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  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. Sage grouse are chicken-sized birds that inhabit grass and sagebrush ecosystems in 11 states from...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Discount retailer Dollar General has named a new chief executive officer. He was promoted to chief operations officer in 2013. Before joining Dollar General, Vasos served in executive positions with Longs Drug Stores Corp.. Dollar General plans to open 730 stores this year as it expands its footprint into Maine, Oregon and Rhode Island.

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Allison Armor loves fashion, but doesn't need to keep it in her closet. Armor, a marketing manager for a nonprofit in Oakland, California, has picked up skirts and shirts, Oxford shoes for $30, a J.Crew trench coat for $40 and a Dooney& Bourke satchel for $150, less than half its retail price. About 85 percent of people aged 18 to 34 own them, according to...

  • SkyWest flight diverts to Boise for medical emergency Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:59 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— A SkyWest Airlines flight from Eugene, Oregon, to Denver has suffered damage after it diverted to Boise, Idaho, because of a medical issue and made a hard landing. Briggs says there were still passengers waiting for a plane to Denver at 3 p.m. after originally landing in Boise at 7:30 a.m.. Briggs didn't know how many passengers were originally on the...

  • Rentrak posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ Rentrak Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $1.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Portland, Oregon- based company said it had net income of 10 cents. Rentrak shares have decreased 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Galena Biopharma rises on cancer therapy study Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Galena Biopharma rose Wednesday after the cancer drug developer reported promising data from a clinical study of a second potential cancer vaccine. Galena Biopharma said its drug GALE-301 was well-tolerated and patients' immune systems responded to treatment. Maxim Group analyst Jason McCarthy said GALE-301 is similar to a more...

  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.

  • 160,000 folding knives recalled after accidental cuts Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 4:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK— More than 160,000 folding knives made by hunting gear company Gerber are being recalled because the blade can unexpectedly unlock and cause cuts. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it received six reports of injuries, two of which required stitches. The 7- inch Cohort Folding Knife was sold for about $30 at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Home Depot...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers are reigniting a debate about self-service gas just in time for drivers to fuel up as they return from their Memorial Day weekends. New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the country that ban drivers from pumping their own gas and instead require station attendants to do it. Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, GOP...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act from lapsing on June 1 was caught in a...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— An Oregon medical marijuana patient who was badly burned in an explosion while he was legally using butane as a solvent to make hash oil is suing the makers and sellers of the fuel. Kevin Tveisme, 28, of Portland, was injured in 2013 when his furnace clicked on, igniting butane vapor. The explosion destroyed his garage and injured a friend, Joseph Westom,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents. The appeal was spearheaded by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and the letter was signed by other liberals,...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., May 22- Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanded the state's drought emergency to eight more counties on Friday amid a devastating West Coast drought and warned that water shortages could be imminent and a tough fire season may be ahead. The new Oregon counties listed in a drought emergency are Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla...

  • Mentor Graphics reports 1Q loss Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    WILSONVILLE, Ore. _ Mentor Graphics Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $9.9 million in its fiscal first quarter. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $261.7 million. For the current quarter ending in July, Mentor Graphics expects its per-share earnings to be 14 cents.

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • Spark electric car's price sparks a sales run Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it the lowest-priced 2015 electric car with two rows of seats offered in the U.S. by a major auto manufacturer. With the $7,500 tax credit, the purchase price can wind up at just $18,495— akin to the price of a gasoline-powered small car like the Honda...

  • WASHINGTON— If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game. China is the largest economy negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, 16 countries that include the 10 members of the Association of...