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  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 2- Mexico plans a new international airport for the capital which will eventually handle 120 million passengers a year, quadrupling the current hub's capacity, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Tuesday. In his annual state-of-the-nation address, Pena Nieto said the Mexico City airport would have six runways.

  • Home Depot investigates possible data breach Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. "Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, a spokeswoman at Home Depot, declining to elaborate.

  • Veteran vs. newcomer for Rhode Island treasurer Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Former Treasurer Frank Caprio is seeking a second term against a political newcomer frustrated with Rhode Island's failure to rebound from the recession. Seth Magaziner, a 31- year-old investment professional, has promised to bring a fresh perspective to state government and use the treasurer's office to promote economic growth.

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150- ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Transportation share responsibility for regulating shipments.

  • Panel rejects new fee for solar homes in Utah Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Advocates of renewable energy are hailing the rejection of Rocky Mountain Power's request for a new fee for residential rooftop solar panels in Utah. "What a bright day for Utah's future," said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy.

  • Sesame catching on in southeast US Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Thousands of acres from Arkansas to Florida and Georgia were planted in sesame this year— sometimes joining a rotation of cotton, soybeans and corn and at times spread in fields too far away from irrigation lines. The nation's traditional sesame-growing region is in Oklahoma and Texas west of Interstate 35.

  • 50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    The repeal movement drew support from tea party groups, but Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, blocked the bills with the support of one of the state's most powerful business groups, the Business Council of Alabama.

  • Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers? Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, with state Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican, saying it's kind of "creepy the way this whole thing landed in Ohio with all the things prepackaged."

  • Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!"

  • Construction time uncertain for Ga. nuclear plant Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    ATLANTA— Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. Georgia Power has so far spent $2.8 billion on the project, according to company filings.

  • TOKYO, Aug 28- Honda Motor Co is recalling about 63,200 vehicles due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by Takata Corp, the latest in a series of air bag recalls across the industry that have affected nearly 16 million vehicles to date.

  • Aug 27- Overheating worries at home are driving Canada's homebuilders south of the border where they buy up rural land, betting on a recovery in the U.S. suburban housing market even as many local players remain on the sidelines.

  • Correction: Dwindling Bathhouses story Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio- based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES— Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

  • Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta- based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner. Turner Broadcasting chief executive John Martin has been talking for several months about a restructuring plan he has called Turner 2020..

  • Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Platinum- selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.

  • Rhode Island benefits from improving US economy Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The improving national economy is finally spurring job growth and pushing the unemployment rate down in Rhode Island, according to the state's top labor official. Now with a rate of 7.7 percent, Rhode Island moved out of last place and is tied with Michigan and Nevada, ahead of last place Mississippi and Georgia.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Budget pressures at the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division are cutting the number of investigators there to the lowest level in four decades, and officials say the changes are forcing the division to scale back its fight of financial crime.

  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places, "said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami- based bathhouse. In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than 70. Most patrons are older.

  • Roush Fenway lands Ortho as sponsor Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    BRISTOL, Tenn.— Roush Fenway Racing has landed Ortho as a sponsor for "roughly half" of Greg Biffle's races next season. Biffle's team is losing sponsor 3 M after this season. Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said Friday it was unclear which races will run with Ortho as the primary sponsor.

  • GM opens IT center in Phoenix, Arizona Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Aug 22- General Motors Co said it opened a fourth IT center in the United States in Phoenix, Arizona as it aims to improve performance and cut operational costs. The automaker said it expects to hire 1,000 employees at the center over the next five years. GM's three other IT centers are in Warren, Michigan, in Austin, Texas and in Roswell, Georgia.