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  • 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...

  • TOKYO, Aug 9- Japan's Sumitomo Life Insurance Co is in talks to buy U.S. life insurer Symetra Financial Corp, the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday. Sumitomo Life is looking to acquire Washington- based Symetra for a fee estimated between 400 to 500 billion yen, the Nikkei said without citing sources. In February, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co bought Alabama-...

  • BOSTON, Aug 6- Some of the U.S. state and county-run investment pools that oversee more than $200 billion in local government cash are loading up on riskier corporate debt to produce yields that outpace the industry average by many times over, according to a Reuters analysis of their financial disclosures. "I don't want to call it the Wild Wild West, but it sure seems...

  • Massachusetts marijuana groups seek pot legalization vote Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    BOSTON, Aug 5- Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The proposals from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal say legalizing the drug in Massachusetts would bow to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 4- Steve Gutmann used to have a basement that he never used. His Honda Civic sat idle in front of his Portland, Ore. house. Now strangers use Getaround.com to book Gutmann's $6- an-hour car for errands and travelers stay in his newly refurbished basement apartment, listed at $115 a night on AirBnb.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone. The 13 Greenpeace protestors, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten...

  • July 29- Whole Foods Market Inc on Wednesday said same-store sales growth cooled again in the third quarter, hurt by competition and an overcharging scandal in its New York City stores, and its shares tumbled 11 percent in after-hours trade. The rapid deceleration is troubling for investors, who have wondered how long Whole Foods could maintain its grip on the...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. "Sales are going really well, and getting better every month," said Jen Osmun, who started the business with her husband, a former plumber, after he was injured in an accident.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 28- Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the...

  • TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co said on Friday it has agreed to buy U.S.-based StanCorp Financial Group Inc for $5 billion, the latest multi-billion deal by acquisitive Japanese insurers. Meiji Yasuda, Japan's third-largest life insurer by premium revenue, has said previously it was looking for targets in the world's largest life...

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell its final two permits to explore for oil in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until the required emergency equipment arrives to the region. The department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement conditionally granted...

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell its final two permits to drill in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone yet. Shell must have emergency equipment called a capping stack deployable before drilling into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, the government said.

  • Campbell makes quicker savings, raises profit forecast Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    July 22- Campbell Soup Co raised its full-year profit forecast as savings from its cost-cutting program came in earlier than expected. Campbell on Wednesday said it expects to save $75 million in the fiscal year 2015, ending Aug. 2, and raised its earnings per share forecast for the year to $2.43- $2.46 from $2.32- $2.38. Increasing competition from store brands,...

  • NEW YORK, July 22- When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare. Chris Cooper had something else to consider- marijuana laws. So when Cooper, 57, was looking for a place to retire, he ended up in San Diego, since California allows medical marijuana.

  • July 13- Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Monday an icebreaker crucial to planned Arctic oil drilling will be sent to Portland, Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, but the issue is not expected to delay the beginning of drilling off Alaska later in July. Voyage time between Portland and southern Alaska should not delay the company's plans to begin drilling off...

  • Vancouver- based Cannabix Technologies Inc, founded by a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, expects to be first out of the gate with a "pot breathalyzer"- a handheld device similar to those used to detect alcohol. Other hopefuls, such as Colorado- based Lifeloc Technologies Inc and a chemistry professor-PhD student duo at Washington State University,...