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  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Procter& Gamble Co. says it is closing a manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico and laying off some 230 employees. Officials said the company will move operations to a plant in North Carolina as part of an overall restructuring. Procter& Gamble manufactures Olay skin care products at the Cayey plant, which it bought in 1985..

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— FairPoint Communications is cutting about 260 jobs in the 17 states where it operates, including 60 jobs when it closes a South Burlington call center, officials said Friday. FairPoint Communications Inc. is the largest landline telephone network provider in the three states, and last year workers in the three states went on strike for four...

  • Scynexis reports 1Q loss Friday, 15 May 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    DURHAM, N.C.— DURHAM, N.C.— Scynexis Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $6.4 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Durham, North Carolina- based company said it had a loss of 75 cents. Scynexis shares have declined nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press. The ACLU received the FBI records through a Freedom...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. The 31- year-old Hispanic lawyer lost her bid for the Illinois state Senate by a whopping margin. The Republican party fielded eight state legislature candidates in Chicago last year,...

  • RALEIGH, N.C., May 14- Duke Energy Corp pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes over a North Carolina power plant's coal ash spill into a river and management of coal ash basins in the state, U.S. prosecutors said. The plea entered in federal court in Greenville, North Carolina, by the country's largest utility owner was expected under a settlement with...

  • Argos Therapeutics reports 1Q loss Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    DURHAM, N.C. _ Argos Therapeutics Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $17.5 million in its first quarter. Argos Therapeutics shares have declined 24 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Argos Therapeutics, Earnings Report.

  • WICHITA, Kan.— A federal judge on Thursday threw out a class-action lawsuit brought by investors against aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems alleging that the company and four of its officers made misleading statements that artificially inflated its stock price. The shareholder lawsuit was filed after an October 2012 announcement that the Wichita-...

  • RALEIGH, N.C., May 14- Duke Energy Corp pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes over a North Carolina power plant's coal ash spill into a river and management of coal ash basins in the state, U.S. prosecutors said. The plea entered in federal court in Greenville, North Carolina, by the country's largest power company by generation capacity was expected as...

  • Two years before the massive February 2014 spill at a Duke ash dump in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge, engineers at the plant twice requested $20,000 from company headquarters to use a robotic camera to inspect aging drainage pipes, including the one that later collapsed, triggering the disaster. Prosecutors said Duke executives denied the...

  • GREENVILLE, N.C.— Duke pleads guilty in court to environmental crimes, agrees to pay $102 million in penalties.

  • GREENVILLE, N.C.— As the nation's largest electricity company prepares to plead guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, Duke Energy has started delivering bottled water to people with tainted wells close to its North Carolina coal ash pits. Duke spokeswoman Erin Culbert told The Associated Press that any homeowner who gets a state letter warning of a...

  • Duke to provide water to NC residents with tainted wells Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    DUKEVILLE, N.C.— Duke Energy says it will begin delivering bottled water to homeowners living near its coal ash pits in North Carolina, even as the nation's largest electricity company denies responsibility for its neighbors' tainted wells. Duke's pledge to provide clean water to the affected residents is welcome news to Sherry Gobble, who lives with her...

  • Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia kills 5 people Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, killing at least five people and injuring several more. Train 188, a Northeast Regional, had left Washington, D.C. The front of the train was going into a turn when it started to shake before coming to a sudden stop.

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to override the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would reduce the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods in the nation. Missouri already is one of seven states that offer less than the standard 26 weeks of benefits. The March unemployment rate...

  • NEW YORK, May 12- In a long-running battle between oil refiners and the U.S. farm lobby over the future of ethanol fuel, biofuel producers may have just made a small, but important dent in big oil's formidable defenses. Over the past few months, privately held retailers Kum& Go and Sheetz have become the first significant chains to announce plans to start selling E15, a...

  • In a June 2014 letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew seen by Reuters on Monday, Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas said his staff had reviewed the Fed's unclassified plans for how to handle a default. The plans included scheduling new payment dates for defaulted securities, Hensarling said in the letter which was also signed by Republican...

  • In a June 2014 letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew which was seen by Reuters, Texas Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling said his staff reviewed Fed documents detailing the U.S. central bank's contingency plans if America stiffed its creditors. The documents showed "planning by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to minimize market disruptions if the...

  • GSK, US experts team up to find cure for AIDS Monday, 11 May 2015 | 9:22 AM ET
    AIDS, HIV, Africa

    Britain's GlaxoSmithKline is to collaborate with U.S. scientists in developing a cure for AIDS.