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  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name. In 2005, the fleet of Prince William Sound fishermen who hang curtain-like nets from their boats to catch salmon voted to assess itself a 1 percent tax to fund Alaska's first regional seafood...

  • March 13- Uber Technologies Inc has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit over a recently disclosed data breach involving the personal information of about 50,000 drivers, the latest in a series of legal woes to hit the Internet car service. The suit, filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco by Sasha Antman, an Uber driver in Portland, Oregon, says...

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted 14-1 on Thursday to approve a bill intended to enhance information sharing between private companies and intelligence agencies about cybersecurity threats. The panel's approval cleared the way for a vote in the full Senate on the measure, which would extend some legal liability protection...

  • The U.S. government on Wednesday confirmed the infection of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in turkeys in Arkansas, home to Tyson Foods Inc, the world's biggest chicken company. Mexico and the European Union, along with other buyers, added Arkansas to a list of states from which they are barring poultry exports. Asian and Latin American buyers previously banned...

  • CHICAGO, March 11- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday confirmed the discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Arkansas, the third-largest U.S. turkey producer and home to Tyson Foods Inc, the nation's biggest chicken company. Shares of Tyson and other poultry companies, including Pilgrim's Pride Corp and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 9- Wholesale gasoline prices in the Los Angeles market started the week on a quiet note, falling slightly in thin trading amid a break in shipment scheduling, market sources said. March-delivery Los Angeles CARBOB gasoline shed a penny to 27.5 cents a gallon over April RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange with no deals reported.

  • PUNTA GORDA, Fla., March 9- The first peaches are ripe for harvest in Florida, bred to thrive where Mother Nature never intended the fruit to grow, alongside the state's signature rows of orange and grapefruit trees. Peaches naturally belong in cooler climates such as Georgia, whose famous crop is just now poised to bloom, two months away from harvest.

  • 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...

  • Here's what US port dispute could cost the economy Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 9:32 AM ET
    A container ship is docked at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., in this aerial photo taken Feb. 6, 2015.

    A total shutdown of West Coast ports could cost the U.S. economy about $2 billion a day, Jay Timmons tells CNBC.

  • 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...

  • Nestle takes on Hershey's in non-chocolate wars Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:09 PM ET
    Red licorice

    For years, Hershey-owned Twizzlers have twisted the licorice market to its own desires. Now, Nestle wants a bite of that action.

  • Washington has more pot than it can smoke Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 10:53 AM ET
    Micah Sherman, and Nicole Graf, who moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to cultivate cannabis, care for the "mother plants" which will seed their 7,000-square-foot indoor farm in a warehouse south of Seattle, last March, in Olympia, Wash.

    Growers who jumped into the new legal market hoping to make a killing in cannabis are now getting killed by a glut of product.

  • 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.