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  • WASHINGTON— Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday. The department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said public-sector workers have the highest union membership rate at nearly 36 percent. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cited "major...

  • DALLAS— Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Southwest Airlines Co. expects its fuel bill for 2015 to be $1.7 billion lower than in 2014. "Our earnings outlook is superb if for no other reason than fuel costs are down dramatically," said CEO Gary Kelly. Southwest's net income dropped...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Tribes must insist the federal government honor its commitments to them and create partnerships with them based on deference, not paternalism, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday. Congress needs to update laws and regulations on energy, taxation and education to help tribes overcome those long-standing...

  • On Thursday, Alaska Airlines projected a group low of $1.85 per gallon for the first quarter, down from $2.64 in the fourth quarter of 2014. United Airlines said it will pay between $1.96 and $2.01 per gallon for the quarter, down from $2.83 in the prior quarter. Southwest Airlines said it will pay $1.90 per gallon in the first quarter, down from $2.62 the previous...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The state of Alaska on Wednesday canceled bids for a ferry terminal update that the Canadian government threatened to block because of a dispute over the use of American steel. The dispute centered on "Buy America" requirements for steel, iron and manufactured products used in projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

  • VANCOUVER, Jan 21- The government of Alaska said on Wednesday that it had canceled the overhaul of a ferry terminal in British Columbia "for the time being," after the $15 million project became a trade dispute with Canada over "Buy America" provisions. The state, which operates the terminal as part of its Alaska Marine Highway System, said it will maintain operations...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Most U.S. states expect to hit their revenue targets this fiscal year, but at least six states say they could fall short, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Wednesday. Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Vermont all expect to miss their revenue forecasts, according to the report. New Mexico and Indiana are...

  • Department approves temporary royalty relief for Caelus Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:20 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has approved temporary royalty relief for five North Slope leases that it said could not economically be developed otherwise. The reduced royalty rate would apply to five leases held by Caelus Natural Resources Alaska LLC that otherwise have rates of 12.5 percent and roughly 16.7 percent.

  • VANCOUVER, Jan 20- Alaska can use an existing British Columbia ferry terminal for several more years if Canada enforces an order blocking so-called "Buy America" purchasing rules from being applied to its reconstruction, a state official said on Tuesday. A $15 million plan to overhaul the Prince Rupert ferry terminal, which is located in Canada, has escalated...

  • WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats' bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. In largely party-line votes, the Senate sidetracked the first two additions to a bill seeking to approve construction of the 1,179 pipeline. The Senate...

  • NEW ORLEANS, Jan 20- BP Plc, citing low oil prices, tried to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act on Tuesday as the penalty phase started in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He said a 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has slashed BPXP's value to about $5.1 billion, down from $16 billion just months ago.

  • The trail takes mushers and dogs through the Alaska Range, down the Yukon River and along the Bering Sea coast to the old gold rush town of Nome. Race organizers in 2003 moved the start of the race to Fairbanks on the north side of the Alaska Range because of low snow and poor trail conditions. Norwegian musher Robert Sorlie, who won the race in 2005, survived a...

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Workers are building an ice playground in a city in Alaska's interior, including a pirate ship slide made from 65 refrigerator-sized blocks of ice. The work began Monday at the George Horner Ice Park in Fairbanks ahead of the annual world ice sculpture championships, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. That's when teams of artists...

  • VANCOUVER, Jan 19- The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation. The state of Alaska has refused to waive the...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The vast majority of construction funding for the project is expected to come from the Federal Highway Administration, which has "Buy America"...

  • WASHINGTON— Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may...

  • The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showed a need for action to reduce rising world emissions of greenhouse gases. The scientists said the record temperatures were spread around the globe, including most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, the western United States, far...

  • Separate studies by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the 10 warmest years on record have taken place since 1997.. The scientists said the record temperatures were spread around the globe, including most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, the western United States, far eastern Russia into...

  • Jan 12- United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort that could impact some 2,000 workers. The Chicago- based carrier informed employees Monday that jobs up for review included baggage handlers and gate and customer service agents at 28 airports that are not hubs, ranging from Atlanta to...

  • United Airlines may outsource 2,000 airport jobs Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 6:09 PM ET
    A United Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport.

    United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort.