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Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film 


(AP) — Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can't get enough of animation, especially Disney's.

Steinbeck heirs fight over control of movie rights

(AP) — John Steinbeck's heirs say a literary agency is wrongly cutting them out of negotiations over movie deals for the late Nobel Prize-winning author's books.

California startup unveils gun technology for cops 


(AP) — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.

Tech firm fined for paying workers $1.21 per hour

(AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees imported from India were being treated like they were in an overseas sweat shop while they were working on a special project in the U.S.

Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity 


(AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

AP NewsBreak: Prisons agree to end race policy

(AP) — California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.

California malpractice cap generates big spending 


(AP) — Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003.

Visa increases dividend by 20 percent

(AP) — Visa Inc. says it will increase its quarterly dividend by 20 percent.

Company fined $25M for work-at-home scheme

(AP) — A federal judge has fined a California company $25 million for misleading 110,000 people to buy into a work-at-home scheme that almost never paid off.

'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to 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."