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  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    As part of the deal announced by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina- based home improvement retailer also pledged to adopt a compliance program for dealing with lead paint during the renovation programs offered through its more than 1,700 stores.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment, the stocks of recent stars such as Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are 20 percent to 45 percent below their recent peaks. NEW YORK— Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering.

  • Coldwater Creek files for bankruptcy protection Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    SANDPOINT, Idaho— The women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after failing to find a potential buyer or a source of capital to help fund its turnaround efforts. Coldwater Creek said Friday that its stores and its website are still open and selling clothing and other goods to shoppers.

  • April 11- Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek Inc on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the latest in a growing list of retailers to seek protection from creditors as consumers keep a lid on spending. Coldwater Creek last October announced plans to seek strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.

  • GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big spending cuts across a wide swath of programs, including Medicaid, food and farm aid and eliminating subsidies for Amtrak and airline flights to small cities. Easy in theory, hard in practice, "Ryan, the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2012, says of some recent votes.

  • Idaho asks judge to toss lawsuit on farm video law Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— Attorneys for Idaho Gov. Otter signed the law in February after Idaho's $2.5 billion dairy industry complained that videos showing cows being abused at a southern Idaho dairy unfairly hurt business.

  • US Ecology buying Environmental Quality Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— U.S. Ecology is buying environmental services and waste management company The Environmental Quality Co. in a stock deal valued at $465 million that will help expand its environmental services offerings and broaden its geographic reach.

  • Idaho governor signs tax incentive bill Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— A plan to use big tax breaks to lure businesses to expand in Idaho won the governor's stamp of approval. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed Thursday, Idaho would refund up to 30 percent of state corporate income taxes, payroll taxes and sales taxes to businesses that create 50 new jobs in urban areas and 20 in rural areas.

  • *USDA quarterly hog report holds key in disease puzzle. CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, March 14- Fund managers and traders have chased hog prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to record highs on fear of a deadly pig virus, but a market reversal is likely if government data in the next two weeks shows no major damage from the disease.

  • WASHINGTON, March 13- The leaders of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee's new legislative framework to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not determine whether their investors can share in the companies' renewed profitability, the panel's top Republican said on Thursday in a televised interview.

  • *Justice Department says practice of closing deals is legal. WASHINGTON, March 5- Sometime soon, maybe in the next month or so, a federal judge is expected to decide whether the creation of the world's biggest passenger airline, as envisioned by two companies and the U.S. Justice Department, was really a good idea.

  • Feb 19- A federal judge in Utah on Wednesday barred online television service provider Aereo from retransmitting programs in a handful of U.S. states, ahead of a closely watched Supreme Court hearing this year between the company and major broadcasters.

  • In particular, the massive hydroelectric dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho are crucial suppliers of electricity to California via high-voltage transmission lines, known as paths.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- The U.S. debt limit suddenly looks a lot less threatening as Republicans in the House of Representatives struggle to choose from a diminishing list of minor conditions for an increase needed by the end of this month.

  • As a result, lawmakers from both the establishment wing of the Republican Party and the more fiscally conservative small-government proponents in the Tea Party movement are exploring healthcare policies. U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said it would be a major topic at a Republican retreat next week.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The top lobbyist in Washington for American business warned in unusually stark terms on Wednesday that younger Americans will face diminished economic prospects in coming years unless the United States reins in spending on the elderly and improves its education system.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The top lobbyist in Washington for American business warned in unusually stark terms on Wednesday that younger Americans will face diminished economic prospects in coming years unless the United States reins in spending on the elderly and improves its education system.

  • Micron profit boosted by Elpida buy, chip recovery Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Micron reported higher profit in the first quarter, helped by strong sales at its Elpida business and a recovery in chip prices.

  • Jan 7- Micron Technology reported a much higher-than-expected profit in the first quarter, helped by strong sales at its recently acquired Elpida Memory business and a recovery in memory chip prices. U.S. memory chip makers such as Micron and SanDisk Corp have been gaining since last year as prices of memory chip prices rebounded from lows hit in 2012..

  • WALLA WALLA COUNTY, WASHINGTON, Dec 30- The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state.

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