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  • StanCorp misses 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 5:13 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ StanCorp Financial Group Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $38.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. The holding company of Standard Insurance Co. posted revenue of $745 million in the period.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the most recent illness reported to the agency started on Dec. 1. Denver- based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. undertook an aggressive revamping of food preparation methods at its more than 1,900 locations. Its stock rallied following the CDC announcement, closing Monday up $19.67, or 4.3 percent, at...

  • LOS ANGELES— Dwayne Angebrandt wasn't all that surprised when his bosses at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asked their expert on sex trafficking to put together a public presentation on how to spot the signs of it. What really took him aback was the audience he was asked to deliver it to: a group of strip-club operators. But as the special agent in charge of...

  • Facebook moves to ban gun sales on social network Saturday, 30 Jan 2016 | 11:03 AM ET
    People silhouetted against Facebook logo

    Facebook is banning private gun sales on its network and Instagram, moving to clamp down on unlicensed gun transactions, The NY Times reports.

  • TIMELINE-Bird flu reappears in U.S. poultry flocks Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 5:06 PM ET

    An Indiana turkey flock was infected with a strain known as H7N8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Jan. 15. Four states- Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota- declared states of emergency during the outbreak. The timeline below shows the spread of the disease in the United States, according to data and information from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 28- Global Partners LP has laid off 8 percent of its work force and aims to handle only ethanol, not crude, at its rail terminal in Oregon in response to the nearly 70 percent plunge in oil prices since mid-2014, the company said on Thursday. Global Partners' stock price fell more than 21 percent to close at $15.38 Thursday on the New York Mercantile...

  • *House prices rise 5.8 percent in November from year ago. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. consumer confidence improved in January despite a stock market rout and house prices accelerated in November, suggesting underlying strength in the economy despite a sharp growth slowdown in recent months. "Households remain quite upbeat about the economic prospects and, given the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- Annualized U.S. single-family home prices rose more than expected in November and at the fastest pace in 16 months, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. Home prices in three U.S. cities, Dallas, Denver and Portland, Oregon, are now at record levels, the survey showed. San Francisco matched its previous peak and Charlotte, North Carolina, is less...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 22- A former Alaska Airlines pilot has been charged with flying two passenger flights between California and Oregon in 2014 while under the influence of alcohol, federal prosecutors said. Attorney for the Central District of California, said in a statement on Thursday. Arntson flew from San Diego International Airport to an airport in Portland,...

  • Clinton camp: Maybe we did underestimate Sanders Sunday, 17 Jan 2016 | 9:03 AM ET
    Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo, Iowa January 11, 2016.

    Advisers to Hillary Clinton believe that her campaign miscalculated by forgoing early attacks on Senator Bernie Sanders, The NYT reports.

  • DENVER/ CHICAGO, Jan 14- The fervor around this week's $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will feed annual lottery ticket sales worth tens of billions of dollars, but public policy experts estimate only about a quarter of that revenue will ultimately make it into state coffers. The record prize will be divided among three tickets bought in California, Tennessee and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- Wall Street investors are deciding it's time to just say yes to marijuana as legalization of cannabis in more U.S. states has them smelling money-making opportunities. Hundreds of East Coast investors, dressed in business suits and ties, gathered in New York on Wednesday to learn more about the cannabis industry, a business rooted in tie-dye...

  • The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces along with its world-famous soups, said it would also withdraw from all efforts by groups opposing such measures. "This could be a watershed moment," Michele Simon, a public health lawyer told Reuters. Companies such as PepsiCo Inc and Kellogg Co have resisted such calls and have spent...

  • The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, said it would withdraw from all efforts by groups opposing such measures. Several big companies such as PepsiCo Inc, Kellogg Co and Monsanto Co have resisted such calls and have spent millions of dollars to defeat GMO-labeling ballot measures in states such as Oregon, Colorado,...

  • The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, said it would withdraw from all efforts by groups opposing such measures. Several big companies such as Monsanto Co, PepsiCo Inc and Kellogg Co have resisted such calls and have spent millions of dollars to defeat GMO-labeling ballot measures in states such as Oregon, Colorado,...

  • NOAA says 2015 was U.S.' second hottest year on record Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 | 1:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 7- Last year was the second hottest on record in the contiguous United States, and included 10 major weather and climate events, such as droughts and storms, that each led to over $1 billion in damages, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday. Much warmer than average annual temperatures were recorded across the West,...

  • *Says norovirus contamination in California being probed. WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Jan 6- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness across several U.S. states, said on Wednesday it was served with a subpoena in a federal criminal probe linked to norovirus cases in California last year. Chipotle said it received the...

  • US colleges are tapping into craft beer growth Friday, 1 Jan 2016 | 4:11 PM ET

    Some of the country's universities are now offering online programs on the business of craft beer.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 21- JPMorgan Chase& Co has agreed to pay $150 million to resolve a securities fraud lawsuit by investors suing the bank over its "London Whale" trading scandal, which caused a $6.2 billion loss. Shareholders accused JPMorgan of knowingly hiding increased risks at the Chief Investment Office, including on an April 13, 2012, conference call when...

  • Craft beer demand sparks surge in US hop production Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 | 5:54 AM ET
    Brewery worker examining beer in beaker. Craft breweries continue to grow.

    Demand from craft beer brewers led to an 11 percent increase in U.S. hop production in 2015 compared to the previous year.