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Midwife Donna Young has called for an investigation into why babies are dying in the oil-drilling boomtown of Vernal, Utah. Young is standing in Rock Point Cemetery near the grave of one of the 13 babies who died in 2013 in the city.
Utah oil town turns against midwife who asked about infant deaths
Jan. 16, 2015
Questions a midwife posed after the deaths of 13 babies in 2013 in Vernal, Utah, have unleashed angry and bitter feelings in this desert town of 35,000, where half the annual budget comes from oil and natural gas exploration. Even mothers of the deceased babies publicly insisted oil drilling wasn’t …
In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, Ashley Green trims a marijuana flower at the Pioneer Nuggets marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash.
Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state
Jan. 15, 2015
Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped ...
A Southwest Airlines jet takes flight in this undated file photo.
U.S. fines Southwest record $1.6 million for long flight delays
Jan. 15, 2015
Southwest Airlines is being fined $1.6 million for not letting passengers get off planes that were stuck on the ground for hours during a freezing winter storm in Chicago. The storm hit during an increase in employees calling in sick, which the airline has said was widely seen as a protest against stalled contract negotiations. It is a record fine for ...
In this March 5, 2013, photo, a Canadian flag flies on the car of a customer's car parked in front of a Target store in Guelph, Ontario. On Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, Target said it plans to exit Canada, citing the company didn't foresee operations being profitable there until at least 2021.
Target to shut all 133 Canada stores to stem massive losses
Jan. 15, 2015
Target is giving up on Canada. More than 17,600 employees will eventually lose their jobs when the U.S. discount retailer closes its 133 Canadian stores after only about two years to cut losses that went as high as a billion dollars a year. The company didn't see how to ...
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval delivers the State of the State address at the Legislature in Carson City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
State of the State preview: Look for big announcement and lots of tax talk
Jan. 15, 2015
Normally a mix of legislative pageantry and policy talk, Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State address tonight is expected to provide breaking news about an economic development deal rumored to be ...
A view of the Showcase Mall on Las Vegas Boulevard, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.
For $140 million, another portion of mall on Las Vegas Strip changes hands
Jan. 15, 2015
Less than a year after buying most of Showcase Mall, a group of New Yorkers has apparently bought another chunk of the Strip retail hub for big dollars. Jordache jeans founders the Nakash family, real estate investor Eli Gindi and home-curtains manufacturer Elyahu Cohen have teamed up, property records indicate, to buy ...
Pat Skorkowsky, Clark County School District superintendent, attends an editorial board meeting at the Las Vegas Sun Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014.
CCSD officials, business execs seek best practices in how schools spend
Jan. 14, 2015
Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced Wednesday that he and district officials have been poring over mountains of spending and academic data with local business leaders to ...
In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment division to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday
Jan. 14, 2015
Lawyers for the operating division of Caesars Entertainment say the company will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Northern District of Illinois on Thursday. The move is intended to ...
Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street
Jan. 14, 2015
The House has passed a bill to soften the landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, advancing a key Republican priority more than six years after the financial crisis struck and brought on the Great Recession. The vote Wednesday was 271-154 on the legislation pushed by the newly bulked-up Republican majority in the House. Approval of the bill came ...
An aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
What does terrorism insurance program mean for Las Vegas? Quite a lot
Jan. 14, 2015
In its first week back, there was one thing virtually all of Congress could agree on: Las Vegas casinos and other large commercial businesses should be protected financially from a major terrorist attack. A bill to restart a federal program helping to do just that passed the new Republican Congress last week and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The legislation renews a 2002 federal program that ...
A view of the UNLV campus Oct. 23, 2013.
Three take-aways from UNLV’s STEM summit
Jan. 13, 2015
Science, technology, engineering and math. They’re not exactly words that inspire raucous excitement, but with a shortage of qualified workers ...
A 7.5-ounce can of Coca-Cola is shown next to a 12-ounce can for comparison Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants, Coke and Pepsi, are increasingly pushing smaller cans and bottles.
Tiny Cokes: Less guilt means more money for makers
Jan. 13, 2015
The focus on pushing smaller packages signals a shift from the past couple of decades, when beverage makers measured success by the sheer volume of soda they sold. Yet soda consumption has declined persistently ...
Allegiant Air pilots picket in front of the Allegiant Air headquarters in Summerlin Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pilots, represented by the Teamsters union, have been in contract negations with the company for two years, a union representative said.
‘Incredibly upset’ Allegiant pilots picket for higher pay
Jan. 13, 2015
Dozens of pilots picketed outside of Allegiant Air's corporate headquarters and McCarran International Airport this afternoon as the Teamsters union and the company failed to meet today for ...
McCarran International Airport is seen Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.
Las Vegas’ McCarran tops list of buzzworthy U.S. airports
Jan. 13, 2015
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except when travelers are stuck at the airport. According to a new report from the media tracking company Zignal Labs, McCarran Airport was the most mentioned airport on online media during ...
Nevada gas prices down nearly $1 a gallon from a year ago
Jan. 13, 2015
Gas prices in Nevada have taken a 53-cent dive in the last month, with the average price for a gallon of unleaded at $2.33 since the last AAA Nevada gas survey on ...

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