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  • PORTLAND, Ore.— The federal government plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse in Western states— regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections, U.S. Nearly half of the roughly $211 million the government plans to invest over the next three years will go toward buying conservation...

  • Aug 26- HotChalk, an educational technology startup, is in talks to raise at least $75 million from private investors, valuing the company at roughly $500 million to $800 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The company, which helps universities and colleges create online degree programs, has hired Citigroup Inc to assist with the fundraising,...

  • Aug 26- HotChalk, an educational technology startup, is in talks to raise at least $75 million from private investors, valuing the company at roughly $500 million to $800 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The company, which helps universities and colleges create online degree programs, has hired CitiGroup Inc to assist with the fundraising,...

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • NEW YORK— Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim Tuesday evening that he would stop eating Oreos, citing the cookie maker's decision to close a plant in Chicago and move it to Mexico. Oreo's parent company Mondelez International Inc. said last month that it decided to invest $130 million in building four new production lines at a...

  • Aug 25- A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Food Safety against the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, claims the regulator has routinely failed to respond as required to...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Many California state agencies are not complying with the state's information technology standards, leaving them vulnerable to a major security breach of sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, health information or tax returns, the state auditor reported Tuesday. In June, the federal Office of Personnel Management announced a...

  • Tech startups want to change the way you drive Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stop lights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today's electric vehicles. Entrepreneur and computer scientist Matt Ginsberg hates red lights.

  • US home rents rose in July as ownership market cooled Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    On a month-to-month basis, rents increased in Baltimore, Boston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. By contrast, home values in those markets declined. The trend is most pronounced around Washington, where home values slipped on an annual as well as on a monthly basis. Over the past 12 months, the median home price in Washington fell 0.7 percent to $356,500.

  • "If you can find high-quality stocks that go on sale, take advantage and get in there," said Hodges, who bought shares of Owens Corning and other housing-related companies for his $2 billion Hodges Small Cap fund. Markets from Shanghai to Paris to New York are tumbling on worries about a sharp slowdown in growth from China, the world's second-largest economy.

  • 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,...

  • Mentor Graphics beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    WILSONVILLE, Ore. _ Mentor Graphics Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $31.2 million. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $250.1 million. For the current quarter ending in November, Mentor Graphics expects its per-share earnings to be 27 cents.

  • SPOKANE, Wash.— Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. In northern Idaho, more than 40 homes were lost near the town of Kamiah, and in Oregon a lightning-sparked blaze on the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration's approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say. "It sends a terrible signal to the rest of the world for the United States to be using public resources to promote...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 17- The Obama administration on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic, after the company repaired a ship essential to its exploration in the region this season. The Interior Department gave Shell the final permit to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea off northern Alaska after the Fennica, an...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. The agency previously allowed Shell to begin drilling only the top sections of two wells in the Chukchi Sea because the key equipment, called a capping...

  • Big wildfire threatens resort town in Washington Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Big wildfires threatened the Lake Chelan resort region of central Washington on Monday after driving away tourists, destroying a warehouse filled with nearly 2 million pounds of apples and forcing thousands of residents to flee. In northern Idaho, more than 40 homes were lost near the town of Kamiah, and in Oregon a lightning-sparked blaze on the...

  • WASHINGTON— Say this about New York: If you can afford a first home there, you can probably afford one anywhere. A new analysis by the real estate firm Zillow found that the typical income for a first-time buyer is $54,340, pretty much the same as it was in the late 1970 s after adjusting for inflation. Yet that looks like a relative bargain compared with New York, San...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 13- If you work for a small business that doesn't have a retirement plan, help is on the way. California, Illinois, Oregon and Washington state have taken the lead, passing legislation to launch Secure Choice Pension programs. California and Illinois both aim to begin enrolling workers in 2017..

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12- Los Angeles wholesale gasoline differentials for August delivery declined on Wednesday for the first time this week as refineries stopped buying in the market, traders said. August-delivery CARBOB gasoline differentials last traded at 90 cents a gallon over September RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 15 cents from...