Poker players can expect soon to have no betting limits at the growing number of gaming tables in Merced, which should allow local card rooms to better compete with regional casinos, according to card room owners.
Continued job gains in manufacturing pushed Merced County’s unemployment rate down 1 percent in March compared with the same time last year, according to job market analysts. March tallied an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent in Merced County, which is the lowest for this time of year since 2007, the Employment Development Department said Friday. The county added 1,200 manufacturing and 900 government jobs in that time.
A private Polish company said it has ended its contracts with two well-known state-owned stud farms after managers were replaced by the government, highlighting the turmoil surrounding the farms that feature Arabian and other horses.
The Treasury Department has placed five countries — China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan — on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States.
President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hired a former criminal prosecutor to review his upstate economic development initiatives after learning federal investigators are examining potential conflicts of interest and improper bidding.
The jailed founder of a Montana club for the ultrarich said he won't answer a judge's demands to reveal what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars in assets he drained from the resort prior to its bankruptcy.
A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.
Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .
Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.
Raiders owner Mark Davis pledged this week to relocate his NFL team from Oakland to Las Vegas if a proposed $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is built, but a move is far from a done deal. Here are some hurdles the proposal would have to cross before becoming reality.
Yosemite National Park attracts about 4 million visitors every year, and those visitors arrive with money to spend. Yosemite is an important economic engine to nearby communities in its "gateway" region within 60 miles of the park. The National Park Service estimates Yosemite generated about $380 million in direct visitor spending at businesses inside and outside the park in 2012, the most recent year for which figures were available (in June 2014). CREDIT: Tim Sheehan / FRESNO BEE
How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy