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2 Utah ski resorts owned by Vail to be known as 'Park City'

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:51pm

Two neighboring Utah ski resorts owned by Vail Resorts and being combined into one mega resort will be known simply by the name of the mountain city where it is located: "Park City."

Stocks end higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:12pm

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the market higher.

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US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

Joan Lowy and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:01pm

Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of 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 - 5:51pm

A shipping company will pay more than $15 million to the state of Hawaii for a 2013 molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor.

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.

Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

By Audrey BYAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:31pm

Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui are demonstrating against the proposed pact.

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.

Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:10pm

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.

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.

Standard & Poor's boosts Detroit's rating on revenue bonds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:11pm

Standard & Poor's has boosted Detroit's rating on eight- to 15-year bonds the city plans to sell to improve public services.

Astoria summer school helps children of migrant workers

Edward Stratton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01pm

Araceny Borja, 11, sat in a classroom at Astoria Middle School Thursday, only two months after she and her mother moved to the North Coast from Mexico for what she called "a better life."