• NEW YORK, Sept 26- U.S. stocks were higher in afternoon trading on Friday, with major indexes staging a rebound from their biggest drop since July on the back of data showing the economy expanded in the second quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- U.S. stocks were higher approaching the midpoint of the session on Friday, with major indexes staging a modest bounce back from their biggest drop since July, after data showed the economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years.

  • California cities crack down on ride-sharing firms Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Ride-sharing companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are being threatened with legal action in San Francisco and Los Angeles over how they screen drivers and charge passengers, along with other business practices. The company Sidecar publicly released a copy of the letter it received Thursday from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.

  • SEATTLE, Sept 26- Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.

  • Judge in Russia hacking case boots law firm Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A federal judge on Friday told the New York law firm of Fox Rothschild that its lawyers cannot represent a Russian man charged with hacking businesses across the U.S.

  • Driver accused of abandoning chicken truck found Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A truck containing 37,000 pounds of now-rotten chicken may have sat in a western Montana truck stop for more than a month while its driver texted and called his employer demanding money, police said.

  • UPDATE 1-Two U.S. home loan banks agree to merge Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    Sept 25- The Des Moines and Seattle Federal Home Loan Banks agreed on Thursday to merge in a move that, if approved by their regulator and members, would result in an entity with nearly $120 billion in assets.

  • Forest Service says media doesn't need permit Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    SEATTLE— The U.S. Forest Service is proposing permanent new rules that would require media organizations to obtain a permit to film and shoot photographs in more than 100 million acres of the nation's wilderness.

  • Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it at least three days earlier.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son— so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. Wal-Mart's mobile checking account nixes fees.

  • University launches beer-making program Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant this week announced plans to launch the program in fall 2015, aimed particularly at supporting and boosting the state's fast-growing craft brewing industry, now a $1 billion- plus annual business.

  • New Amazon.com office to be warmed by Internet Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A new Amazon.com office building under construction in Seattle will be warmed by the Internet, in a sense.

  • Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son— so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. The day care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year.

  • Marijuana legalization effort begins in California Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.

  • The company raised about $161.4 million after its offering was priced at $12 per share, the low end of its expected price range of $12- $14. Smart and Final, backed by private equity firm Ares Management LP, is selling all the 13.45 million shares in the offering. Ares Management bought Smart and Final from Apollo Global Management LLC in 2012 for $975 million.

  • CEO of China-based Company pleads guilty to fraud Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The chief executive officer of a China- based energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of securities fraud. Dickson Lee, head of L&L Energy, pleaded to one count of reporting false information to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission.

  • Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Minnesota Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Amazon.com Inc. will begin to collect sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, indicating the online retailer is expanding in the state, according to experts. Amazon may be starting a local operation that requires it to do so in accordance with a state law passed in July 2013, the Star Tribune reported.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 23- Backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank may push again for a long-term extension of its charter as early as November after a nine-month renewal left the bank's future undecided.

  • Seattle to fine residents for not composting Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined. Seattle Public Utilities estimates that about a third to one-half of what now goes in the trash should be recycled or put in compost bins.

  • Washington state woman sues Idaho resort Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    SANDPOINT, Idaho— A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a northern Idaho resort contending she suffered severe burns and disfigurement when a mortar shell firework struck her in the face during a Fourth of July display.