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  • NEW YORK— New Yorkers may soon be able to count calories burned and miles traveled while pedaling Citi Bikes, the popular bicycle-sharing program with a troubled history that is undergoing a major overhaul under new leadership. The new CEO of the Brooklyn- based company that owns Citi Bike says a revamped smartphone app will soon offer such detailed fitness...

  • President Barack Obama said on Friday a new trade agreement with Asia that is being negotiated would benefit not just America's businesses but also its workers, anticipating Democratic concerns the deal would cost U.S. jobs. Congressional Democrats drew battle lines on Friday over a new bill that would give the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate...

  • Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo." Sander Levin, the senior Democrat of House Ways and Means Committee, declared he was "out to defeat" the legislation because, he said, it would...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 16- California imports of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota on barges totaled a record 1.5 million barrels last year, 27 percent greater than the amount that reached the state by rail, the California Energy Commission told Reuters on Thursday. To get the low-cost Bakken crude to California refineries, producers load it onto trains in North...

  • Top US lawmakers strike deal to fast-track trade deals Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Top congressional lawmakers struck a long-sought, bipartisan agreement Thursday for the broadest trade policy pact in years, allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade accords for Congress' review and move forward with talks on a sweeping partnership with Pacific nations. Obama quickly said he will sign the bill if Congress passes it.

  • Port of Longview working on crude oil refinery proposal Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The Port of Longview says it's working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery, the first such facility on the Columbia River. Columbia Riverkeeper said if a refinery is built in Longview, it would be the first on the West Coast in over 25 years, and the sixth refinery in Washington state. Longview is 50 miles north of Portland.

  • 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...

  • Ex-Daimler engineer files $2 million discrimination suit Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:37 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— A Clark County, Washington, man who worked for Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Oregon, is suing the company for $2 million, claiming his supervisor repeatedly called him "bin Laden" and suggested he was a member of al-Qaida. The Oregonian newspaper reports that the lawsuit by Hussein Fouad, a 75- year-old, Egyptian-born engineer, is the latest...

  • Work plan possibly ignored in accident that killed family Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:04 AM ET

    BONNEY LAKE, Wash.— Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its...

  • Umpqua misses Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Umpqua Holdings Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $47 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $284.3 million.

  • Northwest lawmakers seek talks on river treaty with Canada Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of dams on North America's fourth-largest river. "Given the 2024 deadline for certain aspects of the treaty, we... urge you to initiate...

  • GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Federal regulators on Wednesday approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing. The decision was aimed at saving the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name set in...

  • Chef Homaro Cantu, who blended science and food, dies Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:29 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Chef Homaro Cantu, who artfully blended science and fine dining at his Michelin- starred Chicago restaurant, has died. The 38- year-old Cantu, one of Chicago's most renowned chefs, turned cooking into alchemy through his playful and surprising brand of molecular gastronomy at Moto, the restaurant he led in the city's West Loop. I don't care what it winds up...

  • WASHINGTON— Legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians won approval Tuesday from an atypically united Congress as lawmakers banded together to erase an irritant that has dogged them for years. Adding urgency to legislators' work, the measure headed off a 21 percent cut in doctors' Medicare fees that would have hit home Wednesday, when...

  • Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 6:40 PM ET

    The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. "That's a serious vulnerability, and FAA should work quickly" to fix the problem, DeFazio said. According to the report, FAA and cybersecurity experts told investigators that airlines are relying on "firewalls" to create barriers.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. The Iowa farm is in Buena Vista County housing some 27,000 turkeys, said Iowa...

  • GM drops price of the electric Chevrolet Spark Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 2:15 PM ET

    DETROIT— General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales. Nissan, Ford and Mitsubishi have all lowered electric car prices over the last two years. The cheapest EV on the market is currently the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which starts at $22,995.

  • US to tell certain travelers if on no-fly list Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    The explanations provided to six travelers so far, which were mandated by a federal judge, have been inadequate, the ACLU said. For instance, in a letter to New Jersey resident Amir Meshal, the government's explanation for his inclusion on the list was based on information the FBI obtained from Meshal when he was detained in Africa in 2007, ACLU attorney Hina...

  • Biodiesel swindle nets man 5 years in prison Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Federal prosecutors in Portland say Kevin Thomas' name was phony, and so was his pitch: He told potential investors that he and a partner were going to convert the seeds of 5 million acres of trees in Ghana into oil that would be refined as biodiesel. He promised a $50,000 investment would return $7,000 a month, and investors could withdraw their money...

  • The top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas projected to see the biggest growth in average effective apartment rent this year. Effective rent is what a tenant pays after factoring in landlord concessions, such as a free month at move-in. Source: Marcus& Millichap Research Services, MPF Research.