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Vermont team, Oakland A's extend contract

(AP) — The Vermont Lake Monsters and Oakland Athletics are extending their player-development contract by two years.

Will Apple finally reveal its next big thing?

(AP) — Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

California regulator: alter nuclear plant deal

(AP) — The state regulator overseeing the closure of Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant said that a proposed settlement outlining who pays for the work needs to be a better deal for consumers.

Twitter tests shopping service

(AP) — Twitter is testing a way to let users go shopping or make charitable contributions between tweets.

Tech cos. appeal rejection of jobs settlement

(AP) — Four tech companies including Apple and Google are appealing a judge's rejection of a $324.5 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 60,000 high-tech workers.

Tesla CEO: "Nevada is it;" $1.3B package offered

(AP) — The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserted will create more than 22,000 new jobs and pump $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.

Construction begins on $1B solar plant in Nevada

(AP) — Company and federal officials have marked the start of construction on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the desert 50 miles south of Las Vegas.

Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings 


(AP) — Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

Dutch man admits in California to running drug hub

(AP) — A Dutch national has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to operating an online drug marketplace that sold LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and more.

PG&E intends appeal of $1.4B fine for fatal blast

(AP) — An appeal is planned of a landmark $1.4 billion penalty recommended for a Northern California utility for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, Pacific Gas and Electric said in a federal filing.