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Study: Idaho natural gas and oil tax rates below many states

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:21pm

Idaho's effective tax rate on natural gas and oil production is less than half the average when compared with eight other producing states, according to a tax-comparison study released Thursday.

American Express misses forecasts, hurt by Costco loss

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:01pm

American Express' fourth-quarter profit fell 8 percent from the same period a year earlier, hurt by the loss of the Costco credit card business and higher expenses to retain customers.

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:53pm

With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

Union Pacific cost cuts offset declining shipments in 4Q

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:52pm

Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit grew 2 percent as the railroad cut costs to offset a 3 percent decline in shipments.

CSX and Netflix advance while Rent-A-Center tumble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

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US court cites right to gun-range use, tosses Chicago limits

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

The city of Chicago is grappling with another in a series of defeats in its bid to regulate guns and tamp down gun violence, this time after a federal appeals court said its restrictions on publicly accessible gun ranges violated the Second Amendment.

Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner in dumping case

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:42pm

A sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for an Alaska man who was found guilty of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from a converted crabbing boat he was operating as a floating strip club.

Western Union agrees to pay $586 million for fraud victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:41pm

Western Union has agreed to pay $586 million to the U.S. government to pay back victims of fraud that the money transfer company failed to protect.

Researchers: Trump win alters conversation on gun violence

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

Leading public health researchers and gun safety advocates concede that Republican Donald Trump's election as president changed the national conversation on firearms, but they're urging gun owners and manufacturers to be included in the effort to reduce deaths and injuries from firearms.

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country.

Group: Settlement will cut oil pollution at Washington dam

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday agreed to obtain a pollution permit to settle allegations that operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Dow erases gain for 2017 as stocks fall, bond yields climb

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

The Dow Jones industrial average erased its gains for 2017 on Thursday as it fell for the fifth day in a row, part of a pullback for stock indexes as Treasury yields continued their upward march.

Markets Right Now: Dow industrials post 5th straight decline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:11pm

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The Latest: Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:11pm

The Latest on sentencing of Alaska floating strip club owner in waste dumping case (all times local):

Lawmaker fires aide behind fake news site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging.

In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering Thursday, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act.

Streaming giants play hero and villain in Oscar season

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:01pm

When Oscar nominations are announced next week, Amazon is virtually assured of notching the first — but probably not the last — best-picture nomination for a streaming service.

Grain mixed, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:52pm

Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.