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  • Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57B Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Independent power producer Calpine said Friday will sell six power plants in the Southeast to LS Power for $1.57 billion.

  • Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:21 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February.

  • Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business. The Walmart -2- Walmart service is being rolled out in partnership with Ria Money Transfer, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc..

  • President defending health law good for some Dems Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama noted that health insurance enrollments under the new law are higher than expected, and costs are lower.

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. And the Congressional Budget Office— the government's fiscal scorekeeper— said it expects only a minimal increase in customers' costs for 2015. Over the next decade, CBO said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated.

  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    But Congress will have to act fast. Foxx's warnings this week echo ones by President Barack Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer's end then "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."

  • Aw, geez, 'Fargo' is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the TV adaptation is a wonder.

  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use. The political world likely will be focused on Florida in November for clues about the turnout potential among young voters of pot on the ballot.

  • Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare' Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare." An independent group in Alaska is airing a TV ad that praises Democratic Sen.

  • *Appeals court says case did not belong in New Jersey. *Diane Sawyer, Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel were victims. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the prosecution of Andrew Auernheimer did not belong in New Jersey, hundreds of miles from his alleged crimes, and as a result, his November 2012 conviction and 41- month prison sentence could not stand.

  • Court reverses conviction of man in iPad data case Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time, should not have been indicted in New Jersey, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found.

  • US rig count up 13 to 1,831 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 this week to 1,831.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

  • *American Express, Citigroup, Discover prevail. NEW YORK, April 10- Consumers suffered a setback on Thursday as three big credit card issuers won the dismissal of U.S. lawsuits accusing them of colluding to require that disputes be settled in arbitration rather than class action lawsuits.

  • UPDATE 2-Big credit card issuers defeat collusion lawsuit Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    *American Express, Citigroup, Discover prevail. NEW YORK, April 10- Consumers suffered a setback on Thursday as three big credit card issuers won the dismissal of U.S. lawsuits accusing them of colluding to require that disputes be settled in arbitration rather than class action lawsuits.

  • Dems to Obama: Get off the dime on Keystone! Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    President Barack Obama at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Eleven Democratic senators urged Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone.

  • Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on NSA Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    WEST POINT, N.Y.— If MacArthur or Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. The academies for Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine compete, and the one that does the best job fending off the barrage of cyberattacks is declared the winner.

  • Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is unveiling nearly 100 pantry items under the Wild Oats label over the next several months, adding to the 1,600 organic food items it already carries.

  • Barge capsizes on Mississippi River; 2 missing Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    The Coast Guard closed part of the river where it was searching for the two people, whose names hadn't been released. The barge overturned and sank at a terminal on the Arkansas side of the river near Blytheville, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt.

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