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  • Details of the debate in US states on oil drilling, fracking

    Clashes are growing between cities and states across America over oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the practice of high pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and…

  • Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by…

  • Monmouth Park close to breaking even fiscally

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Three years after taking over Monmouth Park, the operators of the New Jersey shore thoroughbred racetrack believe the facility either will break even this year or make a profit. Speaking at…

  • In online era, chefs face scorn, raves of the amateur critic

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The online reviews had filtered in, and they weren’t good: The restaurant Mark Cammarano had invested nearly all of his mother’s retirement money in got just two stars. So the FYI…

  • Panera CEO on push to banish artificial ingredients

    NEW YORK (AP) — Panera Bread is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding fuel to the debate over whether that improves food quality or is just a marketing tool. By…

  • Tips for visiting Milan Expo, from dining to weather

    MILAN (AP) — The theme of this year’s Milan Expo 2015 world’s fair is food, and global fare is a big draw. Many of Expo’s foreign visitors will be looking to sample Italian food and…

  • Association says Va. 1Q home sales up 6.3 percent from 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Association of REALTORS says home sales in the state increased by 6.3 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2014. The association also says the…

  • Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country’s woes

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos’ small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends. His drink of choice was always imported whiskey. But…

  • VW CEO vows progress on costs after leadership struggle

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen’s CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability. Martin Winterkorn said the company’s new…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Australian stocks rise as investors await central bank HONG KONG (AP) — Stock markets in Japan and South Korea were shut for holidays and most other Asian stocks were mixed while Australian stocks…

  • Montgomery County to consider tax on electronic cigarettes

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The Montgomery County Council is considering a tax on electronic cigarettes. The council has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday night in Rockville. Currently, tobacco cigarettes are taxed at $2 a pack.…

  • Riviera casino closes doors after 60 years on Vegas Strip

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — If the ghosts of Frank Sinatra and Liberace were still hanging around the Riviera Hotel and Casino on Monday morning, they wouldn’t have found a seat at the bar. Crowds squeezed…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ McDonald’s challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale. CEO Steve…

  • Al-Jazeera America loses top executive

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Al-Jazeera America news network, sued by a former employee who said he was fired for complaining about a colleague’s anti-Semitic and sexist behavior, is losing one of its top U.S.…

  • Furmanite and Rite Aid are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Furmanite Corp., up $1.44 to $8.67 The industrial and refinery-services company…