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  • Mexican billionaire offers advice for Latinos Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Increasing workers' earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group of religious and community leaders Sunday.

  • US oil flourishes, but Alaska gets frozen out Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

    As the U.S. muscles its way back into the very top echelon of global oil and gas production, Alaska is being left in the dust.

  • Trying to get by on the sharing economy Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    Starting a long day around 4 a.m., Jennifer Guidry, who earns money by offering transportation or services through a variety of apps like Uber, Lyft and TaskRabbit, applies makeup in her home office.

    If sharing economy companies are creating jobs of the future, it doesn't mean decent wages and benefits are part of the bargain for workers.

  • Feds close probe of refinery blast that killed 7 Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes. The decision was shared with victims' relatives earlier in the day, said Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- A U.S. judge has appointed two lawyers who led cases against Toyota Motor Corp and a plaintiffs' attorney from Texas to lead litigation against General Motors Co related to a faulty ignition switch that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles this year.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 15- Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Friday it would nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid criticism over its treatment of the animals.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- Iraqi Kurdistan has delivered its third major cargo of crude oil out of a Turkish port and a fourth is sailing to Croatia, showing the autonomous region is finding more buyers despite legal pressure from Baghdad and setbacks in the United States.

  • *Russia denies its forces crossed into Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 15- Brent and U.S. crude futures jumped more than $1 a barrel on Friday on news that Ukraine forces engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil. Russia, a major oil and natural gas producer, denied its forces crossed into Ukraine and accused Kiev of trying to sabotage deliveries of humanitarian aid.

  • Aug 15- The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • Mexico's Pemex poised to import light crude from U.S. Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    Chief Executive Emilio Lozoya said in an interview late on Thursday that Pemex was very likely to start importing light crude from the United States in the next few months, to generate more value from the Mexico's six domestic refineries.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- Brent and U.S. crude futures jumped more than $1 a barrel on Friday on news that Ukraine forces engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil.

  • Texas unemployment holds at 5.1 percent in July Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— The Texas unemployment rate remained at 5.1 percent in July, holding steady for the third month in a row, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. Employment growth in July across Texas included 46,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, according to the TWC.

  • SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After more than a year of public criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. She hasn't improved since Sunday, when she and her husband went to Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan after church.

  • Aug 15- The first crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • JC Penney posts narrower 2Q loss, sales rise Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    PLANO, Texas— J.C. Penney Co. reported a narrower loss for its second quarter that beat Wall Street expectations. The results offer some encouraging signs that Penney is recovering from a botched transformation plan by former CEO Ron Johnson that resulted in massive losses and plunging sales.

  • IRS failed to do background checks on contractors Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday.

  • Chemical-filled tea burns woman at Utah restaurant Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. She hasn't improved since Sunday, when she and her husband went to Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan after church.

  • LONDON/ FARGO, North Dakota, Aug 14- Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday announced the sale of two onshore U.S. shale gas assets in exchange for $2.1 billion and acreage in different gas-rich areas as the energy company restructures its North America business and reins in costs.