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  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis, which can cause fever, muscle aches,...

  • RENO, Nev.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plans to announce Tuesday whether she will move forward with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's earlier proposal to order federal protection for a type of sage grouse found only in California and Nevada. Jewell plans a formal announcement on a listing decision for the bistate sage grouse in Reno on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Despite "Furious 7' s" continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. However, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" could not match the $31.8 million debut of the first film in the Blart chronicles. With a modest $30 million production budget, the sequel will be profitable, Sony execs said.

  • Despite the blockbuster's continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. However, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" could not match the $31.8 million debut of the first film in the Blart chronicles. With a modest $30 million production budget, the sequel will be profitable, Sony execs said.

  • LAS VEGAS— The bankrupt operating division of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp. wants more time to file its reorganization plan to get out from under about $18 billion in debt. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. lawyers filed a motion this week asking a bankruptcy judge in Chicago to allow the company six more months to file its own plan exclusively.

  • LAS VEGAS— Elaine Wynn said Thursday she has her ex-husband Steve Wynn's endorsement in her battle to remain on the board of the casino-hotel company they co-founded. Elaine Wynn cited statements the Wynn Resorts Ltd. CEO made on Charlie Rose's interview show this week that he didn't agree with the board's decision not to re-nominate her.

  • House passes bill to repeal estate tax Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Kevin Brady, R- Texas, who sponsored the bill. The bill now goes to the Senate where Democrats appear to have enough votes to block it. The White House has threatened to veto the bill in part because it would add $269 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • Rick Barclay said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year. The Oath Keepers' website said the group was not trying to confront the Bureau of Land Management, and Emerick said the group was vetting everyone who showed up. Bureau of Land Management spokesman...

  • LOS ANGELES— Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was hospitalized again on Thursday after a judge ordered him to stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges filed after he ran over two men in a parking lot. The latest trip came after Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen rejected Knight's argument that he acted in self-defense when he was viciously...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Foreclosure activity in the United States rose sharply last month, on an increase in bank repossessions, according to a report by industry firm RealtyTrac. The increase pushed foreclosure activity up 4 percent from year-ago levels, the first annual rise since September 2010. "The March increase is continued cleanup of distress still...

  • April 15- A consortium of private equity firm TPG Capital LP and Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Cirque du Soleil, according to people familiar with the matter. The price that TPG and Fosun were negotiating with Laliberté could not be learned, but sources close to the process had previously stated...

  • ST. LOUIS, April 15- The U.S. Treasury Department's anti-money laundering unit may soon issue a civil penalty to Caesars Entertainment Corp over anti-money laundering lapses unearthed during a probe underway for roughly two years, two sources familiar with the matter. The sources added that the Justice Department, which had also been probing the casino...

  • McDonald's relations with franchisees hit new low-survey Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 15- McDonald's Corp's relations with its U.S. franchisees have hit a fresh low as the fast-food giant's new chief executive fights to turn around its domestic business amid fierce competition, according to a survey released Wednesday. said one of the 32 franchisees participating in the monthly survey, published by Janney Capital Markets...

  • Bills would allocate $9.5M for technology job training Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 12:37 PM ET

    CARSON CITY, Nev.— There's a small issue with large technology companies like Tesla and Switch expanding to Nevada— the state doesn't have nearly enough qualified and trained workers to meet the expected demand. The shortage has led Nevada lawmakers to consider bills that would allocate nearly $10 million toward high-tech workforce development at state...

  • LAS VEGAS— The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45- year-old married people making $40,000 or more, with one-third of them coming from neighboring California. They came in pairs and left the kids— if any— at home, spending $281.88 on food and drinks, $149.77 to shop and budgeting $530.11...

  • Biodiesel swindle nets man 5 years in prison Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Federal prosecutors in Portland say Kevin Thomas' name was phony, and so was his pitch: He told potential investors that he and a partner were going to convert the seeds of 5 million acres of trees in Ghana into oil that would be refined as biodiesel. He promised a $50,000 investment would return $7,000 a month, and investors could withdraw their money...

  • This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. Beyer insists the mobile app's $50 million in fundraising had nothing to do with it. Congress is expected to take up legislation this year that would make it tougher for people like Beyer to claim patent infringement, and put...

  • The products are sold online and by some retailers and gyms, the FDA said in a statement Monday. The FDA says consumers who have taken the supplements should watch out for potential signs of adverse effects, including unexplained fatigue, abdominal or back pain or discolored urine. Charles Lee, a senior scientist with the FDA, in a statement.

  • The company filed its definitive proxy statement with shareholders on Monday ahead of its May 28 annual meeting encouraging votes for MGM's board nominees, 11 incumbents, and not for those nominated by the investment firm Land and Buildings. Land and Buildings is directly asking shareholders in its own proxy statement to elect four other directors to the...

  • RENO, Nev.— Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC announced plans Monday to build a high-speed gondola connecting its Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts near Lake Tahoe and create one of the largest ski areas in the country. President and CEO Andy Wirth says the gondola would make it easier for skiers to experience the unique terrain of the adjoining Sierra...