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  • Murphy Oil sells 30 pct of Malaysia assets for $2B Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Energy exploration and production company Murphy Oil said Tuesday it will sell some of its oil and gas assets in Malaysia for $2 billion. Murphy Oil said the deal should close in the first quarter of 2015, but it will have an effective date of Jan. 1, 2014. Shares of Murphy Oil Corp. rose 53 cents to $57.53 in midday trading.

  • Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    Police found Beverly Carter's body early Tuesday, five days after she went to show the house in a rural area near Little Rock and never returned. Lewis, who was on parole for theft convictions, pleaded not guilty to the preliminary charges and remained in the Pulaski County jail Tuesday without bond.

  • Sept 29- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in a June highway accident, the retailer said on Monday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

  • Sept 29- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in a June highway accident, the retailer said on Monday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

  • Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— An attorney representing actor-comedian Tracy Morgan says it's "appalling" that Wal-Mart calls Morgan partly to blame for injuries he suffered in a New Jersey highway accident involving one of the company's trucks.

  • Wal-Mart adds Instagram co-founder to board Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is adding Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom to its board of directors. Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton said the move is in part to help expand the company's e-commerce offerings. Wal-Mart Stores shares fell 40 cents to $76.09 in morning trading as the overall market sagged.

  • Poll: Confused by issues of the day? Join the club Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Confused by the federal health care law? How about the debate over NSA surveillance? Karla Lynn of Lavaca, Arkansas, blames politicians who would rather snipe at each other than honestly explain the nation's problems in straightforward terms.

  • US rig count unchanged at 1,931 Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Wyoming gained three rigs, New Mexico increased by two and Alaska, Colorado and West Virginia each gained one.

  • Driver accused of abandoning chicken truck found Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A truck containing 37,000 pounds of now-rotten chicken may have sat in a western Montana truck stop for more than a month while its driver texted and called his employer demanding money, police said.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it at least three days earlier.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- Cynthia Quarterman, the federal regulator who oversaw expansion of the U.S. oil train sector and the fallout from several fiery derailments, will step down, two sources familiar with her intentions said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 23- The largest soda makers in the United States promised on Tuesday to cut the calories in soft drinks nationwide by 20 percent by 2025..

  • Groundbreaking held for new Arkansas steel mill Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    OSCEOLA, Ark.— Officials broke ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas that's being touted as a boon to the economically struggling Delta region and the largest single private investment in Arkansas' history.

  • Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    "I find it inspiring in a way— that tangible creativity you find in painting or performance," says the philanthropist and chairman of L Brands, the company behind Victoria's Secret, Limited and Henri Bendel.

  • Spending bill leaves out immigration courts Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border— even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.

  • Kristin Gazlay named AP's top stories director Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Kristin Gazlay, an editor who has held major leadership positions at The Associated Press over a career extending more than three decades, has been appointed the news service's director of top stories, Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes announced Thursday.

  • Brighter economy driving up holiday hiring plans Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.. One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season.

  • Cabin interior firm announces Arkansas facility Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    Beaudet Aviation said its new facility is adjacent to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and that it will supply Dassault Falcon Jet with completion work for its Falcon models. Beaudet Aviation is a subsidiary of JCB Aero.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Export-Import Bank is likely to have its charter renewed through mid-2015 this week, even though lawmakers in both parties said on Tuesday they see the extension as a second-best solution.