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  • Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilities.

  • Tesla posts 2Q loss, prepares Nevada factory site Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 5:09 PM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.— Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant. But the company is still considering sites in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, and won't make a final decision for several months.

  • Tesla says decision on battery factory months away Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Thursday that it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other sites. Tesla said it broke ground on the Nevada site in June. California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are also in the running.

  • AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    That's what$ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The Bay Area saw a record number of houses and condos going for $1 million and above in the spring, pushing the median selling price into the cool million-dollar range for the first time in June, real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick said Thursday.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week moving average dipped to 297,250, the lowest reading since April 2006. New York: Down 18,663, due to fewer layoffs in education, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance.

  • Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    TOKYO— American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. Tesla has said that Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California are in the running.

  • How to fit a wind farm into your portfolio Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast. He's invested $15 billion in the same type of wind and solar projects that yieldcos own, and he plans to double that amount.

  • Small businesses see revenue gains, hire workers Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway. Faulkner Hyundai in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is adding seven people to its staff of 92 because new cars are selling at their fastest rate in eight years. As recently as March, an American Express survey found 76 percent of owners planned to hire only when their revenue rose.

  • Taser 2Q profit falls 13 percent Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— Taser International Inc. on Wednesday reported profit that declined by 13 percent in its second quarter on higher expenses, but results beat expectations and sales surged, helped by higher sales of weapon handles to law enforcement agencies.

  • Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says the flight was US Airways 693. It left Honolulu on Tuesday night and arrived in Phoenix shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

  • OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Think you're in control? The New York- based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers warned on Tuesday that restricting Mexican sugar imports would inflate food prices and threaten U.S. food manufacturers, the latest sign that pressure is growing on Washington to avoid trade barriers.

  • Indian senior community part of growing niche Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:04 AM ET

    TAVARES, Fla.— When Arun and Usha Pancholi were deciding where to spend their retirement years, they wanted a place that combined the culture and camaraderie of life in India with the comforts and conveniences they had grown accustomed to after nearly five decades in Minnesota and Ohio.

  • Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. John Kinkaid, a Moffat County, Colorado, commissioner, told the EPA in Denver that the rules would devastate his area, home to a major power plant.

  • Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in San Francisco said a final decision didn't come easily and required flexibility. The final rule comes five years after the EPA gave notice that it was considering pollution controls for the plant.

  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    The FAA said that beginning in 2006 Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners.

  • Charles Russell art fetches millions at auction Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native American chief selling for $1.1 million.

  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 4:46 AM ET

    VILLA PARK, Ill.— Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15- an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. "People are just fed up," said Cindy Enriquez, 20, of Phoenix.

  • AP names new enterprise editor for western US Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Raghu Vadarevu, an editor on The Associated Press' West Desk, has been promoted to West assistant editor for enterprise. The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.

  • IPO Roundup: El Pollo Loco soars in debut Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Wall Street is still hungry for fast-casual restaurant chains. Others, including Zoe's Kitchen Inc., Potbelly Corp. and Noodles& Co., also climbed in their initial public offerings.