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  • Jan 2- A federal judge rejected Uber Technologies Inc's bid not to disclose emails from Chief Executive Travis Kalanick in a California lawsuit accusing the popular ride-booking service of deceiving customers about how it shares tips with drivers. District Judge Edward Chen's ruling in San Francisco was the latest setback for Uber, which has drawn...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska, Dec 31- Former U.S. Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the 1970 s, said on Wednesday he would head a Nevada company that develops and markets cannabis throat lozenges and other products in states that have taken steps to legalize weed. Gravel's appointment comes two months after Alaska and Oregon voted to legalize marijuana...

  • Selfie rights, buffalo milk and other odd new laws Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 10:29 AM ET
    Buffalo milk is now legal in Illinois.

    States are getting ready to implement thousands of new laws in 2015, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 29- United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp are rolling out new pricing systems to curb online retailers' large package sizes, but industry experts warn many small firms are unprepared and could pay up to 50 percent more for shipping. Memphis- based FedEx will roll out the same change on Jan 5. UPS and FedEx announced the change in May and have worked to...

  • Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    Hannah Parker, left, and Seth Cohen carry curbside compost bins to truck as town residents gathered at a town garage to distribute curbside composting bins to homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. on March 8, 2014.

    In the very near future, you're not just going to recycle soda cans and glass jars. You're going to recycle last night's leftovers.

  • Dec 22- Hong Kong said Monday it has suspended imports of certain U.S. poultry and poultry products because strains of avian influenza have been identified in the United States, marking the second foreign market to issue such a ban. No human cases involving either viral strain have been detected in the United States or Canada, and there are no immediate public...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...

  • One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday. The Ventura County Fire Department said its personnel responded to 37 calls for assistance due to flooding and a second-story balcony collapsed in the Los...

  • Cuomo: NY insurers must cover gender reassignment Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Andrew Cuomo told New York insurers that gender reassignment must be covered as is required under state law, reports the New York Times.

  • Uber facing a global onslaught of big problems Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    Bad press for Uber, the ride-sharing app now worth an estimated $40 billion, keeps mounting. Can the taxi service take much more?

  • SF, LA sue Uber, settle with Lyft Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    The Uber app on a mobile phone in Madrid, Spain.

    Los Angeles and San Francisco filed a consumer protection suit against Uber, accusing the car service provider of unlawful business practices.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Congress is moving this week toward putting off until 2015 any conclusive action on a tangle of Internet tax issues, including online access taxes and online state sales taxes. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said on Tuesday, as expected, that a one-year extension of a moratorium on any new taxation of Internet access will be...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Nike Inc is accusing three of its former senior shoe designers of stealing its commercial secrets and making off for German rival Adidas AG, which announced in September the trio would staff its new urban footwear design studio in Brooklyn. Nike said the designers hatched their plan last April, and pitched Adidas on a design studio that would help...

  • Dec 9- A former driver with the online car service Uber has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 6- year-old girl who was struck in a San Francisco crosswalk on New Year's Eve, law enforcement said on Tuesday. Syed Muzaffar, 57, of Union City, a suburb of San Francisco, surrendered to authorities last week and was free on $50,000 bail,...

  • Portland sues to stop Uber online car service Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 8:37 AM ET
    Uber app on a mobile phone

    Portland sued Uber to stop the fast-growing ride-hailing service from operating in the Oregon city until it follows local regulations.

  • SEATTLE, Dec 8- Portland sued Uber on Monday to stop the fast-growing ride-hailing service from operating in the Oregon city until it follows local regulations. Uber operates in areas around Portland, but only started up in the city itself on Friday, without consent from authorities or any agreement over how it should be regulated. We appreciate the way...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8- California gasoline's differential in the Los Angeles wholesale market fell on Monday in thin trading as the market remained well supplied. Los Angeles market, December-delivery CARBOB gasoline traded for 7 cents a gallon under January RBOB gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile, down 4 cents from Friday's close.

  • Although the sun came out on Thursday, the torrents pouring down overnight and earlier in the week opened up sinkholes in San Francisco, stranded motorists in their cars near Los Angeles and led to mudslides near San Diego. In downtown Los Angeles, where last year was the seventh driest since officials began keeping records in 1877, this week's storms brought...

  • Target fails to end banks' lawsuit over data breach Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:53 PM ET

    Dec 2- A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Target Corp's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by banks seeking to recoup money they spent reimbursing fraudulent charges and issuing new credit and debit cards because of the retailer's late 2013 data breach. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota said Target played a "key role" in allowing hackers to infiltrate its...