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  • Utah health insurers request big rate hikes for 2016 Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— More than half a dozen health insurers in Utah say they need to raise rates on individual policies next year by 10 percent or more because of higher than expected care costs and other expenses. Insurers in Utah and around the country explain the double-digit increases by pointing to new customers who went without coverage or treatment for years,...

  • June 3- Stock Building Supply Holdings Inc and fellow construction materials supplier Building Materials Holding Corp said they would combine to expand in the fast-growing south and west regions in the United States. BMC's shareholders will receive 0.5231 new shares of Stock Building Supply for each share held and own about 60 percent of the merged entity,...

  • Correction: Airlines-Faster Boarding story Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    DALLAS— In a June 1 story about airline efforts to improve the boarding process, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Morgan Durrant as a Delta Air Lines spokeswoman. DALLAS— Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. Southwest wants to get families...

  • Health care enrollments by state Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • BOSTON— A private laboratory in Marlborough was among those that received a shipment including small amounts of active anthrax spores mistakenly delivered by the U.S. Department of Defense, state health officials said Tuesday. One of the samples was sent to the IQuum lab owned by Roche Molecular in Marlborough, 25 miles west of Boston, state health officials...

  • Don Young, R- Alaska, would remove a 10- year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits. Rob Bishop, R- Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, called the vote "a win for the consumer, a win for the industry that puts food on our tables...

  • DALLAS— Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. Southwest wants to get families seated together more quickly. Airlines have tinkered with different boarding systems almost since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who tossed a coin to decide who would fly...

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:56 AM ET
    Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • Minutes before the Senate began its session, House Speaker John Boehner, R- Ohio, issued a brief but strong statement warning of the impact if the parts of the Patriot Act expire. Anyone who is satisfied with letting this critical intelligence capability go dark isn't taking the terrorist threat seriously, "said Boehner, who urged the Senate to pass the House bill...

  • WASHINGTON— The chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena Friday for an IRS official to testify at a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act. Jason Chaffetz, R- Utah, said he issued the subpoena after the IRS declined to provide the official who oversees information requests. Instead, the IRS offered to have IRS Commissioner John Koskinen...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 10 to 875 Friday, 29 May 2015 | 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. declined by 10 this week to 875.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 646 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost four rigs, California declined by three and Arkansas,...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse— but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other. Aware that the greater sage grouse sooner or later would face listing as a federally protected endangered or...

  • Sportsman's Warehouse reports 1Q loss Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    MIDVALE, Utah _ Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $1.4 million in its fiscal first quarter. For the current quarter ending in July, Sportsman's Warehouse said it expects revenue in the range of $167 million to $172 million. Sportsman's Warehouse shares have increased 30 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. Sage grouse are chicken-sized birds that inhabit grass and sagebrush ecosystems in 11 states from...

  • Only high-income households have managed to build significant savings, and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says 52 percent of today's working-age households face the shock of declining living standards in retirement. "If you have a dollar to spend on retirement security, it's much better to spend it on Social Security than by spreading...

  • Utah defends contentious law on contact lens price-fixing Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah state attorneys have asked an appeals court to clear the way for a contentious law that bans price fixing by contact lens makers and could have wide-ranging implications for the $4 billion industry. They were joined by the discount retailers Costco and Utah- based 1-800 Contacts. Suing to block the law are lens makers Alcon Laboratories,...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has requested a confidential briefing by IRS officials by the end of next week. The IRS said it is notifying taxpayers whose information was...

  • WASHINGTON— Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the...

  • The anti-tax group Club for Growth announced the broadcast and cable TV ads Thursday morning as part of a $1 million ad campaign in eight congressional districts urging lawmakers not to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Late Thursday afternoon, the Club for Growth said it was pulling the ads that were set to air Friday. Neither lawmaker mentioned the Club...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:22 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 three this week to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana lost four rigs, West Virginia declined by three and Kansas, North Dakota and Ohio each lost one. Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming were all...