• Texas city sued over fracking moratorium

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    DENTON, Texas (AP) — A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state to permanently ban the practice. Denton lawyer Charles Chandler Davis filed a lawsuit in Denton County earlier this month on behalf of Arsenal Minerals and Royalty, NASA Energy Corp. and his son's trust fund, claiming more than $1 million in damages. City spokeswoman Alison Ream said Tuesday it's the first time Denton has been sued on the issue. Other royalty owners and former state officials have threatened Denton with a cascade of suits if an outright fracking

  • Colorado's pot market getting new competition

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    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's new marijuana industry is in for a brand new element Wednesday — competition. The state gave medical marijuana dispensaries and growers a nine-month exclusive on the new recreational pot business, fearing an unmanageable explosion of new businesses. The grandfathering period expires Wednesday, meaning pot shops and growers who weren't in business before voters approved recreational pot in 2012 are just now able to enter the market. "There's going to a price war coming. It's inevitable," predicted Toni Fox, a marijuana grower and owner of a Denver pot shop. Fox has received a license for a second shop opening Wednesday in Salida. Colorado is issuing licenses for 46 more pot shops, in ad

  • Montpelier gets boost in eliminating fossil fuels

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A long-term plan to eliminate the state capital city's dependence on fossil fuels is getting a boost from two new projects: one to install more solar panels at an insurance company and another to meet more heating needs with a new biomass heating facility. On Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin and officials with National Life Group insurance and financial services company marked the beginning of construction of the 500-kilowatt solar array that coupled with an existing array will provide 15 percent of the company's power and 3 percent of the city's power.

  • USC among recipients of federal innovation grant

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California is among 24 colleges and universities picked by the U.S. Education Department for a federal "First in the World" grant to foster innovation, officials said Tuesday. The $3.2 million will go toward expanding a role-playing video game called "Mission: Admission" that is designed to help students learn to navigate the college application process, USC researcher Zoe Corwin said. The university started the Facebook game to make the process less intimidating for low-income students who are often the first in their families to go to college. The game allows young people to have fun while familiarizing them with the language and rules of the college application process, Corwi

  • NYC mayor signs order expanding living wage law

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Tuesday that expanded New York City's living wage law, increasing the hourly rate to $13.13 from $11.90 for workers who do not receive benefits. The significant expansion, which will cover thousands of previously exempt New Yorkers, fulfilled a campaign promise made by de Blasio, who became the city's first Democratic mayor in a generation when he took office in January. It strengthened a law that was approved by the City Council in 2012. The new legislation will cover an estimated 18,000 workers over the next five years, about 4,000 of them who are in the retail or fast-foot business. The previous law covered about 1,200 total.

  • Study: Gambling industry worth $240B, 1.7M jobs

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows. That includes $38 billion in local, state and federal taxes the industry said it paid last year in gambling fees, property taxes, income taxes and more. Unlike prior studies, the report included the impact tribal gambling and some legal online gaming has had on the economy. The American Gaming Association announced the results of the study at a news conference Tuesday. The group's annual G2E Global Gaming Expo is being held this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

  • Strong premiere week for CBS, NBC, ABC

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    NEW YORK (AP) — No one watches live television anymore, right? Apparently, many people still do, judging by results from the first week of a new television season. CBS, NBC and ABC all had more viewers last week than during the first week of the 2013 fall TV season, according to the Nielsen Co.'s measurement of people watching live or before midnight on the same evening. Only Fox saw its numbers slip among the four largest broadcast networks. Five of the 20 most-watched programs were brand new, with three on CBS and two on ABC, according to Nielsen. "Maybe the networks are putting out better shows," said Brad Adgate, a ratings analyst for Horizon Media, "or at least they're putting out a better marketing strategy.

  • Oil, rail industries want 7 years to fix tank cars

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires. Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, told reporters that his group and the Association of American Railroads are jointly asking the Transportation Department for six months to 12 months for rail tank car manufacturers to gear up to overhaul tens of thousands of cars and another three years to retrofit older cars.

  • Joe Scarborough is writing book on fatherhood

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Scarborough's next book will be personal. The "Morning Joe" host and former Republican congressman has a deal with Weinstein Books for a memoir scheduled to come out next fall. The publisher told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the book doesn't yet have a title. According to Weinstein, Scarborough will focus on fatherhood, from stories about his father to reflections on being a parent himself. He will also discuss his political career and his years as a commentator. Scarborough's previous books include "The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics — and Can Again" and "The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 22-28

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    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 22-28. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: New Orleans at Dallas, NBC, 22.68 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 18.24 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 18.23 million. 4. "The Big Bang Theory," (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 18.03 million. 5. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Game Show," NBC, 17.57 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 17.23 million. 7. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Washington, CBS, 16.29 million. 8. "How to Get Away With Murder," ABC, 14.34 million. 9. "Scorpion," CBS, 13.83 million. 10. NFL Football: Chicago at N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 13.27 million. 11. "The Voice," (Tuesday

  • EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there. In a preliminary report into the company's overseas tax practices, the 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said the low tax treatment Ireland is granting Apple counts as state aid and could be illegal under EU law. If the finding is confirmed, Apple Inc. could face a huge repayment bill because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland. To keep market competition fair, the EU forbids governments from helping individual companies.

  • Ford and eBay are big market movers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Ford Motor Co., down 32 cents to $14.79 The automaker said it will fall short of its full-year profit goals because of weak international sales and recall costs. Teekay Corp., up $8 to $66.36 The crude oil and gas marine transportation company will boost its dividend by up to 80 percent as part of a new policy. Masco Corp., up 60 cents to $23.92 The building products maker is spinning off its installation and other services division in a move aimed at boosting value. TravelCenters of America LLC, down $1.74 to $9.

  • Conference offers how SD can benefit from ND oil

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's oil and gas production is a fraction of North Dakota's, but the organizer of a conference in Spearfish said the southern neighbor could prosper if companies step up to supply much-needed products and services to the burgeoning oil patch. Branden Bestgen says the Black Hills Bakken and Investor Conference was first held two years ago as a general introduction on the potential for South Dakota to play more of a role in North Dakota. He says this year's gathering on Wednesday and Thursday will include specifics on how business owners can tap the energy markets and expand that segment of South Dakota's economy, which is largely based on agriculture and tourism. ___ Online:

  • Stocks slip, leaving S&P 500 down for September

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    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 index in the red for September. It was only the third monthly loss for the benchmark index this year. After a day of slight ups and downs, the S&P 500 fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,972 on Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,042. The Nasdaq composite fell 12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,493. The S&P 500 fell 1.6 percent in September, but is still up 6.7 percent for the year. EBay rose 8 percent after the company said it would spin off the mobile payment service PayPal. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.50 percent.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of

  • Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending

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    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Visitors to federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped about $1 billion into the economy in 11 Western states last year, according to a study released Tuesday by advocates of protecting sage grouse across the region. The study is the first of its kind to examine the direct and indirect economic impacts of recreation spending tied to U.S. Bureau of Land Management property with habitat for sagebrush-dependent species, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Hunters, campers, fishermen and others spent more than $623 million directly within 50 miles of Bureau of Land Management property in sagebrush ecosystems across more than 61 million acres, said the report by ECONorthwest, an economic

  • Who is the man replacing the 'Bond King'?

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    NEW YORK (AP) — With Bill Gross' surprise departure from Pimco, 45-year-old Daniel Ivascyn now finds himself watching over trillions in assets at the huge mutual fund firm. The new chief investment officer takes over from a fiery Wall Street legend. Gross co-founded Pimco in 1971 and ran the firm for four decades, turning the company's flagship product, the Total Return Fund, into a $221 billion behemoth. His success earned him the title "Bond King." Ivascyn is also highly accomplished, and Pimco watchers say his even-handed management style will provide much needed relief to the California-based firm that has been roiled by big-name departures.

  • Climate plan faces test in Montana coal country

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock's assertion that Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without shutting down power plants is getting its first public test in the heart of coal country. State officials planned a Tuesday public meeting in Colstrip on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut greenhouse emissions. The town is home to one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West — a 2,100-megawatt facility that churns out more greenhouse gases than any other source in Montana. It's also a regional economic driver with 360 workers. Hundreds more are employed at the nearby Rosebud mine.

  • Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Brian Nick said the move last week at the Beavercreek location near Dayton was store-specific, not a change in national policy for the world's largest retailer. He said the store's customers can still buy air guns, although they are not on display. The store also continues to sell firearms, which were already kept locked up, he said. "There are no national changes," Nick said. "It was a decision that the store made." A special grand jury in the racially charged case decided last week that the Beavercreek police of

  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

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    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website. A copy obtained in advance calls for determining then decreasing the amount of water that pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive. Pot is legally grown in the region for medical purposes and illegally for the black market.