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'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."...

FedEx, UPS make plans for a better holiday season
DALLAS (AP) -- Facing an even bigger mountain of packages this holiday season, FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift-recipients a year ago....

Survey: Harassment a common part of online life
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life....

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles
DETROIT (AP) -- The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website....

Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings....

Small business view: Ebola, energy and elections
NEW YORK (AP) -- Small business owners have their fair share of issues they need to stay on top of. These days they can add three more to the list....

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes....

Slide in energy sector drags US stock market lower
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings....

US consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign....

Passenger jets push Boeing's profit up 18 percent
NEW YORK (AP) -- Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year....

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