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  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes accepted a $5,000 campaign donation from a contact lens seller based in the state after his office began defending a new law that critics say was written at the company's behest. On May 1, Reyes' campaign deposited a $5,000 check from 1-800 Contacts, which by that time had joined the lawsuit in favor of the law.

  • May 20- Ancestry.com LLC, the world's largest family history website helping users trace their heritage is exploring a sale that could value it at between $2.5 billion and $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Permira Advisers LLC, the buyout firm that owns most of privately held Ancestry, has hired investment banks to run an...

  • LOS ANGELES— Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings. Potter lived on the outer edge of extreme sports and died Saturday pushing the envelope in his beloved Yosemite National Park when he and a friend leaped off Taft Point, some...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • 8 states get new drought aid for farms, ranches Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell. That includes parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. The money comes from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • She's drawn over 44,000 followers with her playful updates and witty replies as the real life shark cruises up and down the East Coast. "I would settle for an ice bag to put on my aching Twitter fin.-:" Mary Lee replied. But OCEARCH expedition leader Chris Fischer, who named Mary Lee after his mother, says the organization appreciates the attention the maritime...

  • NEW YORK— When I realized I was paying off six different credit cards and not getting anywhere, I decided to consolidate my debt, like millions of other Americans. I visited my local bank, asked for a $15,000 loan but was offered an interest rate higher than my cards were charging. So I looked into online lenders and discovered a growing part of the sharing economy...

  • House GOP plans 2-month extension of highway funds Friday, 15 May 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    Republicans from both chambers said they expected Congress to approve the legislation next week. White House spokesman Eric Schultz charged that it would be a "dereliction of responsibility" for lawmakers to return to their districts without approving the legislation. As a result, Congress has approved a series of short-term extensions— most recently, one...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 6 to 888 Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 888.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday that 660 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost six rigs, Wyoming declined by two and Alaska, Arkansas,...

  • NEW YORK— When I realized I was paying off six different credit cards and not getting anywhere, I decided to consolidate my debt, like millions of other Americans. I visited my local bank, asked for a $15,000 loan but was offered an interest rate higher than my cards were charging. So I looked into online lenders and discovered a growing part of the sharing economy...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A federal appeals court has halted a new Utah law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that could have wide-ranging implications for the industry amid a fight between manufacturers and discount retailers. Along with Johnson& Johnson and Bausch& Lomb, the company says the law is an unconstitutional overreach written to benefit Utah- based...

  • Contested Utah law could impact contact lens industry Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:43 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers. The new law appears to clear the way for the largest online discount seller, Utah- based 1-800 Contacts,...

  • Senate agrees to open debate on Obama's trade agenda Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    The breakthrough doesn't assure Obama of receiving "fast track" negotiating authority, which would let him send to Congress trade proposals it can kill or ratify, but not amend. That's still subject to weeks or months of Senate and House debates, amendments and votes. But the breakthrough gave the White House a welcomed respite from the negative headlines...

  • US Senate agrees to open debate on Obama's trade agenda Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that's a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama's fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue. Despite intense lobbying by Obama, every Democratic senator except one, Delaware's Tom Carper, voted on Tuesday against moving forward on the...

  • Gay rights groups pushed for an anti-discrimination law for years and finally succeeded during the 2015 legislative session with a deal that won the crucial backing of the Utah- based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "It felt just like scraps, that we were so desperate for any kind of legal protection that we'll just take anything," said Seth Anderson,...

  • Vivint Solar beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 5:28 PM ET

    LEHI, Utah _ Vivint Solar Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $12.1 million. Vivint Solar expects full-year revenue in the range of $14 million to $15 million. Vivint Solar shares have risen 62 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— An Oregon woman says United Airlines overreacted when it diverted a flight and removed her family from a plane after she and the crew had problems finding her autistic 15- year-old daughter something to eat. United, however, said flight crews did make special concessions for the girl but ultimately "made the best decision for the safety and comfort...

  • Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:21 AM ET

    The president's supporters said they will try again, and Obama summoned key Democrats to the White House to discuss possible strategies. What was clear, however, was that Obama suffered a rebuke from his own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate. Proponents needed 60 votes to thwart a Democratic filibuster, but managed only 52 in the 100- member Senate.

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A federal judge on Monday refused to block a Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses that has drawn the ire of the nation's largest manufacturers. District Judge Dee Benson in Salt Lake City said in court documents that he wasn't persuaded by arguments from contact-lens makers Johnson& Johnson, Bausch& Lomb and Alcon Laboratories that...