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  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— The Washington state- based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons. Associated Food Stores is buying eight stores...

  • Dec 19- Canadian performance company Cirque du Soleil has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to help in its previously disclosed effort to find a strategic partner, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday. Cirque du Soleil will appeal to both private equity firms and large media companies that are looking to increase their exposure to live...

  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    BOULDER CITY, Nev.— An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. Company and FAA officials said the drone wasn't damaged. "Protocol is to troubleshoot the problem," said Bruce...

  • Thousands respond to black rhino import request Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    Shire said the agency will examine the public comments "for substantive information" as it weighs whether the hunt in Namibia— where 1,800 of the remaining 4,880 black rhinos live— is a form of conservation. The hunter, Corey Knowlton, bid $350,000 at an auction last January that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the species.

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, Dec 18- Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. "It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said...

  • Judge to rule on FBI ruse in case against Malaysians Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A federal judge said Thursday she'll rule soon on whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino without a warrant during a probe of what prosecutors say was illegal gambling involving a Malaysian businessman and his son. They also didn't have the permission of Caesars Palace employees, although a casino technical contractor...

  • SD Supreme Court says gambling promos not taxable Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— Gambling boosters lauded this week's South Dakota Supreme Court decision that Deadwood casinos will no longer have to pay gambling taxes on promotional programs that give patrons free credits to play slot machines, saying Thursday that it'll save operators big money. Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman said the...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town. China extended a crackdown on illicit money transfers into Macau, giving its Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau access to...

  • Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada's regulators Thursday but not without limits and a promise that the nightlife magnate would remain under heavy scrutiny. He said Thursday he had sought the medical help of a Las Vegas doctor to determine if he has a substance abuse problem.

  • Nightlife king faces queries from gaming regulator Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:55 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneur who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel and Casino into a hipper, sleeker destination is getting ready to defend his past again so he can obtain a Nevada gambling license after admitting recent cocaine use and explaining his curious business dealings with felons. "What he has run into is history," said Michael Green, a...

  • Existing gambling sites in New York state Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    A New York panel decided to recommend only three sites for upstate gambling casinos instead of four amid an increasingly saturated gambling market. Here's a look at the other sites where gamblers already can go in New York. —Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers;.

  • Xi's visit to Macau deals cold deck to VIP gamblers Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 18- As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town. China extended a crackdown on illicit money transfers into Macau, giving its Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau access to...

  • Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    TOKYO/ BOSTON, Dec 17- Sony Corp movie executives kept up a dialogue with hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb, even after rebuffing the billionaire investor's proposal to sell up to one-fifth of the studio's entertainment business, leaked emails show. Loeb's New York- based Third Point took a 7 percent stake in the company in May 2013 and suggested that proceeds from a...

  • AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy. McConnell takes over the Senate leadership and its new Republican majority in January. Asked if the Senate had any obligation to...

  • Nevada regulators reject tribal solar plant again Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada regulators on Wednesday refused a second request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation outside Las Vegas. Proponents said they hope the company will try again, while state Bureau of Consumer Protection chief Eric...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • New York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinos Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    The Gaming Facility Location Board chose sites in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties and decided not to recommend a fourth license amid an increasingly saturated gambling market where consumers have more options closer to home. Voters last year authorized up to four casinos in three upstate regions: the Albany- Saratoga area, the Southern...

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws.

  • Temporary tax breaks _ which ones affect you? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:. —A tax credit for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy. Nine states have no tax on wages: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.