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  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state insurance marketplaces won't be able to get those forms out in time. That could lead to...

  • Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state would begin regulating its groundwater supply for the first time under the legislative package by...

  • Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state...

  • Judge rules lawsuit challenging Aurora project can move forward

    A lawsuit challenging a portion of the multi-million dollar incentive package offered to the developer of the proposed Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora will go forward, according to a ruling Friday by Adams County District Court Judge Ted C. Tow. Aurora residents David Bishop and Regina Thomson filed a lawsuit in February...

  • Royal Gorge rises from the ashes with 'soft' reopening this weekend

    Nearly 15 months after a wildfire destroyed all but four of its 52 structures, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will reopen Saturday with a new visitors center, a miniature one-mile railroad and expectations that a second reconstructon phase will be ready in November. The 85-year-old bridge was only slightly damaged in the June 2013 fire,...

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be...

  • Stocks end higher following strong run in August

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February. The milestone-crushing run capped a week when the S&P eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for the first time. And the index ended August with a gain of 3.8 percent. Months of solid job gains, strong company...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out? NEW YORK (AP) — The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a lot richer. Plenty of experts think stocks are...

  • Casino hostess banned from contact with ex-clients

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A casino hostess accused in a lawsuit of stealing a list of high-rolling clients from a Maryland casino where she used to work has been banned from contacting the customers until further notice. The Maryland Live Casino in Hanover sued Helena Wong, alleging that she used a proprietary list of highly valued customers to attract...

  • Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

    BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first, many merchants and elected officials say. Some business owners report profits up 20 to 30 percent this summer compared with last year's, when...

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated. In a brief statement, the 24-member board said it continues to have "confidence in the managing...

  • American Airlines fares back on Orbitz after deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — After a three-day public tiff, American Airlines fares have returned to Orbitz. Orbitz said Friday that it has reached an agreement with the airline that will allow it to continue selling American Airlines and US Airways tickets on its websites. Terms of their agreement were not disclosed. The online travel company said that...

  • Kraft recalls some American Singles cheese

    NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier. The food maker said that, while unlikely, the product may spoil prematurely or cause a food borne illness. Kraft Foods Group Inc., which is based in Northfield, Illinois, said...

  • Splunk, Tesla are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Big Lots Inc., down 85 cents to $46.35 Shares of the discount retailer fell, even as it reported a second-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations. Amira Nature Foods Ltd., up 99 cents to $17.22...

  • Stock market closes at record high

    The Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading. Chip maker Avago Technologies jumped nearly 8 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' estimates. The latest reports on the U.S. economy were mixed. Consumer sentiment improved in August, while spending fell and income growth slowed in...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Recalls this week: laptop power cords, helmets

    Nearly 6 million laptop power cords that can overheat and start a fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include potentially faulty helmets and bunk beds. Here's a more detailed view: LAPTOP POWER CORDS DETAILS: Power cords that came with HP and Compaq laptops and mini laptops. They were sold between September 2010 and...

  • US rig count up 18 to 1,914

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 18 this week to 1,914. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs....

  • Startups offer banking for smartphone users

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Some things haven't changed. Like traditional banks, customers open a checking account, get a debit card and are...

  • Firm: Atlantic City losing 3 casinos, not business

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Wall Street firm predicted Friday that much of the revenue generated by three Atlantic City casinos that are closing will remain in the city after they're gone. Fitch Ratings predicted in a report that the city's casino revenues will decline to $2.5 billion in 2015 from last year's $2.86 billion. It also said it...

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