• Environment official: Saltwater spill reached Missouri River

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's environmental chief says water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill reached the Missouri River. But he says officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies. Dave Glatt said Friday that...

  • Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it's a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at a rapid pace in...

  • Sports Illustrated lays off all 6 staff photographers

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is laying off all six of its staff photographers as it restructures its photography department. Scott Novak, a spokesman for parent company Time Inc., says that the magazine will be able to expand its contributor base worldwide by relying on...

  • Recalls this week: cleaners, fitness machines

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Cleaning products that may contain ammonia are being recalled because they are mislabeled and may pose a chemical hazard. Other recalled products include potentially defective fitness equipment and hunter's tree stands. Here's a more detailed look: CLEANING PRODUCTS DETAILS: Mean...

  • Colorado lawmakers gear up for battle over fracking

    By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado Republicans are proposing to compensate mineral owners when a local government bans or restricts fracking. The GOP's approach has bothered Democrats who argue lawmakers should wait for recommendations from a task force studying how to resolve land-use disputes among...

  • Mending US-India ties: Obama heading for weekend visit

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of solidarity, President Barack Obama is flying to India this weekend to be guest of honor at the country's Republic Day festivities. Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi are trying to move the world's two largest democracies past tensions that have...

  • US rig count falls by 43 to 1,633

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,633. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,317 rigs were exploring for oil and 316 for gas. A year ago 1,777 rigs...

  • Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut brewery says it will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive. New England Brewing Co.'s India pale ale is called Gandhi-Bot. It has a label with a cartoon...

  • Ford to take $800M 4Q charge due to Venezuela currency woes

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford says it will take an $800 million charge in the fourth quarter because of exchange rate problems between the Venezuelan bolivar and the U.S. dollar. The company says the charge will cut fourth-quarter net income by $700 million, after deferred tax benefits. But the...

  • US reports slight decline in union membership during 2014

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's just a fractional drop from the year before. The department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said...

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