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  • Atlantic City eager for 2015 after its worst year Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Few people are more eager to see the clock strike midnight on Dec. 31 than Atlantic City casino executives and the thousands of workers who still have jobs there. Several major developments are expected in 2015 that will help shape Atlantic City's future, including the outcome of state efforts to help the struggling resort town, a decision on...

  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar. The plane was in the safest part of flight: Just 10 percent of fatal crashes from 2004 through 2013 occurred while a plane was at cruise elevation, according to a safety study published by Boeing in August.

  • New Jersey officials pleading for Mercedes to stay Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz hasn't even publicly said it's considering moving its U.S. headquarters out of New Jersey, but some state officials are so concerned about the possibility they're campaigning publicly to try to keep the company and its 1,000 jobs where they are. The possibility of Mercedes-Benz USA, the U.S. marketing and...

  • US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    HAVANA— A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic...

  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp.. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender...

  • PANAMA CITY, Dec 26- The consortium working on the extensive Panama Canal expansion has submitted two new claims for cost overruns of almost $740 million, the canal administrator said on Friday. A dispute between the canal and the consortium over cost overruns temporarily halted work on the expansion earlier this year and arguments over the project are now...

  • Things to know about the enduring Airstream Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    The western Ohio plant that builds Airstream travel-trailers is seeing such hot demand that there's a three-month backlog on orders, and ground has been broken on a major expansion that will increase production capacity. An annual camping event at the Ohio factory sponsored by Airstream Life magazine draws 120 to 150 units. The first stop for Apollo 11...

  • Potential Revel casino buyer wants discount Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The Florida developer in line to purchase the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says in court filings that the auction for the property wasn't run fairly and he wants an $8 million discount. Lawyers for Glenn Straub said in a court filing Wednesday that the property should be sold for $87 million, not the $95.4 million runner-up bid his...

  • At 101, dedicated union rep is calling it quits Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At 101, Charlie Ponti has finally decided to retire for good— probably. On Dec. 31, he will officially finish up a 77- year stint with the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, where he started as a business representative and organizer and ended as the president of the local's retirees association. The Rutherford, New Jersey,...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Grant seeks to expand indoor farming in state Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    A New Haven- based technology company, Agrivolution LLC, has received a $73,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with Connecticut farmers and determine the feasibility of year-round, indoor production. Richard Fu, who began Agrivolution while a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, plans to use that money to research whether...

  • Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. "Social media has put pets front and center," said Christie Keith, social media consultant for Maddie's Fund, a California- based foundation that works to save pets' lives.

  • Florida truck driver crushed by storage pod dies Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    CLAY, N.Y.— Authorities say a Florida truck driver has died from injuries suffered when she was crushed by a 5- ton storage pod at an upstate New York facility. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says 38- year-old Alicia Henderson of Casselberry, Florida, died Tuesday at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The sheriff's office and the federal Occupation...

  • Air bag maker Takata shuffles top management Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 5:17 AM ET

    TOKYO— Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of air bags at the center of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis. Takata's president Stefan Stocker is moving aside to let its chairman, Shigehisa Takada, take over, the company said in a statement.

  • Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    Phil Bryant said at a Wednesday news conference in Columbia, about 80 miles southeast of the state capital of Jackson. Bryant, who toured the stricken area by helicopter and by vehicle before the news conference, said state emergency officials believe the destruction was caused by a tornado, although the National Weather Service in Jackson has not confirmed...

  • Officials cite progress on health care enrollment Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a good start but has a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday. The numbers don't include states running their own insurance exchanges, including California and New York. At her year-end news conference, Burwell dodged questions about a...

  • US-Cuba: New life for Cuba's classic cars? Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    HAVANA— Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. One of the measures announced by Obama last week would allow U.S. exports to Cuba's small class of private business owners, which includes thousands of mechanics and taxi drivers who...

  • Hertz announces price increases, shares jump Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    NAPLES, Fla.— Shares in Hertz jumped Tuesday after the company said it is raising prices for its car rentals. The Florida- based company said that the price increase applies to all Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car rentals schedule for pickup after Jan. 1. The decision comes as Hertz is pursuing cost reductions, which it expects will save $100 million annually.

  • South Dakota expected to set holiday travel record Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Low gas prices and the steadily improving economy should encourage a record number of South Dakota travelers to hit the roads over the holidays, despite the chance of bad weather. About 260,000 residents will get behind the wheel and 8,700 people will take flights, said Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota. Parts of eastern South...