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  • NASA is currently entering the second phase of a four-step plan to draw up rules of the skies for drones that weigh 55 pounds or less and fly no higher than 500 feet. The agency is hoping to present its research to the Federal Aviation Administration before 2020, John Cavolowsky, director of NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program, told attendees at a drone...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 81 explored for natural gas this week. Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia each declined by one. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Utah were unchanged.

  • Then along came Jeffrey Bullock, the newly appointed secretary of state for Delaware. Delaware's second-biggest biggest source of revenue was fees from few-questions-asked company registrations and other corporate services. The global pushback against shell companies was threatening to dim Delaware's longstanding appeal as a secretive corporate...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Alaska Airlines formally broke ground Monday on construction of a $40 million aircraft maintenance hangar in Anchorage. Officials with the Seattle- based airline say the planned 105,000- square-foot structure is part of a $100 million investment in Alaska that includes new cargo planes and rural terminal improvements.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Canadian company exploring for copper, zinc and gold upstream of a southeast Alaska bald eagle preserve has received permission from a federal agency to expand. Vancouver, British Columbia- based Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. is exploring upstream of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve outside Haines. Constantine has financial...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 83 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, Pennsylvania was up two and Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia added one each. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON— Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress. Employers have added jobs in the past 12 months at a faster pace than the national average in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina, the Labor Department said...

  • Aug 18- Wall Street was little changed in early trading on Thursday as the impact of a rise in oil prices and strong results at Wal-Mart was offset by weakness in consumer discretionary and financial stocks. Dow component Wal-Mart rose as much as 3.1 percent to $75.19- a more than 14- month high- after the retailer posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit.

  • Aug 18- Wall Street looked set to open little changed on Thursday, a day after minutes of the Federal Reserve's July meeting showed policymakers were divided over whether to raise interest rates in the near-term. While traders have almost completely ruled out a hike in September, they have priced in a 41.7 percent chance for a move in December- down from 45.1...

  • *While traders have almost completely ruled out a hike in September, they have priced in a 41.7 percent chance for a move in December- down from 45.1 percent on Wednesday, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. *New York Fed President William Dudley, who on Tuesday unnerved the markets by saying a rate hike was possible in September, is scheduled to give a press...

  • **WASHINGTON- U.S. Treasury Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance holds open meeting in Washington to discuss the overall effectiveness of the terrorism risk insurance program, autonomous vehicles, implications of the recent UK referendum on membership in the European Union, and the impact of a low interest rate environment on the availability of...

  • Niagara Falls has become the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph. We have to keep the general public— the folks that these places have been set aside for— we have to keep them motivated to get out there, "argued Tom Benson,...

  • Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country. The insurer's late Monday announcement comes after UnitedHealth and Humana detailed their own exchange pull backs for 2017 and after more than a dozen...

  • NEW YORK— The law that bans federal funding for Medicaid coverage of most abortions is now in the spotlight some 40 years after it was passed by Congress, emerging as an election issue in the national debate over the procedure. For most of its existence, the amendment had broad bipartisan support in Congress, but that's now changed. Even if Clinton wins, Democrats...

  • Then the orbs come into focus, revealing some of the more than 3,000 beluga whales that gather in the waters in and around Hudson Bay each summer. That's what Stephen Petersen, head of conservation and research for Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo, and his wife, biologist Meg Hainstock, are looking for. Its creators— Bozeman, Montana- based Polar Bears International...

  • *East& West Coast refiners may import more foreign crude. NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, Aug 12- It may seem odd that the opening of one pipeline crossing through four U.S. Gulf Coast refiners and North Dakota oil producers will reap the benefits.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Aug 11- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes. Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, said in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Aug 11- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes. Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, said in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 11- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. In a letter to the petitioners, the DEA said it had asked the Department of Health and Human Services for a scientific and medical evaluation of the issue. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado...

  • A sign with a DEA badge marks the entrance to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum in Arlington, Virginia.

    The U.S. government will announce that it will allow more research into marijuana but will reject requests to loosen the drug's classification.