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  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. lawmakers are pressing the nation's top intelligence official to estimate the number of Americans ensnared in email surveillance and other such spying on foreign targets, saying the information was needed to gauge possible reforms to the controversial programs. "You have willingly shared information with us about the important...

  • Prices ticked up slightly last month in the Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix and Portland, Oregon, metro areas. Rents fell in Cleveland, Memphis and Oklahoma City. For all of 2015, finished construction of multifamily buildings soared 21 percent, according to the Commerce Department.

  • LAS VEGAS— There won't be a federal trial next month in Las Vegas for rancher Cliven Bundy and 18 other defendants in an armed confrontation with government officers two years ago. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen essentially called a May 2 trial date unrealistic. She noted that none of the 19 defendants has received any of the evidence against him for review, and five...

  • Pena Nieto, who is grappling with deadly drug cartel violence, said he will send to Congress a proposal to permit the use and importation of marijuana-based medicines, and raise the amount that weed users can legally carry to 28 grams from 5 grams. Pena Nieto did not say where consumers would be able to obtain the weed they are then allowed to carry.

  • MEDFORD, Ore. _ Lithia Motors Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $40.3 million. For the current quarter ending in July, Lithia Motors expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.86 to $1.90. Lithia Motors shares have dropped 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 21- In late 2014, Uber and Lyft targeted Portland, Oregon, as the next place to launch their still-controversial ride-hailing services. "We were trying to figure out a way to reward Lyft for having better business practices and not violating our laws," said Josh Alpert, mayor Charlie Hales' chief of staff, who described the interactions with both...

  • PORTLAND, Ore. _ Umpqua Holdings Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $47.6 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 29 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $288 million.

  • EUGENE, Ore. _ Pacific Continental Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $5.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 28 cents per share. Pacific Continental shares have climbed 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Thousands of people sent up a cheer and a collective plume of marijuana smoke at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. A man held aloft an 8- inch bud of marijuana he said weighed more than three grams and was asking for $100. Marlene Manning, pushing a stroller with her 6- month-old granddaughter, was glad to be back in...

  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon raked in $3.48 million from January recreational pot sales— the first month of the state's 25 percent tax— far outpacing the mere $3 million projected for the entire year. So the Department of Revenue transformed a small, unused space at its Salem headquarters into a mini-fortress inaccessible to the public, and from it works a detailed system...

  • The same is usually true when it comes time to pay Uncle Sam, especially in Colorado, Washington state and Oregon where the booming recreational marijuana market brings in big money to state coffers. When Oregon began taxing recreational pot this year, it raked in $3.5 million in its first month— exceeding expectations for the entire year— and more than half came...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Intel is cutting 12,000 jobs— about 11 percent of its workforce— as it reorganizes to confront a decline in sales of personal computers. Intel, which has long been the world's leading maker of PC chips, is now trying to expand into other types of computing. The latest cuts follow an earlier reduction of about 5,000 jobs announced by Intel in 2014, and...

  • SEATTLE— A China- backed consortium on Tuesday canceled plans to build a $3.4 billion methanol plant in Washington state, but said it is committed to building two other facilities in the Pacific Northwest. The Tacoma project was the largest of three methanol refineries proposed by the company to convert natural gas to methanol, which would then be shipped to...

  • BOSTON— Her parents didn't hail from the planet Krypton, and she was never bitten by a radioactive spider, but that hasn't stopped Elizabeth Warren from starring as a comic book hero. "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren" tells the true-life story of Warren's rise from Oklahoma schoolgirl to U.S. senator and champion of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

  • April 13- China's Tsinghua Unigroup unveiled a stake of roughly 6 percent in Lattice Semiconductor Corp on Wednesday, sending shares of the U.S. chip manufacturer soaring 18 percent on speculation of a possible acquisition. Its shares rose 99 cents to $6.36, giving it a market capitalization of roughly $740 million. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- Security researchers and civil liberties advocates on Friday condemned draft legislation leaked from the U.S. Senate that would let judges order technology companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted data. The long-awaited bill is emerging just as the U.S. Justice Department redoubles its efforts to use the...

  • NEW YORK, March 29- Annualized U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected in January, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. "Home prices continue to climb at more than twice the rate of inflation," said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Home prices in three U.S. cities, San Francisco,...

  • TOKYO, March 29- Asian shares struggled to find their footing on Tuesday and the dollar clawed back ground lost after downbeat U.S. economic data contributed to an uninspiring session on Wall Street. Investors awaited Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech at 1620 GMT for fresh signals on the outlook for U.S. interest rate hikes, after a chorus of hawkish...

  • TOKYO, March 29- Asian shares struggled to find their footing on Tuesday after downbeat U.S. economic data contributed to an uninspiring session on Wall Street and pressured the dollar. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.05 percent after wavering for most of the early session. Australian shares slumped 0.3 percent, in their...

  • A March 16 executive order by President Barack Obama allows the United States to blacklist anyone found to be operating in North Korea's mining sector or to have purchased metal from its government- even indirectly through a third-country supplier. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show 25 companies, including Pitney Bowes Inc, Winnebago...