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Park City, Canyons resorts to be merged into largest ski area in US

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:56pm

As they merge two iconic resorts into the largest ski area in the country, Park City Mountain Resort owners are relying on a familiar look and feel to convince skiers there is only one place they want to be this winter.

Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:51pm

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.

Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

By Audrey BYAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:11pm

Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday.

US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

Joan Lowy, Lori Hinnant and Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:02pm

Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Matson settles Hawaii's claims over molasses spill for $15M

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 8:21pm

A major shipping company has agreed to pay more than $15 million to compensate for a 2013 molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii's attorney general said Wednesday.

Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:01pm

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones.

Coast Guard says California oil slick will vanish on its own

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:50pm

A 2-mile-long oil slick mysteriously materialized off the Southern California coast on Wednesday, but unlike a disastrous spill in the same area two months ago it didn't send any damaging crude ashore and was expected to dissipate on its own.

2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:20pm

Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque.

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:40pm

Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system.

Auditors: UConn loan deal could cost state $77 million

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:31pm

The University of Connecticut may have cost the state just under $77 million in unnecessary interest payments by entering into a loan deal to pay for the new ambulatory care center at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, according to state auditors.

Wynn Resorts profit drops 72 percent in 2nd quarter

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:31pm

Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s profit fell 72 percent in the second quarter, stymied by an on-going decline in the Asian gambling enclave of Macau and fewer high-roller Chinese baccarat players in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:31pm

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.

Idaho Racing Commission delays breeder distribution decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:10pm

Idaho horse breeders could end up empty-handed due to a dispute about how the money collected from lucrative betting machines should be distributed.

Connecticut hoping to stave off possible nursing home strike

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:41pm

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration has been working in recent weeks to come up with a new state funding arrangement that could help fend off possible strikes at unionized nursing homes across the state.

FTC investigating online college University of Phoenix

Anne Flaherty, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:20pm

The University of Phoenix, which runs an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group told shareholders Wednesday.

House votes to provide money for highways, transit

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:52pm

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.

Virginia trucker wins $92M prize from Pennsylvania Lottery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:51pm

A truck driver who purchased a Mega Millions ticket at a truck stop claimed his $92 million prize Wednesday at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters.

IRS: College tax status not at risk over gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:31pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says religious colleges that don't accept gay marriage aren't at immediate risk of losing their tax-exempt status.

Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:31pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation's borrowing limit.