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  • NEW YORK, July 31- Famed oil trader Andy Hall's more than $3 billion hedge fund was up nearly 20 percent at the half-year mark, sharply outpacing its rivals in one of the best performances of its seven-year history, data obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Famed oil trader Andy Hall's more than $3 billion hedge fund was up nearly 20 percent at the half-year mark, sharply outpacing its rivals in one of the best performances of its seven-year history, data obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

  • Network planned to bring shale power to East Coast Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725- mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard.

  • Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB's conclusion was part of a 19- page report on its investigation into the 2012 derailment in Ellicott City.

  • Discovery 2Q profit rises 26 percent Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    SILVER SPRING, Md.— Discovery Communications Inc. on Thursday reported profit that increased by 26 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The Silver Spring, Maryland- based company said profit increased to $379 million, or $1.09 per share, from $300 million, or 82 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Though the U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent, the Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping floors and fixing fryers at two McDonald's restaurants in Chicago.

  • Feds probing for fraud in DC building projects Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press. Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S.

  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of HealthCare.gov, the portal for millions of uninsured Americans.

  • House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

  • Processing issue delays bar exam submissions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    The Florida- based software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said the processing problem created a six-hour backlog that had been cleared by early Wednesday morning.

  • Marriott 2Q profit rises 7.3 percent Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    BETHESDA, Md.— Marriott International has more guests staying in its rooms and they are paying more per night than guests did last year. The biggest gains came in the Caribbean and Latin America, where room rates climbed 8 percent.

  • In a study requested by California Representative Anna Eshoo, the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found consumers often were unclear about what online activities consumed the most data and paid ISPs too much either for data they did not use or through overage fees for exceeding data caps.

  • NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 1:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Within minutes, the line at the food truck parked on a busy Queens thoroughfare extended several people deep. New York City's Department of Education put its first truck in service a couple of years ago, and this year it has four— one that goes to Orchard Beach in the Bronx and three that go to a park and two library branches in Queens.

  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives.

  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy— and pollution.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 24- Gold hit a one-month low on Thursday after robust economic data from the United States, China and the euro zone deterred investors from safe-haven assets, even as tensions simmered in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • July 24- Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour Inc raised its full-year sales forecast for the second time, citing "increased confidence" in its footwear and international businesses. Shares of Under Armour, which sponsored the 2014 U.S.

  • Under Armour hits new high as 2Q revenue explodes Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    BALTIMORE— Under Armour's second-quarter net income was essentially flat, hurt by marketing and new product launches, but revenue soared 34 percent. Under Armour's profit was $17.7 million, or 8 cents per share, compared with $17.6 million, or 8 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential nominee is a respected voice within his party.

  • July 24- Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour Inc's quarterly revenue rose by than a third as it benefited from growing interest in fitness among women and young people, and the company raised its full-year sales forecast.