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  • Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.

  • Eclectic mix of donors in race to succeed Cantor Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The race to succeed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has attracted donations from Sarah Palin and Emmy-winning TV producer Jonathan Littman, as both Republican and Democratic candidates reap the benefits of Cantor's upset loss in last month's GOP primary.

  • Why airlines didn't avoid risky Ukraine airspace Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines. In the hours after Thursday's disaster involving a Malaysia Airlines jet, carriers around the globe began rerouting flights to avoid Ukraine.

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Lake Tahoe Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel& Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

  • States sue 5-Hour Energy over ad claims Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    The Oregon lawsuit filed Thursday in Portland contends 5- Hour Energy falsely claims customers get extra energy and focus from a unique blend of ingredients, when the boost actually comes from a concentrated dose of caffeine. Oregon has been part of a group leading a 33- state investigation into the accuracy of the product's claims.

  • Correction: Pets-Sweet Dog Suites story Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes.

  • SEATTLE, July 17- Microsoft Corp will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it almost halves the size of its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

  • Route 91 Harvest country music fest set for Vegas Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Concert producer Live Nation and casino company MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that they're collaborating on the inaugural, three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, set to take place Oct. 3-5 in an empty lot near the Mandalay Bay resort.

  • SEATTLE, July 17- Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and reshapes itself into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

  • Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39- year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.

  • AP NewsAlert Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    REDMOND, Wash.— CORRECTS: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year.

  • SEATTLE, July 17- Microsoft Corp is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs in an announcement expected early Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter, as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and reshapes itself as a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.

  • *Gaza death toll hits 216 after more air strikes. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 16- Israeli shelling killed four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, an incident the military called tragic, and Israel and Hamas said they would cease attacks for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations.

  • Seattle taxi drivers attend charm school classes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Some Seattle-area taxi drivers are trying charm school as a way to improve their customer service and fight off competition from other ride services. KOMO-TV reports that about 130 drivers from Yellow Cab sat in a classroom Tuesday to listen to hospitality management instructors from South Seattle College.

  • House votes to allow marijuana-related banking Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.

  • Apple may refund $400M in digital book settlement Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion. The settlement bill emerged in a Wednesday court filing made a month after attorneys suing Apple notified U.S.

  • State's unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington state officials said Wednesday that the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest it has been in six years. Numbers released Wednesday by the state's Employment Security Department show that June's jobless rate was down from May's rate of 6.1 percent.

  • UPDATE 1-Starbucks opens in Colombia, home of Juan Valdez Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    July 16- Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia on Wednesday, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first started buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee named after fictional coffee farmer Juan Valdez.

  • Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one. Standard Pacific, based in Irvine, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners.

  • Make room Juan Valdez: Starbucks opens in Colombia Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    On Wednesday, Starbucks made its much-anticipated debut in the country synonymous with coffee after decades of roasting Colombia's Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. But will Colombians answer Starbucks' siren call and ditch a popular local chain bearing the bushy-whiskered coffee farmer's name?