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  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared between Japan and North America over autos, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact are unlikely to end in a final deal, sources involved in the talks said on Friday, with a dispute between Japan and the United States over autos, New Zealand digging in over trade in dairy products and no agreement on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations...

  • SOURCE CLOSE TO PACIFIC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS SAYS UNLIKELY TO REACH A DEAL IN MAUI, DUE TO DAIRY, AUTOS, BIOLOGICS.

  • AUSTRALIAN TRADE MINISTER SAYS PACIFIC TRADE DEAL 98 PCT COMPLETE, HARD TO SEE IF CAN BE CLOSED IN MAUI.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations meeting at a Hawaii resort Friday were wrapping up four days of talks on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy. The talks have also covered establishing environmental protections for participant nations, which range from developing countries like Vietnam to...

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not...

  • Some demonstrators on Maui and the Big Island were arrested Friday as scientists from more than 75 countries headed to Hawaii for the meetings. The protests gained momentum in April when workers tried to start construction on the Big Island's Mauna Kea of what would be one of the world's largest telescopes. On the Big Island, seven others were arrested for...

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, had a news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. local time on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not back a deal that is not good for...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 30- Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs kept them short of an elusive final deal. Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would cut trade...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 30- Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs were preventing them from reaching an elusive final deal. Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations meeting in Hawaii took time out from their talks for a new trade agreement to pose for a photo. They have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which advocates say would lower tariffs and other trade barriers while also setting labor and environmental standards for its...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 30- Pacific Rim trading partners have to make an effort to seal an ambitious free trade deal but must also recognize that very sensitive markets cannot be thrown open to full competition immediately, Mexican Trade Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Thursday. Trade ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific...

  • Virgin America's 2Q profit beats Wall Street forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    Virgin America's second-quarter profit beat Wall Street expectations on cheaper fuel, and the airline plans to grow at a double-digit rate next year after it starts flying to Hawaii. For example, he said, Virgin will resume flights between San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and offer an additional daily flight to New York from both San Francisco and Los...

  • The EPA's probe into whether Matson Inc. violated the Clean Water Act during the 2013 spill was still ongoing when Hawaii's attorney general announced the settlement Wednesday. The settlement resolved claims by the state Department of Health against Matson, but "it did not preclude DOH from cooperating or assisting with EPA in the latter's ongoing...

  • Matson is also agreeing to cease its molasses operation in Hawaii and pay for removal of its molasses tanks and any remaining molasses, Chin said. The company will pay $5.9 million to the state, and the costs related to ending the molasses operation are estimated between $5.5 million and $9.5 million, which would put the total settlement amount between $11.4...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday. A couple dozen members of locally based labor unions and environmental groups gathered at Kaanapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui hotel in Lahaina to listen to brief speeches and prepare to blow conch shells.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The United States is in talks to reach an agreement on currency policy with all its partners in a potential Asia-Pacific trade pact, a U.S. Treasury official said on Wednesday. "We are discussing with all of our TPP partners provisions to promote our mutual interest in preventing unfair currency practices," the official said, referring to the...

  • The 58- year-old, whose lush paddy fields in the Shonai plain overlook the Sea of Japan, is in the minority among farmers generally opposed to a pact being negotiated in Hawaii this week that could make selling their products harder. Japan's reluctance to open up to more imports, including of rice, has been a major stumbling block to the TPP, and Tokyo held bilateral...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- Pacific Rim trading partners might convene a top-level forum to discuss how to stop countries manipulating currencies for competitive advantage, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Hawaii where ministers are negotiating a 12- nation trade deal, Robb said member countries...

  • Trade ministers from 12 Pacific nations gather on Maui Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:47 AM ET

    LAHAINA, Hawaii— Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim are meeting on the Hawaiian island on Maui to negotiate a trade pact. Trade Representative Michael Froman told his counterparts at the start of the talks at the Westin Resort in Kaanapali on Tuesday that tough political issues remain to be resolved. Other nations negotiating the deal...