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  • 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...

  • China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. The indictment was the first criminal hacking charge that the United States has filed against specific foreign officials, and follows a steady increase in public criticism and...

  • Splunk reports 3Q loss Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Splunk Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $48.6 million in its fiscal third quarter. Analysts expected $107.7 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in January, Splunk said it expects revenue in the range of $135 million to $137 million.

  • Gap misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Gap Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $351 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 79 cents per share. Analysts expected $4.01 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Assassin's Creed Unity delay hurts GameStop's revenue Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    Nov 20- GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video game products, reported a marginal fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by the delayed release of action game Assassin's Creed Unity. Net income dropped to $56.4 million, or 50 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Nov. 1, from $68.6 million, or 58 cents per share, a year earlier. The Grapevine, Texas- based...

  • AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste case Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period. The investigation began in 2011 when inspectors with the Alameda County District Attorney's office and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control examined...

  • Gap names heads of namesake brand, Banana Republic Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Gap Inc. cut its full-year profit outlook Thursday after reporting a sales shortfall in the fiscal third quarter and announced management changes at its Gap and Banana Republic brands. Meanwhile, Andi Owen, 49, who heads Gap Outlet's division, will become global president for Banana Republic effective Jan. 5. The moves were spearheaded by Art Peck as he...

  • Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    Chinese visitors are already familiar faces in major U.S. destinations such as New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but other parts of the country could also see some a boost. "One simple decision like this... is going to reap tremendous benefits to the country," said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for...

  • Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. AAA says the average retail price for gasoline is $2.85 per gallon, 43 cents cheaper than Thanksgiving Day last year. With the average car getting 18.5 miles per gallon, that means a family driving 300 miles will save $6.97 in fuel this holiday.