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  • Variety of fee increases in store for park visitors Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    —Increasing the annual pass at Everglades National Park in Florida from $25 to $40 annually. —Increasing the weekly car pass at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona from $25 to $30. —Increasing the weekly car pass at Yosemite National Park in California from $20 to $25 or $30, depending on the season.

  • LOS ANGELES— Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious." The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent who infiltrates their ring just wasn't "that kind of film," according to Moritz. Then, when director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan stepped in for the third film, "Fast and Furious:...

  • Entrance fees rising in some national parks Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    The National Park Service says the money expected to be raised is just a fraction of the $11.5 billion needed to repair and maintain roads, trails and park buildings. "We cannot greet them with failing facilities," Jarvis said of the 295 million people expected to visit National Park Service properties, which also include sites like the Lincoln Memorial.

  • SANTA ANA, Calif.— A daughter of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral, says her father is ailing and could be in his final days. Carol Schuller Milner said Wednesday that her 88- year-old father had been enjoying life despite suffering from terminal esophageal cancer, but his health...

  • Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Wilco won't play a May 7 concert in Indianapolis. Comedian Nick Offerman of " Parks and Recreation" and wife, comic Megan Mullally, said they'll donate proceeds from Wednesday's appearance at Indiana University to the Human Rights Campaign and have canceled a May 16 show in Indianapolis. AFSCME, a union for public employees, has canceled a women's conference...

  • With backing from Saudi Aramco and partnerships with well-known industry players including the Linde Group and Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, Dineen hopes to break into natural gas processing with improvements that make the decades-old technology economical. Abundant domestic natural gas from the shale boom prompted plans by Royal Dutch...

  • NuVasive CEO Lukianov resigns after reimbursement probe Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Spinal device maker NuVasive says Chairman and CEO Alex Lukianov resigned after the board concluded he didn't follow expense reimbursement and personnel policies. NuVasive says Lukianov resigned Saturday after an investigation by the board of directors. Lucier was chairman and CEO of Life Technologies from 2003 to 2014, when that company was...

  • NEW YORK, April 1- What inspires you? It's a simple question that is not always easy to answer. Claim to fame: #1 New York Times bestselling author, life and business strategist.

  • When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format. Imax's first laser projector just started operating in Toronto's Scotiabank Theatre in December. The Chinese Theatre, one of the largest Imax theaters in the world, is...

  • LONDON, April 1- More than 1 million barrels of crude oil move by train across the United States every day, according to data published for the first time by the government on Tuesday. The volume of crude shipped by rail has increased more than 50- fold in five years, from just 630,000 barrels in January 2010 to 33.7 million barrels in January 2015, the Energy...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif.— A woman walking on the airfield at a Silicon Valley airport probably jumped a fence, said authorities, who are now investigating their fifth security breach there in less than a year. A UPS employee spotted Deanna Predoehl, 20, in a secure area at Mineta San Jose International Airport, and she resisted arrest when approached by officers around...

  • 'General Hospital' leads Daytime Emmy nominations Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— ABC's " General Hospital" earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress. CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" and NBC's "Days of Our Lives" joined " General Hospital among the nominees for best soap opera. Best actress nominees for daytime drama were Peggy...

  • Simon calls off $16.8B bid to create mall colossus Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 6:43 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Simon Property Group is calling off its hostile $16.8 billion takeover bid for Macerich, which would have tied together two of the nation's largest mall operators. The Indianapolis company upped its bid two weeks ago to $95.50 per share from $91, calling that its best and final offer and giving Macerich an April 1 deadline to respond.

  • LOS ANGELES— Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home from was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. Gordon Getty is the San Francisco billionaire scion of the late J. Paul Getty, whose oil fortune made his family among the...

  • A look at microbrewery laws being considered nationwide Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:42 AM ET

    Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday that allows microbreweries to make up to 6.2 million gallons of beer per year, removing the old limit of 1.2 million gallons. That is an issue for Arizona- based Four Peaks Brewing Company, a growing player in the industry. Wyoming lawmakers passed legislation in February allowing microbreweries to expand annual production from...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif.— Fifteen-year-old Audrie Pott hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her during a Labor Day house party without adult supervision. A wrongful death trial this month in San Jose will determine whether bullying played a role in Audrie's suicide. Parry Aftab, a digital privacy lawyer, said...

  • It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. Miami is luring Argentinians,...

  • LOS ANGELES— The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. Neither the coroner nor police had officially identified the man, but a statement from 47- year-old...

  • LOS ANGELES— A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of Getty oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, but officials didn't say if the body was that of J. Paul Getty's grandson. Getty is one of four sons of Gordon Getty, a San Francisco multibillionaire who is among the richest men in the United States. Calls to numbers associated with Andrew Getty and Gordon...

  • SAN DIEGO— With the American Pharmacists Association taking a stance this week, the medical community is now united in its opposition to playing any role in capital punishment killings. "What happens in the course of an execution can be extremely ugly and excruciatingly painful," said Cheryl Pilate, a Kansas City, Missouri, attorney who has represented two...