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Houston police: No injuries amid reports of hospital gunfire

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:24pm

No one was found injured and there was no evidence that a shooting happened amid reports of gunfire Tuesday inside a hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, authorities said.

Higher Wyoming sales tax for K-12 hits wall in committee

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:10pm

A proposal to raise the state sales tax got a chilly reception Tuesday in a legislative committee where lawmakers advocated a wait-and-see approach about using the strategy to address a major funding shortfall for K-12 education.

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Dems, business owners blast Utah GOP for losing outdoor show

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:08pm

State Democratic leaders and a couple of small business owners are blasting Utah's Republican leadership for its stubborn stance on public lands that led a lucrative outdoor trade show to leave town.

Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming world

Melanie Plenda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:04pm

New Hampshire's maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.

Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 4:04pm

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says.

Deadline to leave pipeline protest camp won't be extended

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

The Army Corps of Engineers said it won't extend a Wednesday deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment on federal land in North Dakota.

United, American begin selling cheaper economy-class fare

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

American and United have started selling cheaper "basic economy" fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.

Top 2 CSX executives retiring, railroad lays off 1,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:35pm

The top two CSX executives will retire this spring, and the railroad plans to lay off roughly 1,000 management employees next month.

Wal-Mart, General Mills and Popeyes climb; Kraft Heinz falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:24pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

Figures on government spending and debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:24pm

Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars. The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Floods that saturated Louisiana also damaged its seed rice

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:24pm

The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year's planting.

Wal-Mart keeps working to make inroads against Amazon

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:14pm

The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller.

Wells Fargo fires 4 senior managers in sales scandal inquiry

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 3:05pm

Wells Fargo's board of directors fired four senior managers as part of its investigation into the bank's sales practices scandal.

Official: Ecuador's presidential election headed to runoff

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:59pm

Ecuador's nail-biter election is heading to a runoff after results showed ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno falling just shy of the votes needed to clench a first-round victory, officials said Tuesday.

Deal hunger sends food stocks higher; US indexes at records

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:55pm

Stocks again broke records Tuesday as investors came back from a long weekend hungry for deals. While Kraft Heinz and Unilever couldn't complete a proposed $143 billion mega-merger, food and household goods makers rose as investors bet that other deals are coming.

Vail Resorts to buy Vermont's Stowe Mountain ski resort

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:55pm

Colorado-based Vail Resorts will pay $50 million to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort, one of Vermont's most venerable ski resorts, the companies announced Tuesday.

Box Office Top 20: 'Lego Batman,' 'Fifty Shades' stay on top

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:55pm

Holdovers "The Lego Batman Movie" and "Fifty Shades Darker" led the North American box office for a second week, while Matt Damon's "The Great Wall" — a hit in China, where it was made — struggled in its domestic debut.

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:55pm

Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements.

Macy's profit falls nearly 13 percent as sales drop

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 2:49pm

Macy's, the nation's largest department store chain, says its earnings for the quarter that includes the holiday period dropped nearly 13 percent as results were dragged down by lower sales, store closures and other costs.