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Visitors leave the Mars Chocolate North America Topeka Plant near Topeka, Kan., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

$270M chocolate plant proof of US’s sweet tooth

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Americans aren’t losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of […]

03/27/2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures while speaking during a press briefing on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Microsoft’s Office apps for iPad ushers in new era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people […]

03/27/2014

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game wearing  Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES), in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Visionary or looney? Zuckerberg on spending spree

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst […]

03/26/2014

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game wearing  Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES), in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. Facebook Inc. said Tuesday […]

03/25/2014

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, JoAnn Crupi arrives to federal court in New York, Tuesday. The longtime secretary of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff is one of five former employees of the imprisoned financier convicted Monday, March 24, 2014 in New York, at the end of a six-month trial that portrayed them as telling an elaborate web of lies to hide a fraud that enriched them and cheated investors out of billions of dollars. . (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

5 Madoff ex-workers convicted in case’s 1st trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Five former employees of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff were convicted Monday at the end of a six-month trial that cast them as the long arms of their boss, telling an elaborate […]

03/24/2014

Sample California driver's license.

California DMV: No evidence of computer breach

The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Saturday there’s no evidence of a computer breach, but it’s launching an investigation “out of an abundance of caution.” DMV spokesman Armando Botello said the agency was alerted by […]

03/22/2014

FILE - In this Monday, May 6, 2013, file photo shows a Wendy's single with cheese large combo meal at a Wendy's restaurant in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Wendy’s rolls out mobile payment in US restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy’s is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones, following a similar plans unveiled by Burger King this week. The Wendy’s Co., based in Dublin, Ohio, has […]

03/21/2014

Wal-Mart shoppers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Wal-Mart’s new tool gives out competitors prices

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Every Day Low Price” king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again. Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that […]

03/21/2014

Southern California Edison

Penalties proposed for Edison violations

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – State regulators announced proposed penalties totaling $24.5 million today against Southern California Edison for extended outages that resulted from a 2011 windstorm that left almost 400,000 customers without power, and for […]

03/21/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

GM’s Barra apologizes for deaths tied to recalled cars

DETROIT (AP) — The top executive of General Motors apologized for deaths linked to the delayed recall of 1.6 million small cars, saying the company took too long to tell owners to bring the cars […]

03/18/2014

An employee re-stocks X-Box sets at a Wal-Mart in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Wal-Mart takes aim at $2B used video game market

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to expand its current […]

03/18/2014