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  • HONOLULU— Demonstrators spent Saturday planting coconut trees and waving signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters complained about the impacts that companies like Monsanto have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 23- A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday. A rescue team washed oil off its coat and hydrated it, but the sea lion died early on Saturday, SeaWorld said in a statement.

  • May 23- As part of his quest for a mega merger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported on Saturday. During his presentation on April 29, Marchionne said that if traditional...

  • WARSAW, May 24- Poles vote for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but already spells trouble for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski finds himself neck and neck with his conservative challenger, Andrzej Duda, who...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 23- A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline has died after it was taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be treated, officials said on Saturday. Up to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara on...

  • About 162,000 U-Haul vehicle trailer hitches recalled Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 4:01 PM ET

    The recall, announced Saturday, covers two types of hitches made by Wisconsin- based Curt Manufacturing between July 2014 and January 2015 and sold under the "U-Haul Power Tow" brand. Curt Manufacturing said a Chinese company, Shandong Jiyang Machinery, changed the way it cleaned steel during the hot-rolling process, reducing the steel's strength.

  • Rumford mill to lay off about 50 workers Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:27 PM ET

    RUMFORD, Maine— Catalyst Paper is laying off about 50 workers at the Rumford mill. WCSH-TV reports that the company announced that a temporary shutdown of a paper machine has been extended to August. Rumford mill spokesman Tony Lyons says the layoffs are "directly market related."

  • TORONTO— BlackBerry says it is laying off an unspecified number of employees globally as it makes changes to the operations responsible for making its smartphones. The Waterloo, Ontario- based company said in a statement Saturday that the job cuts will affect people who make the hardware, software and applications for its phones, including devices such as the...

  • Can you hear me now? NSA to end phone snooping Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:19 PM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The NSA has begun winding down its collection and storage of U.S. phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward.

  • FRANKFURT, May 23- Carmaker Daimler on Saturday announced a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc. to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables. The move forms part of a broader push by Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, as well as rival German carmakers BMW and Audi to...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet...

  • Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to country ice cream stands. They're my boys, "Vargas said while relaxing this past week with her poodle mixes, Luigi and Carmine, and a friend's wire fox terrier at an outdoor Manhattan park cafe.

  • Rent control and the tax break have huge impacts on the New York City housing market, and they're touchy for lawmakers in any year because the real estate industry is one of the biggest political donors in Albany. On the other side, tenant advocates and liberal groups have organized big rallies in New York and Albany to denounce the tax break and urge lawmakers to...

  • The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620. The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470. The Massachusetts Nurses Association: $576,437.

  • UPDATE 1-ECB's Draghi warns divergence a threat to euro Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:31 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal, May 23- Stark structural differences between countries in the euro zone could unravel the currency union, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi warned on Saturday. Differences in the cultures of the 19 countries in the euro currency bloc, from Cyprus, close to the Middle East, to Ireland or Finland in the north have often extended to the...

  • Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A fire that burned for more than a day on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast was extinguished early Saturday, the Coast Guard said. It was reported out around 6 a.m. after firefighting crews boarded the platform, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said. The Coast Guard reported that a light sheen of oil near the site appeared to be dissipating and...

  • MILAN— Italy's flagship airline Alitalia said a 24- hour strike called for Monday that will force flight cancellations is "disrespectful" of passengers when the Rome airport is still suffering disruptions due to a fire two weeks ago. The strike affects Alitalia and its regional subsidiary Cityliner but excludes the airports of Bari, Brindisi and Genoa.

  • WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of...

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • Ranchers in Kansas and elsewhere in cattle country are still trying to rebuild herds that were decimated in the 2012 and 2013 droughts, when they sold off much of their livestock because of shriveled pastures and skyrocketing hay prices. But in the past month, ranchers have benefited from inches of rain: Parts of Oklahoma and Texas averaged between 400 and 500...