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  • PHOENIX— The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3- million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The House approved a bill Tuesday that expands a $5 million sales tax credit passed last year to include international operations centers that...

  • First Solar beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    TEMPE, Ariz. _ First Solar Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $192 million. Analysts expected $1.27 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, First Solar said it expects revenue in the range of $550 million to $650 million.

  • BOSTON— All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won't do you any favors if you're trying to buy or sell a house. The storms that have dropped an epic 8 feet of snow are causing grief for the real estate industry. "Honestly, every day is a new issue," said Kate Lanagan MacGregor, a real estate agent in Mattapoisett, as she...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • OXNARD, Calif.— A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup after the truck's driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks. Everything was flying, "said passenger Joel Bingham. Police found the disoriented driver of the demolished Ford F-450 pickup 1.6 miles from the crossing...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:. BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA? A 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected residents with small amounts of pot in their homes from prosecution.

  • PHOENIX— Steve Dreiseszun says he cannot sit in his backyard or read a story to his son without a sense of dread. For the past several months, he and other residents in a Phoenix neighborhood of historic homes have been jolted— sometimes out of their sleep— by the sound of airplanes flying directly above them. The changes are part of a new program the FAA is rolling out...

  • Feb 23- Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd, an aircraft leasing and maintenance company controlled by the government of Dubai, is looking to sell its aviation services unit, StandardAero, for more than $1.8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. In 2007, state-owned DAE simultaneously purchased aircraft maintenance services company Landmark...

  • NEW YORK— Solar power companies First Solar and SunPower said Monday they plan to combine some of their assets into an investment vehicle that is intended to provide steady dividends. Both First Solar Inc. and SunPower Corp. would contribute some assets to the partnership, and the companies said they intend to file for an initial public offering.

  • WASHINGTON— Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama's contested immigration measures from the agency's funding bill. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the...

  • Company plans to resume work at Arizona uranium mine Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    The move by Energy Fuels Resources Inc. comes amid a lawsuit challenging the Canyon Mine on national forest land about six miles southeast of Tusayan. Energy Fuels is an intervener in the case. The court previously declined a request from the plaintiffs to keep Energy Fuels from doing any more drilling to reach the body of ore until the case was resolved.

  • Getting into sports events is easy—if you're a CEO Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    Supers Bowl fans mingle outside of University of Phoenix Stadium.

    Arizona invited a slew of business VIPs to the Super Bowl, underscoring how sporting events double as junkets for movers and shakers.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- The accused mastermind behind a group called BlackShades pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to distributing software that U.S. authorities say was used to hack into half a million computers worldwide. Alex Yucel, a 24- year-old Swede, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to engaging in the distribution of malicious software as...

  • JAKARTA, Feb 16- Indonesia has dropped its demand that Freeport-McMoran Inc build a $1.5 billion copper smelter in Papua province, saying a regionally owned enterprise would take on the project instead, website Detik.com reported, quoting the mining minister. The ministry in December said Arizona- based Freeport, which runs the world's fifth-largest copper...

  • *First Solar says land, financing key in solar drive. NEW DELHI, Feb 15- India will struggle to hit its "hugely ambitious" renewable energy target if it fails to make more land available for plants and ensure utilities have the means to buy in clean energy, the head of U.S.-based First Solar said on Sunday. First Solar Chief Executive Jim Hughes said he welcomed the...

  • Tax-refund fraud to hit $21B, little IRS can do Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:02 PM ET
    The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    Tax-refund fraud is expected to soar this season, and hit a whopping $21 billion by 2016, from just $6.5 billion two years ago, according to the IRS.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10- Apple Inc will buy about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday as its stock market value closed above $700 billion for the first time. The First Solar Inc plant, with the capacity to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes, will be used to supply electricity for Apple's new...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it reached a settlement in its first-ever discrimination case against auto dealers who also finance the purchase of used cars. Two so-called "buy here, pay here" dealerships in Charlotte, North Carolina, Auto Fare Inc and Southeastern Auto Corp, agreed to set aside $225,000 to reimburse...

  • The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Riverside County about 170 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, was operating at full capacity and providing 550 megawatts of electricity to the grid, the Department of the Interior said. The power generated is being provided to Pacific Gas& Electric Company and Southern California Edison under long-term contracts,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday the technology company is investing $850 million to help build a solar farm in California with solar panel maker First Solar. The project in Monterey County, California will provide enough energy for 60,000 homes as well as Apple's head office in nearby Cupertino, Cook said at a Goldman...