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  • Biotech drugmaker Amgen laying off at least 2,400 Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations. Amgen also raised its forecasts for its 2014 profit and revenue, driving up its shares.

  • Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers.

  • Soldiers get $92M in debt relief under settlement Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co., more recently doing business as Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC, based in California and Georgia, included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates, New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.

  • Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. John Kinkaid, a Moffat County, Colorado, commissioner, told the EPA in Denver that the rules would devastate his area, home to a major power plant.

  • Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers.

  • 5 things to know about coal trade, global warming Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    The Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal would further cut coal's share of electricity generation. In 2013, according to the 2014 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, it grew by 3 percent. The International Energy Agency expects global coal demand to grow 2.3 percent per year through 2018..

  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy— and pollution.

  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.

  • Correction: Rural Investment Dollars story Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 24 about a new rural investment fund announced by the White House, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Colorado- based CoBank is donating $10 billion to a fund for rural investment projects.

  • AP names new enterprise editor for western US Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Raghu Vadarevu, an editor on The Associated Press' West Desk, has been promoted to West assistant editor for enterprise. The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.

  • US rig count up 12 to 1,883 Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Louisiana gained six each, Ohio and Oklahoma were up two apiece and Colorado one. Texas lost 10 rigs, Alaska was off four, California and New Mexico were down two each and Kansas and Pennsylvania each dropped one. Arkansas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • Molson Coors Brewing CEO to retire at year's end Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    DENVER— Molson Coors Brewing President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn will retire at the end of the year. The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.

  • Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    DENVER— A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.

  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:58 AM ET

    DENVER— Pot may be legal in some states— but the neighbors don't have to like it.

  • Judge strikes down Longmont's fracking ban Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    LONGMONT, Colo.— A state district judge struck down Longmont's voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing Thursday but stayed her decision while the city considers an appeal. Mallard noted that the state's interest in developing oil and gas, and Longmont's interest in banning drilling create an "irreconcilable conflict" in which state rules take precedence.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 24- An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday. "It cleared easily," said Tony Green, a spokesman for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

  • U.S. launches $10 billion rural infrastructure fund Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- The Obama administration on Thursday launched a $10 billion rural infrastructure fund that it hopes will jump-start investments in a wide range of projects in farm states.

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:27 AM ET

    WEST POINT, New York— President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

  • Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America. The White House was announcing the money Thursday as part of a rural conference it is holding this week.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Aug 7 Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will deliver remarks at the Inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference hosted by the White House Rural Council.