• Production at Arizona factory at standstill Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 6:58 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The production of pet food at a Flagstaff factory where an explosion injured four contract workers isn't expected to resume for several weeks. Officials from Nestlé Purina said Friday that the ingredient intake and handling area of the mill building will need repairs.

  • Twitter parody plays differently in middle America Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. "I was like,' Well, OK, that's the end of that chapter,'" he told The Associated Press.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Though diet studies disagree about what's worse for you, carbohydrates or fat, most say nice things about eating protein, including its potential for better weight control. In July, Taco Bell started selling high-protein meals, which contain Greek yogurt options and twice the meat as in its traditional burritos and bowls.

  • Indian company plans 1,200 jobs in North Carolina Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    CARY, N.C.— Indian information technology services company HCL Technologies said Thursday its American subsidiary will add about 1,200 jobs in North Carolina over the next five years by continuing to prepare not-fully-ready workers to fill the IT jobs.

  • Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL' Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A familiar face— former cast member Darrell Hammond— is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo.

  • Manhattan's income gap is widest in US: Census Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM ET
    Manhattan apartment buildings

    The mean income of the top 5 percent of households in Manhattan has soared, giving it the biggest income gap of any U.S. county. The NYT reports.

  • Arizona's jobless rate up for 3rd straight month Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:24 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's unemployment rate is up for a third straight month. Department of Administration economists reported Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 7.1 percent, up from 7 percent in July.

  • Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    Samuel Foote, a former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix, said a report by the department's inspector general appears designed to "minimize the scandal and protect its perpetrators rather than to provide the truth."

  • Sept 15- Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla Motors Inc from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach. NEW YORK— Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. In addition, the founders of Mojang, the Swedish company behind "Minecraft," aren't staying with Microsoft.

  • Sept 15- Isola Group Ltd, a maker of laminate materials, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday to withdraw its up to $100 million initial public offering of common shares. Chandler, Arizona- based Isola had applied in October 2011 to list its common stock on the Nasdaq under symbol "ISLA".

  • Sept 15- Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla Motors Inc from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.

  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, California, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes. They are also being boosted by high-appreciation, gentrifying neighborhoods in older cities such as New York's Brooklyn borough.

  • Arizona dog food plant surveyed after explosion Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Company spokesman Keith Schopp says a crew from the St. Louis headquarters was on site Monday surveying the damage.

  • Grain-dust blast injures 4 at factory Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff Sunday, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns, authorities said.

  • US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. "Rising income inequality is not just a social issue," said Gabriel Petek, the S&P credit analyst who wrote the report. Stagnant pay for most people has compounded the pressure on states to preserve funding for education, highways and social programs such as Medicaid.

  • Mesa preschool claims denial from Groupon Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    MESA, Ariz.— An Arizona preschool is claiming it was rejected by discount website Groupon because of its faith-based philosophy. Officials at Munchkin's Preschool in Mesa told KTVK-TV that they contacted Groupon about creating a deal to boost enrollment.

  • Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'gigafactory' FAQs Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    SPARKS, Nev.— Now that Gov.

  • US Senate rivals become reality show survivors Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said they hope their adventure, scheduled to air Oct. 29 on Discovery Channel, inspires their colleagues in Washington to work together. Discovery says the show was filmed on the island of Eru in the Marshall Islands while Congress was on its August break.

  • Lanes of Vegas-Salt Lake City freeway may reopen Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Assessment teams tallied 139 flood-damaged homes and put the projected the cost of local road repairs at $667,000 in northeast Clark County, where road crews worked Thursday to reopen a washed-out stretch of Interstate 15 about 50 miles outside Las Vegas.