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  • Uber French ruling latest in series of challenges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday. The typical household had a net worth of $81,400 in 2013, according to the Fed's survey. "I think this strikes on what many people have felt, the slow and uneven nature of the recovery," said Rakesh Kochhar, one of the study's authors.

  • PORTLAND, Oregon— Police: Oregon shooting was outside school, is possibly gang-related; 3 victims all conscious.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Police: At least 2 victims in shooting at Portland, Oregon, high school; conditions not given.

  • French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which says it is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK. "I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that," said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a...

  • Southern California mudflows trigger evacuations Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A dangerous storm system blamed for two deaths in Oregon, thousands of power outages in Washington, and flooded roadways in the Bay Area that kept many from work and school, pushed into the southern California and caused mudslides and evacuations, officials said. Avalanches of mud and debris blocked part of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura...

  • Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed. She said she was "enormously disappointed" the White House backed it. Less than three hours before the government was to run out of money, Pelosi...

  • What the ACLU says to do if stopped by police Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:42 PM ET

    The American Civil Liberties Union has released apps that provide tips about how to respond when met by police, and two Portland, Oregon, attorneys plan to release their own app called "Driving While Black" that specifically deals with traffic stops. Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson says the department has no problem with apps that encourage safe...

  • SeaWorld CEO to step down as park attendance drops Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said Thursday that its CEO is stepping down as head of the company and named its chairman as interim leader. SeaWorld has also been battling negative publicity since the release of "Blackfish" last year, a documentary that suggested its treatment of animals may have led to the death of trainers. SeaWorld has been trying...

  • Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis. The provision is part of a broader Republican drive to erode the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, which Congress enacted in 2010 to try to tighten regulation and prevent...

  • Oregon GMO labeling proponents concede defeat Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome. "After looking at the facts about Measure 92, Oregon voters decided that it rightly deserved a no vote," Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the No on...

  • NY tells insurers to cover transgender treatment Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said New York follows eight other states and the District of Columbia to do this. The others are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. The fund also called on New York to remove the exclusion its Medicaid program, saying it's not subject to the new guidance.

  • Congressional deal upends pot legalization in DC Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    They wanted to use the District of Columbia as further encouragement for states to make their own marijuana laws, and they were optimistic that Congress wouldn't intervene, pointing to a Republican caucus that's far from unified against pot. Those hopes were crushed late Tuesday when Congress reached a $1.1 trillion spending deal that bars the District from...

  • Ex-TV pitchman disrupts hearing on owl allegations Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A former TV pitchman in Utah known for his over-the-top personality turned his initial court appearance Thursday into a sideshow by being disruptive and combative with a federal judge. Dell "Super Dell" Schanze eventually pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from accusations he chased and kicked a barn owl in flight while on his motorized...

  • 'Driving while black' apps give tips for police stops Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:09 AM ET

    "Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police," stressed Melvin Oden-Orr, one of two Portland lawyers creating the app. The app is coming to market as protesters around the country keep attention on instances of deadly encounters with police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. And last month, American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in four...

  • Sale of Oregon craft brewery provokes backlash Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    BEND, Ore.— The Facebook page of a local brewery lit up with condemnations: Loyal beer drinkers said the brewers were greedy "sellouts." No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, which to the horror of craft-beer enthusiasts, makes Budweiser and Bud Light.

  • Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— A legislative rider in Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that's been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The bill also delays protections for the related Gunnison sage grouse of Utah and Colorado and for two subspecies of greater sage grouse in Washington, Nevada...

  • Oil co. shares fall on oversupply, weak demand Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    OPEC on Wednesday slashed its estimate of how much crude oil it will need to produce next year. And the Energy Department on Wednesday reported a surprise increase in U.S. crude supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude slumped 4 percent Wednesday, or $2.60, to $61.23 a barrel.

  • Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Congress has shown increasing interest in getting involved in the labeling debate as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring it. Henry Waxman of California, the top...