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Air New Zealand blames profit dip on engine issues, fuel

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:42pm

New Zealand's national carrier said Thursday that increased fuel costs and engine problems were the main reasons why its annual profit dropped by more than 30%.

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

Mike Blood and Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:39pm

The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market.

Authorities investigate Dallas postal customer's racist rant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:27pm

Dallas police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are investigating a customer's racist rant against an employee at a post office.

23 accused in broad Aryan Warriors supremacist case in Vegas

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:42pm

Nineteen men and four women are charged in Las Vegas with being part of a white supremacist gang with ties to state prison and street crimes, including murder, drug trafficking and identity theft, according to documents unsealed Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico oil, gas lease bidding down from last 2 sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:05pm

Oil and gas companies made $159.4 million in high bids Wednesday for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, down from sales in March and a year ago.

Target and Lowe's rise while Cree and Alcon fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:36pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:

Film on factory is first Netflix project endorsed by Obamas

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:33pm

A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service's first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama's new production company.

Utah governor talks Trump, gun control ahead of Pence visit

Morgan Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:11pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for increased discussions about mental health and violent video games in response to recent mass shootings.

Union Pacific worker dies in Texas, pinned between 2 tankers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:56pm

Investigators say a Union Pacific worker has died after being pinned between two railway tanker cars in Southeast Texas.

Spill revelation raises questions about North Dakota system

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:45pm

The North Dakota Health Department's acknowledgment this week that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas is hundreds of thousands of gallons larger than reported raises questions about how many other spills and leaks are underreported — and state officials were not immediately able to answer Wednesday.

The Latest: EPA not commenting on Hudson River lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:33pm

The Latest on a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over Hudson River cleanup (all times local):

Retailers' results show sharp divide between losers, winners

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:13pm

The divide between retail winners and losers is widening.

Iceland's leader won't be around to welcome Pence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:59pm

Iceland's leader has announced she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep a prior commitment to attend a trade union conference in Sweden.

Venezuelan vice-president in Moscow to discuss stronger ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:43pm

Russia's foreign minister has held talks with visiting Venezuelan vice president on ways to expand economic, military and other ties between the two nations.

JetBlue addition to Pepsi sign leaves bad taste for some

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:24pm

A landmark Pepsi sign along New York City's East River will also promote JetBlue for the next six weeks, and critics are finding it hard to swallow.

Cost of spherical Vegas Strip venue put at $1.2 billion-plus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:09pm

Company and project officials are estimating the costs of a spherical entertainment venue under construction on the Las Vegas Strip at between $1.2 billion and $1.7 billion.

Fed officials widely divided on rates at July meeting

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:03pm

Federal Reserve officials were widely divided at their meeting last month when they decided to cut rates for the first time in a decade, with some arguing for a bigger rate cut while others insisted the Fed should not cut rates at all.

Fed minutes: Panel widely divided on interest rates at July meeting, with two officials pushing for bigger cut

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:01pm

Fed minutes: Panel widely divided on interest rates at July meeting, with two officials pushing for bigger cut.

FAA cites risk in damaging sensors linked to Boeing crashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:57am

Federal safety officials are warning people who work on airplanes to avoid damaging the kind of sensors that misfired before crashes involving two Boeing 737 Max jets.

Ryanair wins 1, loses 1, in court cases to stop strikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:36am

Ryanair has lost a High Court bid in London to block strikes by its U.K. pilots but succeed in court action against Irish pilots.