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  • Cannery to open in job-starved Lake Providence Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    LAKE PROVIDENCE, La.— A new canning plant is opening in this Mississippi Delta town struggling with unemployment and poverty. Officials said Wednesday that the plant is opening in Lake Providence in part thanks to a $245,000 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development agency and tax breaks. Providence Foods LLC. will run the plant and distribute vegetables...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in the Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • US agency threatens to act against air bag maker Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    DETROIT— A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action if the company fails to admit that driver's air bag inflators are defective and to agree to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata's Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its regional recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit is at the "rear of the pack" among automakers in telling its customers of the possible dangers of Takata's air bags,...

  • Audit: Most BP oil spill claims handled correctly Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    The audit, conducted by Chicago- based McGladrey LLP, concluded the program is "well-designed and appropriate" and made no major recommendations for improvement. That' is a significant accomplishment,' as stated by the... independent audit committee, "said Steve Herman and Jim Roy, lead attorneys for businesses and individuals who have filed claims against BP.

  • Searching for authenticity on my first cruise Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 9:07 AM ET

    ABOARD QUANTUM OF THE SEAS— I am the cruise industry's biggest problem: the avid traveler who is reluctant to sail. I've been lucky enough to have hiked glaciers in Iceland, visited ancient ruins in Cambodia and seen one of the world's largest waterfalls in Argentina. I just wanted to do other things with my precious vacation days— take a late-night stroll through...

  • Louisiana casino revenue up 3.9 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Louisiana's 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah's land-based casino brought in nearly $194.6 million in October, 3.9 percent better than the $187.3 million the gambling halls won the year before. Lake Charles saw the biggest gain of any casino market in the state, up by 7 percent to $55.3 million. Baton Rouge's casinos brought in...

  • Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday. Houston- based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion,...

  • Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:12 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana's coast. A telephone call to the Houston, Texas- based...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • The latest on air bag recalls, with cars involved Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    Automakers have recalled 8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with air bags made by Takata Corp. The air bags can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartments. Boundaries of the recalls vary, but generally they include Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and "limited areas...

  • Nov 20- Apache Corp slashed its capital budget for North America by a third as a sharp decline in oil prices over the past few months makes drilling less lucrative. A handful of companies, including Continental Resources Inc and Denbury Resources Inc have already cut spending plans and others are expected to follow suit. Apache said it expects to spend $4 billion...

  • Apache selling assets for $1.4B Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Apache Corp. said Thursday that it will sell some of its oil and gas assets for $1.4 billion. The Houston- based company is selling its interest in approximately 90,000 acres in southern Louisiana and roughly 115,000 acres in the Anadarko Basin in Texas and Oklahoma in two separate deals. The oil and gas exploration and production company has...

  • Apache Corp to sell oil and gas assets for $1.4 bln Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    Nov 20- Apache Corp said it would sell oil and gas assets in southern Louisiana and the Anadarko Basin, spanning western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle, for about $1.4 billion in two separate deals.

  • 'Booze Traveler' host explores how world drinks Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    BOSTON— Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, the Los Angeles- based actor said his early years in the neighborhood known as Southie— where convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger once reigned— showed him what cocktails can teach about a culture. Part travelogue, part drinking diary, "Booze Traveler" takes viewers with...

  • Nov 19- Archer Daniels Midland Co sued seed company Syngenta AG on Wednesday over sales of a genetically modified corn variety not approved for import by China, joining more than 100 farmers and exporters in pursuing damages from the Swiss-based company. The lawsuit alleges that Syngenta commercialized the MIR162 corn variety, also known as Agrisure Viptera,...

  • COLUMN-Keystone is dragging down the Democrats: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- "Keystone" would be a fitting epitaph for Democratic lawmakers, who will lose their majority in the United States Senate in January 2015. Polls show majority support for the pipeline, especially among the white working class and union voters that used to be the bedrock of the Democratic Party but which it has increasingly lost to the Republicans in...

  • Missouri senators maintain support for Keystone XL Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's U.S. senators are maintaining their support for the Keystone XL Pipeline after a vote on the project failed, citing economic benefits of the measure that will likely get another chance in the Senate. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is a Democrat and other members of her party voted in favor of the bill, including Missouri's Sen.

  • Treasurer: Debt refinancing saved Louisiana $12M Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:04 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Louisiana has saved $12 million from a debt refinancing that took advantage of lower interest rates. State Treasurer John Kennedy announced the savings figure Tuesday, after the state completed its refinancing of the $229 million in existing bond debt. Bobby Jindal's administration over the financial paperwork.