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  • Man sentenced over lead poisoning of 5 workers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho— A South Dakota man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to attend a class on worker-safety standards after five employees he was supervising inhaled lead while working in Idaho, the U.S. attorney's office said.

  • Reward offered for former billionaire's assets Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors offered a reward Wednesday to anyone who can help uncover property or bank accounts the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Fork lift load falls on man, fatally injuring him Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    LYNNWOOD, Wash.— A forklift driver hit the brakes and sent the vehicle's load falling onto a customer outside a Lynnwood, Washington, business, causing fatal injuries. The box fell forward onto the 64- year-old Bothell man. The customer was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died early Tuesday.

  • Stranded ship drifts; crewman buried at sea Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The crewman who died in a fire aboard a chemical tanker that's adrift off the Oregon coast has been buried at sea. There were no other injuries, and the remaining 21 crew members from China and South Korea are still on board, hundreds of miles from Oregon.

  • Expert: Train collision will renew safety calls Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided head-on in northeast Arkansas early Sunday, Arkansas State Police said. The collision happened about 3 a.m. in Hoxie, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Patient advocates say insurers avoiding the sick Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

  • Groups claim insurance discrimination in new forms Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

  • Feds close probe of refinery blast that killed 7 Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes. The decision was shared with victims' relatives earlier in the day, said Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle.

  • Russian hacking suspect ordered held until trial Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A federal judge ordered the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker on Friday to remain in custody until his trial on computer hacking charges, after a prosecutor said evidence recovered from his laptop after his arrest in the Maldives gave new insight into the breadth of his activities.

  • Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:19 PM ET

    HitchBOT, created by team of Ontario- based communication researchers studying the relationship between people and technology, will reach its final destination Sunday in Victoria, British Columbia, where it will receive a traditional aboriginal canoe greeting at Victoria Harbor.

  • Aug 15- The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • Schweitzer mining dispute claim goes forward Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— An expert commission will decide on a $10 million compensation claim from former Montana Gov. Schweitzer is a director in Optima Inc., a company with mining claims, or rights, that stand in the way of the Montanore silver and copper mine near Libby proposed by Mines Management Inc..

  • Aug 15- The first crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • Nordstrom 2Q profit nearly unchanged Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Nordstrom Inc. on Thursday reported profit that declined by less than 1 percent in its fiscal second quarter, but beat analysts' expectations. The Seattle- based company reported earnings of $183 million, or 95 cents per share, compared with $184 million, or 93 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • No mechanical issues found before CEO's crash Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    The National Transportation Safety Board also reported Tuesday that Appleton didn't take specialized training before crashing while taking off from the airport in Boise, where Micron is based.

  • Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The literary executor of George Orwell's estate is accusing Amazon.com of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. "I'm both appalled and wryly amused that Amazon's tactics should come straight out of Orwell's own nightmare dystopia,' 1984,'" Hamilton wrote.

  • Washington gets dust storm in Western weather swap Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Storms in the Western U.S. have created an odd coincidence and something of a weather swap in Arizona and Washington. Weather experts say the dust storms, called haboobs, typically occur in Arizona, Africa's Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East because of dry conditions and large amounts of sand, but they can occasionally show up elsewhere.

  • Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing.

  • DOJ: Hacking suspect's lawyers may face conflict Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:53 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two attorneys representing the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker may face a conflict of interest because their firm represented victims of a hacking scheme he's accused of running, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.

  • Boeing breaks ground on wing factory for new 777X Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    EVERETT, Wa., Aug 13-- Boeing executives and state political leaders took sledgehammers to a 1960 s office block on Wednesday to help clear the way for a factory that will make composite wings for the company's newest jet, the 777 X.