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  • MAHANOY CITY, Pa.— When coal was king, its castle was the breaker— an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and homes up and down the East Coast. The old breaker is about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia in a region that holds nearly all of the nation's anthracite, a pure grade of...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Allison Armor loves fashion, but doesn't need to keep it in her closet. Armor, a marketing manager for a nonprofit in Oakland, California, has picked up skirts and shirts, Oxford shoes for $30, a J.Crew trench coat for $40 and a Dooney& Bourke satchel for $150, less than half its retail price. About 85 percent of people aged 18 to 34 own them, according to...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions. Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in...

  • From Boston to Miami, New York to Los Angeles, more than half of tenants are paying what experts consider unaffordable rents, says a report by New York University's Furman Center, which studies real estate and urban policy, and bank Capital One, which is a leading affordable-housing lender and financed the research. The study analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from...

  • WASHINGTON— If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. The rule applies to virtually all insecticides, more than 1,000 products involving 76 different chemical compounds, said Jim Jones, EPA's assistant administrator...

  • Key numbers from a report to Congress on US education Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment in public schools is up, including in charter schools that have grown in popularity.

  • Periscope, media companies talking about anti-piracy tech Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    CBS CEO Les Moonves, speaking at the Re/code conference on Wednesday, said Twitter and Periscope need to respond to media companies' concerns. "It would be really nice if our friends in the Valley would quit hiding behind the idea that they don't have to engage in the protection of intellectual property," ESPN President John Skipper said last week when asked about...

  • US, Chinese authors protest major book fair, censorship Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest a major U.S. book fair's focus on China that they say ignores the country's glaring problems of censorship and intimidation. Jonathan Franzen, Xiaolu Guo, Andrew Solomon, Ha Jin and others stood outside the main New York Public Library to demand that China free Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo...

  • GOLETA, California— Two federal agencies issued an order Wednesday to ensure that Plains All American Pipeline finishes the cleanup of what they call the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard issued the joint Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude on land, at the...

  • Jawbone files lawsuit against rival Fitbit Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— In a clash of rival makers of fitness trackers, Jawbone is suing Fitbit and a group of employees who quit Jawbone to work for Fitbit, saying they stole trade secrets, business plans, market research, and other information. Jawbone's lawsuit names Fitbit Inc. and five former Jawbone employees, and says it believes 10 other employees were also involved.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Charter Communications Inc executives are exploring whether to launch an online video service as part of its combination with larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc, in what would be an unprecedented move in the cable industry. Internet and cable company after Comcast Corp. Charter's top shareholder John Malone, a cable industry pioneer, is on...

  • Alaska governor tours Shell oil rig in Seattle Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7:14 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle's waterfront then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington's position on future Arctic drilling will hurt the economy of Alaska. After the tour of the rig, Walker said he was impressed by crew members and redundant safety features aboard the...

  • SkyWest flight diverts to Boise for medical emergency Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:59 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— A SkyWest Airlines flight from Eugene, Oregon, to Denver has suffered damage after it diverted to Boise, Idaho, because of a medical issue and made a hard landing. Briggs says there were still passengers waiting for a plane to Denver at 3 p.m. after originally landing in Boise at 7:30 a.m.. Briggs didn't know how many passengers were originally on the...

  • May 27- As General Electric Co seeks to unload most of its finance assets, it is prioritizing the sale of businesses that provide lending to U.S. and European private equity firms, and to healthcare-related businesses, GE Capital's top executive said on Wednesday. We have to get those done quickly, " Keith Sherin, chief executive of GE Capital, told an investor...

  • Copart misses Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    DALLAS _ Copart Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $57.6 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. Copart shares have decreased 2.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors Co of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the plaintiffs in those cases appeal an earlier ruling that found their cases were barred. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber's April 15 ruling that the company was shielded from those claims by the terms of...

  • Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great growth, participants in a major gambling conference agreed Wednesday. Three states currently offer Internet gambling:...

  • ABOARD THE USS WASP, May 27- Nearly two weeks of testing of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35B fighter jet on an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said this week, marking another step toward the jet's readiness for initial combat use by the Marine Corps. Six F-35 B-model jets, which can take...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 27- Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being accused by rival Jawbone of attempting to steal core confidential data about Jawbone's business, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges Fitbit engaged in a clandestine effort to steal talent, trade secrets and...

  • US high court: California county drug disposal law stands Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere. The court refused to hear the pharmaceutical industry's challenge to an Alameda County program that requires drug companies to pay for the disposal of unused medicines. The law was passed to prevent unused...