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  • In Seattle, 'kayaktivists' take on Arctic oil drilling

    SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront. But the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change. The fast-approaching battle with so-called kayaktivists is unfolding in a city well known for embracing progressive...

  • The debate over Arctic drilling - what's at stake

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seattle's mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle's waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The U.S. Geological Survey...

  • Oregon may end self-serve gas ban _ but only in rural areas

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is one of only two states where motorists aren't allowed to pump their own gas. The other is New Jersey. Now, Oregon's Legislature appears ready to at least let people driving through rural Oregon pump their own fuel. Under a bill that's already passed the House, gas stations could offer self-service fuel during hours...

  • Campaign seeks to help consumers pick safe blinds, shades

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to figure out which window blinds or shades are safe to buy for homes with young children? The industry launched a campaign Wednesday that encourages companies to send their products to a third-party testing facility to determine whether they should be used in homes with little ones. If so, they would get a "Certified...

  • Asian shares sink after Wall Street drop, US economy fears

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower. ___ KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 1 percent in morning trading to 19,329.75. It was the first day of trading for the week after the Tokyo market was closed for...

  • Panel backs plan for nuclear waste disposal near Lake Huron

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian advisory panel Wednesday endorsed a fiercely debated plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron, saying it had concluded the project would pose no danger to the environment. The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada's environment minister,...

  • Oklahoma City chamber urging governor to veto gun bill

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposal that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds in Oklahoma could threaten dozens of events held in Oklahoma City, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women's College World Series, the head of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce said...

  • Federal charge filed against former MillerCoors official

    CHICAGO (AP) — A former vice president at MillerCoors and seven other defendants are facing federal charges, accused of defrauding the company of at least $7 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced Wednesday. Dave Colletti, 58, of Chicago, was charged with one count of wire fraud in a federal indictment filed Tuesday in...

  • New indictment charges owners of kennel where 21 dogs died

    PHOENIX (AP) — A new indictment announced Wednesday reinstates animal cruelty charges against the owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel where 21 dogs died of heat exhaustion and four others were injured in June. Prosecutors in January dismissed animal cruelty charges against Green Acre Dog Boarding owners Jesse Todd Hughes, 32, and Maleisa...

  • Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations

    BOSTON (AP) — The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources in foreign countries. Lawyers for the charity argued in U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday that the Securities...

  • McDonald's brings back the Hamburglar in latest ad campaign

    NEW YORK (AP) — Based on McDonald's latest ad, it looks like the Hamburglar settled down in the suburbs and spent the last decade going to youth soccer games and perfecting his stubble. The company is bringing the burger thief back to its advertising after a 13-year absence. On Wednesday, McDonald's Corp. tweeted a 30-second ad featuring the...

  • Official: 'Significant' brine spill enters North Dakota lake

    A 63,000-gallon saltwater spill that leaked from an underground pipeline entered a lake via a tributary in northwest North Dakota, a state Department of Health official said Wednesday. He said the spill will not affect any drinking water in the area. Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman said it's unclear how much of the saltwater has entered...

  • Tesla beats Wall Street forecasts on record quarterly sales

    DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors delivered a quarterly record of 10,045 cars in the first quarter, helping it beat Wall Street's expectations despite costly investments in new products and factory capacity and the impact of the strong dollar. Tesla's net loss widened to $154 million. The loss, of $1.22 per share, compared to a...

  • Whole Foods plans new chain to court millennials

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products. The company said Wednesday it's building a team to focus exclusively on the new concept and that it's already negotiating leases. Stores are expected...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary. A commercial mailer had offered...

  • US officials, Metro-North agree on safety equipment loan

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal transportation officials and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency have agreed on a nearly $1 billion federal loan to install technology that could slow trains when necessary on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Railroad. Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday the Federal Railroad...

  • Greenpeace wants Shell's lawsuit over protest dismissed

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for Greenpeace Inc. say Royal Dutch Shell PLC has demonstrated no harm from environmental protesters who boarded a ship carrying a drill rig last month. In a written motion, Greenpeace asked U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to reject Shell's request for court-ordered, expanded safety zones around its...

  • The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig's driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the steering wheel, no feet on the pedals. Mark Alvick was in "highway pilot" mode, the wheel moving this way and that as if a ghost were at the helm....

  • Keurig Green Mountain slumps on 2Q results and lower outlook

    WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Shares of Keurig Green Mountain fell in extended trading Wednesday after the maker of single-serve coffee brewing systems reported disappointing fiscal second-quarter results and cut its estimates for the year. Keurig said sales of its newer Keurig 2.0 system were slower than it expected and said it is working to solve...

  • GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct...

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