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  • Diageo to make Bulleit brand at new Ky. distillery Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SHELBYVILLE, Ky.— Global liquor giant Diageo PLC will raise its stakes in the growing bourbon sector by making its Bulleit whiskeys at a new Kentucky distillery, where the company's ambitious plans for the brand had a top company executive talking about a potential expansion even before initial construction begins.

  • Midterms: What a miss for Obama means for Hillary Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:43 AM ET
    President Barack Obama spoke alongside then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he held a Cabinet meeting at the White House in 2012.

    GOP control of both the House and Senate would provide Hillary Clinton a clearer target courting voters fatigued by Washington dysfunction.

  • Bloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation. "We're asking cities to do so much more," said James Anderson, who leads the government innovation programs at the foundation.

  • US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday. BP PLC submitted the largest number of high bids, winning 27 of the 81 tracts that sold.

  • McDonald's campaigns against its junk food image Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    At a dinner for media, McDonald's offered fine cuisine dishes as part of a campaign to shake its reputation for serving cheap, unhealthy food.

  • McDonald's confronts its junk food image Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu. A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was made with Chicken McNuggets doused in sweet and sour sauce and garnished with parsley.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- The bears are massing in the London copper market. On the London Metal Exchange benchmark three-month metal has this week tumbled out of its tight $6,950- 7,200 per tonne range to hit a two-month low of $6,821 on Thursday.

  • Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with 'real' people Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— You couldn't miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies.

  • $48 million settlement OK'd in Louisiana sinkhole Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:20 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Louisiana residents affected by a 37- acre sinkhole that opened two years ago has been swallowing land ever since. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections to the settlement.

  • Louisiana exports up 9.3 percent at midyear Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year.

  • Ship strikes tanker, barge docked on Miss. River Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The U.S. Coast Guard says a ship lost power and steering and collided with another ship and a barge docked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the accident happened Tuesday night at a terminal on the river and there were no injuries.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 12- London copper steadied on Tuesday not far from six-week lows, as worries eased over geopolitical tensions in Iraq and Ukraine that could hold back global growth and dent the demand outlook for metals.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 12- London copper skidded to within sight of its lowest since June on Tuesday, as concerns over geopolitical tensions in Iraq and Ukraine clouded the outlook for demand amid thin summer trade.

  • Trial set for ex-BP executive in oil disaster Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:10 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after a status conference in the case of David Rainey.

  • In NYC, US mayors vow to fight income inequality Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    The task force, called Cities of Opportunity and hosted by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, was formed in June during a meeting of mayors in Dallas. Other mayors who attended the meeting and voiced similar ideas included Marty Walsh of Boston, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Mitchell Landrieu of New Orleans.

  • LONDON, Aug 11- Zinc bulls, and there are plenty, have just received another lesson in the perils of timing. One stand-out of the first Commitments of Traders report issued last week by the London Metal Exchange was the speculative positioning in the exchange's zinc contract.

  • Police: Man killed in New Orleans was targeted Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A drive-by shooting in a New Orleans neighborhood that has struggled with crime since being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left a man and an 18- year-old woman dead and five others wounded, three of them children, police said.

  • *IMF flags China property sector risks. LONDON, July 31- Zinc lost ground on Thursday after inventories rose, highlighting an overhang of supplies that analysts say needs to be eroded before expected shortages kick in.

  • METALS-Zinc falls as stockpiles rise, copper flat Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    *IMF flags China property sector risks. LONDON, July 31- Zinc lost ground on Thursday from a three-year peak two days before after inventories rose, highlighting an overhang of supplies that need to be eroded before expected shortages kick in.

  • HOUSTON, July 29- A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.