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  • 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...

  • STATE COLLEGE, Pa.— Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said. Keith Robb said some of the women were able to identify themselves in screenshots taken from the site, and Penn State's Office...

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland— CORRECTS: Officials: US considers letting Iran run centrifuges at fortified underground bunker.

  • In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke identified Robert Oliver as the third American citizen killed in the crash. He provided no further details Thursday, but Oliver's parents told Spain's La Sexta television channel their son lived in Barcelona and worked for the Desigual clothing company based in Spain's second-largest city.

  • Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. The Homeland Security Department's now deputy secretary used his post as head of the department's...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • NEW YORK, March 25- When Kraft Foods Group merges with H.J. Heinz Co, they will share a name, a central place in the American kitchen and two headquarters near Chicago and Pittsburgh. Heinz's backer, Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital Partners, has made a name for itself by aggressively trimming the fat from food and beer companies struggling for growth.