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Go Midwest, young techie: Silicon Valley becoming too pricey for startups

Michael Hollman says he has a job offer from Amazon.com and just interviewed at Google. But he might ditch them both for Lincoln, Nebraska. Hudl, a startup that provides video tools for coaches and athletes, is offering the University of Nebraska senior a chance to become a hometown hero. It’s raised more than $72 million […]

Why phones break: Screens get stronger, yet we demand more

NEW YORK — Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you’re bound to see several with cracked screens. Despite engineering breakthroughs, screen breakage has become a part of life, the leading type of phone damage. In part, we’re to blame. We want phones that are bigger, yet thinner, offsetting strides made […]

Valencia’s 2-run HR lifts Athletics over Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE — Danny Valencia believed all along that he just needed the opportunity to show what he could do. The Oakland A’s are now believers. Valencia, picked up on waivers Aug. 3 from Toronto, hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Friday night. “We put […]

Heston ends rookie season on sour note as Giants lose 9-3

  SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Heston finished his rookie year on a low note, allowing a season high in runs. He can still take plenty of positives into the winter as he looks ahead to 2016. Heston lasted 3 2-3 innings and gave up eight runs in the San Francisco Giants’ 9-3 loss to the […]

Arrenado adds to HR lead as Rockies beat Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 42nd home run and broke the major league record for extra-base hits in a season by a third baseman as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Friday night to end a three-game losing streak. Corey Dickerson added his third homer in eight games […]

Hogan starts, No. 21 Stanford defeats Oregon State 42-24

  CORVALLIS, Ore. — Quarterback Kevin Hogan was back in an ankle boot following Stanford’s victory over Oregon State. It certainly didn’t appear that his sprained left ankle gave him any trouble in the 42-24 victory Friday night for the No. 21 Cardinal. A game-time decision, he completed 9-of-14 passes for 163 yards and two […]

As wildfires rage in West, ranchers lose cattle, rangeland

PORTLAND, Ore. — For weeks, rancher Darrel Holliday has rounded up frightened cows and calves off the smoldering hills of the Strawberry Mountain Range, a wilderness area in eastern Oregon of old-growth forest and grass where wildlife and cattle roamed. Holliday’s entire federal forest grazing allotment of about 32,000 acres — 50 square miles — […]

Cloistered nuns bake altar breads for papal Mass in Philly

LANGHORNE, Pa. — A group of cloistered nuns has been working overtime in the kitchen to help Philadelphia church officials prepare for Pope Francis’ visit, baking 100,000 communion hosts for his public Mass. Religious sisters at the suburban Monastery of St. Clare put in extra shifts for about two months to fill the order, which represents […]

NHL players set for World Cup of Hockey; Olympics unclear

  TORONTO — The World Cup of Hockey is coming back, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insists that doesn’t necessarily mean the league will skip the 2018 Olympics. “I don’t think one has anything to do with the other,” Bettman said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. While Bettman didn’t sound enthused […]

September 10, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

QBs going 1-2 in draft is nothing new in NFL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Credit the NFL schedule for ensuring that the debuts of rookie quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will get plenty of attention. Winston and Mariota are the sixth pair of quarterbacks drafted 1-2 overall in league history. On Sunday, they will become the first to open their careers against each other when […]

September 09, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Geneva Lake views not enough as Swiss taxes, politics dim appeal

GENEVA — The days when Geneva could lure blue-chip multinationals with little more than a postcard of its iconic lake and the promise of a low-ball tax rate are gone. The Swiss city with the world’s highest density of millionaires is feeling the pinch as its budget deficit balloons and the stronger Swiss franc pushes […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

In India, bail demands keep the poor imprisoned for years

LUCKNOW, India – Sixteen-year-old Suraj Chaudhry has been waiting for most of his life: for lawyers, for justice, for his father’s eventual release from the prison after 14 years. His father should have been let out in 2003, but the impoverished family could not pay the 24,000 rupee bail (then worth $522, now worth $360) […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Philly businesses wary, excited by prospect of papal crowds

PHILADELPHIA — Business owners in Philadelphia could enjoy a financial windfall from the crowds expected for the papal visit – if their employees can get to work through the security perimeters and road closures. To encourage shops to navigate the hurdles and stay open for the historic occasion, the city this week launched the hashtag #OpenInPHL. […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Fast Jack stays in hunt for NHRA championship

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Beckman is a survivor. He earned a GED, beat cancer and walked away from two spectacular Funny Car explosions that are still YouTube favorites. So when Beckman went two seasons without a win, he didn’t fret. The 49-year-old drag racer revamped his team, put together a remarkable record-breaking season and is in […]

September 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223 — Airline fare wars are making a comeback. Don’t expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours — prices the industry has spent the years trying to eliminate. Fliers have been able to fly Chicago to […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged

With the force of ‘Star Wars,’ Disney tightens grip on toy universe

Disney chief Bob Iger recently announced his media-and-merchandising juggernaut would soon be launching one of its biggest theme-park expansions in history: A “jaw-dropping new world,” sprawled across Disney’s parks in Florida and California, exploring the Big Mouse’s newly purchased mega-franchise, “Star Wars.” He didn’t say when the elaborate 14-acre expansions would open, but analysts agree […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Review: Stand-alone gadgets trump all-in-one devices

Anick Jesdanun   NEW YORK — When Apple announced new iPod music players a few weeks ago, many people asked why anyone would need iPods when smartphones can play music and more. I had that question myself – until I remembered I’ve been carrying an iPod almost every day, mostly for my runs. There are times […]

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