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  • SEATTLE— A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday. Coal would arrive by train from Montana, Wyoming and other states to be...

  • WASHINGTON— Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The oath-taking came after the Senate's 60-38 confirmation vote Thursday, in which eight Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. Tim Scott, R- S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after the vote saying he hopes Acosta's focus will be "promoting labor policies that are free of unnecessarily burdensome...

  • WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters)- Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. The Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in Manhattan is an upscale 46- story property owned by a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 26- Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. The White House referred comment to the Trump Organization, the parent conglomerate for Trump's...

  • BILLINGS, Mont. _ First Interstate BancSystem Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $23.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. First Interstate BancSystem shares have declined roughly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared poised to clamp down on where corporations can be sued, a potential setback for plaintiffs' lawyers who strive to bring cases in courts and locales they consider friendly. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed skepticism over California handling matters for residents of all other...

  • HELENA, Mont.— The Blackfeet Indian Reservation rolls across the plains just east of Glacier National Park. There are gas stations, a few eateries and a museum to learn about the culture and history of the people that have occupied the territory long before the arrival of the U.S. Cavalry and the hordes of modern-day visitors who roll into the nearby mountains.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Raw milk advocates' efforts to expand availability across the U.S. have not slowed despite health officials' assertions that it's dangerous to drink milk that hasn't been heated to kill bacteria. Efforts to legalize raw milk sales in some form have succeeded in 42 states, and expansion pushes are ongoing this year in states including Illinois,...

  • KALISPELL, Mont. _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $31.3 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 41 cents per share. Glacier Bancorp shares have declined almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HOUSTON, April 20- ConocoPhillips has beaten its 2017 asset sales target less than four months into the year, after shedding $30.8 billion worth of energy assets in six years. But instead of a chorus of cheers on Wall Street, Chief Executive Ryan Lance is facing investor skepticism that the company can deliver growth from remaining oil and gas fields.

  • TOKYO, April 20- The dollar caught its breath in Asian trading on Thursday, holding above lows hit earlier this week as investors anxiously awaited this weekend's first round of presidential voting in France. Millions of French voters remain undecided, making this the least predictable vote in France in decades, and raising fears of a potential surprise result...

  • Neligh, NEBRASKA, April 19- When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project "with efficiency and with speed." But Trump and the firm will have to get through Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup first, along with about 90 other landowners...

  • In a string of posts, Anglin accused Gersh and other Jewish residents of Whitefish, Montana, of engaging in an "extortion racket" against the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer. Gersh's lawsuit said she agreed to help Spencer's mother sell commercial property she owns in Whitefish amid talk of a protest outside the building. Gersh is represented by the...

  • U.S. residents paid Uncle Sam an average of $8,943 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes in 2016.. A look at how the District of Columbia and the states rank in per capita federal taxes:. 1. District of Columbia: $36.569.

  • TOKYO, April 14- The dollar nursed losses on Friday, on track for a losing week as continuing tensions in North Korea underpinned the perceived safe-haven Japanese currency. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea is a problem that "will be taken care of," as China urged caution and speculation rose that Pyongyang might be on the verge of a sixth...

  • *Passover, Good Friday observances thin liquidity. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea is a problem that "will be taken care of," as China urged caution and speculation rose that Pyongyang might be on the verge of a sixth nuclear test. "I think that the' mother of all bombs' was intended to show the power of U.S. forces to North Korea," said Kaneo Ogino,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted on Tuesday to advance Jay Clayton's nomination as the next head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to the full Senate for approval. The committee voted 15 to 8, with some Democrats, including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, voting against him.

  • The White House has invited the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence panels to review new material relevant to their investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the election, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer says. SUPREME COURT Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp become the first...

  • RUSSIA Russia mounted a campaign of "propaganda on steroids" seeking to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says, listing several areas of concern about possible links to Republican Trump's campaign. The White House has invited the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House...