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  • Asbestos would be left behind knowingly only where it does not pose a risk of exposure to people, such as underground or sealed behind the walls of a house, EPA project manager Rebecca Thomas said. The EPA has spent $540 million since 1999 trying to address the deadly asbestos dust from a W.R. Grace& Co. vermiculite mine that operated outside Libby for decades.

  • But investors have pushed the shares of some of those restaurants- Shake Shack Inc, Zoe's Kitchen Inc and Habit Restaurants Inc- to sky-high levels that imply growth expectations that may prove hard for the management to deliver. Shake Shack- the big outperformer- is up 260 percent since it went public at the end of January. Based on the number of locations open at...

  • CHICAGO, May 5- The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 5- A growing share of Canadian oil-by-rail traffic is made up of tough-to-ignite undiluted heavy crude and raw bitumen, say industry executives, as companies scramble to cut expenditures with the price of crude down more than 40 percent since June. "The business is moving back to where it started, which is as a vehicle to move undiluted heavy...

  • Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo- based Fujifilm Holdings Corp, sued Motorola in 2012, accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth. The damages the jury ordered on Monday were lesser than the $40 million Fujifilm sought...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The tax credits the state is using to attract businesses to Camden could end up costing more than they bring in even if the companies fulfill their minimum obligations, an advocacy group warned. The study, to be published Tuesday and made available beforehand to The Associated Press, relies on data provided by the New Jersey Economic Development...

  • WASHINGTON, May 5- The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Solar energy received approximately $5.3 billion in federal support in...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska counties looking to expand livestock operations could receive extra funds for planning and improving infrastructure under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature. Senators voted 37-0 Monday on a measure by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala that would funnel $1.5 million to counties approved by the Nebraska director of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 4- Wholesale gasoline differentials in the Los Angeles market fell on Monday amid weak demand from refineries, traders said. May-delivery Los Angeles CARBOB gasoline traded twice for 39 cents and 34.5 cents a gallon over June RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday, down 13 cents from Friday's price. May-delivery EPA...

  • Seedings in the top corn state of Iowa jumped 54 points last week, rose 38 points in Illinois and 45 points in Minnesota. "Over one-half of Iowa's corn acreage was planted last week, the largest percentage planted during this week in over 20 years," the Iowa crop report said. "Farmers in central Iowa led the way with 80 percent of their corn crop planted."

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 4- Oil and natural gas producer EOG Resources Inc plans to begin fracking hundreds of wells in North Dakota and Texas later this year if oil prices stabilize around $65 per barrel, executives said on Monday after reporting a better-than-expected adjusted profit. Whiting Petroleum Corp said last week it would add drilling rigs to its...

  • First Capital Realty posts 1Q profit Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:48 PM ET

    Toronto _ First Capital Realty Inc. on Monday reported earnings of $36.3 million in its first quarter. First Capital Realty shares have risen 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: First Capital Realty, Earnings Report.

  • First Bancorp posts 1Q profit Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:39 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico _ First Bancorp on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $25.6 million. First Bancorp shares have increased almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: First Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • May 4- Morgan Stanley said on Monday it could lose more than $290 million from a lawsuit by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co over the quality of about $735 million of the Wall Street firm's mortgages. Deutsche Bank in April last year filed a complaint that alleged Morgan Stanley had falsely represented the quality of the loans, the U.S. bank said in a regulatory...

  • Vulcan reports 1Q loss Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:16 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Vulcan Materials Co. on Monday reported a first-quarter loss of $39.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 17 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $602.2 million.

  • InvenSense meets 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:09 PM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif. _ InvenSense Inc. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $399,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 12 cents per share. InvenSense shares have declined 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MacDonald Dettwiler beats 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    Richmond, British Columbia _ MacDonald Dettwiler& Associates Ltd. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $30.2 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.16 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $437.1 million.

  • May 4- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc, one of the largest U.S. kidney dialysis providers, said it agreed to pay $450 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of deliberately wasting medicines in order to receive higher Medicare payments. The lawsuit alleged that DaVita, whose largest shareholder is Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, used...

  • Murphy USA posts 1Q profit Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:57 PM ET

    EL DORADO, Ark. _ Murphy USA Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $22.9 million. Murphy USA shares have declined roughly 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Murphy USA, Earnings Report.

  • Nortek reports 1Q loss Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:45 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Nortek Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $13.9 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Providence, Rhode Island- based company said it had a loss of 87 cents. Nortek shares have increased almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.