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  • HONOLULU— It has become clear that the Honolulu rail project's cost moving forward will not be as low as expected in 2015, officials said. The authority on Thursday approved a $16 million increase to the firm, San Francisco- based PGH Wong Engineering, and expects to pay it even more. The $16 million is expected to last through June 2018.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is going to stop reading your Gmail in search of opportunities to sell ads. The change announced Friday will end a practice that Google has embraced since the company introduced Gmail in 2004. The Mountain View, California, company said it would stop the ad-driven scanning of Gmail later this year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco police: UPS shooter was armed with 2 stolen guns in last week's shooting rampage; no motive announced yet.

  • Even CEOs have to start somewhere. At a time when a smaller proportion of teens are working summer jobs, some of today's corporate chief executives reminisced to The Associated Press about what they did and what they learned in their earliest jobs. Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison worked three summers as a phone operator.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 22- A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company's driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc to comply with the city's demands for...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Uber acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer— now accused of stealing self-driving car technology— despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer's property. Waymo alleges that Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer at the crux of the case, ripped off its trade secrets before...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico signed a deal with Airbnb on Thursday under which the company will collect the room tax from hosts on the island and turn the revenue over to the U.S. territory's government, which is mired in a financial crisis. "I would like to thank Airbnb for contributing to the economic development of Puerto Rico," he said. The San Francisco- based...

  • NEW YORK, June 22- U.S. healthcare stocks posted sharp gains on Thursday, with hospitals and insurers climbing after Senate Republicans released a draft bill to replace Obamacare, while a recent surge in biotechnology shares showed no signs of slowing. Shares of hospitals and health insurers, the main focus of investors during Republican efforts to dismantle...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 22- A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company's driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc to comply with the city's demands for...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 22- A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company's driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc to comply with the city's demands for...

  • SAN FRANCISCO JUDGE SAYS CITY CAN SUBPOENA UBER FOR DRIVER CONTACT INFORMATION TO PROVIDE TO TAX COLLECTOR- CITY ATTORNEY.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— At Facebook, mere "sharing" is getting old. So the Facebook founder wants to bring more meaning to its nearly 2 billion users by nudging them into online groups that bring together people with common passions, problems and ambitions. Much like the creation of Facebook itself— the largest social-engineering project in history— that shift could have...

  • June 22- More than 80 percent of Americans want to limit firearms access for people with mental illness and require background checks at gun shows and in private sales, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Thursday. On June 14, an Illinois man opened fire on Republican members of Congress with legally purchased guns during a baseball practice...

  • Telecommuting has become synonymous with convenience, flexible schedules and, yes, pajamas. "Not everybody is cut out for working from home," says Jack Aiello, a psychology professor at Rutgers University. "Above all else, two things are required to be a successful work-at-homer: the ability to be a self-directed, focused planner and a healthy dose of introversion,"...

  • June 22- Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it would expand its shuttle service Chariot to Seattle, making the city its third market in the United States. Ford agreed to buy San Francisco- based Chariot last year to expand beyond auto manufacturing and take another step toward becoming a mobility company. Chariot operated 100 Ford Transit shuttles in the San...

  • LAS VEGAS— Las Vegas property owners interested in renting out their properties for brief periods will have to comply with new rules passed Wednesday meant to crack down on a booming short-term rental industry that has raised concerns among some residents and local officials. Figures released in February by the San Francisco- based home-sharing service...

  • June 21- Altice USA Inc said on Wednesday the cable operator that Netherlands- based Altice NV formed by acquiring Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications, raised $1.9 billion in an initial public offering. Altice USA priced 63.9 million shares at $30, within its indicated price range of $27 to $31, making it this year's second largest U.S.

  • June 21- Apple Inc will soon start selling wireless plans from Virgin Mobile USA, the first new carrier offered by the iPhone maker's since 2013, the companies said on Wednesday. Virgin Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Sprint that licenses its name from the Virgin Group co-founded by Richard Branson, struck the deal as part of a broader revamp of its business that will...

  • WASHINGTON— Americans shopping for a house are facing an intensifying set of pressures: Fewer and fewer homes are being listed for sale, while prices are climbing at a pace that most incomes can't possibly match. The May sales report released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors shows a housing market unable to meet the demand from would-be buyers.

  • June 21- EBay Inc on Wednesday said it would match top competitors' prices for a number of popular products in an effort to lure customers. The news follows a string of initiatives by the seller marketplace to catch up to e-commerce rivals, and ultimately set itself apart as a haven for finding treasures online rather than commodity products.