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  • Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

    The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly...

  • Brownback signs bill regulating ride-hailing companies

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a compromise on regulations that ride-hailing company Uber says will allow it to stay in the state. Brownback signed the bill Friday in a ceremony on the Capitol grounds. The Legislature approved the measure Tuesday. Uber announced earlier this month that it had ceased operations in...

  • Cruise ship that ran aground near Bermuda returns to Boston

    BOSTON (AP) — Passengers on a cruise ship that ran aground on a reef near Bermuda during a seven-day vacation shrugged their shoulders and said the mishap was no big deal as they disembarked Friday. The Norwegian Dawn, carrying nearly 3,500 passengers and crew, returned to the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston. Everyone had a story to tell — and...

  • Deere, Expedia 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 Deere & Co., up $3.89 to $93.35 Solid sales of its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for the farming equipment maker. The company also raised its full-year outlook. Campbell...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER (AP) — They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than a century and go by many other names in Asia, Africa and Latin America — aims to make inroads in the United States....

  • West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the deal, according...

  • Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq

    HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. The existing U.S. policy of providing air support, intelligence, surveillance and training is the right one, Clinton said, in...

  • US stocks dip in quiet trading ahead of Memorial Day weekend

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing moderately lower in a relatively quiet day ahead of a holiday weekend. Trading volume was relatively light Friday ahead of the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 53 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,232. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost four points, or 0.2 percent, to...

  • Recalls this week: booster seats, gas ranges, crossbows

    A line of children's booster seats with potentially faulty safety straps are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include several types of gas ranges with defects that can cause burn or fire hazards. Here's a more detailed look: DIMMING SWITCH DETAILS: This recall involves Vivint's Remotec plug-in dimming and on/off switch...

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

    Patsy Thompson of Northstar Bank has been promoted to vice president/treasury services relationship manager for the state of Colorado. Based in Colorado Springs, Thompson has 37 years of experience in management, business development, retail sales, treasury sales, lending and operations. get More, submit item See Sunday's Business section...

  • Private equity fund buying Cincinnati-based Frisch's

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Frisch's Big Boy restaurants are being sold to a private equity fund, the company announced Friday, ending family operation of the Cincinnati-based chain that dates to a 1939 drive-thru. Frisch's Restaurants Inc. said NRD Partners I will buy all outstanding shares for $34 each, or some $175 million. The regional chain of the...

  • 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.

  • Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers on Antibiotics

    Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (May 22) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY New York - 22 May 2015 ++PARTIALLY COVERED++ 1. SOUNDBITE (English) Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer: "Wal-Mart is...

  • Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate. She described the U.S. economy as "well positioned for continued growth," but at the same time highlighted a...

  • Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in livestock?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision: Q: Why do farmers use antibiotics in raising animals in the first place? A: Farmers use antibiotics in animals for the same reason they're used in...

  • Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun. That is why, the 61-year-old attorney says, he crisscrosses the country, poking and prodding people to support what he calls reasonable gun-control laws. It has...

  • Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,857 rigs were active....

  • Campbell Soup says 3Q profit and soup sales declined

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup said Friday that its net income and revenue fell in the fiscal third quarter, with U.S. soup sales declining. Its earnings topped Wall Street expectations, however, and the company reaffirmed its full-year profit guidance, and suggested it could skew toward the high end of that range. Its shares rose almost 2...

  • Coast Guard: Fire on Gulf oil platform; 28 workers evacuated

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Twenty-eight workers have been evacuated from an oil production platform that is on fire off Louisiana's coast. A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday near Breton Island, which is close to Louisiana's southeastern coast. Production was shut down, and no injuries have been reported. The...

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