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  • "This is a money-making crime," said Chief Joseph Fox, commander of the New York Police Department's Transit Bureau. In California, thieves removed copper from San Francisco's BART rail system in Oakland, San Francisco and San Mateo counties on a single weekend in 2011. In Washington state in 2013, a man clipped 70,000 pounds of copper wire from the light rail...

  • WASHINGTON— The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology— all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval,...

  • 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...

  • The calm, then the storm, at book conventions Sunday, 31 May 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    BookCon's attendees, far younger and more diverse than the average publishing house or literary agency, lined up to see Mindy Kaling banter with B.J. Novak, shed tears at the chance of meeting "Sookie Stackhouse" author Charlaine Harris and brought empty suitcases with the intention of filling them with books both purchased and free. "This is a special treat that...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Amazon has selected Ohio as a major Midwest hub for its cloud computing operations, a decision the governor hailed Friday as a victory for the high-tech future of a state whose legacy was built on heavy manufacturing. "This is something that will send a message to our young people that, you want to think, you want to live in the future, you want to...

  • Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples Friday, 29 May 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers. Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the nation's most productive apple region. "If we wouldn't have had the port slowdown, we wouldn't have needed...

  • *Small-cap benchmark Russell 2000 to add, delete components. *$5 trillion benchmarked to Russell indexes. NEW YORK, May 29- Investors trying to capitalize on the annual tweaks to the makeup of Russell stock indexes may produce a rush of transactions worth over $40 billion in the final moments of trading on Friday, June 26, when those changes are formalized.

  • Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 3:45 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters. A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of the company's mobile...

  • 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...

  • May 28- Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will offer limited free same-day delivery under its Prime shipping service as retailers try to outdo each other on delivery deals, and expanded the service to San Diego and the Tampa Bay Area. Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 per order and non-members for $8.99, plus 99 cents per unit.

  • May 28- Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will expand same-day delivery to San Diego and the Tampa Bay Area under its Prime shipping service, which has been an engine of revenue growth for the online seller. Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 per order and non-members for $8.99 plus 99 cents per unit. The same-day delivery service is...

  • ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER, May 28- Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast. A coach ticket between Spokane, Washington and Williston, capital of North...

  • Amazon to offer free same-day delivery to Prime members Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    Amazon says starting Thursday more than 1 million items including books, electronics and vacation gear will be eligible for same-day delivery in 14 metro areas including New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta. Orders under $35 can still have one day delivery, it just costs $5.99. Previously the service cost $5.99 for...

  • Alaska governor tours Shell oil rig in Seattle Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:14 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington's position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska. After the tour of the rig, Walker said he was impressed by crew members and redundant safety features aboard the...

  • US high court: California county drug disposal law stands Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere. The court refused to hear the pharmaceutical industry's challenge to an Alameda County program that requires drug companies to pay for the disposal of unused medicines. The law was passed to prevent unused...

  • U.S. state April income tax revenue returns to growth Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:35 PM ET

    May 27- U.S. state personal income taxes rebounded in the key revenue month of April, partly due to 2014' s strong stock market, after dropping a year ago, but collections have not fully stabilized since big increases in 2013.. Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies at the National Association of State Budget Officers, said income tax revenue, boosted in part...

  • May 27- Toll Brothers Inc, the largest U.S. luxury homebuilder, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a lower tax provision. The market consists of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. The company's shares fell as much as 3.7 percent to $35.63 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • Orbitz shareholders approve $1.3B deal to sell to Expedia Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Orbitz's shareholders have approved a takeover by rival Expedia, Orbitz said Wednesday. In February, Expedia said it would buy Orbitz in deal worth about $1.3 billion. In March, the U.S. Department of Justice requested documents from Orbitz and Expedia in order to review the acquisition.

  • The total average cost of a data breach is now $3.8 million, up from $3.5 million a year ago, according to a study by data security research organization Ponemon Institute, paid for by International Business Machines Corp.. Data breaches are becoming more common and significant, with high-profile attacks on Sony Corp, JPMorgan Chase and retailers Target Corp...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..