- California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap Updated: Oct-06-15 8:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.
- Rubio criticizes government regulation of on-demand economy Updated: Oct-06-15 6:35 pm
NEW YORK - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly "on-demand" startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy.
- Shop owner ordered to pay worker fired after safety report Updated: Oct-06-15 12:36 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A judge ordered a northern Idaho gas station owner to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired after reporting safety violations, including exposed wiring near water leaks and a lack of first aid equipment.
- Student injured in Seattle bus crash sues duck boat operator Updated: Oct-05-15 6:16 pm
SEATTLE - A 21-year-old college student who was injured in a deadly bus crash sued the operator of an amphibious vehicle and the company that refurbished the so-called duck boat.
- General Mills recalling 1.8M Cheerios boxes on allergy risk Updated: Oct-05-15 5:23 pm
NEW YORK - General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat.
- Group asks state high court to hear power plant case Updated: Oct-05-15 3:15 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Environmentalists asked the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to disqualify all but one member of a powerful state regulatory board in a case that will determine the fate of a coal-fired power plant that serves customers throughout the Southwest.
- Changes coming for Powerball after slumping sales Updated: Oct-02-15 3:20 pm
HELENA, Montana - After a year of slumping sales, lottery officials are changing their popular Powerball game to improve the odds of winning smaller cash amounts while making it harder to walk away with the jackpot, the head of the Montana Lottery said Friday.
- Congress passes bill easing small business health law rules Updated: Oct-01-15 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress approved bipartisan legislation Thursday aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train file lawsuit Updated: Oct-01-15 4:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay.
- US lab settles age discrimination lawsuit for $37.25 million Updated: Oct-01-15 3:38 pm
LIVERMORE, California - A federal security research facility in Northern California will pay $37.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 129 older workers who say they were fired because of their ages.
- Recreational pot users score bags of bud at Oregon shops Updated: Oct-01-15 2:14 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.
- 5 tips before you take out a short-term small business loan Updated: Oct-01-15 11:08 am
NEW YORK - Getting a short-term small business loan is fast and easy, but they also tend to be much more expensive than traditional loans.
- Fast and easy loans come at price for small businesses Updated: Oct-01-15 11:05 am
NEW YORK - It sounded like a sweet deal: A loan broker walked into Southern Girl Desserts offering the Los Angeles bakery a $40,000 loan that could be deposited in a bank account quickly. Already rejected for a loan from a bank, co-owner Catarah Hampshire took the offer and hired more workers to whip up peach cobblers and sweet potato cupcakes.
- News Guide: Oregon begins retail marijuana sales Updated: Oct-01-15 4:46 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - Marijuana stores in Oregon on Thursday began selling to anyone over 21, a major milestone in the decades-long movement to liberalize marijuana laws.
- Immigrants say about-face on visas costs them millions Updated: Sep-30-15 9:59 pm
SEATTLE - A sudden about-face by the State Department has left tens of thousands of highly skilled immigrants unable to apply to become legal permanent residents as they had expected to on Thursday, even though many have already paid expensive legal and medical fees to get their applications ready, according to a new lawsuit.
- Ohio lawmakers debate fix on small business tax in budget Updated: Sep-30-15 11:07 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers are continuing to work on a fix to a budget provision that imposes an unintended tax increase on some small businesses.
- Big utilities enter market for small rooftop solar Updated: Sep-29-15 12:03 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space on your rooftop.
- Man behind oil patch murder-for-hire plot pleads guilty Updated: Sep-28-15 2:36 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - A North Dakota man faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty to having a hit man kill two of his business associates - one who was bludgeoned to death at a truck shop and another who was shot at his upscale home while his wife hid in a closet.
- Colleges help student startups navigate the legal landscape Updated: Sep-28-15 1:00 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - It seemed like a sure thing. Working on weekends in a cramped fraternity room, four friends at MIT built a computer program that would give websites a new way to make money without online ads.
- Get Started: Chip card fraud liability deadline days away Updated: Sep-28-15 12:13 pm
- Q&A: Things to know about the deadly Seattle duck boat crash Updated: Sep-28-15 11:08 am
SEATTLE - Federal officials are investigating a deadly crash last week between an amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying international college students in Seattle. Here are questions and answers about the collision and the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.
- SBA offers disaster loans as drought parches Mississippi Updated: Sep-26-15 10:43 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Farmers hit by the drought gripping central Mississippi are now eligible for federal aid.
- Wyoming proposes to increase oil, gas well bonding Updated: Sep-25-15 6:41 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming regulators propose to increase the amount of bond petroleum companies must post in case they ever walk away from their oil and gas wells and leave the state with the task of plugging and cleaning them up.
- Idaho governor sues feds over sage grouse restrictions Updated: Sep-25-15 6:16 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he's suing the federal government for failing to provide a transparent process in setting new public land-use restrictions designed to protect sage grouse habitat.
- Livestock leaders resign as state agency changes direction Updated: Sep-23-15 6:15 pm
HELENA, Montana - Two Montana Department of Livestock leaders have resigned in an agency shake-up following budget problems and an auditor's finding last year that the department was using questionable practices to make up for the shortfall.