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  • F5 beats Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ F5 Networks Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $93.2 million. Sixteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $482.6 million. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.71.

  • Bernie Sanders is pressing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton to support a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour as he pushes legislation to boost pay. His bill would phase in increases in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. While it's unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Congress, it puts pressure on Clinton to support...

  • The parent-kid pot talk from inside the industry Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Soon after Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, Todd Mitchem's son proposed using the plant for a horticulture project at his Montessori school in Denver. School officials said no way, despite support from dad, a regular weed user and chief executive of a dating app and social network for fellow enthusiasts. That was early 2013. Now, pot is...

  • Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. The 240,000- student University of California becomes the nation's first...

  • On-demand doctor apps bring Uber approach to medicine Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— It was 8 o'clock on a weeknight and Brooklyn resident Sarah Sheehan was reeling from a painful earache. She wouldn't be able to see her doctor until the next morning, and that would require a 45- minute subway ride uptown. Today, 9 out of 10 general practitioners say they do not typically make house calls, according to the American Academy of Family...

  • Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 10:20 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning and a half-cup at night. But when Hammond grew to 20 inches and 180 pounds, "my husband couldn't handle it any more.' Either the pig goes or I go,'" Monroy, of El Monte, California, says he told her. Anna Key, vice president of the North American...

  • Rhapsody tops 3 million paying music subscribers globally Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 9:05 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Rhapsody International, the operator of the Rhapsody and Napster streaming music services, says it has surpassed 3 million paying subscribers globally as more consumers realize the benefits of offline listening. The Seattle- based company cited competitors like Apple and Spotify for helping raise awareness of the category.

  • CHICAGO/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- Macy's Inc is expanding same-day delivery to several new U.S. markets this summer, one of the most aggressive pushes by a brick-and-mortar retailer in an area dominated by e-commerce giant Amazon, according to a Macy's official. Currently, Macy's is offering the service in Houston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C.,...

  • Los Angeles County takes step toward $15 minimum wage Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles County is crafting a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years, with supporters arguing it will help lift the working poor into the middle class and opponents warning businesses will have to cut back, move out or close down. Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to promote a higher minimum wage during a stop...

  • NEW YORK— Fast-food workers in New York state would see a super-sized raise under a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage— the first time a state has singled out a particular industry for such an increase. "You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 a year in the state of New York— period," Gov. San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles have approved gradual increases to $15...

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour after officials were told it would either kill business or help lift bread-winners out of poverty. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to direct county lawyers to draft a proposed law that would gradually increase the base...

  • Brother sues Seattle CEO who set $70,000 minimum wage Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 1:17 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A Seattle CEO who set a $70,000 minimum wage for all his employees is now being sued by his brother. The Seattle Times reports Lucas Price accuses his brother and co-founder, Dan Price, in court documents of violating his rights as minority shareholder in Gravity Payments and breaching duties and contracts. The complaints were initially signed March 13...

  • NEW YORK— Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. Even with insurance and her Social Security check, Ranzman still had to come up with around $4,000 every month to cover her care in the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Manhattan. The cost of staying in a nursing home has climbed at twice the rate of...

  • DENVER— Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations. There's nothing, "said Frank Conrad, lab director for Colorado Green Lab, a pot-testing lab in Denver.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Kansas City's minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour over about four and a half years under an ordinance that council members approved Thursday, although there are questions whether it could withstand a legal challenge. Andrew Kling, the spokesman for Communities Creating Opportunity, a faith-based community organizing nonprofit in Kansas...

  • Glance: Amazon's 20 bets in 20 years Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Amazon turns 20 on Thursday. 1999: The company launches Amazon Auctions, a separate site that resembled eBay's auction sites, which did not succeed. "I think seven people came, if you count my parents and siblings," reminisced founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

  • As Amazon turns 20, a look at its biggest bets Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue. Led by its 51- year-old founder, Jeff Bezos, the Seattle company's strategy has long been to make big bets and expand into new areas.

  • DURANT, Okla.— Calling the Internet a 21st century necessity, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a program to bring faster Internet connections to more low-income households, particularly to help students living in public and assisted housing stay ahead in school. It's a necessity, "Obama said in Durant, Oklahoma, on the first day of a two-day visit to...

  • July 13- Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Monday an icebreaker crucial to planned Arctic oil drilling will be sent to Portland, Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, but the issue is not expected to delay the beginning of drilling off Alaska later in July. Voyage time between Portland and southern Alaska should not delay the company's plans to begin drilling off...

  • Comcast to offer streaming services for $15 a month Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | 11:58 PM ET

    July 12- Cable company Comcast Corp said it is beta testing a new cable streaming service called Stream, which will broadcast live TV from HBO and about a dozen other networks for $15 per month. Launching with Boston, followed by Chicago and Seattle, Stream would let Comcast's Xfinity Internet customers stream live TV over phones, tablets and laptops.