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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • Nevada jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent in December Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's unemployment rate dropped even further in December to reach a level unseen since June 2008, and the state ended the year with nearly 100,000 jobs more than it had at the depths of the recession, officials said Tuesday. The state's jobless rate dropped to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent in December, the Nevada Department of Employment,...

  • LAS VEGAS— Casino mogul Steve Wynn's base salary is shrinking from $4 million to $2.5 million and his rides on the company plane are no longer free, but if all goes well for Wynn Resorts Ltd. the 72- year-old CEO and chairman will see a boost from bonuses and stock incentives. Wynn's earnings will get bolstered based on how well the company performs, said Wynn...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict him. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was not accused of any...

  • Federal permit approved on SunZia transmission line Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A proposed $2 billion transmission line that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West is one step closer to being in service after clearing its final federal hurdle. Jewell told the Associated Press in a telephone interview that New Mexico is blessed with sunshine and wind,...

  • LAS VEGAS— Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Nevada health officials said Friday that they're considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month that two male performers tested positive...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • Caesars bankruptcy venue decision near Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Delaware or Chicago: Troubled casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should find out early next week where a subsidiary's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will be decided. Caesars prefers Chicago, where its Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. filed for bankruptcy protection filed Jan. 15. Based only on previous cases, that may be easier to do in Chicago...

  • LAS VEGAS— Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson will take the same title at his company's subsidiary in Macau, Asia's gambling mecca near Hong Kong. Las Vegas Sands owns the Venetian and Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as properties in Macau and Singapore. Las Vegas Sands President Robert Goldstein has been appointed interim president of Sands China.

  • Deflategate: Just what the country needed now Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 12:13 PM ET
    New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media on Jan. 22, 2015, on issues surrounding underinflated footballs used during the AFC championship game.

    Deflategate is just the distraction we need in a woebegone new century filled with wars, racial tension and terrorism, Politico's White says.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country. The Yountville establishment is rated three stars in the Michelin guide and twice has been named the world's best by Restaurant Magazine. Still, those in the tight-knit Napa Valley wine...

  • Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford- Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. Two billion mobile phones were shipped worldwide in 2014, 75 percent of...

  • Wynn Resorts unveils redesign of Massachusetts casino Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    BOSTON— Wynn Resorts unveiled a long-awaited redesign of its proposed Massachusetts casino on Thursday, giving state regulators a glimpse at a gently curving bronze glass hotel tower resembling those of its signature resorts in Las Vegas and Macau. Wynn won the Boston- area's lone casino license with a proposed $1.6 billion complex on roughly 33 acres on the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home. But whatever home-field advantage the Republican Party's 2012 nominee...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday. After initially defending the...

  • But focusing too hard on the pipeline, a frequent tactic of technology firms seeking to change their workforce, will benefit the chipmaker less than working on what happens inside Intel, diversity advocates say. Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich surprised a mostly male crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by unveiling a 2020 goal for Intel...

  • RENO, Nev.— JetBlue Airways' plans for the first, daily non-stop flights linking Reno and New York City have local business and tourism officials excited about the potential impact on the region's broader economy. "This is more significant than just having a new flight," said John Farahi, CEO of Monarch Casino& Resort Inc., which operates the 824- room Atlantis Casino...

  • Jan 16- Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike after two years of contract talks, empowering their union to request U.S. government approval for a walkout, the union said in a release Friday. More than 98 percent of the 473 pilots who voted approved the strike, according to the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local...