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  • DOJ sues Oregon publishing group over alleged scam Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The state Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against two Oregon- based publishing groups alleging they ran a subscription scam targeting the elderly. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Madison, alleges Liberty Publishers Service and Orbital Publishing Group, both based in Medford, sent invoices to nursing home residents and older people...

  • Japanese firm to build rail cars near Los Angeles Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The county Metropolitan Transportation Authority said at least 150 jobs will be created when Kinkisharyo International of Osaka retrofits an existing manufacturing facility in Palmdale. Two years ago, Kinkisharyo won an $890 million contract to build 175 rail cars for Metro and said it would move some manufacturing from Japan to Palmdale.

  • Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The government's enrollment push with Westfield Shopping Centers will involve setting up outreach tables at malls in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Washington state. Separately, the California insurance marketplace, Covered California, will work with Westfield malls in that state. U.S. Department of Health and Human...

  • Nov 25- The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients was so close that state officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on Tuesday. Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the Oregon...

  • Nov 25- Campbell Soup Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as soup sales in the United States rose for only the second time in five quarters. But the soup business has been facing increasing competition from store brands and niche producers such as Pacific of Oregon, Harris Foods Co and Amy's Kitchen Inc.. Campbell Soups said it now expected...

  • Man pleads guilty to fraud over helicopter weights Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:42 PM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— A former executive of a southern Oregon company whose helicopter crashed, killing nine people fighting a 2008 wildfire, has pleaded guilty to providing false aircraft weights to the U.S. Forest Service to win a firefighting contract. Steven Metheny, of Medford, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Medford to fraud and conspiracy, two of the...

  • Oregon food label measure headed for recount Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Oregon is the fourth state in the West to reject a labeling requirement for genetically modified foods, but it was the closest tally yet.

  • Driver fatigue may have caused California crash Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Borgen said the same vehicle struck a Denny's restaurant in Red Bluff, about 50 miles south, but no one was hurt. The bus was enroute from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, when it went off Interstate 5 at about 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, Borgen said. Three patients were in critical condition,...

  • Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy— just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. "This is focused on people who are already in the economy today, who are contributing mightily but are basically operating in the shadows," said Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, a professor at the...

  • 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...