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  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.

  • LONDON, May 22- U.S. Steel Corp said it is close to filing several anti-dumping complaints with U.S. authorities, adding it is still having to consider idling more plants because of difficult market conditions. The Pittsburgh- based company has idled plants in Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and Arkansas this year. It's no longer a matter of if we're going to...

  • Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana in the early hours of Friday, though no injuries were reported, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Fire-fighting crews worked to contain the fire on Friday near Breton Island, 50 miles offshore New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. It was unclear what caused the incident or how much oil leaked into the ocean, but the Coast Guard said it has...

  • Hibbett misses Street 1Q forecasts Friday, 22 May 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Hibbett Sports Inc. on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $27.4 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.14 per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $274.1 million.

  • WASHINGTON— Republican senators advanced legislation Thursday that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis. But it received no support from Democrats, making its chances of Senate passage slim. Now tables have been turned by last November's...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The largest overhaul of U.S. financial industry reform since the 2008 crisis hit a roadblock on Thursday, as a regulation relief bill passed a Senate committee with zero Democrats in support. Wall Street dodged a tough provision as Republican Senator David Vitter withdrew his amendments, the most significant being a minimum 10 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The Senate Banking Committee passed a bill on Thursday that proposes changes to the Federal Reserve and seeks regulatory relief for small to medium-sized banks, though with no Democrats on board, the legislation faces slim chances of success. With a majority on the committee, Republicans cleared the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • TAMPA, Fla., May 20- A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure. Millions of barrels of crude oil spewed into Gulf waters, and a dolphin die-off was subsequently seen...

  • Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study involved federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "No feasible alternative causes remain that can reasonably explain the...

  • In its annual report to Congress, the Financial Stability Oversight Council said recent cyberattacks have heightened concerns about the potential of even more destructive attacks that could significantly disrupt the workings of the financial system. It is chaired by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and includes representatives from other government...

  • CEDAR FALLS, Iowa— Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply criticized Republican efforts to revamp a 2010 financial regulation law as "cynical attempt to game the system for those at the top." But she continued to avoid taking a position on an Asia-Pacific trade pact that has divided fellow Democrats. Financial disclosures released by the campaign last week showed that...

  • DETROIT, May 19- Aston Martin will decide whether add production at another plant by the end of the year and it would likely be in the United States, the British luxury sports car maker's chief executive told Automotive News. CEO Andy Palmer told the industry publication on Tuesday that the U.S. state of Alabama is the "obvious choice" for a new plant to build the...

  • HOUSTON— Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products, the Texas company announced Friday. The 108- year-old company's production plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama have been closed since Blue Bell issued a full...

  • HOUSTON— Blue Bell Creameries signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. "State and federal regulatory agencies play an important role in food safety, and we hope that it will be reassuring to our...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- President Barack Obama addressed U.S. struggles with class and race in personal terms on Tuesday and renewed his call to close tax loopholes enjoyed by wealthy hedge fund managers as a way to reduce poverty among Americans. With police shootings of unarmed black men in the news and roughly a year and a half left in the White House to shape his...

  • Senate Banking Committee chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama published long-awaited details of the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, listing proposals that would lighten compliance burdens for small financial firms and enforce more transparency at the central bank and the financial stability council. But the committee's top Democrat,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- A draft Republican bill in the U.S. Senate takes aim at bank rules and insurance regulations, also limiting restrictions on mortgage requirements and proposes restructuring the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators. The 216- page, eight section report released on Tuesday was crafted by the staff of Senator Richard Shelby of...