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  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • BOISE, Idaho— The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho- based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world. The USDA made the announcement Friday on its website. The Russet Burbank variety the USDA approved is the second generation of...

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING, Aug 28- The chairman of China's Tsinghua Unigroup travelled to the United States this week to meet with board members of Micron Technology and try to revive a politically fraught takeover bid of the U.S. chipmaker, people familiar with the matter said. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on the inter-agency Committee on Foreign...

  • President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state on Friday, authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires. The Okanogan Complex includes the so-called Twisp River fire,...

  • North Dakota is leading a lawsuit filed on June 29 challenging an Obama administration rule that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. District Judge Ralph Erickson in North Dakota to suspend the new guidelines they claim are...

  • CEO's $70K starting pay minimum sparks backlash Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 4:25 PM ET
    Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price attends the Canoche Benefit for the RC22 Foundation on June 3, 2015 in Seattle.

    When Dan Price said he would set a minimum salary of $70K for his 120 employees, he didn’t foresee the turmoil it would cause, NYT reports.

  • July 20- Micron Technology Inc has told China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd that its $23 billion acquisition offer is not realistic because U.S. authorities would block the deal due to national security concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The Boise, Idaho- based chipmaker thinks that an acquisition by Tsinghua would not be approved by the U.S....

  • July 14- China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd would need to pay as much as $38 billion to buy Micron Technology Inc, analysts said- assuming that the U.S. government approved the purchase of last U.S. maker of dynamic random access memory chips. China has been expressing strong interest in building up its domestic chip industry, and buying Micron would be a major coup.

  • Puerto Rico is trying to restructure at least part of its $72 billion in debt and is pushing for Congress to allow its municipalities to file under chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill reintroduced in February by Puerto Rico's resident commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi, that would change the bankruptcy code to...

  • Private jets flood Sun Valley for mogul camp Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    A private jet lands at the Sun Valley airport, joining dozens of other private and corporate jets already parked there, in Hailey, Idaho.

    People looking to fly into the Sun Valley might face crowded airport tarmacs, packed with billionaires' private jets.

  • June 25- Micron Technology Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, hurt by a fall in prices and lower demand for its chips used in personal computers, sending its shares down 7.8 percent in after-market trading. Morgan Stanley analysts said last week a sharp rebound they expected in Micron's earnings was delayed at least until the...

  • America's most affordable states to call home Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States Cheapest States

    You'd be surprised at the most affordable places to live in the U.S., thanks to low food prices, great home values and low utility costs.

  • A state where a tax change is actually working Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:59 AM ET
    Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter

    Idaho created a new tax credit for businesses in 2014, and Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter says it's already proving to be a big winner.

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for elderly and disabled Americans, paid physicians $90 billion in 2013, up 17 percent from $77 billion in 2012, U.S. healthcare officials reported on Monday. Physician payments accounted for less than one-fifth of Medicare's 2013 net outlays of $492 billion, which rose from $466 billion...

  • SYDNEY, May 19- Australian agribusiness GrainCorp Ltd plans to nearly double output capacity at one its U.S. malt plants to capitalize on soaring North American demand for craft beer. GrainCorp on Tuesday said it would spend $75 million to increase production capacity at its Great Western Malting facility in Pocatello, Idaho by 120,000 tonnes to 220,000...

  • The Republican-controlled House of Representatives Appropriations Committee rejected a Democratic bid to provide Amtrak the full $2.45 billion in funds for the upcoming fiscal year requested in President Barack Obama's budget. The cause of Tuesday's crash has only begun to be investigated, but federal investigators said preliminary data showed the...

  • *Nebraska becomes 16th U.S. state affected by avian flu. May 12- The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed a flock of 1.7 million chickens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, Nebraska has joined a long list of states currently dealing with highly...

  • May 11- A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain found in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana is concerning to them also. It was also found in captive...

  • UPDATE 1-USDA finds H5N8 bird flu strain in Indiana Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:59 PM ET

    May 11- A strain of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The H5N8 strain in Indiana is the same one that had been previously confirmed in the Pacific flyway, specifically in commercial chicken and...