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  • Study finds drugs still in recalled supplements Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    Pieter Cohen, an internist and researcher at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Boston- area health care system. The tested supplements were recalled by manufacturers after FDA raised concerns about drugs in their products. "There should be significant legal and financial consequences for manufacturers who the FDA finds to be continuing to sell these spiked...

  • Coos Bay landslide cleanup deal reached Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    COOS BAY, Ore.— A legal path has been cleared for hundreds of tons of landslide debris to be removed from a waterway near Coos Bay that is home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon. In April 2012, a massive slide caused by a home-improvement project sent mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris into Coalbank Slough, which feeds into Isthmus Slough, which...

  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31— the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to...

  • Report on whistleblower is inconclusive Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— The U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the documents needed in the investigation. Donna Busche was fired in February after raising questions about the...

  • Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno. The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is confident it has more than enough reserves in a string of reservoirs...

  • Oct 17- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show. Voters in Colorado and Oregon weigh in on the issue in mid-term election voting on Nov. 6.

  • Umpqua posts 3Q profit Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:49 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ Umpqua Holdings Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $59 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Umpqua posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ Umpqua Holdings Corp. on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $59 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. Analysts expected $266 million, according to Zacks.

  • Ore. jobless rate flat for Sept. at 7.1 percent Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon state officials say the pace of job growth in Oregon has slowed in recent months, and figures released Tuesday reflect that. The state Employment Department says the unemployment rate remained at 7.1 percent in September, and payroll employment was down by 300 jobs. The unemployment rate has been at about 7.0 percent during 2014..

  • Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labeling proposals Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    DENVER— Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The company has not donated to the Colorado or Oregon labeling campaigns. Three states— Vermont, Maine and Connecticut—...

  • Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic...

  • GMO labeling measure attracts big money in Oregon Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    They have reported spending $7.2 million, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office. Among the largest contributions: $1.6 million from Monsanto; $1.4 million from PepsiCo Inc., and $870,000 from Kraft Foods. Some of their highest donors include the Portland- based nonprofit Center for Food Safety, which donates $1.1 million and...

  • Oregon governor 'hurt' by fiancee's sham marriage Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    John Kitzhaber said Friday he was hurt when his fiancee revealed she entered into a fraudulent marriage with an immigrant in 1997, and he rejected his election challenger's demand for a special prosecutor to look into her consulting business. The confession came just days before voters begin casting ballots in Oregon's all-mail election, complicating the...

  • Seed money: 'Ganjapreneurs' compete for investors Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    "The Marijuana Show" allows for pot-entrepreneurs to compete for rare investment opportunities for their start-up ideas.

  • Rival gun measures on ballot in Washington state Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. Supporters of the initiative to expand background checks have received large donations from wealthy figures, including Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and have spent millions, far outpacing...

  • Offshore oil, renewables in East Coast's future? Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    Oil companies looking for new sources are blocked from West Coast drilling due to political opposition, while politicians in the Southeast are welcoming, said API offshore policy adviser Andy Radford. The Democratic governors of California, Oregon and Washington this summer stressed to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel that they oppose drilling off their...

  • New at the pot shop: Milder marijuana for novices Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    "No one buys a handle of Jim Beam and thinks they should drink all of that in one sitting," said Tim Cullen, owner of two Denver- area marijuana dispensaries. Nine months into Colorado's recreational pot experiment, retailers have good reason to court new users. A market study released in July suggested 40 percent of customers in Denver- area recreational marijuana...

  • Consumers are being misled by the "natural" label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability. Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether...

  • Oct. 2- Japan and South Korea are continuing to test the U.S. wheat they buy to make sure the grain is not contaminated with an experimental version developed by Monsanto Co, but could soon stop the practice, the head of a U.S. wheat association said on Thursday. The two countries, which are among the top purchasers of U.S. wheat, have been sampling and testing all the U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more decaf than espresso, and the companies that sold them have agreed to refund money to customers and pull their ads, U.S. regulators said on Monday.