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  • LOS ANGELES— The California Legislature is considering multiple— and conflicting— plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the move toward state control comes as various proposals are being floated for the ballot next year to legalize recreational...

  • That's the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. Since the end of 2010, rental prices have surged at nearly twice the pace of average hourly wages, according to data from the real estate firm Zillow and the Labor Department. "It means making really difficult trade-offs," said...

  • It was installed a month ago at the 20 FAA air traffic control centers in the continental United States. ERAM can track nearly twice as many high altitude flights as its predecessor and process three times the amount of data, the FAA said. FAA officials provided no data on ERAM's performance so far but said the system has met stringent standards for safety,...

  • LONDON, April 30- Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is preparing "an armada of 25 vessels" to begin a two-year program to explore two to three wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, Chief Financial Officer...

  • "If you want to tweak something, let's have an honest discussion about fishing," said Mike Colby, president of Double Hook Charters in Clearwater, Florida. The changes are the subject of a House Committee on Natural Resources meeting on Thursday. The measure does not yet have a companion in the Senate.

  • Shell, Greenpeace spar over Arctic drilling safety zones Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    An attorney for Greenpeace told U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason that Shell's request would usurp the maritime authority Congress gave to the Coast Guard and harm free speech rights of Greenpeace activists, who have the right to approach Shell vessels to draw attention to harmful drilling in the Arctic. Judge Gleason after a seven-hour hearing said will...

  • Northrim posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ Northrim BanCorp Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $3.6 million. The holding company for Northrim Bank posted revenue of $24.2 million in the period. Keywords: Northrim BanCorp, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- An environmental group and a law clinic have petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in Arctic waters, the groups said on Tuesday. While catastrophic oil spills are rare, one in the Arctic could cost $10 billion or...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- An environmental group and a law clinic petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in the harsh Arctic waters, the groups said on Tuesday. Oceana, an international environmental group, and the Abrams Environmental Law...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal judge is hearing testimony regarding a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for a preliminary injunction to try to prevent Greenpeace activists from boarding Arctic-bound drilling equipment. District Judge Sharon Gleason granted Shell a restraining order April 11 to keep Greenpeace from entering a safety zone around a...

  • Groups want review of Shell's Arctic regulatory filings Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 12:43 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling. The petition was filed Monday by Oceana and the Abrams Environmental Law...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— In coastal communities throughout Alaska, several organizations are working together to prepare more Alaskans for jobs in the maritime industry. The Homer Marine Trades Association, an advertising collective with more than 70 members from the Kachemak Bay region, worked with Homer High School and Kenai Peninsula College's Kachemak Bay...

  • COLUMN-BP must remain British, says Whitehall: Kemp Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    But the company's identity remains complicated, at once BP and British Petroleum, part of Britain's establishment but also a footloose international oil major with operations around the world. Much more than Royal Dutch Shell, with its historical link to the Netherlands, BP is Britain's national oil company and bears with it the country's hopes for a major...

  • CHICAGO, April 25- Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. Stephen Morse, an expert in emerging infections at Columbia University.

  • With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    "It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry. California and more than 20 other states have legalized the drug for medical use, and the pot...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 22 to 932 Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 703 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 19 rigs; North Dakota lost five; Oklahoma was down three; and Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one. Louisiana gained two rigs, while Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas and Pennsylvania each gained...

  • NYMEX-Crude edges up over $56 after 2 days of losses Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:03 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 23- U.S. crude futures inched up on Thursday to hold above $56 a barrel after two days of losses, as renewed fighting in Yemen countered worries over rising U.S. inventories due to ample supplies and robust shale production. *It settled down 45 cents on Wednesday after the Energy Information Administration data showed that U.S. crude stockpiles rose by...

  • HOUSTON, April 22- An agreement between the United States, Iran and other world powers designed to curtail Iran's nuclear program is effective and would work if implemented, U.S. "It's a long term process with constraints coming off at various time frames as confidence improves" in Iran's nuclear intentions. A framework agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A potential settlement between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and a New Jersey newspaper over the use of a famous Sept. 11 photograph is stalled over confidentiality issues, court filings show. North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record newspaper and other publications, sued Palin in 2013, saying the former Republican vice...

  • NYMEX-Crude steady; U.S. inventories seen up again Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 8:17 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 21- U.S. crude futures held steady on Monday as a drop in stockpiles at a key U.S. delivery point offset near record high production in Saudi Arabia and an expected build in U.S. oil inventories. *NYMEX crude for May delivery, which expires later in the day, was down 4 cents at $56.34 a barrel by 0000 GMT, after settling up 64 cents at $56.38 on Monday.