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  • SEATTLE— Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again. But the boom has brought handwringing, as residents fret over whether Seattle has become a traffic-snarled city for the rich with soaring rental rates, overly dependent on the company behind it all: Amazon. "A lot of people who have...

  • *Corn hits 2015 highs as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans end mixed ahead of U.S. holiday weekend. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • LOS ANGELES— A former California real estate developer once honored as his city's citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects. Federal Los Angeles Judge Otis Wright handed down a harsher sentence than the government had requested for Kelly...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to a central Ohio airport after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements. Airport spokesman David Whitaker says the United Express flight bound for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia landed safely at Port Columbus...

  • *Corn highest since Dec. 30 as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans rebound from Wednesday declines. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— About 1 million low-income Ohio residents could be required to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget, officials estimate. Under the plan, Kasich's administration must seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that the state can require certain adults on the...

  • WASHINGTON— Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born. Obama also called on Congress to lift the economic and travel...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 15 Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's Andrew Gracie speaks at financial services cyber security conference- 0805 GMT. MILAN, Italy- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to give opening remarks at T2S launch celebration- 1510 GMT. MILAN, Italy- European Central Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch to give closing remarks at T2S launch celebration- 1700 GMT.

  • FourPoint Energy buying well assets for $840 million Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK— FourPoint Energy LLC will buy oil and gas assets from Chesapeake Exploration LLC and CHK Cleveland Tonkawa LLC for about $840 million. The sellers are subsidiaries of Oklahoma City- based Chesapeake Energy Corp.. The assets involved in the deal include an interest in about 1,500 producing wells primarily in the Cleveland, Tonkawa and Marmaton...

  • Correction: Carnegie Heroes story Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism. PITTSBURGH— A 16- year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie...

  • Bill allows sale of 2nd Ohio prison to private operator Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The state can sell a central Ohio prison to a private company under a bill on the way to Gov. The legislation approved last month authorizes Ohio to put North Central Correctional Institution in Marion up for sale on the condition it's still run as a prison. The facility is currently state-owned but operated by Utah- based private prison company...

  • YOUR MONEY-5 ways road-tripping families can save money Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 1- With four kids between the ages of 1 and 12, Loralee Leavitt is a cost-savings ninja when she hits the road. Leavitt, who hails from Kirkland, Washington, estimates that she has gone on more than 30 road trips with her growing family, logging over 60,000 miles, to places like Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. Their piece de resistance: A trip to...

  • Smucker cuts price of Folgers, other coffee products Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The J. M. Smucker Co. is cutting prices for the majority of its coffee products sold in the U.S., including Folgers and Dunkin Donuts brand coffee sold in stores. Dunkin Donuts coffee is licensed to Smucker for sale in stores. Smucker's shares rose 59 cents to $109 in premarket trading.

  • Events leading to government probe of big-rig hitches Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    The bulletin also is sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. May 13, 2011: Daimler Trucks North America recalls 2,281 Freightliner cabs to replace the locking bar on the hitches. July- September 2011: Paccar recalls 10 Kenworth trucks to fix the problem.

  • At first the Jan. 24, 2014, crash on U.S. 50 in Cincinnati's eastern suburbs drew only the attention of Ohio authorities, who faulted the semi driver for not properly inspecting the hitch that holds the trailer to the tractor. Given the nearly 1 ½- year gap between the crash and the investigation, the safety agency could face renewed criticism for failing to...

  • Man gets prison time, $1M fine in military bribery case Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:46 AM ET

    DAYTON, Ohio— A man extradited from Iraq in a military contract bribery case has been sentenced in Ohio to 30 months in prison. The dual U.S.-Turkish citizen originally was accused of conspiring to pay bribes and kickbacks to get supply contracts associated with U.S. military operations in and around Iraq. He later was arrested in Iraq.

  • Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better. The state's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, tried to expand Medicaid under the health care law to cover more than 200,000 state...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 13 Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England publishes financial stability report, followed by Governor Mark Carney's news conference- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank Governing Council meeting. BERLIN- European Central Bank Governing Council member Jens Weidmann and Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to participate in cabinet meeting of the federal...

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15- foot waterfall to try to save his 13- year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh- based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt. The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio,...