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  • NY court says nuke plant exempt from state program Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    The Appellate Division panel said Entergy's two nuclear generators and their environmental reviews predated the 1982 statute authorizing the New York Department of State to examine consistency with coastal protections. "There is no dispute that Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3, which lie on the banks of the Hudson River, have an impact upon a coastal area...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St declines as oil tumbles further Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    *WTI crude falls below $59 a barrel. NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stocks dipped on Friday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track to snap seven weeks of gains, after oil prices slumped further. "It's all about the pendulum swing, it works both ways, you can see that $107 in the summertime was ridiculous and now you will see it in the opposite direction, probably towards the $50 range...

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • *Adobe up in premarket after results; to buy Fotolia. NEW YORK, Dec 12- U.S. stocks were set for a lower open on Friday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track to snap seven straight weeks of gains, after oil prices fell and Chinese data disappointed. "It's all about the pendulum swing, it works both ways, you can see that $107 in the summertime was ridiculous and now you will...

  • Chrysler expands air bag recall Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    It's part of a growing problem worldwide with air bag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.. At first Chrysler agreed to replace passenger air bag inflators in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new boundaries are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and five U.S. territories.

  • Falling oil prices raise new concerns for states Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    Some states, such as Texas, have diversified their economies since oil prices crashed in the mid-1980s. Others, such as Alaska, remain heavily dependent on oil and will have to tap into sizeable savings to get by. U.S. crude oil prices that topped $100 per barrel this summer have plunged to barely $60 this week, the result of high supplies globally and expanded...

  • Mississippi regulators OK small Entergy rate increase Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It's the first top-to-bottom re-examination of Entergy's rates in more than 12 years. Under the deal, the unit of New Orleans-...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 10- Chicago opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber on Wednesday, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs. A union that has expanded into cab drivers and organized Chicago this year pushed hard for the package, which had the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Uber declined to comment directly on the Chicago...

  • Dec 10- Goodrich Petroleum Corp said it would explore strategic options for all or a part of its Eagle Ford shale assets in South Texas to boost liquidity, as oil prices fall. Several oil producers, including ConocoPhillips, Apache Corp and Halcon Resources have set lower budgets for 2015 due to a near 40 percent drop in global crude prices. Goodrich, which also has...

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Oil production from the United States' biggest shale plays is poised to keep expanding at the same breakneck pace into early next year, according to new U.S. projections released on Monday that highlighted a slow response to tumbling prices. Oil production from the three main plays- the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin- is set to rise by some...

  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The court's decision makes the economic and property damage settlement final, starting a six-month deadline for filing claims, said plaintiffs' attorney Joe Rice of Mount Pleasant,...

  • Fire destroys LA construction site, snarls traffic Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A raging fire Monday destroyed a massive apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles, sending up flames that were visible for miles while raining ash on a large area and snarling rush-hour traffic. More than 250 firefighters fought the downtown blaze that was sparked around 1:20 a.m. at a block-long building site, Fire...

  • Dec 5- A federal judge has thrown out a whistleblower lawsuit by a former official of a unit of advertising company WPP Plc who claimed he was fired in retaliation for reporting accounting irregularities to his superiors. District Judge Gregory Woods in Manhattan said Daniel Berman, who was a finance director at WPP's NeozOgilvy LLC unit, did not qualify for...

  • New Mexico sues nursing home chain on care, staff Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— New Mexico's attorney general on Friday sued one of the nation's largest nursing home chains over inadequate resident care, alleging that thin staffing made it numerically impossible to provide good care. It targets seven nursing homes run by Preferred Care Partners Management Group L.P. of Plano, Texas, a privately held company with operations...

  • Lifers, short-timers get horticulture licenses Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    ANGOLA, La.— Christopher O'Neal has mastered many parts of landscaping and greenhouse work— plant cultivation and pesticide application, among six others— though it's unlikely he'll put those skills to use outside the walls of Louisiana's prison in Angola. He's been at Angola since 2008 and is getting help with appeals, hoping for a reversal, though the courts so...

  • Japan: Auto recall overhaul needed for global woes Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:22 AM ET

    TOKYO— The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. He said Japan was working with the U.S. authorities and with automakers to try to get to the bottom of the problem with Takata air bag inflators.

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, but stopped short of including all models regulators wanted included, a company statement issued on Wednesday shows. "At this time, data analysis indicates the front passenger-side inflators in affected pickups...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has informally told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, a top regulator said. Congressional hearing on problems with Takata air bags in older vehicles sold by at least 10 automakers. In June, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit recalled about 371,000 Dodge, Ram and...

  • Target fails to end banks' lawsuit over data breach Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:53 PM ET

    Dec 2- A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Target Corp's bid to dismiss a lawsuit by banks seeking to recoup money they spent reimbursing fraudulent charges and issuing new credit and debit cards because of the retailer's late 2013 data breach. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota said Target played a "key role" in allowing hackers to infiltrate its...