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  • WASHINGTON— Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3- trillion health care system. The shift won immediate support from insurers and the American Hospital Association. But American Medical Association...

  • Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said...

  • CHICAGO— With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids'...

  • The threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, were deemed credible, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. No bomb was found aboard the Delta flight while the Southwest flight was still being searched by explosives units, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Special...

  • Thirst for craft beer fuels large crop of hops Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    YAKIMA, Wash.— A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years. A new report from the Hop Growers of America also shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014.. Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com.

  • GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks. Part of that was devoted to strengthening the Democratic majority in the state Senate, the key battleground.

  • Federal permit approved on SunZia transmission line Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A proposed $2 billion transmission line that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West is one step closer to being in service after clearing its final federal hurdle. Jewell told the Associated Press in a telephone interview that New Mexico is blessed with sunshine and wind,...

  • HAVANA— Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn't coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradise, each alley and avenue, each conversation with a Cuban, complicates the picture. I'm nowhere near the first Westerner, American or journalist to visit...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle's Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers. That follows the purchase of Blue Point Brewing Co. on Long Island, New York, earlier in the year. It bought Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago in 2011. InBev also has a one-third share in a Northwest...

  • Starbucks' 1Q profits soar on strong sales, traffic Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks Corp.' s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts. Another way it's driving...

  • Precision Castparts misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ Precision Castparts Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $445 million. Precision Castparts expects full-year earnings to be $12.80 to $12.90 per share. Precision Castparts shares have declined 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has declined slightly more than 1 percent.

  • The economics aren't easy, said Girard co-owner Brian Oliveira. The unusual model highlights a debate about pay and conditions in an industry that employs 10 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to the National Restaurant Association. The group doesn't track the number of no-tip models among the nation's nearly 1 million eateries, but examples have popped...

  • Pacific Continental misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:21 PM ET

    EUGENE, Ore. _ Pacific Continental Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. Pacific Continental shares have declined almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— Except for CBS, the broadcast networks mostly closed up shop last week. At least, that's the suggestion from Nielsen, which says the average prime-time audience for CBS matched the total viewership for ABC, Fox and NBC. Meanwhile, CBS logged a dozen of the week's Top 20 shows and Fox scored three, effectively shutting out ABC and NBC.

  • Brewing goliaths struggle to fit in at craft beer party Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ BRUSSELS, Jan 21- At Top Hops on Manhattan's hip Lower East Side, drinkers can choose from 20 beers on tap from Dark Penance to Devil Dancer and over 600 more in bottles. The bar is tapping into the surge in demand for craft beers and finds only the occasional customer opting for Budweiser or other brands of the two major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and...

  • Ford Mustang goes global with first shipment to China Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    DETROIT— The Ford Mustang is on its way to China. Ford says its first shipload of around 100 Mustangs has left Portland, Oregon, and is headed to China. The Explorer SUV and Lincoln MKC are also sold in China.

  • Measles outbreak includes 5 Disney theme park employees Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    ANAHEIM, Calif.— A recent measles outbreak traced to Disney theme parks in California includes five park employees who were infected, officials said Tuesday. Several dozen measles cases have emerged in California, four other states and Mexico in the outbreak linked to December visits to Disney theme parks in Orange County. Orange County has confirmed 18 cases...

  • 2 dancers sue Oregon strip club for unpaid wages Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— A Portland strip club that gained national attention for its vegan menu has been accused of withholding more than meat. Two former Casa Diablo dancers, Matilda Bickers and Amy Pitts, contend in a federal lawsuit they did not receive the minimum wage and were subjected to unwanted touching by customers and bouncers. Casa Diablo manager Johnny Zukle...

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Precision Castparts plunged Friday, a day after the maker of metal components and products warned that it faced weaker demand from its oil and gas industry customers during the third quarter. Precision Castparts, based in Portland, Oregon, also provided financial estimates for the third quarter late Thursday that missed Wall Street...