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  • Following a yearlong investigation, officials on Saturday arrested Brian Richard Farrell, 26, who told federal agents he was "the right-hand man" to the operator of Silk Road 2. 0. Farrell used the moniker "DoctorClu" and was among a small staff of online administrators and forum moderators who helped with the day-to-day operation of the website, according to a...

  • LOS ANGELES— A labor dispute between dockworkers at the West Coast's sea ports and their employers didn't take a day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal operators and ocean-going shipping lines, accuses members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of purposely slowing work to...

  • SEATTLE— Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies"...

  • Months after he landed in Florida's Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier's pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. Frazier, then 18, wrote the second time he asked for care, in August 2009. That company, Corizon Health Inc., is under growing pressure around the country after losing five...

  • CHICAGO— As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Chicago and New York introduced apps in early 2012, and Seattle has gotten into the game, as have some places in Maryland and Virginia. Boston briefly experimented, too, though their site was so popular it crashed during a February 2013 storm, hampering the response...

  • Facebook hiring spree hints at virtual reality plans Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 8:01 AM ET
    In June, Oculus showcased its VR Rift Development Kit 2 headset at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

    Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ SEATTLE, Jan 18- Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website. Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal last year, is...

  • Sanders promises to defend Social Security Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, said that a recent procedural move by House Republicans could lead to a 20 percent cut in Social Security disability benefits for 11 million people. When we talk about Social Security today, what we should be talking about is expanding benefits not cutting benefits, "Sanders said. "The Social Security...

  • UK arrests man in Sony Playstation and Xbox attack Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    LONDON— Authorities in Britain have arrested an 18- year-old man accused of computer hacking offenses related to days of disruption on Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services last year. Craig Jones, head of the police cybercrime unit that handled the arrest, the "swatting" allegation involves "law enforcement forces in the United States...

  • SEATTLE— Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. A big harvest of sun-grown marijuana from eastern Washington last fall flooded the market. "It's an economic nightmare," says Andrew Seitz, general manager at Dutch Brothers Farms in Seattle.

  • SEATTLE— After a federal judge on Thursday appointed a public defender to represent a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses, prosecutors filed a motion saying the man has plenty of assets to cover his defense, including piles of cash, expensive cars and property in at least three countries. Roman Seleznev and his two private lawyers had asked U.S.

  • Jan 15- Chipmaker Intel Corp forecast current-quarter revenue and gross margins that disappointed investors, sending its shares down about 2 percent in extended trading. "The top line looked a little bit light of the Street and gross margin looked a little bit light," Christopher Rolland, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said. Net income rose to $3.66 billion, or...

  • AP Explains: Amazon Prime Instant Video Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    Amazon Studios then announced that it had hired Woody Allen to create his first-ever TV series. It competes with Netflix, Hulu, Yahoo Screen and others by streaming a mix of original content and reams of movies and TV shows. Netflix is the leading paid streaming service, with about 53 million subscribers worldwide, including 38 million in the U.S.

  • United Airlines says it will 'insource' airport jobs too Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    CHICAGO— United Airlines, which is considering outsourcing up to 2,000 airport jobs, now says that after talking with union leaders it will bring back other jobs that had been turned over to contractors. Roitman said the airline industry "had a relatively good year in 2014," and United had its best results since the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines.

  • NEW YORK— Now that it has moved from laid-back Portland, Oregon, to amped-up New York, the company that runs bike-sharing programs in New York, Chicago and other major cities is changing its name from Alta Bicycle Share to Motivate. Citigroup has naming rights to New York's Citi Bike through 2024, while Chicago's system is called Divvy, Seattle's is Pronto Cycle...

  • CHICAGO— United Airlines is considering cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country and hiring a contractor to do the work. He said United was discussing the matter with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the affected workers. United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $1.12 billion in the first...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 13- Boeing Co said on Tuesday it picked the chief of its fastest-running assembly line to head the South Carolina factory where it makes the 787 Dreamliner. Beverly Wyse, who streamlined the 737 factory in Renton, Washington, as Boeing increased output to 42 airliners a month, will become vice president and general manager of the second Dreamliner...

  • LCD firm to pay Washington $13M to resolve price claim Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 3:06 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A company that manufactures LCD panels has agreed to pay the state of Washington $13 million to resolve claims it participated in a price-fixing scheme. LG Display will pay the amount to resolve claims that it violated Washington antitrust laws in the manufacture of LCD panels used in televisions, cellphones and computer monitors, Attorney General...

  • Airbus, Boeing split annual sales rivalry Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014— but the European aircraft manufacturer edged its U.S. rival in terms of future orders. Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France, reported Tuesday that it delivered 629 planes, shy of Boeing's record 723 deliveries. Airbus sales chief John Leahy...

  • WASHINGTON— A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not. According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of Americans favor requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in...