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  • The Washington, D.C.- based Marijuana Policy Project, the largest group in the country dedicated solely to reforming marijuana laws and a key player in Colorado's successful legalization effort, is leading one charge. But Legalize Maine is framing Marijuana Policy Project as an out-of-state interloper, and organizers for Legalize Maine said their proposal...

  • LOS ANGELES— Dozens of bottles of low-priced California wines sold under such labels as Franzia, Mogen David and Almaden contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed by four California residents. "We believe this allegation is false and misleading and that all wines being sold in the U.S. marketplace are safe," the institute, which...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, March 20- Rapid7, LogRythm and Mimecast are joining a growing list of cybersecurity firms planning to go public in 2015 to capitalize on investor interest following a spate of hacker attacks, according to people familiar with the matter. Shares of publicly traded cybersecurity firms have outperformed the market in recent months, as...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 56 this week to 1,069 amid slumping oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 825 rigs were seeking oil and 242 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 36 rigs and Louisiana 18. New...

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...

  • New threat to medical marijuana may surprise you Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:48 AM ET
    An employee packages a patient's cannabis at a medical cannabis center in Lakewood, Colorado.

    Medical marijuana sales growth in Colorado has dipped since recreational pot has been legalized in the state.

  • March 17- Molycorp Inc lost about a third of its market value on Tuesday after its auditor raised "substantial doubt" about the rare earths miner's ability to stay in business, putting the United States' only domestic supply of the technology metals at risk. "We have incurred, and continue to incur, operating losses," Molycorp said in its annual report.

  • NEW YORK, March 15- As drugmakers develop new medicines to battle a liver disease epidemic, they have created an urgent need for better diagnostics to select patients for treatment and assess their drugs' effectiveness. About 30 percent of people in the U.S. now suffer from fatty liver diseases, such as NASH, fueled by obesity, diabetes and over-indulgent...

  • March 11- Cement maker Summit Materials Inc's initial public offering was priced at $18 per share, according to a market source, valuing the Blackstone Group- controlled company at $1.67 billion. The company raised about $400 million after its offering of 22.2 million class A shares was priced at the midpoint of the expected range of $17- $19 per share.

  • Summit Materials IPO priced at $18/share - market source Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    March 11- Cement maker Summit Materials Inc's initial public offering was priced at $18 per share, according to a market source, valuing the Blackstone Group- controlled company at $1.67 billion. The company raised about $400 million after its offering of 22.2 million class A shares was priced at the midpoint of the expected range of $17- $19 per share.

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Taxes are one of the few constants in life, but what happens when you change the way you do your return? There is always the lure of do-it-yourself- the number of people using tax software to file, like Intuit's TurboTax, increases by 6 percent annually, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you are on the wrong end of it, you could end up drawing...

  • Pham, 41, resettled in California and is now owner of an art gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, one of a stream of Vietnamese Americans who found their fortunes in a fast-changing Vietnam where capitalism is thriving under communist rule. In the 17 years she's lived in Vietnam, her mother has refused to visit. "When I moved back to Vietnam, she disowned me," said Pham.

  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 6- Whiting Petroleum Corp, North Dakota's largest oil producer, is seeking a possible buyer, according to the Wall Street Journal, but a person familiar with the board's thinking told Reuters he was not aware of any such plan. Three months ago, Whiting closed on its $1.55 billion buyout of Kodiak Oil& Gas to become the largest oil company in North...

  • IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE, March 4- International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful. The purchase is designed to boost IBM's push into more human-like computing services,...

  • The Houston company forecast 2015 capital investments in the range of $5.4 billion to $5.8 billion, excluding those associated with its Western Gas Partners LP unit. In addition to earmarking 60 percent of its budget for onshore shale wells, Anadarko said it plans to drill nine to 12 deepwater exploration wells offshore Colombia, Kenya and the Gulf of Mexico.

  • March 2- United Airlines has no immediate interest in purchasing 777 X aircraft from Boeing Co but instead views the plane's predecessor, the 777-300 ER, as a potentially good fit for its network, the carrier's Chief Financial Officer, John Rainey, told Reuters in an interview Monday. Rainey said United is not interested in the more expensive 777 X, to be outfitted...

  • *GM to stop car manufacturing in Indonesia. GM Indonesia to shutter assembly plant, axe 500 jobs. Feb 27- A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors said on Friday it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year.

  • YOUR MONEY-The silent struggle of seniors with debt Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 26- When Wanda Simpson reached retirement a couple of years ago, the Cleveland mom had an unwelcome companion: Around $25,000 in debt. New data reveal that Wanda Simpson has company- and plenty of it. Among families headed by those 55 or older, 65.4 percent are still carrying debt loads, according to the Washington, D.C.- based Employee Benefit Research...

  • If you order this junk food, you're a good tipper Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Pizza and delivery man

    Amid a brutal winter, CNBC's Eric Chemi asks, can specific food items ordered for home delivery help predict the size of the tip?

  • CHICAGO, Feb 24- Results from Home Depot Inc and Toll Brothers Inc bode well for a continued recovery in the housing market this year, thanks largely to an improving jobs market and low gasoline prices, industry officials and analysts said. Luxury home builder Toll Brothers also lifted its full-year home delivery forecast. Private residential fixed investment...