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Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

FILE - In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. Apple launched the payment system that sidesteps wallets, the latest way…

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Birthday: Rickey Henderson

Birthday: Rickey Henderson

Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson is 56.

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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

FILE - This file photo taken Tuesday, May 13, 2014 shows a row of Google self-driving cars outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first h…

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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

FILE - In this May 13 2014, file photo, a Google self-driving car goes on a test drive near the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to …

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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014 file photo, a screen shows what a Google self-driving car sees through the window of one of the cars on exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new ru…

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Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) reacts after scoring a goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. In the foreground is San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 18, 2014 11:09 pmLoading…
Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference, top, tumbles over San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Tierney was given a penalty on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 18, 2014 11:09 pmLoading…
Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry (2) and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 18, 2014 11:09 pmLoading…
Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz, left, and San Jose Sharks left wing Barclay Goodrow, right, reach for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 18, 2014 11:09 pmLoading…
Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Tennyson, Goodrow lead Sharks past Oilers

Edmonton Oilers center Boyd Gordon (27) is greeted by teammates David Perron (57) Jordan Eberle (14), Andrew Ference (21), and Jeff Petry (2) after scoring a goal during the first period of the Oilers' NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif…

December 18, 2014 11:09 pmLoading…
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

FILE - In this April 24, 2007, file photo, an exhibit about a 1962 prison escape made famous in the movie, "Escape from Alcatraz," is displayed in the museum store on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and …

December 17, 2014 2:08 pmLoading…
Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation

Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, file photo, a man uses a kayak to make his way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center in Healdsburg, Calif. Recent storms have eased California's decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an…

December 16, 2014 2:06 pmLoading…
CALIFORNIA-TORMENTAS

CALIFORNIA-TORMENTAS

De izquierda a derecha, Ryder Gardner, de 8 años, su hermana Delaney, de 6, y su hermano Mason, de 3, caminan cerca de un viñedo inundado el viernes 12 de diciembre de 2014 en Forestville, California. (Foto AP/Eric Risberg)

December 15, 2014 3:07 pm
California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

An RV sits underwater from the flooded Russian River Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Guerneville, Calif. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California. In Sonoma County, the Russian River was approaching flood stage and was expected to cr…

December 13, 2014 3:48 pmLoading…
California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

Steve Derst uses a kayak to inspect the damage to the trailer park where he lives Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Guerneville, Calif. Derst pulled his home out of the park earlier in the week. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California…

December 13, 2014 3:48 pmLoading…
California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

Madison Gardner, 4, looks out at a flooded vineyard on Wohler Road Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Forestville, Calif. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California. In Sonoma County, the Russian River was approaching flood stage and was …

December 13, 2014 3:48 pmLoading…
Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Two women cross a street in the rain Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. A soaking storm swept into California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 12, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Rain drops fall on a flooded part of a street Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. A soaking storm swept into California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 12, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Floodwaters partially submerge some of the Pinot Noir vines in Nonny's Vineyard along River Road in Forestville, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California. In Sonoma County, the Russian River was…

December 12, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
West coast storms

West coast storms

Water from the Russian River floods an amusement park Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Guerneville, Calif. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California. In Sonoma County, the Russian River was approaching flood stage and was expected to c…

December 12, 2014 4:30 pm
West coast storms

West coast storms

Two women cross a street in the rain Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. A soaking storm swept into California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 12, 2014 4:29 pm
West coast storms

West coast storms

Rain drops fall on a flooded part of a street Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. A soaking storm swept into California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

December 12, 2014 4:29 pm
Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Major storm sweeps through Southern California

A woman tries to jump over a puddle of water during a rain storm Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Petaluma, Calif. A soaking storm swept into California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed ra…

December 12, 2014 3:59 pmLoading…
California storms

California storms

Mark Blanchard carries a squeegee down a flooded street after clearing water at his family winery Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the reg…

December 11, 2014 4:23 pm
California storms

California storms

Robert Wagner carries a bag of food for breakfast and a pack of beer while walking down a flooded street to his home Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters wh…

December 11, 2014 4:23 pm
California storms

California storms

People use kayaks and a canoe to make their way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the reg…

December 11, 2014 4:23 pm
California storms

California storms

Three people use a canoe to make their way through a flooded parking lot at a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region …

December 11, 2014 4:23 pm
California storms

California storms

A girl wades through a flooded parking lot at a shopping center, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain. (AP Ph…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California storms

California storms

Aidan Perez, left, 12, and Christopher Dow, right, 11, use a shopping cart to get around the flooded parking lot of a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and dela…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California storms

California storms

A car and shopping cart are submerged in water at a flooded shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed r…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California storms

California storms

A group of girls laugh while running down a flooded street Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Er…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California storms

California storms

Hailey Thistle, 8, walks into a flooded parking lot at a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California storms

California storms

Ellie Mahoney, 15, of Geyserville, Calif., uses a kayak to make her way through a flooded parking lot Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California storms

California storms

A man uses a kayak to make his way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much…

December 11, 2014 4:22 pm
California Storms

California Storms

The powerful storm that churned through Northern California on Thursday is expected to pass through Southern Arizona tonight and Saturday. It will not bring anywhere near the amount of rain that fell in Healdsburg, Calif., where Aidan Perez, left, 12, and Christopher Dow, 11, used a shopping…

December 11, 2014 2:51 pm
AP Photos of the Year 2014

AP Photos of the Year 2014

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - Miles Scott, left, dressed as Batkid, throws the ceremonial first pitch next to Batman before an opening day baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. On Nov. 15, 2013, Sc…

December 03, 2014 12:32 pm
Tickets out of reach for Average Joe

Tickets out of reach for Average Joe

In this July 17, 2014 file photo, a groundskeeper drives across the field before the ribbon-cutting and opening of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. With the climate ripe for commerce, local organizers think they can make a strong case to bring the 2024 Olympics to the San Francisco Bay …

November 29, 2014 3:23 pm
In a self-driving future, we may not even want to own cars

In a self-driving future, we may not even want to own cars

Self-driving cars like those being tested at Google will slowly take more control away from the driver, says futurist Peter Schwartz. Eventually, people will lose interest in driving at all.

November 22, 2014 4:17 pmLoading…
1969: Alcatraz

1969: Alcatraz

A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

November 19, 2014 1:38 pmLoading…
Celebrity photos of the week

Celebrity photos of the week

Musician Carlos Santana performs the national anthem before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

October 30, 2014 3:25 pm
serie mundial agentes libres

serie mundial agentes libres

El antesalista de los Gigantes de San Francisco Pablo Sandoval trata de atrapar un batazo de Salvador Pérez, de los Reales de kansas City, durante el cuarto partido de la serie mundial el sábado 25 de octubre de 2014. (Foto de AP/Eric Risberg)

October 28, 2014 4:17 pm
Celebrity photos of the week

Celebrity photos of the week

Singer Carole King performs "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," before former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San F…

October 23, 2014 3:19 pm
Carlos Ortiz

Carlos Ortiz

En esta foto del 10 de octubre de 2014, el mexicano Carlos Ortiz realiza su tiro de salida en la segunda ronda del torneo Frys.com en Napa, California (AP Foto/Eric Risberg, archivo)

October 22, 2014 12:54 pm
The vast majority of Californians shun quake insurance

The vast majority of Californians shun quake insurance

City construction inspector Tina Chechourka applies an unsafe red tag on an apartment building on Third Street Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the…

August 26, 2014 6:52 pm
Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

A worker removes an earthquake-damaged wine barrel in Napa, Calif., close to the epicenter of a 6.0 quake that caught many people asleep.

August 25, 2014 5:09 pmLoading…
California Earthquake

California Earthquake

Crumbled earth is shown next to a section of roadway on Highway 121 that buckled and was repaired following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hosp…

August 24, 2014 8:36 pm
California Earthquake

California Earthquake

A cracked section of roadway is shown in the Carneros district following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging his…

August 24, 2014 8:36 pm
California Earthquake Wines

California Earthquake Wines

Broken bottles from the library wines of Saintsbury winery fill a grape bin following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Winemakers in California’s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles, barrels and gallons of ruined wine as a result of Sunday’s earthqu…

August 24, 2014 8:36 pm
California Earthquake

California Earthquake

Winemaker Tom Montgomery walks through wine to see the damage following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Winemakers in California’s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles, barrels and gallons of ruined wi…

August 24, 2014 8:36 pm
California Earthquake

California Earthquake

Barrels filled with Cabernet Sauvignon are toppled on one another following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. Winemakers in California’s storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles, barrels and gallons of ruine…

August 24, 2014 8:36 pm

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