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  • Japanese firm to build rail cars near Los Angeles Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The county Metropolitan Transportation Authority said at least 150 jobs will be created when Kinkisharyo International of Osaka retrofits an existing manufacturing facility in Palmdale. Two years ago, Kinkisharyo won an $890 million contract to build 175 rail cars for Metro and said it would move some manufacturing from Japan to Palmdale.

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • Lawsuit filed to stop Snake River dredging Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit to stop proposed dredging of the lower Snake River to aid barge traffic from Lewiston, Idaho— the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Seattle, challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a $6.7 million dredging project...

  • Obama defends moves on immigration Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    HENDERSON, Nev.— President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Obama said it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent...

  • Micron Technology CFO to retire next year Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    Ronald Foster, 64, who has been CFO since 2008, will step down on Feb. 28. Trading at around $7 in early 2008, Micron shares now go for $32.91, with huge gains this year. Shares of Micron Technology Inc., based in Boise, Idaho, rose 29 cents to $32.58 Tuesday.

  • Shop top finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Luxury shoe designer Paul Andrew walked away the winner Nov. 4 for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, but there were 10 top finalists spanning many areas of the industry. PAUL ANDREW: He worked for Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen for over 15 years leading up to his big moment. RYAN ROCHE: Raised in Idaho and...

  • McDonald's won't buy Simplot's GMO potato Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho- based J.R. Simplot Co.' s new genetically modified potato. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. The USDA this month gave Boise- based Simplot permission to begin commercial planting of its new spud, called the "Innate" potato.

  • Nov 12- Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto did not admit liability, but agreed to pay $250,000 to wheat growers' associations, including $100,000 to the...

  • The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for a wide swath of the northern U.S. from northern Idaho to northern Michigan with predictions of more than a foot of snow in many areas and temperatures dipping 20 to 30 degrees below normal. The storm is expected to hamper travel by closing roads with heavy snow and winds and causing...

  • Early snow falls on northern U.S., cold sweeping south Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for a wide swath of the northern U.S. from northern Idaho to northern Michigan with predictions of more than a foot of snow in many areas and temperatures dipping 20 to 30 degrees below normal. A cold front associated with the storm will dump rain on the lower Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and as...

  • SAFT ON WEALTH -In praise of the cockroach portfolio Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    Oct 30- Everyone wants to be an eagle in investing and most fail, but the important thing to remember is: everyone can be a cockroach. This is best exemplified, among large long-term investors, by the widespread adaption of the Endowment Model, sometimes called the Yale Model because it was pioneered there with great success by David Swensen. This approach, in...

  • The decision, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came one day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand similar rulings from appeals courts in other parts of the country.

  • Oct 6- Wealthy Americans contributed less of their incomes to charity while low and middle-income residents gave more in the years surrounding the Great Recession, according to a newly released report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Idaho, Georgia, Connecticut and Florida also ranked high on the list of increased givers. Utah residents gave the biggest...

  • Ex-Googler leads Softbank invasion of Hollywood Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET
    Nikesh Arora

    Softbank's investment in a Hollywood movie studio represents the coming out party for two new players in the US entertainment industry.

  • Ex-Googler leads Softbank invasion of Hollywood Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 7:35 PM ET

    Oct 2- Softbank Corp's investment in a Hollywood movie studio represents the coming out party for two new players in the U.S. entertainment industry-- the Japanese telecommunications company and Nikesh Arora, the former Google Inc executive running a new media and internet company. Two months after unexpectedly decamping from Google for SoftBank, Arora...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide in a case coming from Idaho whether private medical providers can sue a state in order to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs. Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for lower-income people that is administered by the states. Idaho's lawyers say that in order to...

  • Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 12:50 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 28- When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world.

  • The company raised about $161.4 million after its offering was priced at $12 per share, the low end of its expected price range of $12- $14. Smart and Final, backed by private equity firm Ares Management LP, is selling all the 13.45 million shares in the offering. Ares Management bought Smart and Final from Apollo Global Management LLC in 2012 for $975 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. Yack, who says he can get by on Social Security and his GM pension, is among millions of Americans who could re-enter the U.S. labor force if the economy improves.

  • SEOUL/ SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.