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YouTube's 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off
YouTube's legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet's video revolution. The 10-year-old site provided a stage for exhibitionists, narcissists and activists to broadcast their opinions, show off their talents, expose abuses or just pass along their favorite clips of movies, TV shows, music, cute kittens and other interests.
SMI, Coca-Cola extend partnership 5 years
Speedway Motorsports Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. have extended their partnership for five more years through 2020.
About 162,000 U-Haul vehicle trailer hitches recalled
About 162,000 trailer hitches sold at U-Haul outlets are being recalled because of weak steel that could cause the parts to break.
Nigerian cell phone provider needs fuel to prevent shutdown
Nigeria's leading cellphone provider says it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services across Africa's biggest oil producer.
Fido al fresco? NY weighs allowing outdoor dining with dogs
Never mind the doggie bag: Spot wants a seat at the outdoor table, or rather under it.
Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue
A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats.
Woman chains herself to Shell ship in bay north of Seattle
The Coast Guard says it has no plans to remove a woman who has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans.
California farmers agree to drastically cut water use
California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension
Congress has cleared a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects under a bill.
New York lawmakers may aim for status quo in housing debates
With Albany still reeling from corruption scandals and time running out on the legislative session, it's looking less likely that state lawmakers will overhaul New York City's longstanding rent regulations or a tax break for real estate developers.
Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects
A federal appeals court says America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were formulated to increase addiction, but not that they lied about the dangers of smoking.
Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles.
Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.
US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April
U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April, but overall gains were held back by another decline in energy costs that offset the biggest one-month jump in medical care in eight years.
Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US
A company that manufactures three-wheeled motorized rickshaws called tuk-tuks aims to make inroads in the United States.
Economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 states
A new survey suggests the economy will remain weak in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states because the strong U.S. dollar is hurting exports and the bird flu is hitting poultry farms hard.
Feds seek to manage Takata air bag recall, speed up repairs
Exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. are so dangerous that U.S. safety regulators want to manage a massive recall so cars can be fixed faster.
Applications for US jobless aid up, but from very low level
More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market.
Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard
Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.
McDonald's CEO to greet shareholders amid declining sales
McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is set to make his debut before shareholders at the company's annual meeting Thursday at a time when the chain is facing declining sales and ongoing protests.
Airbus: would reconsider UK investment if country leaves EU
The head of the U.K. arm of Airbus has warned the aerospace company would reconsider its investments in Britain should the country vote to leave the European Union.
Supporters for $15-an-hour wage to attend McDonald's meeting
Labor leaders and workers are expected to gather outside McDonald's Corp. shareholders meeting to drive home their demand for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers.
Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina
A judge has ordered North Carolina not to approve any fracking operations until the state Supreme Court rules on a legal question about how state panels are formed.
China's impact looms large as US debates its own trade deals
If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game.
Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi faces a balancing act over trade legislation before Congress.
Wal-Mart announces expansion of veteran hiring
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says its plan to hire 100,000 military veterans has been so successful that it intends to hire even more.
Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue
Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea.
UPS settles complaint it shortchanged government customers
United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers.
Fried chicken chain KFC resurrects Colonel Sanders for ads
KFC is bringing back Colonel Sanders as the fried chicken chain seeks to refresh its image.
Advocacy group: Wind turbine rules needed to protect birds
An advocacy group says weak federal policies are allowing wind energy companies to place thousands of turbines in locations that are dangerous to birds.
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