharmacies whose packages it shipped. FedEx was indicted earlier this month on 15 criminal counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

  • U.S. judge wants FedEx drug case to proceed quickly Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 29- The U.S. judge overseeing a criminal drug prosecution against FedEx Corp said one of the core issues will be what FedEx executives knew about illegal online pharmacies whose packages it shipped. FedEx was indicted earlier this month on 15 criminal counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

  • Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination? Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. Moskovitz is trying to turn that chronic headache into an afterthought with Asana, a San Francisco startup he runs with former Facebook and Google product manager, Justin Rosenstein.

  • US home price gains slow for 6th straight month Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose in May from a year earlier at the weakest pace in 15 months as sales remain modest in the spring buying season. That's down from 10.8 percent in the previous month and the smallest annual gain since February 2013. They accelerated in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were flat in Tampa, Florida.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- FedEx Corp has hired some of the hard-hitting attorneys who represented home run slugger Barry Bonds to defend against criminal allegations that FedEx knowingly shipped packages from illegal online pharmacies. Cristina Arguedas and Allen Ruby were retained by FedEx last week, according to court records.

  • Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in San Francisco said a final decision didn't come easily and required flexibility. The final rule comes five years after the EPA gave notice that it was considering pollution controls for the plant.

  • City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas& Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

  • Virgin America files plans for IPO Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street. Virgin America Inc., which operates out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, flies to 22 airports in the United States and Mexico and has a fleet of 53 planes. Virgin America carried 6.3 million passengers last year, less than one percent of the total passengers that flew on U.S. airlines.

  • Branson, whose investment in the airline is restricted by U.S. foreign investment rules, owns a 22 percent stake in Virgin America through the Virgin Group and a hedge fund.

  • Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 5:45 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.

  • US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Century-old companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and Ford Motor Co. also are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India.

  • Survey: US gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58 Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    CAMARILLO, Calif.— A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58. The lowest average price Lundberg found in the lower 48 states was $3.23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The lowest average price in California was $3.86 in Sacramento.

  • July 27- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell by 9 cents in the past two weeks, a sharp drop due to wholesale price cuts at refiners, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. Prices fell to an average of $3.58 per gallon for regular grade gasoline, according to the survey conducted July 25.

  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.