- 1st legal medical pot sold in Nevada 15 years after approval Updated: Jul-31-15 10:46 pm
SPARKS, Nevada - Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno.
- Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions Updated: Jul-31-15 9:49 pm
HONOLULU - More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state.
- Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant Updated: Jul-31-15 6:39 pm
SEATTLE - Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.
- Business owner denies NM agency gave it special treatment Updated: Jul-31-15 5:40 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The owner of a Bernalillo-based business at the center of a state investigation denies it received preferential treatment from the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.
- Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators Updated: Jul-31-15 5:37 pm
DENVER - A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system.
- New York City cuts fines on small businesses Updated: Jul-31-15 12:09 pm
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration says fines levied on New York City's small businesses have been cut in half.
- Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience Updated: Jul-30-15 3:33 am
LAS VEGAS - A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere.
- AP names Mary Hudetz as New Mexico law enforcement reporter Updated: Jul-29-15 1:14 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Mary Hudetz, a former Associated Press journalist and current editor of Native Peoples Magazine in Phoenix, will return to the AP in August to become the news cooperative's law enforcement reporter in Albuquerque.
- Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors Updated: Jul-29-15 10:49 am
LOS ANGELES - For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real.
- Huntington Bank expands Michigan microlending program by $5M Updated: Jul-29-15 2:46 am
LANSING, Michigan - Huntington Bank says it's expanding its microlending collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to provide $5 million in loans to small businesses in 17 counties.
- SBA loan approvals resume after Congress lifts lending limit Updated: Jul-28-15 2:53 pm
NEW YORK - Small businesses are again able to get loans backed by the federal government.
- Planned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops Updated: Jul-28-15 2:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.
- Disaster loan center opening in Paducah for July flooding Updated: Jul-28-15 4:05 am
PADUCAH, Kentucky - Businesses and residents affected by flash flooding earlier this month in the Paducah area can apply for low-interest Small Business Administration loans.
- Covered California: Cost of health care coverage increasing Updated: Jul-27-15 9:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The cost of private individual health plans on California's state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday.
- Federal appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban Updated: Jul-27-15 7:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.
- Canceled Utah race renews fears of shrinking salt flats Updated: Jul-27-15 12:54 pm
WENDOVER, Utah - A small city of tents, trailers and thousands of visitors appears almost every August in the Utah desert to watch cars, motorcycles and anything with wheels rocket across gleaming white sheets of salt at speeds that can top 400 mph.
- Non-Mormon faux holiday 'Pie and Beer Day' gains traction Updated: Jul-24-15 4:21 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Most people are gathering Friday in Utah to celebrate the state's Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. But many non-Mormons will be enjoying an increasingly popular counter-holiday with a playful name: Pie and Beer Day.
- San Francisco's Chinatown clings to roots amid tech boom Updated: Jul-24-15 1:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - For a century and a half, San Francisco's Chinatown, the nation's oldest, has sheltered waves of immigrants seeking a new life.
- Q&A: What happened to government's small business loans? Updated: Jul-23-15 5:50 pm
NEW YORK - The government's biggest small business loan program is on hold after running out of money.
- Desert city capitalizes as highway collapse diverts drivers Updated: Jul-23-15 1:53 pm
Yvonne Peach was up late posting a new special on the website for her historic Yuma hotel.
- San Diego's Daily Transcript to close after nearly 130 years Updated: Jul-23-15 12:26 am
SAN DIEGO - The Daily Transcript of San Diego said Wednesday it will publish its last edition Sept. 1, ending a nearly 130-year run in the newspaper business.
- Costs from regulations pile up, hurt small business profits Updated: Jul-22-15 12:41 pm
NEW YORK - It's getting more expensive to be an employer and small business owners say that's making it harder for them to make money.
- Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up Updated: Jul-22-15 11:43 am
LOS ANGELES - Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning and a half-cup at night.
- Oregon business startups have not rebounded with economy Updated: Jul-20-15 12:47 pm
MEDFORD, Oregon - Oregon is known for innovative startups and entrepreneurs with an eye on opportunity.
- Bus-safety mandates introduced after deadly California crash Updated: Jul-17-15 9:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed five high school students on a tour last year.