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  • A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

  • TOKYO, Sept 30- Japanese discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings will open a new chain in the United States early next year selling take-out Japanese food such as deep-fried oysters and noodles to tap growing demand for Japanese cuisine, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.

  • TOKYO, Sept 30- Japanese discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings will open a new chain in the United States early next year selling take-out Japanese food such as deep-fried oysters and noodles to tap growing demand for Japanese cuisine, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.

  • MADRID/ SYDNEY, Sept 28- A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

  • Refugees settle in thanks to small farm plots Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The rapidly rising demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has created a robust new market for refugees who fled violence in their home countries and found peace in farming small plots of land in several U.S. cities.

  • Hawaii gas stations, stores sold to Texas company Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii's largest independent gasoline operator is being sold to a Texas company for $240 million. Houston- based Susser Petroleum MLP said Thursday it will buy Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha has nearly 100 gas stations and is one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii with 44 stores.

  • Economist sees positives in Big Island's economy Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii— An economist addressing a Hawaii County economic forum sees positive signs for the Big Island. Tourism is Jack Suyderhoud at the 40th annual First Hawaiian Bank event flourishing in Kohala on the island's northwest side, said. Visitors to the Big Island in general are not big spenders, he said.

  • Sept 25- Dallas pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners LP said it would transfer some convenience store assets within the Sunoco Inc corporate family to Susser Petroleum Partners LP in a deal valued at about $768 million.

  • Sept 25- Dallas pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners LP said it would sell convenience stores owned by its subsidiary Sunoco Logistics Partners LP to Susser Petroleum Partners LP in a deal valued at about $768 million.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • Pilot avoids beach crowd, crash-lands in ocean Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    HONOLULU— A former Alaska bush pilot safely avoided beachgoers when he crash-landed his small airplane in the ocean just off a beach on Oahu's North Shore after running out of fuel. Greg Harding, 59, considered landing the plane on either a road or the beach, but then he saw about a dozen people on shore, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

  • Larger aircraft could be using Maui's Hana Airport Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 1:35 PM ET

    WAILUKU, Hawaii— Larger aircraft could be using Maui's remote Hana Airport if the state carries out planned improvements. In June, the governor released $2.1 million for capital improvement projects at Hana Airport. Once they are completed, Hana Airport likely will be classified as a Class III airport, state transportation officials said.

  • Japanese company to open facility in Kentucky Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— A Japanese metalworking company said Monday it plans to spend $8.6 million and hire 30 people to open a plant, joining a growing number of Japanese businesses that have come to the state following Toyota's decision to put its largest North American plant in Kentucky.

  • Sept 17- Two years after it began flying tourists over the Grand Canyon, Air Methods Corp is looking to expand its U.S. travel business as a lucrative sideline to its air ambulance services. Chief Executive Aaron Todd, however, expects tourism to be a significant driver of revenue for Air Methods as U.S. consumer confidence returns.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- Morgan Stanley's unorthodox plan to export U.S. compressed natural gas could give the Wall Street bank quick access to emerging Caribbean markets- if it can find a way to ship the fuel in bulk after decades of other failed attempts.

  • Aug 25- A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

  • Hawaii braces for hurricanes     Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 6:18 AM ET

    Hurricane Iselle, now downgraded to a tropical storm and Hurricane Julio delivering a one-two punch to Hawaii's Big Island, reports NBC's Mike Taibbi, with the latest details.

  • President Obama approves limited air strikes on Iraq. SINGAPORE, Aug 8- Oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic rose more than $1 on Friday, with Brent approaching $107 a barrel after the United States approved air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq.

  • Hawaii hunkers down for Iselle & Julio     Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    Hurricane Iselle could cause Hawaii to lose power for days, reports The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, with the latest details on the 1, 2 punch heading for Hawaii.