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  • Freed American endured years of declining health Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. The former federal subcontractor arrested in 2009 was freed as part of a historic announcement that the U.S. would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Gross' wife, Judy, has called him a...

  • Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Lockheed Martin Corp. agreed on Tuesday to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. Lockheed Martin had countered that such claims "are false," and it was "committed to defending against the...

  • Cancer patients testing drugs on mouse 'avatars' Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same— with the hope of curing their own disease. It's the wave of the future, "said Eileen Youtie, a Miami woman using mice to guide care for her hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.

  • Senate cancels vote on Obama Social Security pick Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    Obama nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to a six-year term as commissioner in June, and Colvin's nomination cleared one procedural hurdle in the Senate Saturday. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., canceled an upcoming vote, making it likely Colvin won't get a vote until next year, when Republicans take control of the Senate. Colvin's nomination would...

  • Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion, House-passed spending bill that has roiled his Democratic Party, judging it an imperfect measure that stems from "the divided government that the American people voted for." Mike Lee of Utah, launched a bid to force the Senate to vote on Obama's new immigration policy.

  • Greenpeace activists take plea deal in P&G protest Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    P&G has said it's working with Greenpeace to eliminate deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, the subject of the March 4 protest. Mark Piepmeier, lead prosecutor on the case, said authorities were told Greenpeace and P&G have been working together "more collaboratively," and prosecutors honored the company's request to offer the plea deal.

  • A glance at now defunct teen brands Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    Ruehl's: A division of Abercrombie& Fitch that launched in 2004 and catered to affluent young shoppers in their 20 s. Demo: A division of teen chain Pacific Sunwear of California that launched in 1998 and sold hip-hop fashions shuttered its 154 stores in 2008.. Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc.: The national teen clothing retailer was based in Joppa, Maryland and...

  • Ciena reports 4Q loss Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    HANOVER, Md. _ Ciena Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $30.7 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. Analysts expected $589.4 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in January, Ciena said it expects revenue in the range of $540 million to $570 million.

  • Podcast changes public perception of murder case Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    BALTIMORE— Like more than 1 million other faithful listeners, the family of convicted killer Adnan Syed eagerly awaits the next episode of a podcast investigating his murder case. Ever since Syed, a smart, athletic, popular Baltimore County high school student, was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and sent to prison for life, his family...

  • Congressional deal upends pot legalization in DC Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    They wanted to use the District of Columbia as further encouragement for states to make their own marijuana laws, and they were optimistic that Congress wouldn't intervene, pointing to a Republican caucus that's far from unified against pot. Those hopes were crushed late Tuesday when Congress reached a $1.1 trillion spending deal that bars the District from...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Foreclosure activity across the United States fell in November as banks repossessed fewer homes and scheduled a lower number of auctions, according to a report released on Thursday. "The housing market is struggling to find the new normal when it comes to a tolerable level of foreclosure activity in this post-Great Recession economy,"...

  • 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...

  • Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed to avoid. The White House declined to state President Barack Obama's position on...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- More top global financial executives expect a stronger dollar to help their bottom line than see harmful effects from the currency's rise, a private survey released on Tuesday showed. Twenty-four percent of corporate treasurers and chief financial officers said they expected a stronger dollar to improve their companies' earnings in 2014,...

  • NYC book publisher to close upstate warehouse Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    KIRKWOOD, N.Y.— Penguin Random House says it plans to lay off nearly 300 workers at its warehouse and distribution center in upstate New York. The Press& Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports the Manhattan- based global trade book publisher notified the state Department of Labor that 286 employees will be laid off at the company's facility in Kirkwood, near the...

  • Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— MIT economist Jonathan Gruber— an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law— told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he...

  • Innovative lawyer changed the way top firms operate Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    BETHESDA, Maryland, Dec 8- Although large firms dominate the list of those that are most successful at getting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, there are a handful of exceptions. Perhaps the most notable is the unusual four-lawyer firm run by Thomas Goldstein in a Washington suburb 10 miles from the high court. Some of Goldstein's success can be traced to...

  • Judges hear arguments over NSA surveillance Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    In June, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill in Boise, Idaho, disagreed— but nevertheless noted that the case raised privacy questions that could wind up before the Supreme Court. The government has acknowledged that under a USA Patriot Act provision, and with authorization from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, it collects data from...

  • Tesla wants Texas auto sales regulations loosened Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— Tesla passed on Texas as the site of its new $5 billion battery factory, but the company still hopes to sell its electric cars directly to Texans over the Internet, instead of through dealerships, and it is dangling the carrot of future investment projects as an incentive. The practice is prohibited in Texas and at least somewhat restricted by many...

  • For kids with autism, a 'flight' to ease stress Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    LINTHICUM, Maryland— With boarding passes in hand, children with autism spectrum disorders and their families took part in an air travel rehearsal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Fifty families experienced a typical day at an airport, from check-in and security to receiving peanuts and pretzels from flight attendants...