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  • US rig count rose 1 to 1,875 Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,875.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas gained two rigs each. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had unchanged rig counts.

  • Judge delays Ga. trial in salmonella outbreak Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    Three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago will go on trial two weeks later than initially planned, a judge decided Friday.

  • White House: 2014 deficit to drop $100B Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said Friday. The latest update from the White House budget office is also $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when releasing the president's budget.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • House votes to make business tax break permanent Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. But the White House has threatened a veto because the bill would add $287 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • Ohio casino tax revenue short of predictions Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's casino tax revenue over the past year fell short of what state officials had predicted. The Dayton Daily News reports that the state executive budget for the fiscal year estimated that casinos wound bring in more than $309 million in tax revenue.

  • Engineering firm to add jobs in Kentucky Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:31 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.— An engineering firm has announced plans to expand its operations in Boyd County in northeastern Kentucky. EN Engineering currently employs nearly 90 workers in the state, and is expanding its engineering capacity to better serve the tri-state region of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.

  • Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    Smith rejected arguments from another Ohio company, Columbus America Discovery Group, that it had exclusive rights to the shipwreck under a court order and that Recovery Limited was trespassing and should be held in contempt of court.

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. "A couple of years from now, we might say this was the beginning of the trend," said Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Dave Camp, R- Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen.

  • Crews work to restore power after Eastern storms Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    SMITHFIELD, N.Y.— Utility crews worked Thursday to restore power in some Eastern states hit hard by severe storms nearly two days earlier, and one rural New York town picked through the debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado.

  • L Brands key sales metric up 2 percent in June Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— L Brands Inc., the owner of Victoria's Secret and Bath& Body Works, said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent in June from the same month a year ago. The Columbus, Ohio, company said total sales in the five weeks that ended July 5 rose 6.8 percent to $1.176 billion, compared with $1.101 billion in the same period a year ago.

  • Coal company says Illinois rival breached deal Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser's expansion plans.

  • Theme park CEO says job is about making memories Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    SANDUSKY, Ohio— Standing in the shadows of a $30 million roller coaster that flips, drops and spins its riders, the head of the nation's fourth-biggest amusement park company points to another addition at Cedar Point he's proud of too— a shady spot to relax and munch on taffy and fudge.

  • US students in middle of pack on financial knowhow Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key— but complex— financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips.

  • Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    The 80- officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. Tim Cotton, a 17- year veteran Bangor officer with a fondness for the humor of George Carlin and Jim Gaffigan.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. "The key issue is not whether production grows, it's by how much," said Ed Morse, global head of commodities research at Citigroup in New York.

  • Cleanup from deadly storm starts in Eastern states Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:25 AM ET

    SMITHFIELD, N.Y.— Residents in a number of Eastern states were cleaning up Wednesday, a day after being hit by severe storms, including a tornado in central New York that killed four and left survivors to pick through the debris from homes battered by winds of at least 100 mph.

  • COLUMN-Cleaning up coal: Kemp Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    LONDON, July 9- According to the popular narrative, coal is locked in a fight to the death with natural gas and renewables to supply clean electrical energy. Promoters of gas, wind and solar often talk about coal as if it were not just a rival but an enemy.

  • 'Kinky Boots' star prepares for high-kicking tour Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man— but staying in 6- inch heels. The performer who has been in "Kinky Boots" since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter's formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of "Kinky Boots," which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.