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  • But if the Alaska delegation is any hint as to where things are headed, his proposal is going nowhere in a Republican-controlled Congress. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy committee, said the administration's plans were a "kick to the gut" that treated Alaska as if it were a "snow globe out there" that should be left untouched. There is no drilling in the...

  • The threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, were deemed credible, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. No bomb was found aboard the Delta flight while the Southwest flight was still being searched by explosives units, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Special...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • $2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. "It's crazy," says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech University who studies oil and gasoline prices. U.S. crude oil traded Friday just below $46 a barrel and the average price for a gallon of gas was $2.04.

  • WASHINGTON— Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday. The department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said public-sector workers have the highest union membership rate at nearly 36 percent. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cited "major...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home. But whatever home-field advantage the Republican Party's 2012 nominee...

  • Haley OK with gas-tax hike if income tax cut, DOT retooled Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:06 AM ET

    Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she will support a gas-tax increase, but only if the Legislature cuts South Carolina's income taxes and restructures the Department of Transportation. She then offered legislators a deal: Reduce the state's top income tax bracket from 7 percent to 5 percent over a decade, get rid of the DOT's elected commissioners, and she'll...

  • BOISE, Idaho— President Barack Obama is headed to Idaho for the first time since a 2008 campaign stop and could touch on anything from tax reform to immigration, depending on Tuesday's State of the Union address. Idaho is just one of four states the president has yet to visit in his six years in office. The last time a sitting president visited Idaho was in 2005, when...

  • PITTSBURGH— Ralph Martin, the chief executive of the company that publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, has resigned to become CEO of Civitas Media. Besides the Tribune-Review, the company publishes six other dailies and more than 20 weekly newspapers across western Pennsylvania. Martin said he considered making a change following the death July 4 of...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 13- Boeing Co said on Tuesday it picked the chief of its fastest-running assembly line to head the South Carolina factory where it makes the 787 Dreamliner. Beverly Wyse, who streamlined the 737 factory in Renton, Washington, as Boeing increased output to 42 airliners a month, will become vice president and general manager of the second Dreamliner...

  • Facebook Inc. is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the alerts to users' mobile phones if they are in a search area where a child has been abducted. Last March, a missing 11- year-old Maryland girl was found in a South Carolina motel room when a motel clerk called police after seeing an Amber Alert on Facebook, according to...

  • Airbus, Boeing split annual sales rivalry Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014— but the European aircraft manufacturer edged its U.S. rival in terms of future orders. Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France, reported Tuesday that it delivered 629 planes, shy of Boeing's record 723 deliveries. Airbus sales chief John Leahy...

  • Last U.S. holiday shopping weekend off to solid start Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Dec 20- Shoppers filled up malls and department stores on the last weekend before Christmas, as the weather cooperated to help raise the prospect of a solid finish to a holiday season that has so far produced mixed results. Crowds were building at stores in and around New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles by midday on Saturday.

  • The watchdog announced sanctions totaling 345.2 million euros on cleaning products makers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble,...

  • The watchdog announced fines of a total of 345.2 million euros against cleaning product manufacturers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever,...

  • Where Christmas is most loved—and hated—in the US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:39 PM ET
    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders during game in Atlanta.

    Every part of the U.S. loves Christmas, but one region loves it more than anywhere else.

  • How life insurers are avoiding up to $100B in taxes Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:44 PM ET
    The Internal Revenue Service headquarters is shown in Washington, April 9, 2014.

    Life insurers are avoiding taxes without leaving the country, saving as much as $100 billion in federal taxes, the NYT reports.

  • These states- Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Georgia and California- accounted for about half of the total job growth in the 12 months to September, according to RBC Capital Markets. The shift bodes well for D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, and rivals Lennar Corp and PulteGroup Inc, each of which gets a large part of its revenue...

  • These are the most-searched vacation spots of 2014 Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 1:53 PM ET
    Showgirls at famous Las Vegas welcome sign

    Yahoo has reported the most searched destinations on its website for 2014.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...