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IBM tests Watson with consumers

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

International Business Machines is putting its Watson natural-language technology to the test with consumers on a wide scale for the first time. On the website of financial-services firm USAA, military customers will be able to use IBM's tool to...

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Report finds business owner gender gap

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

New York - Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate...

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Boston convention center may get $1B upgrade

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Boston - State lawmakers sent to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick's desk on Wednesday a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.Supporters of the measure tout the proposed expansion of the...

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Gasoline prices dip to four-month low

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

San Francisco - Retail gasoline slid to the lowest level in almost four months as refineries boosted production.Pump prices averaged $3.593 a gallon Monday, down 4.2 cents from the previous week and the lowest since March 31, data...

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Fruit, veggie juices get trendy; can V8 ride the wave?

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Pricey fruit and vegetable juices have become fashionable among those on a quest for fitness, and now V8 is trying to grab their attention. Campbell Soup Co. is hoping it can spark a turnaround for the struggling beverage by hitching it to...

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App goes viral as Ukraine crash spawns planespotters

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Toulouse, France - The downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has thrust a plane-tracking application into the limelight as more people study global flight paths that previously only drew aviation enthusiasts and...

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Goodwill, feds probe possible data breach

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.The Maryland-based organization said late Monday it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud...

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Web helps Comcast top profit estimates

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

New York - Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S. that's in the midst of acquiring Time Warner Cable Inc., reported second-quarter profit that topped estimates on higher revenue from its Internet customers.Earnings,...

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McDonald’s profit slips; U.S. sales decline

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag. The world's biggest hamburger chain has been struggling to boost sales in its flagship market amid intensifying competition, changing...

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Allergan to cut 1,500 employees

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive. The Irvine, Calif., company also said Monday it plans to eliminate about 250 vacant...

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Verizon boosts FiOS upload speeds to match downloads

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

New York - Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.Starting Monday, all...

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Premium Content From candy bars to cooking classes, pot edibles give rise to industry

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils and cookbooks.

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Starbucks sees more Apple-like stores after Colombia debut

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Starbucks Corp.'s new three-story café in Bogota could be the type of location the coffee-shop chain's customers see more often. Wednesday, the chain opened its first location in Colombia: a 2,700-square-foot store with a heated patio, concrete...

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Premium Content Many factors in weighing safety of foreign airspace

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

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.Airlines might have to be more vigilant about...

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Airbus beats Boeing in airshow orders

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Farnborough, England - Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, getting nearly twice as many orders and commitments.The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is...

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Jet downing, weak earnings rattle stock market

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

The downing of a passenger plane flying over Ukraine rattled U.S. financial markets Thursday, deepening a slide set off by a batch of disappointing company earnings and a weak home construction report.All three major stock indexes ended...

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Oregon sues 5-Hour Energy over ad claims

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Portland, Ore. - Oregon's attorney general has sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.The lawsuit filed Thursday in Portland contends 5-Hour Energy falsely...

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Senators want GM to fire top lawyer

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Washington - Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with...

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Fiat denies merger talks with VW

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a German media report that it is in merger talks with Volkswagen. Shares in Fiat rose 5 percent Thursday after Manager Magazin reported that the main shareholders in Fiat SpA and Volkswagen AG have had a series...

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Who smokes? The young and the poor

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Big American tobacco wants to get bigger in America.Reynolds American, which sells both Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, has agreed to acquire rival and Newport menthol-maker Lorillard for an estimated $27.4 billion. If approved, the...

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Murdoch may be ready to raise bid for Time Warner

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

New York - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. is willing to pay more than $85 a share for Time Warner Inc., according to people with knowledge of the matter, a sign Rupert Murdoch is undeterred after being rebuffed in an initial offer...

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Rising factory output provides boost to U.S. growth

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - Industrial production climbed in June to cap the strongest quarter in almost four years as manufacturers provided a bigger spark for the U.S. economy.A 0.2 percent increase in output at factories, mines and utilities...

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Casino workers try to woo buyers in N.J.

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Many workers at three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down in the next few months are trying to keep them open. Workers at the Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel, along with their union, are lining up political support, rallying public opinion...

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Homebuilder confidence increases

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose more than forecast in July, reaching the highest level in six months, as growing payrolls brightened the outlook after a shaky first half.

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Fuel-efficient planes could make trans-Atlantic flights cheaper

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

The north Atlantic is one of the most lucrative and highly competitive airline markets in the world. Since the late 1940s, numerous airlines have attempted, with varying degrees of success, to operate profitable commercial services on routes...

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