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  • Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either. Even some lawmakers say they never heard of the Export-Import Bank before becoming members of Congress.

  • Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    Under a schedule outlined by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., the Senate would take up that bill Tuesday. But senators who say the House bill uses budgetary gimmicks to pay for roads and bridges or who want to force Congress to act before the end of the year on a long-term plan to pay for transportation programs are expected to offer amendments.

  • $1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:57 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A $1,000- per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health.

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

  • July 28- Darden Restaurants Inc's food fight with activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP entered a new phase on Monday, when the company said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- FedEx Corp has hired some of the hard-hitting attorneys who represented home run slugger Barry Bonds to defend against criminal allegations that FedEx knowingly shipped packages from illegal online pharmacies. Cristina Arguedas and Allen Ruby were retained by FedEx last week, according to court records.

  • July 28- Darden Restaurants Inc said on Monday that Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.

  • July 28 (Reuters)- Darden Restaurants Inc said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.

  • 'Lucy' smacks down 'Hercules' in box office bout Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    2. "Hercules," MGM/ Paramount, $29,800,263, 3,595 locations, $8,289 average, $29,800,263, 1 week. 6. "Sex Tape," Sony, $6,052,050, 3,062 locations, $1,977 average, $26,953,582, 2 weeks. 7. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," Paramount, $4,702,553, 2,476 locations, $1,899 average, $236,455,028, 5 weeks.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

  • Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in San Francisco said a final decision didn't come easily and required flexibility. The final rule comes five years after the EPA gave notice that it was considering pollution controls for the plant.

  • City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas& Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, according to a trove of emails released Monday.

  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives.

  • Analysts, who were surprised by the decision, said the issues cited by the FDA were "rather mild" and expected Zalviso to eventually receive approval. The FDA in its complete response letter sought more data to ensure proper use of the device but did not ask for additional human clinical trials.

  • July 28- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, said on Monday it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to bigger global rival JBS SA's Pilgrim's Pride for $575 million.

  • 'Crazy Eyes' actress Uzo Aduba is crazy about fans Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— "Orange Is the New Black" actress Uzo Aduba is flooded with marriage proposals these days. "People on the street, people on Twitter ask,' Can I be your prison wife? Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix Inc. original series about a women's prison.

  • Italy opens theme park in tribute to film industry Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    ROME— A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome- based Cinecitta Studios— still in operation— were known as " Hollywood on the Tiber."

  • July 28- Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc plunged nearly 28 percent in premarket trading, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected its pain drug device, Zalviso, late on Friday. AcelRx said it would resubmit its marketing application for Zalviso by the end of the year, pending further discussions with the FDA.

  • Virgin America files plans for IPO Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street. Virgin America Inc., which operates out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, flies to 22 airports in the United States and Mexico and has a fleet of 53 planes. Virgin America carried 6.3 million passengers last year, less than one percent of the total passengers that flew on U.S. airlines.

  • Branson, whose investment in the airline is restricted by U.S. foreign investment rules, owns a 22 percent stake in Virgin America through the Virgin Group and a hedge fund.