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  • HOUSTON— A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a federal law governing the natural gas market does not shield energy companies from state antitrust claims made over the western U.S. energy crisis between 2000 and 2002.. The ruling, on a 7-2 vote, was a loss for several energy companies, including American Electric Power Company Inc, Dynegy Inc and...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., Obama said: "I love Elizabeth. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters, "I'm not only no, I'm hell no" on Obama's bid for "fast-track" authority.

  • Employers cut jobs in 31 US states as growth slows Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose or were unchanged in 27 states and fell in 23 states. The biggest job cuts occurred in states with large oil and gas drilling, led by Texas, which lost 25,400 jobs, and followed by Oklahoma, which cut 12,900. Pennsylvania lost 12,700, the third largest loss. Pennsylvania has benefited in recent years...

  • RENO, Nev.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reversed the government's proposed federal protection for a type of sage grouse specific to California and Nevada on Tuesday, and said it shows it's still possible to head off a bigger, looming listing decision for the greater sage grouse across 11 western states. Brian Sandoval and others in announcing she's...

  • 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...