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Oak on the tongue: Bourbon boom drives demand for USA oak

(AP) — Napa Valley vintner David Duncan has been known to stick his head in an American white oak barrel to get a full hit of the vanilla-laden, fresh-baked cookie smell the emanates from the wood.

Now seeking White House, Fiorina's CEO tenure was stormy

(AP) — In her quest for the Republican presidential nomination, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina boasts about her experience running Silicon Valley computer-maker Hewlett-Packard as evidence that she's "a problem solver, with a track record to prove it."

Rdio offers new $4 per month hybrid streaming tier

(AP) — Music streaming service Rdio is unveiling a new $4-per-month plan that allows subscribers to save 25 songs to their smartphone for offline listening while getting ad-free Internet radio with unlimited skips.

2 former Los Angeles sheriff's officials surrender to FBI

(AP) — Two former top officials of the nation's largest sheriff's department have surrendered to the FBI in a widespread misconduct investigation stemming from abuse within the Los Angeles County jail system, officials said.

Facebook pushes to improve benefits, pay for contractors

(AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.

California golf courses tee up water-saving measures

(AP) — At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants.

Twitter founder feeling 'Super' as he heads in new direction

(AP) — Biz Stone knows abandoning a struggling project to try something else can be a smart move. After all, he was part of a team that dumped the seldom-heard podcasting service Odeo nearly a decade ago to work on a new idea called Twitter that transformed how people communicate and made him a multimillionaire.

Blog site Tumblr launches anti-bullying support campaign

(AP) — Actress Elizabeth Banks, singer Jordin Sparks and Vice President Joe Biden are among those helping Tumblr establish a safe place from bullies online.

Report: Rising share of Hispanics speak proficient English

(AP) — A rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining, researchers said Tuesday.

Samsung announces new push into Internet-connected gadgets 


(AP) — Samsung wants to sell the digital brains that will go into billions of "smart" home appliances, industrial sensors and other Internet-connected gadgets — even if the gadgets aren't made by Samsung.