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  • 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.

  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:27 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. One lawmaker said it was the most important development in Nevada since the construction of the Hoover Dam southeast of Las Vegas during the Great Depression.

  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. One lawmaker said it was the most important development in Nevada since the construction of the Hoover Dam southeast of Las Vegas during the Great Depression.

  • CARSON CITY, Nevada, Sept 11- Nevada lawmakers on Thursday moved forward a package of bills to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to Tesla Motors, taking crucial steps toward clinching a deal for the electric car company to build a massive factory in the state.

  • Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:02 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— The federal government wasted millions of dollars in building a housing project for Border Patrol agents in Arizona near the Mexican border, spending nearly $700,000 per house in a small town where the average home costs less than $90,000, a watchdog report found.

  • Big chunk of $1.3B Tesla bill passes Nevada Senate Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:21 AM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

  • Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    As Congress finishes work on a must-pass spending bill set for votes next week, the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eager to send a message on immigration, and stand firm against a government lending bank.

  • US airlines improve their on-time performance Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    At the bottom of the rankings: JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines, with nearly one in three flights arriving late. JetBlue spokesman Morgan Johnston said the airline was making better use of spare planes and adjusting staffing in its operations center to handle delays during summer thunderstorms.

  • Sept 10- Apple Inc's unveiling of larger iPhones and a mobile payments service led to contrasting fortunes for GT Advanced Technologies Inc and On Track Innovations Ltd.. Shares of GT Advanced plunged a second day on Wednesday after it emerged that the company's scratch-resistant sapphire glass had been left out of Apple's new large-screen iPhones.