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  • Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.

  • Hoosier State passenger rail extended 4 months Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line, it said Wednesday.

  • EEOC files lawsuit against Food Lion over firing Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Food Lion, saying it refused to provide time off for a worker who is a Jehovah's Witness and then fired him. According to the complaint, Victaurius L. Bailey was hired as a meat cutter at a Food Lion in Winston-Salem on June 6, 2011.

  • Feds say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati late Monday. About 1,000 gallons of oil and contaminated water had been recovered as of Wednesday, the EPA said.

  • Fortune Brands to sell window business for $130M Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fortune Brands Home& Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. Ply Gem, which is based in Cary, North Carolina, said it is buying Simonton to help it grow its windows division and plans to operate the company as a stand-alone business.

  • Lowe's 2Q profit rises as weather improves Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 AM ET

    For the three months ended Aug. 1, Lowe's Cos. earned $1.04 billion, or $1.04 per share. A year earlier it earned $941 million, or 88 cents per share. Revenue rose 6 percent to $16.6 billion from $15.71 billion, topping Wall Street's $16.57 billion forecast.

  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • FOND DU LAC, Wis., Aug 20- Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy.

  • Aug 19- Botox maker Allergan Inc has approached Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd and at least one other company about a potential takeover in a bid to avert the $53 billion hostile takeover from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, the Wall Street Journal said. Allergan and Salix declined to comment on the matter.

  • Defense grills plant manager in salmonella trial Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    He was indicted along with his former boss, Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, and two others. It also charges Stewart Parnell and the plant's quality assurance manager, Mary Wilkerson, with obstructing justice.

  • Q&A: How 1 US factory owner fought cheap imports Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.

  • Duke Energy reports oil spill into Ohio river Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    Aug 19- U.S. power company Duke Energy said on Tuesday about 5,000 gallons of fuel was spilled into the Ohio River during a routine transfer of fuel oil at its station near Cincinnati. The spill that took place around 11.15 p.m. ET on Monday was stopped within 15 minutes, the company said.

  • Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    Dollar General, the nation's largest dollar-store chain, started a bidding war on Monday when it offered approximately $8.95 billion for rival Family Dollar. It was an attempt to trump Dollar Tree, which agreed to acquire Family Dollar for $8.5 billion made last month.

  • Aug 13- Health Care REIT Inc said it would buy Canada's HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust in a deal valued at $950 million, including debt, to expand its presence in senior housing and post-acute care segments. In June, Health Care's rival Ventas Inc said it would buy American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust Inc for about $2.6 billion.

  • Aug 13- Health Care REIT Inc said it would buy Canada's HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust in a deal valued at $950 million, including debt, to expand its presence in senior housing and post-acute care segments.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- A global gauge of equities rose for a second day on Monday, posting its largest daily advance in four months as investors bet on a reduced risk of direct conflict between Russia and Ukraine while tensions in Gaza eased as a new 72- hour truce appeared to be holding.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stocks rose broadly on Monday, extending Friday's sharp rally as recent uncertainty pertaining to Ukraine and the Middle East appeared to ease, while Priceline rallied on its results.

  • *MannKind signs agreement with Sanofi, shares jump. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, extending Friday's sharp rally as concerns eased over both Federal Reserve monetary policy and the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Aug 9- All three U.S. facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any U.S. government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola.

  • NEW YORK,- A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice may pursue most of its lawsuit accusing Novartis AG of civil fraud for allegedly using kickbacks to boost sales of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid.