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  • SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a fast-growing Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants. Palantir Technologies was co-founded by prominent tech financier Peter Thiel, with backing from an investment arm of the CIA, and was recently valued at $20 billion.

  • *Iran downplays chance of output freeze, some in OPEC hopeful. Key OPEC member Iran, the fourth largest crude exporter which is still trying to recapture output before Western sanctions in 2012, downplayed the chances of a deal while some OPEC members remained hopeful. "Unless there's an impressive production cut by OPEC on top of a freeze, I think we'll give back...

  • In Pennsylvania and other leading gas-producing states, a battle royal has developed over royalties, with landowners bitterly disputing the sums that some drillers have been taking from royalty checks already severely diminished by a collapse in prices. Chesapeake Energy Corp. alone is facing royalty lawsuits in Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas and Oklahoma each gained two rigs and Alaska, California, North Dakota and Pennsylvania each was up one. Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the end of this month, two years after the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the shooting. Attorney Michael Wright, who represents the family of John Crawford III in a federal wrongful-death lawsuit delayed by the department's investigation, told the Dayton Daily News he is meeting with Lynch on Sept. 30.

  • NEW YORK— A federal judge has granted class-action status to Wal-Mart investors suing the world's largest retailer over allegations that it covered up a bribery scheme in Mexico to help its business there. District Judge Susan Hickey in Fayetteville, Arkansas, dismissed Wal-Mart's argument that a Michigan retirement fund could not lead a class-action suit...

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    Wal-Mart must face a class-action lawsuit accusing the world's largest retailer of defrauding shareholders by concealing suspected bribery.

  • Sept 21- Wal-Mart Stores Inc must face a class-action lawsuit accusing the world's largest retailer of defrauding shareholders by concealing suspected bribery to help it expand faster in Mexico, a U.S. judge said. District Judge Susan Hickey in Fayetteville, Arkansas rejected Wal-Mart's contention that a Michigan pension fund had no standing to lead the...

  • Mike Beebe on Wednesday said he opposes an effort to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties, citing concerns that local voters wouldn't be able to decide for themselves whether to allow the expanded gambling. The Committee to Protect Arkansas' Values/Stop Casinos Now announced the former Democratic governor's opposition to the proposed...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Colonial Pipeline Co said on Tuesday it expects to restart its main gasoline line on Wednesday after its biggest leak in nearly two decades led to long lines and a surge in prices at the pump in the southeast United States. The leak, discovered by a mining inspector who detected a gasoline odor in Helena, Alabama on Sept. 9, released about 6,000 to...

  • LAS VEGAS— Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach by the Obama Administration. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Colonial Pipeline Co said on Tuesday it expects to restart its main gasoline line on Wednesday after its biggest leak in nearly two decades which led to a surge in prices at the pump and long lines in the southeast United States. The leak, discovered by a mining inspector who detected a gasoline odor in Helena, Alabama on Sept. 9, released about 6,000...

  • In a statement, Whole Foods said there was no allegation or finding by the EPA that it improperly disposed of hazardous wastes, but that it addressed "record keeping" with regard to hazardous waste in its stores. A copy of the settlement agreement said the EPA concluded that Whole Foods "failed to make a sufficient hazardous waste determination."

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Cosmetics maker L'Oreal USA announced Tuesday it is building thousands of solar panels at its manufacturing facilities in Kentucky and Arkansas, a move the company says will help cut carbon emissions and create two of the biggest solar-powered projects in each state. The company said the Kentucky project will be the largest commercial solar...

  • WASHINGTON— Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. Trump Jr.' s tweet said, "This image says it all. Skittles parent company, Wrigley Americas, distanced itself from the tweet with a terse response opposing Trump Jr.' s premise.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 19- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of internet retailer Jet.com after agreeing to pay about $3 billion for the e-commerce startup last month. Wal-Mart Chief Executive Doug McMillon announced the closing of the deal, which was pending regulatory approval, in a blog post on the retailer's website.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 19- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of internet retailer Jet.com after agreeing to pay about $3 billion for the e-commerce startup last month. Wal-Mart Chief Executive Doug McMillon announced the closing of the deal, which was pending regulatory approval, in a blog post on the retailer's website.

  • LOS ANGELES/ WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The 27 states challenging Obama's Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP's early targets. Cynthia Coffman, attorney general of Colorado, said her state's likely ability to comply with the...

  • Sept 18- Retail gasoline prices surged due to continuing problems with Colonial Pipeline Co's gasoline line that carries fuel to the U.S. East Coast, as the company started to construct a bypass line around the leak. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Georgia rose to $2.26 as of Sunday morning, according motorists' advocacy group AAA, up more than...

  • Sept 18- Retail gasoline prices surged due to continuing problems with Colonial Pipeline Co's gasoline line that carries fuel to the U.S. East Coast, as the company started to construct a bypass line around the leak. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Georgia rose to $2.26 as of Sunday morning, according motorists' advocacy group AAA, up more than...