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  • Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!"

  • *Ukraine tensions add safety bid. Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro- Moscow separatist rebels. "It's all about Europe," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.

  • Hawaii tourism officials expect slower growth Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii tourism officials said Thursday they were tempering their expectations, but they still anticipate continued growth for the state's biggest industry. Still, growing numbers of travelers from markets like Australia, China and South Korea should help fuel continued expansion.

  • BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:43 AM ET
    A gas truck pulls into the tanker farm at BP's refinery in Whiting, Indiana

    BP said its largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana, continued to operate on Thursday morning following a blaze the night before.

  • Aug 28- An explosion shook BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana refinery, its largest in the United States, on Wednesday night but a resulting fire had been contained as of 9:30 pm local time, according to a report by WFLD-TV.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.

  • Deal on health care aids port contract talks Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:26 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months.

  • Correction: Dwindling Bathhouses story Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio- based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES— Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

  • Arch Venture Partners raises $400 million fund Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27- Chicago- based Arch Venture Partners raised a $400 million fund to invest in early stage companies, the firm announced Wednesday, underscoring renewed investor confidence in the once moribund life sciences sector.

  • -Charles Schwab Corp. has lost a $15 million arbitration case against Morgan Stanley, which it accused of improperly recruiting brokers from a Schwab San Francisco branch who left with confidential information. Schwab accused Morgan Stanley of maliciously organizing an "actionable raid" of the branch.

  • Workers approve Northwest grain contract Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said 88 percent of its members voted to ratify a contract running through May 2018. Louis Dreyfus Commodities, United Grain and Columbia Grain operate grain terminals in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Washington.

  • Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport.

  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places, "said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami- based bathhouse. In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than 70. Most patrons are older.

  • LONDON, Aug 22- The London Stock Exchange Group said on Friday it would raise 938 million pounds in its first rights issue to part fund the acquisition of U.S. indexes group Frank Russell.

  • Man sentenced over lead poisoning of 5 workers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho— A South Dakota man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to attend a class on worker-safety standards after five employees he was supervising inhaled lead while working in Idaho, the U.S. attorney's office said.

  • Reward offered for former billionaire's assets Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors offered a reward Wednesday to anyone who can help uncover property or bank accounts the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Fork lift load falls on man, fatally injuring him Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    LYNNWOOD, Wash.— A forklift driver hit the brakes and sent the vehicle's load falling onto a customer outside a Lynnwood, Washington, business, causing fatal injuries. The box fell forward onto the 64- year-old Bothell man. The customer was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died early Tuesday.

  • Aug 11- Search engine Google Inc and five Asian telecom and communications companies have agreed to invest about $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the United States to Japan.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- A global gauge of equities rose for a second straight day on Monday, posting its largest daily advance in four months on bets on a reduced risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine.