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  • But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. "It's a recipe for disaster," said James Perham, president of Extreme Transportation Corp., an automobile-hauling company near San Diego that filed a complaint with regulators about Michelin tires after seven blowouts caused an estimated $20,000 to...

  • NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It was a run-of-the-mill complaint— a smell of gas— with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. While officials caution that they aren't certain of the cause of last week's blast in New York's East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly...

  • PITTSBURGH— A Michigan food entrepreneur claims the "Little Dipper" condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip& Squeeze ketchup packets, which it rolled out in February 2010, lawyers in opening statements told a federal court jury in Pittsburgh on Monday. The trial, expected to last through Thursday, will determine whether or not...

  • Stanford's victims accused the SEC of negligence for having waited until 2009 to uncover the Ponzi scheme, despite having had evidence of it as early as 1997.. But the court said the SEC had discretion to decide how to enforce securities laws, and could not be liable for certain misrepresentations. Victims claimed that the SEC thought Stanford's business was a...

  • ABINGTON, Pa., March 30- The U.S. military faces a challenge recruiting people with the high-tech skills it needs for the future as those who joined after the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks leave the service and the U.S. economy creates more jobs, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday. Carter's speech at Abington Senior High School north of Philadelphia was part of the...

  • NEW YORK— GNC Holdings Inc. said Monday that it has reached a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over its Herbal Plus products. In February, Schneiderman's office sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled...

  • Jack and Sandra Looney sure hope so. "The Coal Miner's Blood sells more than any of them," Jack Looney says of the sweet red. Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal— its very name an acronym for South East Coal Company.

  • At the end of last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas- based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company nudged it north into New Hampshire— where the venom is also flowing freely. There's another reason the loudest protests are all coming from the region: They're where the gas is, waiting just east of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Wall Street investors may find little reason to make big moves next week as they await monthly U.S. jobs data and any news that could change expectations for the first interest rate hike in almost a decade. The Labor Department report is due on Friday, when the stock market will be closed for Good Friday, leaving investors unable to trade on the data...

  • Stored for decades in attics, closets and a bank safe-deposit box in New Jersey, the gun belonging to former IRS agent Michael Malone— and possibly used by members of Al Capone's gang— is headed to Las Vegas, where it will be part of an the exhibit at The Mob Museum beginning in mid-April. "Michael Malone was, I believe, the greatest undercover agent in the history of law...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's cold war over public pensions is heating up as Senate Republicans consider resurrecting a plan to pare future benefits for hundreds of thousands of current state and school employees. Tom Corbett and rejected by the GOP- controlled Legislature in 2013, could free up money for other programs. Patrick Browne, the Senate...

  • Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and frigid temperatures, causing 25 deaths and costing the state and its cities and towns an estimated $400 million. The state is also asking Obama to issue a major disaster...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • Kimberly Kitchen, 45, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The firm is based in Huntingdon, about 110 miles east of Pittsburgh, but also has offices in Duncansville and Lewistown, according to its website. Kitchen was, however, the past president of the Huntingdon County Bar Association, said her attorney, Caroline...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Dannel P. Malloy, state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and...

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • Onconova reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    NEWTOWN, Pa. _ Onconova Therapeutics Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $13.4 million in its fourth quarter. The Newtown, Pennsylvania- based company said it had a loss of 62 cents per share. Keywords: Onconova Therapeutics, Earnings Report.

  • Political consultant sues David Axelrod over book claim Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A political operative has sued presidential campaign adviser David Axelrod over Axelrod's claim that he came up with the attack strategy that saved an embattled Philadelphia mayor in 2003.. Philadelphia campaign consultant Frank Keel said it was his idea to blame Republicans for the FBI listening device found in Democratic Mayor John...

  • ELYSBURG, Pa.— A worker is getting hospital treatment after being struck by a new roller coaster during testing at a central Pennsylvania amusement park. A Knoebels Amusement Resort spokeswoman said the company employee was struck by the Impulse roller coaster just before 10 a.m. Thursday. Public relations manager Stacy Ososkie says the man was beside the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week while activity in the services sector hit a six-month high in March, underscoring the economy's solid fundamentals despite a recent softening in growth. "The good news is that claims and the services sector data suggest the economy has gained...