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  • Dec 17- A U.S. judge has dismissed Steve Wynn's lawsuit accusing prominent short-seller Jim Chanos of slander over an alleged statement that the casino mogul violated a U.S. anti-bribery law. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled on Tuesday that Chanos was giving an opinion protected under the U.S. Chanos, founder of New York- based hedge fund...

  • Napster co-founder to invest on allergy research Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Napster co-founder Sean Parker says he missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods. Parker announced Wednesday he is donating $24 million over the next two years to establish an allergy research center at the Stanford...

  • Fed rate wording boosts Asian stock markets Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market had its best day in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates. "The Fed is going to be our friend for a very long time," said Burt White, chief investment officer for LPL Financial. That was the biggest gain for the index since October 2013.

  • California home prices cool their rise in November Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 PM ET

    The median sales price for new and existing houses and condominiums was $381,000, barely changed from $382,000 in October and up 5.8 percent from $360,000 a year earlier, CoreLogic DataQuick said. The San Francisco Bay Area's median sales price was $601,000, unchanged from October but up 9.3 percent from $550,000 in November 2013. CoreLogic DataQuick said...

  • Federal Reserve stared down a volatile global economy in October to keep its plans for an eventual interest rate hike on track, and is likely to do so again this week amid plunging oil prices and a potential currency crisis in Russia. According to the Bank for International Settlements, U.S. bank exposure to Russia has fallen from $43 billion at the start of 2013 to...

  • PG&E email alleges offer by California regulator Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— In a newly released email, a Pacific Gas& Electric Co. executive says a state official offered to write the utility a favorable opinion for a proposed gas rate hike. PG&E Vice President Brian Cherry says in the Jan. 14 email that California Public Utilities Commission member Mike Florio said he would write the opinion if PG&E did not like one written...

  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game "Flappy Bird," bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie "...

  • Family of executed Ohio inmate sues expert witness Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 AM ET

    Dershwitz said Ohio had jeopardized his standing with the American Board of Anesthesiology in a news release it issued about the Jan. 16 execution of McGuire because it implied he consulted on the execution method, which is prohibited by the national board. The family also added drug distributor McKesson Corp. to the lawsuit, saying the company distributed...

  • Waterlogged Northern California gets more rain Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:48 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A new storm dumped more rain on already waterlogged parts of Northern California causing minor road flooding, scattered power outages and airport delays. The storm dropped an average of between an inch and 2 inches of rain throughout the day in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions before heading to Southern California overnight, the National...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004.. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's decision to...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 15- The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association,...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004.. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's decision to...

  • Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on drug-induced abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts. Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it would have been extremely rare for the high court to grant the state's request to enforce the...

  • Riverbed Technology accepts $3.6B takeover bid Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Private equity firm Thoma Bravo and a Canadian teacher pension will pay about $3.6 billion to take Riverbed Technology private a couple months after the computer networking equipment maker promised a thorough review of its business. The San Francisco company said Monday that its stockholders will receive $21 in cash for each share from Thoma...

  • California gets funds for quake warning system Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    PASADENA, Calif.— California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops. California trails Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone areas in developing a public alert...

  • Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do? Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe.

  • Identity theft victims face months of hassle Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36- year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud. The latest high-profile hack, at Sony Pictures Entertainment, resulted in Social...

  • Uber executive in dispute with San Francisco landlord Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— An Uber executive who recently suggested launching a million-dollar campaign to investigate journalists critical of the ride-booking company is in a bitter dispute with the landlord of his rental condo. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that Uber senior vice president Emil Michael filed a restraining order last year against...

  • One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday. The Ventura County Fire Department said its personnel responded to 37 calls for assistance due to flooding and a second-story balcony collapsed in the Los...

  • PARIS, Dec 12- Uber will continue to operate its UberPop transport service in France for now after a Paris commercial court rejected on Friday a request by competitors to ban the service. Three car companies and several taxi associations had sued the French subsidiary of the San Francisco- based company over what it deemed unfair competition, saying among other...