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  • LOS ANGELES— A preliminary government report has found that a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Central California coastline occurred along a badly corroded section that had worn away to a fraction of an inch. The findings released Wednesday by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...

  • June 3- Plains All American Pipeline said it does not expect to restart before June 30 its pipeline that spilled hundreds of barrels of oil on the coast of Santa Barbara, California last month. The May 19 spill is estimated to be the biggest on the Santa Barbara coastline in 46 years. Excluding expenses related to the incident, Plains All American maintained its...

  • June 3- Plains All American Pipeline said no timeline has been set for the restart of its pipeline which spilled hundreds of barrels of oil on the coast of Santa Barbara last month. The oil and gas MLP said it could not estimate the costs related to the spill and the civil, regulatory or criminal proceedings that may be brought against it, but expects its insurance to...

  • *C.H. Robinson rally lifts transport stocks. Adding to the day's upbeat tone, Greece's international creditors signaled they were ready to compromise to avert a default even as Athens indicated it might skip an IMF loan repayment due this week. Higher yields on fixed income translate into higher rates and that increases the net interest margin for financials, "...

  • NEW YORK, June 3- Wall Street stocks rose modestly on Wednesday on hopes for an imminent Greek debt agreement and after data pointed to renewed life in the U.S. economy, while German debt yields climbed after comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. Greece's international creditors signaled on Wednesday they were ready to compromise to...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 3- The Los Angeles City Council gave a second nod of approval on Wednesday to a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, but the measure must still come back for another vote, officials said. But because the latest vote was not unanimous, the matter must come back for a final...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents withheld to protect the privacy of other motorists. Brin, who oversees Google's fleet of self-driving cars, outlined his rationale Wednesday...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years. California aims to boost statewide renewable electricity use to 50 percent, have drivers use half as much gasoline and make buildings twice as...

  • WASHINGTON— The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation approved Wednesday by the GOP- controlled House. Most Republicans opposed the idea and the Senate is in GOP hands this year, so the outcome could still be reversed. But Senate advocates of medical marijuana won a test vote in the GOP-...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future, introducing a new variable to an unfolding debate in Congress over granting him the power to negotiate such international deals. In an interview Wednesday with American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show, Obama...

  • Four districts— Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis— reported moderate growth in manufacturing, while some other districts said growth was basically flat during the survey period. Kansas City described a sharp fall in activity in energy producers Oklahoma and New Mexico, while the Dallas district said that oilfield machinery sales were down significantly...

  • *Criminal, civil charges filed in New Jersey. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey said Steven Fishoff, 58, the president of Featherwood Capital Inc in Westlake Village, California, was charged with four counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy. Also charged with securities fraud and conspiracy were Fishoff's brother-in-law Steven Costantin, 54,...

  • NEW YORK, June 3- Maybe it is time for a millennial remake of that 1980 s boomer angst television show, "thirtysomething," because there are more 30- year-olds in the United States than ever before. Within nine years, almost 45 million Americans will be in their 30 s, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Today's 30- somethings may be smarter about money than their...

  • NEW YORK— American cities are enticed by the economic growth and services that "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft can offer, but officials are anxious about safety in a largely unregulated realm, a city advocacy group found in a study released Wednesday. Nearly three-quarters of city leaders said they want to see the "sharing" sector grow,...

  • There were eight reports of the speaker's battery overheating, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. They can also elect to receive Apple Store credit for the same amount. Beats, which also makes headphones and has a streaming music service, was bought last year by Apple Inc. for $3 billion.

  • Betsy Garvin's three dogs were rescued from Thailand, where they had been caged their entire lives and where many dogs roam the streets or are raised as food for other Asian countries. LIFE Animal Rescue in the California city has placed 50 Thai dogs in the last two years, including Garvin's, said founder Emily Bernie. In March, Humane Society International and the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 3- The last time Hillary Clinton ran for the White House in 2008, Aaron Levie was too busy building his start-up company to pay much attention to politics. The campaigns of various White House hopefuls are looking to reel in the younger Silicon Valley influencers like Levie who could help raise some money for their candidates and also bring...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— HBO's "Veep" has filmed in Maryland for four years, but its future in the state is in question after the series scored $6.5 million in California film tax credits. The California Film Commission announced Tuesday that "Veep," which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is one of four series selected to receive tax credits for relocating production to California.

  • Entertainment network says its documentary series on the former Bruce Jenner premiering next month will be titled "I Am Cait," and it's showing a promo video for the series depicting her applying makeup. The Olympic champion revealed this week her new name is Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner declares while driving near her California home, "I'm the new normal.

  • LONDON— Keith Richards doesn't keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. The album catches the Stones in transition, with Mick Taylor stepping fully into his role as the late Brian Jones' replacement. The Stones also moved beyond their comfort zone, recording several songs at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in rural Alabama rather than in their usual...