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  • Lithia Motors tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    MEDFORD, Ore. _ Lithia Motors Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $41.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.19 per share. Lithia Motors expects full-year earnings to be $5.95 to $6.05 per share.

  • Lawyers representing Oregon told Marion County Circuit Judge Courtland Geyer during the first of a two-day hearing that Oracle's plans to pull hosting services would result in Medicaid enrollment grinding to a halt. The Medicaid system runs on parts of the technology that Oracle built for the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange. Witnesses for the state...

  • Workers sue Daimler Trucks over racial slurs, threats Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Two current and two former employees have sued Daimler Trucks North America, alleging they were discriminated against because they are African-American. Daimler Trucks North America did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the lawsuit. The complaint filed by Morrell on behalf of Joseph Hall, Victor Pierce, Patrick Johnson...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:. BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA? A 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected residents with small amounts of pot in their homes from prosecution.

  • Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But unlike in Colorado and Washington state, there were no street parties and public smoking displays in Alaska's biggest cities. Dolly Fleck-Phelps, a Kenai resident with an ancillary marijuana business, said she thought people would look back on the day as a turning point for...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 20- Los Angeles wholesale gasoline differentials rose on Friday as traders and refineries bought product in a market hampered by two oil refinery outages. March-delivery CARBOB gasoline in Los Angeles rose 7 cents to settle at 28 cents a gallon over April RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange in active trading, sources said.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 18- Two U.S. Cabinet secretaries joined congressional leaders, three governors and a big-city mayor on Wednesday in pushing shipping lines and the dockworkers' union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil and cargo backups at 29 West Coast ports. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker weighed in...

  • February-delivery CARBOB gasoline in L.A. jumped 11 cents to 44 cents a gallon over March RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange after an explosion at Exxon Mobil Corp.' s 155,000 barrel-per-day refinery Torrance, California. EPA gasoline in the Portland, Oregon, market settled 11 cents a gallon over March NYMEX RBOB, unchanged from Tuesday's close.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 18- The U.S. labor secretary joined congressional leaders and three governors on Wednesday in pressing shipping lines and the dockworkers' union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil clogging cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports. Tom Perez, the labor secretary, was sent to San Francisco as an emissary of President Barack...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 13- Protracted labor strife and shipping disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports have hit farmers especially hard, posing a major barrier to perishable goods headed to overseas markets and resulting in losses estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars a week. Foreign Pacific Rim customers facing chronic delays in shipments of U.S. food and farm...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Thursday urged a swift end to the labor dispute that has throttled port activity on the West Coast. More than a dozen lawmakers from West Coast states like Washington and California but also as far east as Iowa and Ohio said the ongoing labor dispute, which has partially shut down ports, had a devastating...

  • In all three states, Alaska, West Virginia and Michigan, problematic funding gaps widened, the report said. In 2006, Alaska switched newly hired state workers from its two biggest traditional defined benefit plans to a defined contribution plan. In 2014, Alaska made a $3 billion cash infusion into the defined benefit plans to shore them up.

  • Map: Where California's unvaccinated people live Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California.

    Outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in California have rekindled debates over "anti-vaxxers"——here is a map of where they live.

  • When Pappas and partner C.C. Hirsch recently closed on a three-bedroom property in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, it didn't hurt that her favorite macchiato place was only a half-block away. "Coffee is important," says Pappas, 36, global head of audience development for YouTube. "We looked for certain markers for where homes appreciated faster than others," says Stan...

  • Jan 29- Campbell Soup Co said it would reorganize its business into product divisions, instead of geographies or brand groups, as it focuses on growth areas in the face of cooling soup sales. New product launches included "to-go" soups that could by made in a Keurig Green Mountain Inc coffee machine. Increasing competition from store brands, private labels and...

  • Creating an old-girls network in Silicon Valley Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Jan 28- Thanks to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her mega-bestselling book, Lean In, the gender-disparity debate has been front and center for years now in Silicon Valley. "Work your relationships," says Lisa Lambert, a VP with Intel Corp.' s venture-capital unit. She has launched a new chapter in Israel, and plans four more this year, in Bangalore; London; Austin, Texas;...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...