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  • NORTH PLAINS, Ore.— Bertony Faustin didn't set out to be Oregon's first black winemaker. I am not the winemaker, "said the 43- year-old, who four years ago opened Abbey Creek Winery about 20 miles northwest of Portland. Just last month, the Napa Valley Wine Train in California kicked a book club composed mostly of black women off a tasting tour.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— New England' s ports are reinventing themselves to compete with one another and from larger ones, but they were once legendary. From one of the world's great whaling ports to the Navy's first submarine base and the city featured in "The Perfect Storm," here is a look at their lore:. In 1916, a naval yard and storage depot along the Thames River became the...

  • Sept 4- Bertelsmann SE& Co KGaA, Europe's largest media group, is close to acquiring a minority stake in learning technology firm HotChalk, according to people familiar with the matter, as the educational technology sector continues to grow. Bertelsmann is leading a funding round that could value the Campbell, California- based company at $600 million to $800...

  • Sept 4- Bertelsmann SE& Co KGaA, Europe's largest media group, is close to acquiring a minority stake in learning technology firm HotChalk, according to people familiar with the matter, as the educational technology sector continues to grow. Bertelsmann is leading a funding round that could value the Campbell, California- based company at $600 million to $800...

  • Sept 4- Bertelsmann SE& Co KGgA, Europe's largest media group, is close to acquiring a minority stake in learning technology firm HotChalk, according to people familiar with the matter, as the educational technology sector continues to grow. Bertelsmann is leading a funding round that could value the Campbell, California- based company at $600 million to $800...

  • NEW YORK/ RICHMOND, Va., Sept 4- The latest U.S. jobs report was not definitively good or bad enough to help the Federal Reserve decide whether to raise interest rates later this month, leaving the decision hanging on volatility in financial markets over the next couple of weeks. "With this jobs report... the Fed finds itself in a real uncertainty jam when it comes to a...

  • Jerry Brown and legislative leaders extended state funding to cover children under 19 in Medi-Cal, the state's health care program for the poor, regardless of their legal status. California is projected to spend $40 million to begin covering children from low-income families who are in the country illegally. "For the first time, starting in May 2016, California...

  • NEW YORK— Get in your bids fast. The trade publication Advertising Age reported this week that CNN is asking for up to $200,000 for a 30- second ad during the debate, a price comparable to slots in popular entertainment shows on the broadcast networks. Interest was strong among advertisers even before Fox News Channel showed the first debate on Aug. 6, said Allie...

  • ORANGE, Calif.— Chapman University and Arco say they have reached an out-of-court settlement resolving a lawsuit accusing the oil company of selling property in Orange, California, that was contaminated with toxic chemicals. The Orange County Register reported Friday that Chapman purchased the property in 1998. It was once the site of the city of Orange's...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The headquarters of Kansas City- based Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar is moving to California. The Kansas City Star reports that a statement from DineEquity Inc., the California company that owns the Applebee's and IHOP chains, said the move to Glendale, California, is aimed at spurring brand growth and developing traditional and...

  • EAST PALO ALTO, Calif.— Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers. The financial commitment announced Friday by the Japanese automaker will be made over the next five years at joint research centers located in Silicon...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Rick Scott, NASA and Boeing officials, and a bevy of former astronauts, gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the grand opening of Boeing's commercial crew and cargo processing facility. Boeing is one of two private U.S. companies contracted by NASA to transport space station astronauts from...

  • NEW YORK/ RICHMOND, Va., Sept 4- The latest U.S. jobs report was not definitively good or bad enough to help the Federal Reserve decide whether to raise interest rates later this month, leaving the decision hanging on volatility in financial markets over the next couple of weeks. "With this jobs report... the Fed finds itself in a real uncertainty jam when it comes to a...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 4- U.S. job growth slowed in August, but the unemployment rate dropped to a near 7-1/ 2- year low and wages accelerated, keeping alive prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month. Nonfarm payrolls increased 173,000 last month after an upwardly revised gain of 245,000 in July, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— More than two months after calling a special session to address California's transportation funding backlog, Gov. The $65 charge would generate $2 billion a year, while $500 million would come from fees charged to polluters and $100 million from so-called "efficiencies" at Caltrans, which the independent state legislative analyst has said...

  • In a statement Thursday, USDA spokesman Sam Jones-Ellard said the department is looking into the documents and "does not condone any efforts to limit competing products in commerce. "But he didn't say if USDA would take any action, and it's unclear if the egg board's communications would violate legal requirements for research and promotion programs.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said Thursday that the allegations, contained in a newly filed court declaration by Derek Chernow, Brown's fired acting director of the state Department of Conservation, were "baseless." Chernow's declaration, obtained by the Associated Press, was...

  • That would underscore the economy's vibrancy in the face of volatile global financial markets and China's slowing growth, and keep alive the prospect of the Fed raising benchmark overnight rates at its next policy meeting, on Sept. 16-17. "We don't think it will detract from the possibility that the Fed is considering a September rate hike, only if we saw ominous...

  • Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz Friday, 4 Sep 2015 | 12:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film. Among the first cities was Hong Kong with toy stores open at midnight. Leaked images of action figures of characters that have not even hit the big screen— like Sarco Plank,...

  • Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual fee on vehicle registrations and increases in diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. The proposal says the $65 annual charge would generate $2 billion a year, while $500...