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  • Jack and Sandra Looney sure hope so. "The Coal Miner's Blood sells more than any of them," Jack Looney says of the sweet red. Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal— its very name an acronym for South East Coal Company.

  • The GOP's first months in control of both chambers of Congress were marked by high-profile stumbles and a near-shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Republicans in both the House and the Senate came together to pass boldly conservative and balanced budgets, and House leaders struck a bipartisan deal on Medicare that passed on a huge vote and is...

  • CHICAGO, March 26- A cool April in the U.S. southern Plains and Delta region will slow some planting of corn, soybeans and other crops but below-normal rainfall across the main crop belt should prevent any major planting delays this spring, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. "We'll see delays continue across some southern areas but when you get into...

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 26- A bill to create two casino gambling "destination resorts" in south Florida divided the Republican-controlled statehouse on Thursday, with the expansion of craps, slot machines and high-stakes gaming opposed by family-oriented tourist attractions. Proponents argue that Florida is losing billions in tourism revenue to Caribbean...

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. That number has dropped to 2,680 this month, David Sorensen, spokesman for the Department of Health and Services, told The Associated Press. "Northern Washington County really has never come out of the recession, so there aren't economic...

  • New power grid manager poised to open at Little Rock Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it's not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production and...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • TOKYO/ MEXICO CITY, March 22- Toyota Motor is finalising plans for its first passenger car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. Toyoda last year asked planners scouting for a site in Mexico to hit' pause' and review the rationale for the project, executives familiar...

  • The grants, announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year— twice its cost in 2008.. The food stamp program has long been the center of political wrangling in Washington, with elective officials debating it virtually endlessly.

  • TOKYO/ BILOXI, Mississippi, March 19- Japan's tax authorities have begun a review of how slot machine maker and casino developer Universal Entertainment accounted for $40 million in payments made in 2010 to an associate of the Philippines' top gambling regulator at that time, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. On Wednesday, Universal said in a...

  • BILOXI, Miss., March 19- Japanese slot machine tycoon Kazuo Okada had his license renewed on Thursday by Mississippi's state gaming regulator, but with a newly added condition that an ongoing FBI investigation related to his Philippines casino project is resolved without charges against him. The open-door hearing was the first known public appearance by...

  • Honda adds 105,000 vehicles to driver's air bag recall Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    Honda says it's the first recall of 2008 Pilots for potential problems with driver's air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. With the added vehicles, Honda has now recalled 5.5 million Honda and Acura cars and SUVs nationwide from the 2001 to 2011 model years because of the air bag problems. Honda says in documents posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators that it...

  • NEW YORK— Monsanto said Wednesday it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat. The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Nissan Murano Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    2015 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD. BASE PRICE: $29,560 for S FWD; $31,160 for S AWD; $32,620 for SV FWD; $34,220 for SV AWD; $36,950 for SL FWD; $38,550 for SL AWD; $39,000 for Platinum FWD; $40,600 for Platinum AWD. OPTIONS: Technology package $2,260; floor mats and cargo area protector $210.

  • Feds: Oil leasing in Gulf slows due to oil price drop Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The level of interest in new oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico is slowing due to the low price of oil, but federal regulators said they remain optimistic about the future of offshore drilling. Only 195 bids were placed Wednesday for leases in an area comprising 41 million acres in the central parts of the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of...

  • Unemployment rate drops in 24 states in January Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that jobless rates were unchanged from December in 18 states and in Washington, D.C.. Unemployment dropped the most from January 2014 in Illinois and in Rhode Island. Employers added jobs in 39 states and reduced them in 10 and in Washington, D.C. California gained 67,300 jobs in January, Ohio rose 25,100 and Michigan added...

  • CHICAGO, March 16- U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America's poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus. The H5N2 flu discovered in Arkansas last week is the state's first case of a strain that causes massive...

  • But some wildlife experts are skeptical of suggestions that wild birds are responsible for spreading the H5N2 flu strain that has infected poultry in Minnesota, Missouri and Arkansas. A top investigator from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that testing performed by the government supports a conclusion that the virus is being carried by waterfowl...