- California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought Updated: May-25-15 9:32 pm
SYDNEY - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
- MNsure struggles to sign up small businesses Updated: May-25-15 3:37 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's health insurance exchange is having a big problem with attracting small businesses.
- Ohio bill would give state boost to veteran entrepreneurs Updated: May-24-15 9:49 pm
CINCINNATI - Navy veteran Mike Nichols says veteran-owned businesses aren't asking for handouts from the state, but they could use a little help leveling the playing field in competing with non-veterans who may have had more time to get on-the job-experience.
- Women-owned businesses surge in Wyoming Updated: May-24-15 12:56 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Jane Eickbush opened Bouquets Unlimited here in 1982 and has been the boss ever since.
- Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off Updated: May-23-15 8:49 pm
LOS ANGELES - The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
- Man burned in blast making hash oil sues butane businesses Updated: May-22-15 6:52 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An Oregon medical marijuana patient who was badly burned in an explosion while he was legally using butane as a solvent to make hash oil is suing the makers and sellers of the fuel.
- Former BYU cheerleader finds new skills in aerial silk Updated: May-22-15 6:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - By the time Jessica Kehl graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009, she had been doing gymnastics and cheerleading for nearly half her life.
- Conservative group yanks TV ads targeting Utah congressmen Updated: May-22-15 4:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A conservative group has yanked television ads set to air Friday targeting U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart after the two Utah congressmen announced they share the group's view that a federal export bank should be shut down.
- Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq Updated: May-22-15 3:45 pm
HAMPTON, New Hampshire - 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.
- Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms Updated: May-22-15 1:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - 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.
- 4 LA County firefighters hurt after roof collapse Updated: May-22-15 12:48 pm
CUDAHY, California - Four firefighters were hurt after falling through a roof while battling an intense blaze at an abandoned casino in southern Los Angeles County, officials said Friday.
- Murkowski spokesman: Plans for 24-hour crossings at Hyder Updated: May-21-15 6:55 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Canadian government plans to allow for 24-hour border crossings between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
- Utah official took donation from 1-800 Contacts Updated: May-21-15 6:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes accepted a $5,000 campaign donation from a contact lens seller based in the state after his office began defending a new law that critics say was written at the company's behest.
- New Mexico ranchers, farmers sue over jaguar border habitat Updated: May-21-15 4:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The setting aside of more than 170 square miles in New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar was an "unlawful, arbitrary and capricious" action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says.
- Survey: Minority-owned businesses face loan obstacles Updated: May-21-15 2:51 am
NEW YORK - Minority businesses have a harder time getting bank loans than small companies in general, according to a survey released Thursday by Wells Fargo & Co. and the polling company Gallup.
- State: 4 shops sold marijuana to minors in sting operations Updated: May-20-15 7:08 pm
SEATTLE - Four of the 22 legal pot shops tested in an initial round of sting operations this month failed by selling to minors - even though the shops were warned about the operations days ahead of time, Washington regulators said Wednesday.
- Service dogs that sniff out seizures give kids better lives Updated: May-20-15 10:56 am
LOS ANGELES - When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures - up to 20 a day.
- 6 Chinese nationals accused of stealing US firms' technology Updated: May-20-15 10:32 am
SAN FRANCISCO - Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.
- Loans, taxes, regulations on small business election agenda Updated: May-20-15 6:20 am
There are no "one size fits all" issues for small business in the 2016 presidential campaign. While candidates try to appeal to all small businesses, many owners want very specific things. A sample of what's on the agenda of some individual owners, and two small business advocacy groups:
- Los Angeles becomes latest US city to favor $15 minimum wage Updated: May-20-15 3:17 am
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles is the latest and biggest city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage, adding to a string of successes for unions and advocates for the poor who have made it a primary objective as American wages stagnate.
- Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook Updated: May-20-15 3:10 am
NEW YORK - Small businesses aren't in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren't letting go of an issue they think will get them votes.
- Alabama House passes slashed general fund budget Updated: May-19-15 7:59 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a general fund budget that slashes $200 million from state agencies after GOP lawmakers could not reach an agreement on tax increases.
- Prostitute pleads guilty in overdose death of Google exec Updated: May-19-15 7:48 pm
SANTA CRUZ, California - A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.
- For many low-income workers, calling in sick is a luxury Updated: May-19-15 6:19 pm
NEW YORK - For Shannon Henderson, getting a cold or flu could be the difference between putting food on the table and going hungry.
- Oakland airport baggage handlers charged with pot smuggling Updated: May-19-15 4:20 pm
OAKLAND, California - Three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport are accused of using their security clearance to get marijuana-packed suitcases past checkpoints and onto planes as part of a drug smuggling ring involving 11 other people, federal prosecutors said.