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Apple strikes deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

(AP) — Apple's stock rose 3 percent in morning trading on Monday, a day after the company announced a long-anticipated agreement to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone company.

Sign-up volume high for California health exchange

(AP) — A spokesman for California's health insurance exchange says enrollment action is heavy during the deadline day to sign up for coverage that will start Jan. 1.

Bell back on financial feet after near-bankruptcy

(AP) — A Los Angeles suburb facing potential bankruptcy following a corruption scandal is back on its financial feet.

$375K penalty returned to PG&E

(AP) — California regulators have refunded $375,000 to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Oracle buying Responsys for about $1.39 billion

(AP) — Oracle is buying cloud-based business-to-consumer marketing software company Responsys for about $1.39 billion.

German retailer ALDI plans $3 billion US expansion

(AP) — German-owned discount store chain ALDI plans to invest $3 billion to open 650 new sites across the United States in the next five years.

San Luis Obispo County rid of vineyard pest

(AP) — San Luis Obispo County is now free of a pest that has been the scourge of the wine grape industry.

Calif. jobless rate dips to 8.5 percent last month

(AP) — California's jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, continuing a positive trend after increasing temporarily over the summer.

Safeway cutting gestation crates from pork supply

In response to calls for compassion toward animals, Safeway, Inc. announced that it will no longer source its pork supply from companies that use gestation crates.

Spain fines Google $1.2 million over privacy laws

(AP) — Spain's data protection agency says it has fined search engine giant Google 900,000 euros ($1.2 million) for three serious breaches of the country's laws.