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  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    "It's not just something that represents history to a movie set— it is now history for sure," says Rich Curilla, the one-man curator and custodian of the now-closed Alamo Village. Alamo Village, a 400- acre plot of land about 120 miles west of San Antonio, was carved out of a large ranch in the late 1950 s for Wayne's directorial debut. Unlike the real Alamo, which is...

  • Revenue falls short for road projects in Arizona Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A Maricopa County sales tax increase adopted a decade ago has raised more than $3.1 billion for dozens of freeway, street and transit projects, but that's still $1 billion less than initially projected. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that the revenue gap is expected to widen to about $3.2 billion over the next decade, until the Proposition 400...

  • Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview' Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But with President Obama among others criticizing the decision, Sony officials changed...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • More 'Help Wanted' signs up at small businesses Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners. Revenue is up 40 percent this year at the New York- based company with more customers paying $60 to $85— three or four times what a supermarket cake costs— for confections made of paper-thin pastry dough and flavored with...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • Judge rejects lawsuit against Obama on immigration Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Tuesday night rejected an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. "The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that federal officials can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws, and the actions announced by the president are...

  • In its complaint, the commission charges that Arizona- based LeapLab bought the payday loan applications of people strapped for money and then sold that data to third-parties who most often weren't lenders at all. LeapLab, the commission says, knew some of the third-party marketers were not online lenders and that in many cases unauthorized withdrawals were...

  • Border cities hit hard by few Mexican shoppers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:20 PM ET

    NOGALES, Ariz.— Martha Isabel and Guadalupe Velasquez had spent two hours waiting to cross over a pedestrian bridge from Mexico to Nogales, Arizona. The exchange rate and long security lines have caused stores and the tax revenues in border towns of Nogales and Douglas to take a hit this holiday season, typically a busy time as Mexican nationals buy popular toys...

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to put inmates to death. Instead, it will try to obtain pentobarbital or Sodium Pentothal, the powerful sedative also known as sodium thiopental that was used in lethal...

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    "Criminal activity is just going to go up more, and drug addiction is going to go up more, and everyone is going to be affected," said Edmund Yazzie, head of the Navajo Nation Council's Law and Order Committee. The split reaction among Navajo leaders reflects divisions on reservations around the country. Bureau of Indian Affairs assistant secretary and member of the...

  • Correction: Marijuana Research story Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first. New frontier: Colorado dedicates $8 M for medical marijuana research to understand benefits. DENVER— Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential— a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health...

  • Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began getting Arizona driver's licenses Monday for the first time. Arizona was one of the last states in the country where officials refused to issue driver's licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children but allowed to remain under...

  • *Copper price heading for double-digit pct drop in 2014. SYDNEY, Dec 22- Copper prices traded slightly higher on Monday, reversing losses earlier in the day, with traders saying contracts looked cheap following recent price drops. Copper is down some 13 percent so far this year on worries the market is heading into a supply surplus after several years of deficit,...

  • METALS-Copper futures drop, oversupply worries drag Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

    *Copper price heading for double-digit pct drop in 2014. SYDNEY, Dec 22- Copper prices inched down on Monday, reversing gains from the previous session on concerns over global oversupply. Copper is down some 13 percent so far this year on worries the market is heading into a supply surplus after several years of deficit, and on slowing economic growth in China, which...

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    HONOLULU— President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. North Korea has reacted angrily to Obama's comments blaming it for the hacking of Sony, warning of...

  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— The Washington state- based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons. Associated Food Stores is buying eight stores...

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract goes to Xanterra Parks& Resorts Inc., which has been providing those services for decades. Xanterra President and CEO Andrew Todd said the...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...