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  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in...

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer protection...

  • Ohio enacts law shielding execution drug sources Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    John Kasich has signed a bill into law shielding the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Supporters say such confidentiality is necessary to obtain supplies of the drugs, and the measure is needed to restart Ohio executions. The legislation also shields the names of participants in Ohio executions.

  • Student hit by truck settles Ohio State lawsuit Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio State University student who was run over by a dump truck on campus and lost a leg will receive $500,000 and free tuition in a settlement. Freshman James Hughes was riding his bike to class in September 2013 when he was hit by the dump truck near the entrance to a construction site. The then-18-year-old lost his right leg and suffered severe...

  • Retailers vow to follow NY's toy gun law Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Big name retailers say they are taking steps to follow a New York state law that prohibits the sale of toy guns that could be mistaken as the real thing. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday said his office wrote to Amazon, K-Mart, Sears and Walmart after an investigation found that non-compliant toys were sold online.

  • Cuba cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    It's not for the average customer, "said Erik Otero, who left Cuba when he was 3 and has been rolling cigars since age 11.. Licensed American travelers to Cuba will soon be able to return home with up to $400 of merchandise, of which $100 combined can be spent on alcohol or tobacco products. Sampson Clay, visiting Miami from Cincinnati on his honeymoon, stopped at the...

  • Honda opens museum, training facility in Ohio Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    MARYSVILLE, Ohio— Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's half-century history in North America. The new 160,000- square-foot facility includes office space and a new technical development center with classrooms and hands-on training opportunities for Honda engineers, technicians...

  • Ohio unemployment rate at 5 percent, a 13-year low Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:53 AM ET

    Ohio's rate remains lower than the U.S. unemployment rate, which for November was unchanged from October at 5.8 percent, and down from 7.0 percent in November 2013. Ohio's unemployment rate in November 2013 was 7.2 percent. Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 17,900 over the month, from a revised 5.31 million in October to 5.32 million...

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • *White House not in position to confirm North Korea responsible. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 18- Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

  • Cintas beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    CINCINNATI _ Cintas Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $120.4 million. Cintas expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.49 to $3.54 per share, with revenue in the range of $4.45 billion to $4.5 billion. Cintas shares have climbed 25 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 12 percent.

  • 'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies...

  • NY AG cracks down on toy guns that look real Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Eric Schneiderman's office announced Thursday that letters were sent to Walmart, Amazon, K-Mart and Sears telling them to follow a state law intended to ensure that toy guns aren't mistaken for the real thing. A Walmart spokesman says the company will work with Schneiderman to ensure compliance. Messages left with K-Mart, Sears and Amazon Wednesday were not...

  • Worthington misses 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Worthington Industries Inc. on Wednesday reported earnings of $29.5 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. Analysts expected $867.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has...

  • Dec 17- PepsiCo Inc earnings could come under pressure in the fourth quarter due to currency fluctuations, investors said, as the company's biggest foreign markets- Russia, Mexico and Canada- have all taken hits to their currencies in recent months. While international expansion has helped PepsiCo diversify, it has exposed it to broader economic problems and...

  • Dec 17- U.S. stocks are expected to climb in 2015 as concerns about the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest-rate hike are being offset by hopes for strong consumer spending as oil prices fall, according to a Reuters poll. That would represent a near 12 percent rise for 2015 from a Dec. 16 close of 1,972.74. "The market's ability to withstand higher rates is the big...

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • Dec 17- Husky Energy Inc, Canada's No. 3 integrated oil company, said it expects its capital spending to drop by a third in 2015 compared with 2014, becoming the latest Canadian producer to scale back spending as oil prices fall. Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka- shing, said it would spend about $3.4 billion in 2015, with about three-quarters going...

  • Ohio gas well keeping 25 families out of homes Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— A natural gas fracking well that is leaking uncontrollably has kept 25 families from their homes for three days in eastern Ohio. The families were evacuated from houses within a 1.5- mile radius of the well, located near the Ohio River, about 160 miles east of Columbus, the Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday. The well is operated by Triad Hunter, a...