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  • NEW YORK— The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy. Last year, the Presbyterian Church voted to sell stock in a few companies whose products are used by Israel in...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Contact-lens manufacturers say a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for their product takes direct aim at their business model, and they will lose money if it stays on the books. Alcon Laboratories, Johnson& Johnson and Bausch& Lomb say in new court documents that the law violates interstate commerce rules because it allows discount...

  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET

    About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Millions of more affluent...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Like many fast-growing parts of the country, North Carolina's Triangle region is trying to avoid being strangled by its own success: Traffic is thickening, drivers are getting stuck in it and there's no simple solution in sight. The population of the three counties that include Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is forecast to grow by more than 40...

  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • CHICAGO— Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. I didn't vote for him, "said Salt Lake City resident Paige Preece, whose...

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday it "defies any sense of logic" that IRS employees mistakenly erased computer backup tapes containing thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal. The IRS inspector general told the committee that IRS workers erased hundreds of computer backup tapes that "most likely"...

  • America's top 10 states for business in 2015 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Here are the states that get the highest marks for access to capital, skilled labor and the best incentives for businesses of all sizes.

  • WASHINGTON— The IRS is doing business with tax delinquent contractors despite a federal law that bars the tax agency from awarding contracts to these companies, a government watchdog said Wednesday. The IRS awarded contracts to 17 businesses in 2012 and 2013 that had delinquent tax debts, according to a report by the Treasury inspector general for tax...

  • Shocker: The state funding the biggest start-ups Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:53 AM ET
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

    Utah start-ups receive more money on average than Silicon Valley deals, one reason Gov. Gary Herbert says it's a top state for business.

  • Finger-pointing starting in blame for government hack Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    OPM repeatedly neglected to implement basic cybersecurity protections, its internal watchdog told Congress. But the departments of Treasury, Transportation, State and Health and Human Services have significantly worse records, according to the most recent administration report to Congress under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

  • Republican-led US Congress hands Obama major win on trade Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House...

  • June 23- A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday. IPAA and the Western Energy Alliance were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to stop the new rules from taking...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's liquor board approved more flexible rules for granting event permits Tuesday, a year after receiving intense criticism when board members considered denying a permit to serve beer at an annual Oktoberfest celebration. Officials decided that events with alcohol don't have to be hosted by a nonprofit or charitable organization,...

  • Mark Meadows of North Carolina lost his subcommittee chairmanship this weekend, shortly after Speaker John Boehner expressed anger over rank-and-file Republicans voting against party-backed "rules" that govern individual bills. Most GOP leaders support the trade bill. House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said he alone decided to...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— The Federal Election Commission is suing a Utah businessman, saying he made $170,000 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Harry Reid of Nevada and Mike Lee of Utah and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in 2009 and 2010.. Reid, a Democrat who was Senate majority leader at the time, and Lee, a Republican, won election in 2010. Shurtleff, a...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A prominent cab company lawyer is calling for new limits on airport taxi fares to be applied to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. Cab companies don't mind the fee limits, but the smartphone-powered companies should abide by them too, Yellow Cab attorney Rocky Anderson said. The new rules come after travelers complained cab drivers were...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 2 to 857 Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:03 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 two this week to 857.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 631 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia were unchanged.