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  • DETROIT, March 22- The cost to implement tough fuel-efficiency standards for cars imposed by the Obama administration for the first half of the next decade could be up to 40 percent lower than previously estimated using existing conventional technologies, according to a report from a nonprofit group released on Wednesday. Instead of an average cost of $875...

  • NEW YORK— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced goals to hire veterans and at-risk youth. The moves underscored the progressive image Schultz has helped cultivate for Starbucks as he prepares to cede the...

  • CHICAGO, March 22- Illinois would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults and tax it to raise at least $350 million a year for the cash-strapped state under legislation introduced on Wednesday. Two Democratic lawmakers sponsoring the bills said the measures pending before the House and Senate would allow law enforcement to focus on other crimes...

  • NEW YORK, March 21- China's HNA Group has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The acquisition from majority owner Brookfield Property Partners LP and New York State Teachers' Retirement System, which has a 49- percent...

  • At that meeting, ING said it would either continue to "positively influence" the course of the project, or to distance itself by selling its stake in the loan, "the company said in a press release. ING was one of 17 banks financing the Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline, which will move crude from the Northern Plains to the Midwest and then on to the Gulf of Mexico.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- China's HNA Holding Group Co Ltd has agreed to purchase a marquee Manhattan office building for $2.21 billion in a deal that showcases the role of Chinese capital in New York's heady commercial real estate market. The acquisition from majority owner Brookfield Property Partners LP and New York State Teachers' Retirement System, which has a...

  • LAS VEGAS, March 21- Amazon.com Inc is expanding a program to remove counterfeit goods from its website this spring as part of a broader push to assure brand owners that the online retailer is an ally rather than a threat. As early as next month, any brand can register its logo and intellectual property with Amazon so the e-commerce company can take down listings...

  • The city alleged that Purdue knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and into the city and did nothing to stop it. The city's lawsuit which accuses Purdue of gross negligence and nuisance was initially filed in state court but has moved to federal court in Seattle. Purdue makes several arguments in asking U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, March 21- U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed support on Tuesday for Microsoft Corps bid to fend off class action claims by Xbox 360 owners who say the videogame console gouges discs because of a design defect. Microsoft told the court in oral arguments that the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' 2015 ruling allowing console...

  • NEW YORK— You might have expected the Trump Organization to tap the brakes on expansion plans given all the criticism over potential conflicts of interest while its owner sits in the Oval Office. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night, about half what it costs at some hotels in Trump's luxury chain.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Amazon said it will begin collecting sales tax on purchases shipped to Maine addresses next month. The agreement in Maine, first reported by WMTW-TV, was confirmed by an Amazon spokeswoman on Monday. The decision will help level the playing field for Maine retailers that collect sales taxes and will increase revenue available to Republican Gov.

  • WEST CHAZY, N.Y.— Only 17 snowy miles from the Canadian border, Katie Bushey's most basic needs are met by traveling health aides who come into her home to change her diapers, track her seizures, spoon-feed her fettuccine Alfredo and load her wheelchair into the shower. Bushey, 32, who lost her vocal and motor skills shortly after birth, is one of more than 180,000...

  • BOSTON— Backers of legalized recreational marijuana urged Massachusetts legislators Monday to hold off, at least for now, on making any significant changes to a law voters approved in November. The appeal came during the first public hearing held by a special legislative committee formed to review the law, which passed by a 240,000 vote margin and made...

  • March 17- Amazon.com Inc said on Friday one of its longest-serving directors, Bing Gordon, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield& Byers, stepped down from the board this week but would remain a consultant to the company. Gordon was granted an award of 3,100 shares as part of the consultancy, a filing said, worth $2.6 million as of the market close...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A federal wildlife agency studying the Steller sea lion decline in Alaska's Aleutian Islands is looking for help from citizen scientists. "If we see these animals over time, we can estimate their survival," Sweeney said from her office at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. They are found in the North Pacific from Japan and Russia to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The EPA would sustain the biggest cut of any federal agency in the White House 2018 budget, as...

  • CHICAGO, March 16- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc supplier has recalled frozen pizzas available in 11 U.S. states due to concerns about possible listeria contamination, according to the retailer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. RBR Meat Company recalled about 21,220 pounds of Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza that were shipped to retail distribution...

  • SEATTLE _ Omeros Corporation on Thursday reported a loss of $19.6 million in its fourth quarter. The Seattle- based company said it had a loss of 45 cents per share. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $66.7 million, or $1.65 per share.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The proposed cuts are a starting point in negotiations with Congress, and could be tempered.

  • DALLAS— Dallas officials are working with T-Mobile engineers to determine what's prompting a flood of ghost calls that's forced hundreds of 911 calls to be placed on hold and may have slowed the emergency response to two people who died. Dallas resident David Taffet confronted Mayor Mike Rawlings at a news conference Wednesday to say it took 20 minutes to get...