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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    BRIDGEPORT, W.Va.— More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system— 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. "We have a perfect storm coming," FBI manager Kimberly Del Greco told The Associated Press during a rare...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • Auction fetches high price for new bourbon Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash with its first batch of bourbon. An online auction for the first bottle of bourbon by Boundary Oak Distillery fetched $28,050, including an auction fee of $2,550, the craft distillery said Wednesday. Goodin's distillery ends a long bourbon-making dry spell in Hardin County, where...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • BECKLEY, W.Va., Nov 20- A former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he violated federal mine safety laws before a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades. Donald Blankenship, who headed Massey from 2000 to 2010, was released on a $5 million cash bond after a hearing in...

  • Yum approves $1B stock buyback plan Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said Thursday that its board approved a $1 billion stock buyback plan. Yum Brands Inc. last month cut its profit forecast for the year, citing the latest food scare in China that pummeled sales at KFC, its flagship chain in the country. The figure rose 2 percent at KFC and fell 2 percent at Pizza Hut, which has...

  • Congress can't 'de-fund' Obama on immigration Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior House Republican said Thursday that it's impossible to "defund" President Barack Obama's upcoming moves on immigration in an upcoming spending bill. Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R- Ky., said the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency gets its money through application fees, so Congress can't stop it by...

  • Va. lawmakers concerned over proposed EPA rules Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    Lawmakers said the EPA's current target levels for emission cuts penalize Virginia for its robust nuclear energy production. The EPA has set a 2030 target of 810 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted per megawatt hour of electricity generated in Virginia, compared to 1,620 in West Virginia and 1,763 in Kentucky. Terry McAuliffe expressed similar concerns last...

  • Supply-demand balance for burley takes abrupt turn Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— A global supply-demand balance that once favored Kentucky tobacco farmers now seems to be turning against them as another market season opens in the state that leads the nation in burley tobacco production. "The supply-demand balance for U.S. burley has taken an abrupt turn after being a seller's market for several years of tight supply," said...

  • Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    BECKLEY, W.Va.— Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades. In April 2010, an explosion at the mine in Montcoal killed 29 men, and the indictment said Blankenship could have prevented most of the violations the mine was committing.

  • Ky. motor fuels tax rate to drop on New Year's Day Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Motorists will get a break at the pump when Kentucky's gas tax drops by 4.3 cents per gallon on New Year's Day, but the rate cut will impose a "crippling" revenue loss on the fund used to build and maintain roads, state transportation officials said Wednesday. The lower tax rate on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol fuels would cost the state Road Fund...

  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, who...

  • Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond. Jason Chaffetz of Utah to head the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas to head the Armed Services Committee.

  • Senate blocks NSA phone records measure Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and...

  • US Senate rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled...

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on government corruption, which began almost two years ago, is hurting a specialized niche of the U.S. tourism industry.

  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website, performed so poorly it prompted a public apology from Gov. Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Others, like Maryland and...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 16- Almost every year for more than a decade, tour group operator Carson Zhang guided a delegation of about two dozen Chinese government officials from Guangdong province's Forestry Administration for a two-week trip through the national parks of California, Tennessee, and Georgia. Along with presentations about forest fires and trail...

  • Judge: Ky. must OK sale of alcohol distributor Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to approve the sale of a small distributor to Anheuser-Busch in a decision that could lead to legislative fight when the General Assembly returns in January. Franklin circuit court Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ordered the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue a wholesale beer distributor's...