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  • China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. The indictment was the first criminal hacking charge that the United States has filed against specific foreign officials, and follows a steady increase in public criticism and...

  • Mentor Graphics beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    WILSONVILLE, Ore. _ Mentor Graphics Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $21 million. Analysts expected $276.5 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in January, Mentor Graphics expects its per-share earnings to be $1.07.

  • Govt agency yet to act on controversial insurance Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Housing Finance Agency has yet to deliver on changes to a controversial type of homeowner's insurance even as its director told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday that it's making progress. The Federal Housing Finance Agency oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage giants that guarantee most...

  • Oregon population up 1 percent in year Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— As Oregon rebounds from the Great Recession, its population is growing more rapidly, mostly as a result of newcomers. Estimates from the Population Research Center at Portland State University show annual population growth at 1.1 percent. Oregon's population continued to grow through the recession, but at a slower rate.

  • Pot backer who quit TV job on air fights subpoena Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Alaska and Oregon this month joined Washington and Colorado as states approving legal pot. Greene made headlines in September when, while reporting on a story, she revealed...

  • Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues sanctuary Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a wild-cat sanctuary in suburban Portland is suing the sanctuary and its owners. The suit says the beneficiaries of Radziwon-Chapman's estate include her husband, Aaron Chapman; baby daughter, Noa Elise Chapman; mother, Carol Radziwon; and father, John Radziwon.

  • Oregon employers add 9,900 jobs in October Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October and producing the largest one-month gain in nearly two decades, the state Employment Department said Tuesday. Oregon employers haven't created that many jobs in a single month since August 1995, when more than 10,400 jobs were added. Food manufacturers— which...

  • Nov 17- Starbucks Corp said on Monday it has been wrongly accused in online petitions of supporting a Grocery Manufacturers Association lawsuit to block Vermont's GMO labeling law. Petitions posted to websites such as Sumofus.org and Care2.com accused Starbucks of teaming with fellow GMA member Monsanto Co to kill GMO labeling in Vermont, which in May...

  • The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • Patrol: Driver in bridge collapse received ticket Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— The Washington State Patrol issued a report Monday with its final findings from the Skagit River bridge collapse, saying that the truck driver who was driving an oversized load hit 11 arced sway braces on the bridge during the May 2013 accident that sent two cars into the river. The report notes that William Scott, who was driving the truck with the...

  • Doha chooses October for 2019 bid for worlds Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    Organizers of Doha's bid for the 2019 athletics world championships say hosting the event in October will alleviate problems of desert heat. Doha is competing against Eugene, Oregon, and Barcelona, Spain, in Tuesday's IAAF vote in Monaco. Bid leader Dahlan al Hamad says morning temperatures in October will be 34 to 35 degrees Celsius and evenings will be 30...

  • Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S.

  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website, performed so poorly it prompted a public apology from Gov. Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Others, like Maryland and...

  • Vermont advocate groups push for carbon tax Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    BARRE, Vt.— A coalition of environmental, business and low-income advocates called Thursday for Vermont to adopt a carbon tax as a way to encourage emission reductions and to use the money both for energy efficiency and for tax cuts elsewhere. Among the speakers at the event held at the headquarters of the Capstone Community Action low-income service agency was...

  • Monsanto to pay Pacific Northwest wheat farmers Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. Agriculture Department officials said the modified wheat discovered in the Oregon field is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was designed to be herbicide-resistant and was...

  • Nov 12- Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto did not admit liability, but agreed to pay $250,000 to wheat growers' associations, including $100,000 to the...

  • "It's a win-win trade agreement that will benefit information and communications technology manufacturers and services firms across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, while also benefiting all consumers globally and raising global GDP by as much as $190 billion annually," he said by email. The move was also welcomed by network equipment maker Cisco Systems, the...

  • New pot shops on the block not always so popular Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 2:19 AM ET

    DENVER— The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities. The strife went public...

  • CUI beats Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    TUALATIN, Ore. _ CUI Global Inc. on Monday reported a third-quarter loss of $349,000. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 2 cents per share. Analysts expected $18.3 million, according to Zacks.