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  • Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3- mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Such opposition could be bolstered by Friday's U.S. Geological Survey report. Now state and federal officials are scrambling to...

  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah...

  • Ogden man gets up to 5 years for burrito theft Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— An Ogden man will serve up to five years in prison for stealing two burritos from a gas station. Judge Scott Hadley said Tuesday he felt uncomfortable sending the 42- year-old man to prison for shoplifting a meal, but the man has a long history of theft arrests. Billy Goree said he was hungry when he stole the burritos and was willing to change, but the...

  • Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond. Jason Chaffetz of Utah to head the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas to head the Armed Services Committee.

  • Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S.

  • Trouble already? Obamacare costs to surge in '15 Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:58 PM ET
    A woman speaks with a health insurance agent regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies from state to state.

  • US rig count up 3 to 1,928 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:58 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 three this week to 1,928.. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming each gained one. Texas declined by four, Pennsylvania was down three and Kansas and Oklahoma dropped one apiece.

  • HOUSTON, Nov 13- Oilfield Water Logistics LLC, which transports, treats and disposes of water for energy companies in the U.S. shale oil boom, said on Thursday it bought competitor WestWater Energy, the latest step towards consolidation in the fragmented sector. The acquisition means Dallas- based OWL, a recently formed company backed by a unit of private equity...

  • Cepheid receives grant to develop Ebola diagnostic test Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:50 AM ET

    Nov 13- Molecular diagnostics company Cepheid said it received a grant of up to $3.3 million, co-financed by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop a diagnostic test for the deadly Ebola virus. The Xpert Ebola test, which is expected to use saliva or a drop of blood to identify the virus, is likely to be offered on an...

  • Greater sage grouse marks next conservation battle Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    DENVER— Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird's habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah. Utah officials were also critical, with Gov. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain in southwestern Colorado and...

  • Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January. But many conservatives do...

  • Conservatives threaten immigration showdown Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    In the Senate, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah are among those arguing to use an upcoming must-pass spending bill— either in December or next year— to try to block Obama from taking unilateral action to protect millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation. "Congress appropriates the money," Sessions told reporters Wednesday.

  • White House now turning to girls of color Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The White House is planning to focus on improving the lives of girls and women of color, after months of complaints that they were left out of the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative for young men. White House aides planned Wednesday to release a report on the work it has done to help minority women and girls. They also plan to meet with advocates Wednesday...

  • "It's a win-win trade agreement that will benefit information and communications technology manufacturers and services firms across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, while also benefiting all consumers globally and raising global GDP by as much as $190 billion annually," he said by email. The move was also welcomed by network equipment maker Cisco Systems, the...

  • Nov 11- Google Inc said it is offering early access to its super-fast fiber-optic network for small businesses in certain areas in Kansas City, Kansas. The search giant currently provides its Fiber service at a rate of up to $120 a month in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Google, which has a fiber network in Provo, Utah and is currently building one in Austin, Texas,...

  • Profire Energy posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    LINDON, Utah _ Profire Energy Inc. on Tuesday reported earnings of $2.1 million, or 4 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. The company, based in Lindon, Utah, posted revenue of $15.7 million in the period. Profire Energy expects full-year revenue in the range of $57 million to $59 million.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov 5- The Republican surge in Tuesday's U.S. elections carried Arkansas along with it, threatening to sweep away a bipartisan health insurance plan in the state that is also being studied by other states as an alternative to Obamacare. The program uses federal Medicaid funds from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to help buy health insurance...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Victorious Republicans appeared at odds on Wednesday over how to capitalize on their new control of the U.S. Congress. The strongly diverging views were an early indicator of the task ahead for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and likely new Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who will have to find a way of reconciling moderates and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- Top Goldman Sachs Group Inc executives are determined to keep compensation costs under control. Sources familiar with the matter inside Goldman Sachs described the restraint as a sign of the shifting mentality about bonuses at the bank: it wants to tightly control compensation, even if it has good quarters with big revenue gains.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- Top Goldman Sachs Group Inc executives are determined to keep compensation costs under control. Sources familiar with the matter inside Goldman Sachs described the restraint as a sign of the shifting mentality about bonuses at the bank: it wants to tightly control compensation, even if it has good quarters with big revenue gains.