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  • WASHINGTON— Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

  • Facebook's ascent has investors betting on more gains Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- The big selloffs in shares of social media companies last quarter following weak results seem to be brushed under the carpet this earnings season as investors focus instead on the success of Facebook Inc.. The rapid ascent has made Facebook one of the ten largest S&P companies in terms of market capitalization, with the stock now worth more than...

  • FRANKFURT, July 28- Business planning software start-up Anaplan is nipping at the heels of industry leaders SAP, Oracle and IBM, with sales of its cloud-based service tripling in each of the past three years as it seeks to shake up the market. While major players like SAP, Oracle's Hyperion business and IBM's Cognos and Applix units have been forced to offer...

  • Correction: San Francisco-Soda Warning story Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— In a story July 26 about a lawsuit against San Francisco by the American Beverage Association, The Associated Press reported erroneously where the city's health warning labels would be posted. Beverage group sues San Francisco over soda warnings, advertising ban; cites 1st Amendment. SAN FRANCISCO— The American Beverage Association has sued...

  • Home prices on the rise Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Home prices on the rise

    Home prices rose 4.9% in May compared to a year ago, lower than the projected 5.7%.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year. And separate data released by the Census Bureau Tuesday pointed to the limited impact of the three-year old housing recovery: The proportion of Americans owning their own homes has continued to decline and is now at the lowest level since 1967..

  • U.S. home price growth stalls in May-S&P/Case-Shiller Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. single-family home prices in May rose from the previous year at the same pace as April but fell short of forecasts, as housing construction slowed and new home sales lagged existing home sales, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. Denver, San Francisco, and Dallas experienced the biggest year-over-year home appreciation among the 20...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants. "Cow bone," Virginia Lo, manager of a Chinatown shop next door, said of the...

  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. No one's expected to line up overnight for Windows 10, the way people did 20 years ago for Windows 95. But Microsoft...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the...

  • What cities have the highest credit card debt? Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 11:47 AM ET
    A merchant slides a credit card for a transaction.

    Out of 25 cities with the highest credit card debt burden, three cities were near the top of the list.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56- year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. More than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps, built with software Apple Inc. developed to help turn the...

  • The American Beverage Association's sugary lawsuit Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    The American Beverage Association's sugary lawsuit

    The beverage industry takes San Francisco to court over labeling regulations.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The American Beverage Association has sued the city of San Francisco, claiming new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the association filed the lawsuit on Friday. Information from: The San...

  • TEL AVIV, July 26- Facebook marketing partner Bidalgo targets a tripling in sales in 2015 as its new technology to automate the process of making personalised online video advertising benefits from Facebook's growing share of the video market. Facebook is becoming a leader in the video market as users prefer to watch video ads over static images, said Peleg...

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, who is also the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., has filed confidentially for an initial public offering, according to media reports. Square has been working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase& Co. on the IPO, Bloomberg and CNBC...

  • As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    DENVER— The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state's more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. But the bright-blue...

  • Scary headlines don't deter investors Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Neither do many on Wall Street.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Charles Schwab Corp will more than double its salesforce, add branches and may lower trading commissions when the U.S. "To cut much below here means we'd have to cut into things like client service, which we never do," said Chief Financial Officer Joe Martinetto. Investors in stocks of Schwab and competitors such as TD Ameritrade Holding expect a...