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  • Aug 31- Two studies have identified a gene associated with potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms, device maker Medtronic Plc said on Monday. A second study, called the' Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death', confirmed the finding in the general population, Medtronic said. "This research is vital to helping us better understand why some patients are at higher risk of...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- Berkshire Hathaway Inc's $37 billion deal for aerospace supplier Precision Castparts Corp is encouraging investors to consolidate the fragmented aircraft components industry, even as Boeing Co uses its clout as the world's biggest plane maker to put a check on some deals. Private equity and strategic buyers have been pouring into the sector,...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The added Coast Guard presence in the Chukchi Sea off Northern Alaska includes the Waesche, a 418 foot-long national security ship, which otherwise would be operating in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, fighting drug traffickers. "That for me is the opportunity cost," Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, told Reuters in his office at the...