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  • SALT LAKE CITY— Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Thursday slammed Utah's push to seize control of federal lands as a radical measure that threatens the outdoor recreation industry, which brings a lucrative gear show to the state twice a year. Babbitt's remarks are the latest indication Utah's political posturing on the issue could affect its...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home. But whatever home-field advantage the Republican Party's 2012 nominee...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • Romney says climate change presents a big challenge to US Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:52 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Mitt Romney says one of the biggest challenges facing the country is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. In a speech to an investment management conference Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, the Republican nominee for president in 2012 said that more needs to be done to deal with poverty in America.

  • Reports: Google planning to sell wireless phone service Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:35 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday. If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Most U.S. states expect to hit their revenue targets this fiscal year, but at least six states say they could fall short, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Wednesday. Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Vermont all expect to miss their revenue forecasts, according to the report. New Mexico and Indiana are...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Nephi and Lyle Jeffs, considered high-ranking sect members, testified in a Salt Lake City courtroom that the doctrine of The...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. North Dakota's private industry achieved a spectacular CAGR of 7.4 percent while Wyoming, Utah and...

  • BOISE, Idaho— President Barack Obama is headed to Idaho for the first time since a 2008 campaign stop and could touch on anything from tax reform to immigration, depending on Tuesday's State of the Union address. Idaho is just one of four states the president has yet to visit in his six years in office. The last time a sitting president visited Idaho was in 2005, when...

  • DENVER— Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah, reaching that legal step ahead of state officials who counter the federal government already has gone too far. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the U.S. Fish and...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. Tax increases are rarely welcomed by congressional Republicans, who now hold majorities in the House and the...

  • Obama targets 1% to finance cuts for middle class Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 4:43 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for higher taxes on the wealthiest taxpayers to finance the tax cuts. The NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will call for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class. The president's proposals are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party's liberal...

  • US rig count plunges by 74 to 1,676 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 this week to 1,676.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count dove by 44, North Dakota dropped six, Oklahoma fell five, California and Wyoming each lost four and New Mexico declined by three. Arkansas, Kansas and West...

  • Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    Marilyn Tavenner's departure underscores the uncertainty overshadowing President Barack Obama's health care law nearly five years after its party-line passage by a then-Democratic-led Congress. Tavenner survived the technology meltdown that initially paralyzed HealthCare.gov, and she remained in place even as her boss, former Health and Human...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering. A bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, which is home to some of the companies that would benefit, would...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- With nearly a quarter of U.S. energy shares' value wiped out by oil's six-month slide, investors are wondering if the sector has taken enough punishment and whether it is time to pile back in ahead of earnings reports later this month. "Things have changed a lot quicker than I thought they would," says Greg Doramus, sales manager at Orion Drilling in...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- With nearly a quarter of U.S. energy shares' value wiped out by oil's six-month slide, investors are wondering if the sector has taken enough punishment and whether it is time to pile back in ahead of earnings reports later this month. "Things have changed a lot quicker than I thought they would," says Greg Doramus, sales manager at Orion Drilling in...

  • NEW YORK/ SANTIAGO- A former board member of Chile's CFR Pharmaceuticals SA was charged on Monday by U.S. regulators with insider trading on information regarding Abbott Laboratories' $2.9 billion acquisition of CFR earlier this year. Hurtado earned nearly $500,000 in profits, according to the SEC. According to the SEC, Bilbao first learned of Abbott's...