• NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • PetSmart to consider selling itself Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    Bowing to pressure from investors, PetSmart Inc. said Tuesday that it is considering putting itself up for sale. Investment firm Longview Asset Management and hedge fund Jana Partners have both called on PetSmart to sell itself, a move they say would benefit shareholders.

  • Lucrative Grand Canyon contract up for bid again Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding in a process that will bring changes affecting the millions of people who visit the landmark each year.

  • Arches, Canyonlands national parks ban drones Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. The agency's office in Moab, Utah, announced the rule in the two Utah parks Monday. Two large national parks, Grand Canyon in Arizona and Zion in Utah, have already changed their rules to ban drones.

  • Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.

  • Vermont grapples with aging prison facilities Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    The state Department of Buildings and General Services shared data with a legislative committee this past week on the maintenance costs of all eight Vermont correctional facilities and the estimated cost of replacing them.

  • Conservationists: Proposed habitat could hurt mine Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservationists say a new proposal for protected habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo in southern Arizona could impede plans for a mine in that area. "It's just another indication that you could not pick a worse place to put a massive open pit," said Randy Serraglio of the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, which opposes the mine.

  • Correction: SmallBiz-Autistic Owners story Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK— In a story Aug. 13 about business owners with autism, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name and abbreviation of the Southwest Autism Research& Resource Center, or SARRC. NEW YORK— When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket's bakery, she told him he'd never do anything more than collect grocery carts.

  • Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. Phoenix- based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  • No mechanical issues found before CEO's crash Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    The National Transportation Safety Board also reported Tuesday that Appleton didn't take specialized training before crashing while taking off from the airport in Boise, where Micron is based.

  • Washington gets dust storm in Western weather swap Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Storms in the Western U.S. have created an odd coincidence and something of a weather swap in Arizona and Washington. Weather experts say the dust storms, called haboobs, typically occur in Arizona, Africa's Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East because of dry conditions and large amounts of sand, but they can occasionally show up elsewhere.

  • Ex-CEO of red-light firm faces corruption charges Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    CHICAGO— A former executive of a Phoenix- based company was indicted on public corruption charges Wednesday in an ongoing federal investigation in Chicago of one of the nation's largest red-light camera programs.

  • LONDON, Aug 13- Gas-fuelled locomotives are not a new idea. Plymouth Locomotive Company built the first propane-fuelled rail engine as early as 1936..

  • Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket's bakery, she told him he'd never do anything more than collect grocery carts. And today he's an entrepreneur, the owner of Stuttering King Bakery, turning out batches of cookies, brownies and scones for cafes and businesses and groups that need catering.

  • Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses.

  • New road makes trip to Grand Canyon Skywalk faster Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Officials from the Hualapai Tribe gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial grand opening of a road that had been a major headache for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

  • Marvel heroes and villains fight it out _ live Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Marvel Entertainment, which muscled into pop culture with comic books, TV cartoons and movies, is gambling on attracting new fans as it tackles 3- D— but forget the silly glasses. "We pushed ourselves so much on this project to do things that have never been done before," said producer Juliette Feld, who is a Feld Entertainment executive vice president. "

  • Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    The receding shoreline at one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system is raising concerns about the future of a network serving a perennially parched region home to 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.

  • 5 family members arrested in shoplifting case Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Five members of a Phoenix- area family are accused of stealing more than $15,000 worth of lingerie and other clothing from retail stores, and authorities said the group also might have shoplifted in northern Arizona.

  • AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending FDA Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    A quarter century later, Gonsalves still travels to Washington, but with a different agenda: to defend the FDA. The efforts include new state laws designed to undercut the FDA's authority by giving patients early access to unapproved drugs and a lobbying push by industry groups to speed up the time it takes the FDA to review new treatments.