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  • HOUSTON, Feb 23- Talks to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years are not expected to resume this week, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday after the number of plants hit by walkouts increased over the weekend. Face-to-face meetings between the United Steelworkers union and lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of...

  • LOS ANGELES— After reaching a tentative contract agreement that covers the West Coast's 29 seaports, dockworkers are clearing an immense backlog of cargo that accumulated as their negotiations with employers stalled. Consider this: The 24 container ships anchored Monday outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hold so much cargo that if all their...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the University of Missouri, considers a ban that would prevent...

  • Nautilus misses 4Q revenue forecasts Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

    VANCOUVER, Wash. _ Nautilus Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $10.4 million. Analysts expected $95 million, according to Zacks. Access a Zacks stock report on NLS at http://www.zacks.com/ap/NLS.

  • SEATTLE— A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review. In 2013, Shell sought a development permit from Skagit County to build a rail spur from existing railroad tracks to handle oil brought in by...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law without his signature that...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • PASCO, Wash.— The mother of an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state viewed her son's body for the first time Monday and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The Feb. 10 killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness.

  • Most West Coast ports bustling again after labor deal Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— Nearly all West Coast seaports began the work week with crews hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long dispute over a new contract for dockworkers. The exception Monday was the Port of Oakland, where problems persisted three days after negotiators for the dockworkers' union and for employers reached a...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said its U.S. workers will get a raise to at least $9 an hour, while West Coast port workers have reached a tentative deal for a new...

  • Oakland dockworkers join others back in operation Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    OAKLAND, California— America's West Coast seaports are back at full operation, except in Oakland, California, which saw another work disruption Sunday that was quickly determined to be illegal by an area arbitrator, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association said. An arbitrator found that longshoremen at the Port of Oakland took part in illegal work...

  • The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The study completed last July took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with crude derailed in West Virginia, sparked a spectacular fire and...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is the U.S. arm of...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened on its 20th day, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off jobs and joining picket lines on Saturday as the United Steelworkers union pushes for a new contract that improves wages and safety. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened as workers at the nation's largest refinery walked off their jobs at 12 a.m. CST on Saturday, according to the United Steelworkers union. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union notified Motiva Enterprises of a strike by its members at the company's...

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. They work 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that handle about one-quarter of all U.S. international trade, much of it with Asia.

  • Shell says no agreement in U.S. refinery strike talks Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 10:48 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Feb 20- Lead U.S. oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co said face-to-face negotiations on Friday with the United Steelworkers union failed to yield an agreement to end the 20- day-old U.S. refinery strike. Rumors about a tentative deal between the USW and Shell Oil, which is the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, were being swapped through text messages, emails...

  • TREASURIES-Prices fall after Greek bailout agreement Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. Treasury debt prices fell in seesaw trade on Friday, with benchmark 10- year yields rising for a third straight week, as investors shifted away from safe-haven assets after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's bailout. The deal extends heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months and removes the risk of Greece...

  • WASHINGTON— The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries. Wal-Mart's move follows a sustained campaign for higher wages by some of the company's employees and a nationwide debate over whether to raise the federal minimum wage.

  • SPOKANE, Wash.— A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine. Stutzman, 70, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, had earlier said she plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a state antidiscrimination law.