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  • Utah hotel settles case with immigration officials Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— An upscale hotel chain has agreed to pay about $2 million to settle allegations that 43 Utah employees working in the country illegally had returned to work after they were flagged by an immigration audit and fired, according to federal authorities.

  • Few critics as Nevada mulls Tesla tax breaks Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 4:41 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 considered an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

  • Nevada interstate could stay closed until weekend Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    MOAPA, Nev.— Tourists and truckers were told to prepare for another day of disruptive detours Wednesday around a closed stretch of busy Interstate 15 in southern Nevada that crumbled in chunks during intense flash flooding. But the sun was out Tuesday in the rural southern Nevada towns of Moapa and Glendale, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

  • SEOUL/ TAIPEI, Sept 10- Apple Inc may have disappointed many consumers by not putting sapphire glass covers on its new iPhone, but the scratch-resistant material is gradually making its way into mobile devices despite manufacturing challenges and high costs.

  • CARSON CITY, Nev., Sept 9- Nevada lawmakers are set to convene a special legislative session in Carson City on Wednesday to consider a package of tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3 billion aimed at cementing a deal with Tesla Motors Inc for a $5 billion battery plant.

  • Lawmakers poised to review $1.3B Tesla package Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    Brian Sandoval was poised to call state lawmakers into a special session Wednesday to consider an extraordinary package of tax breaks and incentives worth up to $1.3 billion to seal a deal with Tesla Motors Inc. to build a $5 billion factory in Nevada to make batteries for electric cars.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Shares of GT Advanced Technologies Inc plunged in their heaviest-ever trading day on Tuesday after Apple Inc said its new iPhone 6 would not feature screens made with GT's sapphire glass displays. GT's stock began falling abruptly in early afternoon trading as Apple's latest product launch event was underway in Silicon Valley.

  • Ranchers sue feds over access to mouse habitat Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas after a tiny mouse won endangered species protections in the Southwest.

  • Judge hears arguments on mining near Grand Canyon Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Mining industry groups say a ban on the filing of new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon is irresponsible public policy, but the federal government and conservationists say it will protect water flowing through the canyon from potential contamination.

  • Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday. "The rest are very much active," Griffin told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

  • Sept 8- Taseko Mines Ltd said on Monday it will buy mineral exploration and development company Curis Resources in an all-share deal, giving the Canadian miner access to the advanced-stage Florence copper project in central Arizona.

  • New VA chief: Veterans agency too complicated Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday as he promised to make it easier for veterans to get disability benefits, health care, job training and other services.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 5- U.S. lawmakers have urged the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a $190 million border security contract awarded to a company which checks government employees' backgrounds and suffered a cyber attack disclosed last month.

  • U.S. agency urged to yank vetting firm contract Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 8:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 5- U.S. lawmakers have urged the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a $190 million border security contract awarded to a company which checks government employees' backgrounds and suffered a cyber attack disclosed last month.

  • Work begins on $1 billion solar plant in Nevada Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    The 250- megawatt project, dubbed Silver State South, will capture solar energy with panels spread across almost 4 square miles of federal land south of Las Vegas, according to a fact sheet obtained Friday from a First Solar Inc. representative.

  • IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    The IRS said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.

  • Sept 5- U.S. job growth slowed down sharply in August and more Americans gave up the hunt for work, giving a cautious Federal Reserve more reasons to wait a bit longer before raising interest rates. *Headline NFP: 142,000 vs 225,000. COMMENTS: WAYNE KAUFMAN, CHIEF MARKET ANALYST AT PHOENIX FINANCIAL SERVICES IN NEW YORK:.

  • Tesla CEO: "Nevada is it;" $1.3B package offered Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:22 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov.

  • Jeans face an uncertain future amid yoga wear rage Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. "Yoga pants have replaced jeans in my wardrobe," said Anita Ramaswamy, a Scottsdale, Arizona high-school senior who is buying more leggings and yoga pants than jeans.

  • CARSON CITY, Nevada, Sept 4- Tesla Motors Inc has selected Nevada as the site for a $5 billion battery factory that will be key to its next generation of electric cars, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced on Thursday. California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico were also in competition for the plant.