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  • WASHINGTON— More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as...

  • Daniel Eugene Traeger, who worked in Alabama, sold the confidential information for more than four years, from 2009 to 2014, authorities said. Representatives from Verizon Wireless didn't immediately return phone messages Monday requesting comment on how widespread the breach may have been. "Between April 2009 and January 2014, the defendant was paid more...

  • ATLANTA— The Centers for Disease Control says a multistate outbreak of E.coli has sickened seven people, sending five to the hospital. They're from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The CDC says five people who were interviewed said they'd eaten ground beef in the week before getting sick and that tests conducted in Connecticut on...

  • ATLANTA _ Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $170.5 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share. Coca-Cola Enterprises shares have dropped 18 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6.5...

  • MULBERRY, Fla.— A federal lawsuit was filed late Thursday by three central Florida residents who live near a fertilizer plant where more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water. The lawsuit, filed by the Florida law firm of Morgan and Morgan and by Weitz& Luxenberg of New York,...

  • CLE ELUM, Wash.— A Dora the Explorer-themed banner, paper plates full of fruit and a bevy of troll dolls make up the decorations at a special birthday party in Washington state. It's a festive occasion but underlines a painful past: Foxie was born in a Texas laboratory and was used for hepatitis experiments, which included frequent liver biopsies.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- Colonial Pipeline Co said its main gasoline line, Line 1, was safely restarted and returned to service on Wednesday after its biggest leak in nearly two decades squeezed supply and led to increased prices at the pump in the Southeast United States. The damaged section of the 1.3 million-barrel-a-day line that connects the refining hub of the...

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Blue Bell Creameries recalled select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria, the Brenham, Texas- based company announced Wednesday. Blue Bell said it was recalling half gallons and pints of Blue...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- Drivers from Tennessee and Georgia to New Jersey may soon breathe a collective sigh of relief as service is restored on Colonial Pipeline, cutting gasoline prices that have surged following a leak on the key line. Still, the 12- day disruption on Colonial, the main artery that flows about 1.3 million barrels per day of fuel from the refining hub on...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- Colonial Pipeline Co said it expects a full restart of its gasoline line by Wednesday evening after its biggest leak in nearly two decades squeezed supply and led to increased prices at the pump in southeast United States. The damaged section of the 1.3 million-barrel-a-day line that connects the refining hub of the Gulf Coast to the East Coast...

  • The pipeline section that failed, built in 1963, runs from Mississippi to Atlanta. The shutdown of the pipeline led to dry pumps at gas stations in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas despite executive orders by governors across the South to suspend limits on trucking hours. Gas prices rose nearly 27 cents over the past week to average $2.36 in Georgia.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A businessman accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working in the United Arab Emirates could face extradition to the Gulf nation after being detained in neighboring Saudi Arabia. Khater Massaad at one point ran the sovereign wealth fund of the small Emirati sheikhdom of Ras al-Khaimah and had ties to the man who is now the...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- The U.S. government approved a Wednesday restart for Colonial Pipeline Co's main gasoline pipeline, authorities said on Tuesday, after the line's biggest leak in nearly two decades caused supply shortages that pushed pump prices higher. The largest gasoline conduit in the United States was partially shut down after a leak was discovered on...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- The U.S. government gave verbal approval for Colonial Pipeline Co to restart its main gasoline line on Wednesday, a federal official said, after the biggest leak on the line in nearly two decades caused supply shortages and pushed pump prices higher. The largest gasoline conduit in the United States was partially shut down after a leak was...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- The U.S. government gave verbal approval for Colonial Pipeline Co to restart its main gasoline line on Wednesday, a federal official said, after the biggest leak on the line in nearly two decades caused supply shortages and pushed pump prices higher. The largest gasoline conduit in the United States was partially shut down after a leak was...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Colonial Pipeline Co said on Tuesday it expects to restart its main gasoline line on Wednesday after its biggest leak in nearly two decades led to long lines and a surge in prices at the pump in the southeast United States. The leak, discovered by a mining inspector who detected a gasoline odor in Helena, Alabama on Sept. 9, released about 6,000 to...

  • LAS VEGAS— Officials from 21 states sued the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay, slamming the measure as inappropriate federal overreach by the Obama Administration. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a Republican, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in...

  • Prosecutors say Normil was a letter carrier in Cape May Court House and picked up and dropped off mail at the Stone Harbor post office. Normil admitted taking the money orders and giving them to other conspirators who made them look legitimate and imprinted them with dollar values of $900 or $1,000. They then deposited them into bank accounts or cashed them at...

  • "Once again, President Obama is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. Plaintiffs in Tuesday's lawsuit include the states of Texas, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio, among others. Last week, in response to reports that a lawsuit challenging the rule was imminent, Labor Department official David...

  • The lawsuit filed in federal court in Sherman, Texas says under the rule, which is set to take effect Dec. 1, many state employees would become eligible for overtime pay even though they perform management duties that should make them exempt. The lawsuit was spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterpart in Nevada, Adam Laxalt.