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  • Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. This spring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would take the extremely unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states— or perhaps even three— before the finalist was chosen.

  • Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:25 PM ET

    EVERETT, Wash.— The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors.

  • 50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    The repeal movement drew support from tea party groups, but Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, blocked the bills with the support of one of the state's most powerful business groups, the Business Council of Alabama.

  • Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers? Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it's kind of "creepy the way this whole thing landed in Ohio with all the things prepackaged."

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors. Preska had delayed enforcement of the government's search warrant so Microsoft could appeal.

  • Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year.

  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    But like dozens of other cities in Washington, the small Tacoma suburb of Fife doesn't want Wetherbee— or anyone else— opening marijuana businesses, even if state law allows it. The arguments officials are making in a lawsuit over the dispute threaten to derail Washington's big experiment in legal, taxed cannabis less than two months after sales began.

  • Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!"

  • *Ukraine tensions add safety bid. Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro- Moscow separatist rebels. "It's all about Europe," said Ira Jersey, an interest rate strategist at Credit Suisse in New York.

  • Hawaii tourism officials expect slower growth Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii tourism officials said Thursday they were tempering their expectations, but they still anticipate continued growth for the state's biggest industry. Still, growing numbers of travelers from markets like Australia, China and South Korea should help fuel continued expansion.

  • BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:43 AM ET
    A gas truck pulls into the tanker farm at BP's refinery in Whiting, Indiana

    BP said its largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana, continued to operate on Thursday morning following a blaze the night before.

  • Aug 28- An explosion shook BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana refinery, its largest in the United States, on Wednesday night but a resulting fire had been contained as of 9:30 pm local time, according to a report by WFLD-TV.

  • 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.

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.

  • Court rules against FedEx in drivers' labor case Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 6:57 PM ET

    DALLAS— A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

  • Deal on health care aids port contract talks Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:26 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months.

  • UPDATE 5-Alibaba revenue accelerates ahead of IPO Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    Aug 27- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's revenue accelerated in the second quarter on strong gains in its mobile business, providing investors with what may be the final glimpse of the Chinese e-commerce company's financials before its expected landmark market debut.

  • Correction: Dwindling Bathhouses story Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio- based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES— Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

  • Cantwell targets small business loan gender gap Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Women still have a hard time getting small business loans. Maria Cantwell is determined to close the gap. Cantwell, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business& Entrepreneurship, introduced legislation in July that would make it easier for women-owned companies to get loans and government contracts.