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  • NEW YORK— Western Union said Monday that it is now offering money transfers out of Greece two months after that service was suspended. Western Union said customers in Greece can use its Paylink agent to send as much as 500 euros a month to other countries. The Greek postal service ELTA is also a Western Union agent, but the company said ELTA still cannot transfer...

  • The pieces are among millions held by the Illinois State Museum, a favorite stop for school groups and scientists looking to learn the history of a state that, millions of years before it went broke, was literally underwater. Bruce Rauner is targeting the 138- year-old museum and four satellite sites for closure, the latest in a series of cuts the former...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • Aug 28- Charles Schwab Corp's online trading platforms were temporarily unavailable, a spokesman for the brokerage firm said on Friday morning. The spokesman did not elaborate on the cause of the problem, and a customer service representative in Denver said Schwab did not have an estimate of when online access would be restored. Earlier in the week, discount...

  • DENVER— A man convicted of stabbing five people to death at a Denver bar and setting the business on fire will not be executed and instead will serve a lifelong prison sentence, a jury decided Thursday. It was the second time in a month that a Colorado jury has decided against execution for a mass killer. Earlier this month, jurors choose not to give the death penalty...

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- Freeport-McMoran Inc said on Thursday it will slash its mining capital budget by 25 percent next year and cut 10 percent of its U.S. mining staff, as the diversified miner and energy producer attempts to weather an ongoing slump in copper prices. Shares of Freeport-McMoran, which will also suspend operations and lower production at some U.S. mines,...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday. Alcon Laboratories, Johnson& Johnson and Bausch& Lomb call the law a brazen overreach written specifically to help Utah- based discount seller 1-800 Contacts. The manufacturers are appealing a ruling...

  • Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s and similar weapons Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:24 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday. Company spokesman Kory Lundberg said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will remove the remaining inventory as stores transition from summer to fall merchandise, which should take a week or two to...

  • Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s and similar weapons Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:27 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday. Company spokesman Kory Lundberg said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will remove the remaining inventory as stores transition from summer to fall merchandise, which should take a week or two to...

  • Dish and Sinclair agree in principle on new contract Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest TV broadcasters in the U.S., said Wednesday they've agreed on the outline of a new contract, one day after Sinclair's channels went dark for Dish customers. Sinclair's channels include affiliates of ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC in markets throughout the country, including Washington DC, Seattle/...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Internal investigation: EPA, Colorado underestimated blowout potential before toxic mine spill.

  • Aug 26- Rare earths supplier Molycorp Inc, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection, said it would suspend production at its flagship Mountain Pass facility in California by Oct. 20 due to a fall in prices. The company, which is the only U.S. supplier of rare earths, said it will continue to supply rare earths from its other facilities in Estonia and China.

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • HELENA, Mont.— Montana reached a settlement with CenturyLink on Tuesday that requires the telecommunications company to improve maintenance response times and accept a federal grant to expand broadband in the state. The Public Service Commission voted 4-0 to approve the agreement, which demands that CenturyLink take the six-year, $90 million grant from the...

  • The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had pushed for 25 years to grant Superfund status to the Gold King mine and other idled 19th century mines leaking heavy metals above Silverton. Local authorities spurned federal intervention,...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— To protect a flock of rare chickens from the possibility of getting the bird flu, Iowa State University said Monday it has canceled classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. The Department of Animal Science is minimizing traffic to the poultry farm on 11 acres 3 miles south of the main Iowa State campus in Ames amid...

  • *New home sales increase 5.4 percent in July. WASHINGTON, Aug 25- New U.S. single-family home sales rebounded in July and consumer confidence increased to a seven-month high in August, pointing to underlying strength in the economy that could still allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. New home sales increased 5.4 percent to a seasonally...

  • U.S. startup seeks crowdfunding to produce business jet Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 25- XTI Aircraft, a Denver, Colorado- based aerospace startup firm, launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday to raise $50 million to fund the production of the TriFan 600, a six-seat fixed wing jet that can take off and land like a helicopter. The company's leaders include Jeffrey Pino, the former president of Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of...