- Justices reject franchise appeal to Seattle $15 minimum wage Updated: May-02-16 1:07 pm
SEATTLE - The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage from franchise owners who say the law discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses.
- Arrests in Seattle as May Day marchers take to streets Updated: May-02-16 1:15 am
SEATTLE - Seattle police used pepper spray to disperse black-clad anti-capitalist protesters authorities say threw rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers during a rowdy May Day gathering.
- Missouri Legislature weighs business tax breaks Updated: May-01-16 11:26 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Lawmakers in Missouri's Republican-led Legislature have proposed pro-industry measures ranging from incentives for small businesses to a tax break for farmers who raise captive deer to sell the animals' urine. Here's a breakdown of the estimated costs and where some of the legislation stands as the May 13 end of session approaches.
- Nebraska offices usher small businesses into global markets Updated: May-01-16 11:23 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's small business owners say state employees nestled in offices more than 6,000 miles away have saved them from making irrevocable mistakes in the global market.
- Maine small business grants going to brewer, other companies Updated: Apr-29-16 12:24 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - A Lubec brewing company, a Greenville candle maker and a Sangerville cleaning service are among the businesses that will receive nearly $700,000 in Maine community development money.
- Utah essential oil company announces third-party data breach Updated: Apr-27-16 6:55 pm
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah - Utah-based essential oil company doTERRA is warning customers and distributors that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach in March.
- Anchorage police investigate 3 east-side robberies in 3 days Updated: Apr-27-16 3:33 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police are investigating three robberies in three days of small businesses on the city's northeast side, including two at the same gas station and convenience store.
- Correction: Small Business Package story Updated: Apr-27-16 11:59 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - In a story April 25 about the Missouri Senate passing a package of tax incentives for small businesses, The Associated Press erroneously reported that it would require the Legislature to sign off on most regulations proposed by state agencies. The bill would require state agencies to certify that new regulations wouldn't adversely affect small businesses or are meant to protect the public's health or safety.
- Fallout from North Carolina LGBT law worries small business Updated: Apr-27-16 11:22 am
Small businesses in North Carolina are already losing valuable business because of the new state law limiting protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
- Lawmakers concerned with angel fund tax credit transparency Updated: Apr-26-16 7:36 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota lawmakers serving on the interim Political Subdivisions Taxation Committee said Tuesday they're concerned about a lack of transparency related to angel fund tax credits.
- Governments struggle to enforce "living wage" laws Updated: Apr-26-16 5:13 pm
SEATTLE - States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed "living wage" laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly.
- Agency to Hawaii residents: Don't hate on tourists Updated: Apr-25-16 4:31 pm
HONOLULU - As a record number of visitors stream into Hawaii, state officials want residents to know: Tourism is your friend.
- Idaho official: Kobe Bryant's remarks help save potato truck Updated: Apr-25-16 3:39 pm
EAGLE, Idaho - Kobe Bryant's recent mention of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck might have helped save the traveling advertisement from a premature retirement, according to the head of a state agency that promotes Idaho potatoes.
- Colorado court: ruling stands that baker can't cite religion Updated: Apr-25-16 3:27 pm
DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, letting stand a lower court's ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing service.
- Art dealer pleads not guilty in $1 million embezzlement case Updated: Apr-22-16 7:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - A prominent Los Angeles art dealer pleaded not guilty Friday to three grand theft counts charging him with failing to pay more than $1 million to former Disney executive Michael Ovitz and another man for paintings he sold for them.
- Freeway views are hot: Homeowners cozy up to urban eyesores Updated: Apr-22-16 3:49 pm
LOS ANGELES - Robert Leviton's loudest neighbor is a 12-lane freeway.
- The Salt Lake Tribune sold to wealthy industrialist family Updated: Apr-20-16 6:09 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A son of wealthy industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr. has agreed to buy The Salt Lake Tribune, ending uncertainty about the future of Utah's largest newspaper that has long been an independent watchdog in a state where the Mormon church wields significant power.
- New vistas open up at small businesses that use drones Updated: Apr-20-16 10:58 am
NEW YORK - That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot - it may be a tool that's become indispensable for a small business.
- 6 Tennessee cities get grants to spur downtown businesses Updated: Apr-20-16 4:07 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State officials say six Tennessee cities will each receive $50,000 grants to encourage business growth in their downtown areas.
- Challenge awarding $500,000 to small businesses launches Updated: Apr-20-16 2:23 am
DETROIT - The third and final year of a challenge that awards $500,000 to small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park is launching.
- Colorado lawmakers target edible pot in fruit, animal shapes Updated: Apr-19-16 8:00 pm
DENVER - Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids.
- Colorado pot report: More adults using drug, but not kids Updated: Apr-18-16 6:35 pm
DENVER - Colorado kids are not smoking more pot since the drug became legal - but their older siblings and parents certainly are, according to a long-awaited report giving the most comprehensive data yet on the effects of the state's 2012 recreational marijuana law.
- Hawaii moves to crack down on campsite rentals on Airbnb Updated: Apr-14-16 9:43 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are taking aim at a burgeoning vacation rental market: online brokers offering up tents to tourists on the islands' world-class beaches and public parks.
- Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts Updated: Apr-14-16 1:33 pm
FRESNO, California - International crime rings targeting California's booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree costing millions.
- Cruise ship group: City's statue plans are misuse of fees Updated: Apr-13-16 7:46 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A life-sized whale statue has Juneau in hot water after a cruise ship association alleged it's a symbol of the Alaska city's misuse of millions in fees paid by visitors.