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  • White House asks for $30M for CDC's Ebola efforts Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House on Friday sent Congress a request for $30 million to pay for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to help contain the Ebola outbreak in western Africa.

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines. NEW ORLEANS— BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation's worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • Wyoming agriculture enjoying good year Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming farmers and ranchers are seeing some of the best crop and pasture conditions in years thanks to good snowfall last winter and above-average rainfall this summer. "We've seen a big turnaround coming out of January 2013 to December of 2013," said Rhonda Brandt, state statistician with the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • Legal or not, the pot business is still wacky Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. "It's a gray market industry, that's just how it is," says Kayvan Khalatbari, who owns a marijuana dispensary and a chain of pizza restaurants in Denver.

  • Air rage: Knee Defender user 'embarrassed' Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    James Beach

    But don't expect James Beach to stop using the $22 gadget that attaches to a passenger's tray table and prevents the person in front from reclining.

  • Hillary Clinton: US should lead on clean energy Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the U.S. should become what she called the world's 21st- century clean energy superpower, during remarks resembling both a campaign speech and a call to action at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

  • Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 3- When President Barack Obama stepped into the White House Rose Garden in June to announce he would single-handedly reform U.S. immigration policy, he startled advocates by announcing a firm, end-of-summer deadline for executive action.

  • Recline rancor: Passenger recalls seat dispute Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    But don't expect James Beach to stop using the Knee Defender, a $22 gadget that attaches to a passenger's tray table and prevents the person in front from reclining. "I'm pretty ashamed and embarrassed by what happened," Beach told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • Illinois Medicaid pushes long-acting birth control Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 2:23 AM ET

    Members of the Illinois Catholic Health Association worry that will force them out of the Medicaid program, said the group's executive director Patrick Cacchione. The group represents about 18 percent of the hospitals in Illinois.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • A statute relied on by the banking regulator to bring this and similar cases on behalf of banks it seized "did not give the FDIC more time to bring claims that would otherwise have been lost," Stanton wrote.

  • Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell— a hedge against Colorado- grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal.

  • US home prices rose at slower pace in July Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonality, such as increased buying that occurs in warm weather.

  • 5 things to know about driving on marijuana Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 3:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states— Colorado and Washington— and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:.

  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 1- In the high-stakes poker game being played between the Indonesian government and mining companies, it has come as a bit of a surprise that Jakarta appears to be playing the winning hand.