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  • Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    Concerned that some data might have been exposed, the Office of Personnel Management has begun notifying the workers that their files were in jeopardy. The USIS breach, similar to previous hacking episodes traced to China, tainted the files of at least 25,000 Department of Homeland Security workers and prompted the personnel office's decision to halt all of...

  • 2 more former Sony workers sue over data breach Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online. The breach, which a U.S. official has said is linked to North Korea, resulted in the release of Social Security numbers, financial, medical and other personal info...

  • Tax-refund debate flares up again in Colorado Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's economy has been on an upswing, and government officials are getting more comfortable asking the state for help with their funding needs after years of budget cuts. But more revenue means Colorado is required to start giving refunds to taxpayers, rekindling a decades-old debate over how much money state government should be allowed to keep...

  • Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    DENVER— Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. The University of Colorado and University of Nebraska announced this week they have formed the Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group to develop the program. Drones can take measurements at any...

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. That's because the Colorado grants are outside the usual federal channels for approving studies on pot, a process some say stymies marijuana research.

  • Hemp gets boost in federal spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Michael Lewis felt some anxiety when he stepped forward as one of Kentucky's first farmers to test the potential of hemp production, but some recent action by Congress has helped set his mind at ease. The latest federal farm bill allows states to designate hemp projects for research and development. And now, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill...

  • Oregon certifies recount results: GMO labels lost Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. They have not said whether they'll make another try in Oregon in 2016, when they potentially would be buoyed by the larger, more...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • Crocs names Ribatt, a director, as CEO Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:41 PM ET

    He has been interim CEO of shapewear maker Spanx and CEO of Collective Brands Performance& Lifestyle Group, a shoe and clothing company that included the Keds, Sperry Top-Sider and Saucony brands. Wolverine Worldwide Inc. bought Collective Brands in 2012.. John McCarvel, the former chief executive and president, retired on April 30.

  • UPDATE 1-Crocs appoint Gregg Ribatt as CEO Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    Dec 15- Crocs Inc, known for its colorful clog shoes, said it appointed Gregg Ribatt as chief executive, effective late January 2015. Crocs had reported a fall in third-quarter sales from Asia-Pacific, a region that contributes about 40 percent of total revenue. The company had said it would hire a CEO with a focus on earnings growth after John McCarvel retired in...

  • Crocs appoint Gregg Ribatt as CEO Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:18 PM ET

    Dec 15- Crocs Inc, known for its colorful clog shoes, said it appointed Gregg Ribatt as chief executive, effective late January 2015. The company had said it would hire a CEO with a focus on earnings growth after John McCarvel retired in April. Up to Monday's close, the Niwot, Colorado- based company's stock has fallen more than 23 percent this year.

  • Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    DENVER— Powdered alcohol, touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on-the-go, hasn't even arrived in stores but states are moving to ban the product amid concern that it will increase underage drinking. Colorado is the latest state considering banning "Palcohol," marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form. "I think being proactive and jumping out...

  • Colorado resort towns worry over pot perception Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.— Business is booming in Colorado's mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. In Breckenridge, residents voted overwhelmingly to force downtown's lone dispensary off Main Street to a less-visible location. "It's not a morality issue, or that we think...

  • 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. Winners range in size from Centennial, Colorado,...

  • DENVER, Dec 12- Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, whose international reporting took him from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan to covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been found dead in Colorado, officials said on Friday. In an obituary posted on the Fox News website, the network reported that Di-Natale's death was a suicide, citing the...

  • Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK. "I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that," said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a...

  • Oregon GMO labeling proponents concede defeat Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome. "After looking at the facts about Measure 92, Oregon voters decided that it rightly deserved a no vote," Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the No on...

  • NY tells insurers to cover transgender treatment Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said New York follows eight other states and the District of Columbia to do this. The others are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. The fund also called on New York to remove the exclusion its Medicaid program, saying it's not subject to the new guidance.