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  • WASHINGTON, July 22- Immediate government action is needed to stop U.S. corporations from avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas through deals known as inversions, the head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday.

  • Fun run's cancellation in US angers participants Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— A Utah company's cancellation of an annual fun run featuring a muddy, foamy obstacle course has left participants out of money in Nevada, Oregon and other states. Registered runners for the 5 K Foam Fest set for Aug. 2 in Reno received an email Thursday from Spanish Fork, Utah- based Round House Racing saying it went out of business and the event was canceled.

  • 2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

  • The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Utah jobless rate continues to inch down Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— The rate of unemployed Utah residents has dropped for the fourth straight month, falling to 3.5 percent in June. Utah's jobless rate has been inching down as the state has recovered from the economic recession, when unemployment peaked at 8.4 percent. Before the economic slowdown in late 2008, Utah's rate hovered around 3.4 percent.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Growing wildfire empties Washington town Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    The sheriff issued his highest evacuation notice Thursday for Pateros, a town of about 650 people along the Columbia River. "There's nobody in Pateros" except a few "stragglers" who stayed, he said, adding the fire was burning in the town, although the small business district was believed intact.

  • Nebraska jobless rate drops to 3.5 percent in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    Nebraska, Utah and Vermont had the second-lowest rate in the nation last month, trailing only the 2.7 percent of North Dakota. The Nebraska Labor Department said the new Nebraska figure remained well below the preliminary national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in June, which was two-tenths of a point below the revised May figure of 6.3 percent.

  • AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from tax rates back home. But the new company will be controlled by shareholders of North Chicago, Illinois- based AbbVie, who will own about 75 percent of the new company's stock.

  • Construction begins on new Salt Lake City airport Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Salt Lake City travelers in the next decade will catch expansive views of the Wasatch range, move faster through security and have more shops to choose from once crews finish work on a $1.8 billion airport, officials said Friday.

  • Obama pushes to stop corporate overseas tax moves Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.

  • Solar panel array to help heat, power Ohio prison Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio— The state on Wednesday unveiled a large solar panel project at a southern Ohio prison it says will save taxpayers $245,000 in annual energy costs, reduce greenhouse emissions and help train inmates involved in the project as a route to future jobs.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Retirement payouts for 19.3 million U.S. state and local government workers in coming years are not likely to look much different from the iron-clad pensions that former teachers and police now get.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- Reynolds American Inc had no choice but to sell Lorillard Inc's top-selling blu electronic cigarettes brand after Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc insisted it be part of a wider portfolio of assets it is buying, a source familiar with the transaction said.

  • LHC to acquire Life Care Home Health Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La.— Lafayette- based home nursing firm LHC Group will buy 14 home health agencies from a Tennessee company for $10 million in cash. Life Care Home Health Inc.' s agencies are spread across seven states. The Life Care agencies are in Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

  • Tobacco firm Reynolds American to buy Lorillard Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.' s $25 billion deal to buy Newport maker Lorillard Inc. creates a formidable No. 2 tobacco company in the U.S. behind Marlboro maker Altria.

  • 3 remain hospitalized after Grand Teton bus crash Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming— Three people injured when a bus carrying mostly Chinese tourists flipped on its side while traveling through Grand Teton National Park remained in the hospital Saturday.

  • US rig count rose 1 to 1,875 Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,875.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas gained two rigs each. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had unchanged rig counts.