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  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday. Duke Energy's board of directors approved raising Good's annual salary by $50,000...

  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. "We're good from a food and water standpoint," NASA's top spaceflight official, William Gerstenmaier said at a press conference. This puts added pressure on another resupply launch scheduled for Friday by Russia, its first attempt since...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 27- As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her. The 57- year-old Compton, California construction worker has seen and endured too much, she says, to be excited. Across the country, African Americans are...

  • June 26- Country singer Cody McCarver for years wore T-shirts featuring the Confederate battle flag- the "rebel flag" as he calls it- when he toured in the U.S. South as a member of the Confederate Railroad band. "I think that if, and this is a huge if, taking the rebel flag out of our society would stop racism, I am all for it," said McCarver, who quit as keyboard player for...

  • The move comes days after Apple CEO Tim Cook called on people in a tweet to honor the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting by eradicating racism and the symbols that feed it. Apple Inc., which is based in Cupertino, California, is the latest company to distance itself from the divisive symbol after the shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof,...

  • Home solar power company Sunrun files for IPO Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Sunrun Inc., a solar power company, filed plans Thursday to launch an initial public offering. It expects the stock to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol "RUN." The company currently operates in 15 states, including New York, California, Nevada, New Jersey and South Carolina.

  • June 25- Apple Inc has removed several civil war games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store, some game developers said. Retailers such as Wal Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp have stopped selling the flag. Google Inc, Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on Tuesday also pulled Confederate flag merchandise from their shopping sites.

  • Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:. "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court— the Affordable Care Act...

  • Judge lets prosecutors stay on W.Va. chemical spill case Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A judge will let federal prosecutors keep working on a criminal case over a chemical spill last year in West Virginia, shooting down arguments that prosecutors should be recused from the case because they were among the 300,000 people without clean tap water for days. In an order in Charleston federal court Wednesday, U.S.

  • Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    In upholding the tactic, the Supreme Court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting. Every federal appeals court to consider it has upheld the practice, though the Supreme Court had never previously ruled.

  • At rural South Carolina flag factory, sadness and pride Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    Mitchum, 60, is one of more than 100 employees at Valley Forge's South Carolina factory, located about 65 miles north of Charleston on a rural back road among cotton and corn fields. There was little sign of the landmark change that had occurred outside on Tuesday, beyond the listing chain link fence, in boardrooms of some of America's largest flag manufacturers,...

  • Oldest manufacturer stops production of Confederate flag Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:51 AM ET

    ROSELAND, N.J.— The nation's oldest and largest flag manufacturer has decided to stop making and selling the Confederate flag. The northern New Jersey company's announcement comes amid calls for South Carolina to remove the flag from its statehouse in the wake of a shooting that killed nine at a historic black church in Charleston. Company President Carter...

  • SHANGHAI, June 24- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd joined American retailers on Wednesday in pledging to pull down links to products displaying Confederate flag imagery in the wake of last week's mass shooting at a historic black South Carolina church. "Alibaba Group prohibits listings of materials that are ethnically or racially...

  • SEATTLE, June 23- Boeing Co said Tuesday that President Dennis Muilenburg will take over as chief executive officer July 1, a transition that comes as the aerospace giant tries to keep pace with an historic boom in the commercial jet market and build its defense business amid tight military budgets. Muilenburg, 51, will succeed 65- year-old Jim McNerney, who...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., June 23- Prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week's attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania- based company came to the...

  • *Retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart stop selling flag. COLUMBIA, S.C., June 23- An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 23- Google Inc joined Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on Tuesday in pulling Confederate flag merchandise from their shopping site, following brick and mortar retailers in reacting to last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a historic black South Carolina church. Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp on Monday banned sales of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 23- Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on Tuesday announced they were pulling Confederate flag merchandise from their websites, following other retailers reacting to last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a historic black South Carolina church. Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp on Monday banned sales of products bearing the...

  • Boeing names its president, Muilenberg, as new CEO Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is stepping away from the controls after 10 years. The aircraft maker said Tuesday that President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Muilenburg will become its new CEO on July 1. He is also remaining chairman of the Chicago- based company.