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  • Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • Lanes of Vegas-Salt Lake City freeway may reopen Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Assessment teams tallied 139 flood-damaged homes and put the projected the cost of local road repairs at $667,000 in northeast Clark County, where road crews worked Thursday to reopen a washed-out stretch of Interstate 15 about 50 miles outside Las Vegas.

  • Senator Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the tax-writing Finance Committee, said billionaire investor Warren Buffett called him recently to find out what Congress might do about companies that move abroad for tax purposes.

  • Men's Wearhouse and Vail are big market movers Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Men's Wearhouse Inc., down $1.62 to $52.25. Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc., down $2.06 to $79.99.

  • Utah ski resort sold amid long legal battle Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— One of Utah's largest ski areas was sold to Vail Resorts Inc. Thursday, resolving a legal battle between two ski titans and paving the way for the creation of what could be the country's largest resort. The Colorado- based company is already leasing the upper 3,000 acres of slopes, but couldn't use them without the base area owned by Powdr Corp..

  • Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's most stringent waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72- hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.

  • Fall tourism rising: Fewer crowds, nice weather Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. Lara Berdine and Mark Petrella, New Yorkers in their 40 s, visit Italy each fall because "it's cheaper, the weather is cooler and we can see the country as it really is, rather than in high season when it's inundated with tourists," said Berdine.

  • Utah hotel settles case with immigration officials Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— An upscale hotel chain has agreed to pay about $2 million to settle allegations that 43 Utah employees working in the country illegally had returned to work after they were flagged by an immigration audit and fired, according to federal authorities.

  • Utah's Zion National Park reopens after flooding Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Zion National Park has reopened after closing for several hours when heavy rain and a surging river made park routes impassable. Spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said Zion reopened park gates and roads late Tuesday afternoon. A flood watch was issued for the park and a large stretch of southern Utah through Tuesday night.

  • Nevada interstate could stay closed until weekend Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    MOAPA, Nev.— Tourists and truckers were told to prepare for another day of disruptive detours Wednesday around a closed stretch of busy Interstate 15 in southern Nevada that crumbled in chunks during intense flash flooding. But the sun was out Tuesday in the rural southern Nevada towns of Moapa and Glendale, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

  • Author says Christian novel plagiarized, sex added Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own.

  • Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Officials in five states in which marriage bans were struck down by federal courts have rushed their appeals to the Supreme Court, in time for consideration by the justices when they meet in private on Sept. 29.

  • Bill Maher with back-to-back hours Friday on HBO Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    From his show's Los Angeles home base, he travels to Washington, D.C., for a special live hour at 9 p.m. EDT from Sidney Harman Hall. His scheduled interview guests will be U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Seinfeld, and, as his round-table panelists, former Mississippi Gov. Jon Huntsman and NBC News' Andrea Mitchell.

  • Judge refuses to dismiss newspaper lawsuit Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    District Judge Clark Waddoups said the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune made powerful arguments about why the lawsuit should be stopped, but Waddoups said he had to be cautious when stopping a case early in the process. It's no longer self-sustaining, " Utah Newspaper Project attorney Karra Porter said Monday, referring to the Tribune.

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Utah leaders weigh 25 sites for new state prison Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:05 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A state commission has come up with 25 northern Utah locations that could be the site of a new state prison. The potential sites are in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties, according to MGT of America, a consulting firm assisting the commission.

  • Judge to rule next week in Nevada fracking case Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management admits.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.

  • Skiing in Park City this winter? Hold those plans Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    A legal fight between two companies that own different ends of the Park City ski resort mountain could mean no winter season this year.