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  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Volkswagen Passat Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE with Sunroof. BASE PRICE: $21,120 for 1.8 T manual; $22,220 for 1.8 T automatic; $24,135 for 1.8 T Wolfsburg Edition; $26,020 for 1.8 T SE; $26,635 for 1.8 T Sport; $26,825 for TDI SE; $27,830 for 1.8 T SE with Sunroof and Navigation; $28,840 for TDI SE with Sunroof. TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size sedan.

  • VW Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Starting retail price, including destination charge, for the pleasantly styled, five-passenger Passat is just $23,040 with automatic transmission. It's only $21,940 with a five-speed manual. Plus, the Passat is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where reliability is rated at well above average with the base, turbo gasoline four cylinder and...

  • Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:55 AM ET

    So he moved to Denver, where legal pot dispensaries are plentiful and accessible. "The older ones are coming for medical, the younger ones are coming just because it's legal," said Brett Van Sickle, director of Denver's Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter, which has more than doubled its staff to accommodate the increase. Colorado's homeless population and its...

  • Church-based institutions ponder same-sex benefits Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    Many religious-based institutions are making no changes or sitting on the sideline, perhaps waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will settle whether gay couples should be able to marry in every state. The University of Notre Dame almost immediately decided to offer benefits to same-sex spouses after a court ruling in October cleared the way for gay...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. The EPA ruled that the ash can be treated like regular garbage, meaning regulating the stuff will be left up to states and watchful citizens. "We had to go to court to force EPA to issue this first-ever coal ash rule, and unfortunately, we will be back in court to force coal plants to...

  • Judge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:49 PM ET

    DOVER, Del.— A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia- based Dollar Tree Inc.. But some Family Dollar shareholders want the vote postponed until the board reviews a deal with Dollar General Corp., which has also bid for Matthews, North Carolina- based Family Dollar.

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. The Tennessee Valley Authority...

  • Dec 19- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states, and not the EPA, will be the primary enforcers of the new rules, which will require the closure of some coal ash holding ponds...

  • Lennon & Maisy working on picture book Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Lennon& Maisy, the Canadian-born music and acting team, will soon be Lennon& Maisy the co-authors. HarperCollins Publishers announced Friday that the young Stella sisters, stars of the TV series " Nashville," are working on the picture book "In the Waves." The illustrations will be by Steve Bjorkman.

  • Environmental groups say the practice of storing coal ash in holding ponds supported by permeable, earthen dikes leads both to contamination of surrounding groundwater and the risk of catastrophe when those dikes fail, as happened in Tennessee and at a site in North Carolina earlier this year. The EPA has said contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and cadmium...

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    "The regulatory uncertainty that has impeded the beneficial use of coal ash for half a decade has finally come to an end," said Thomas H. Adams, the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association. "EPA's final decision to regulate coal ash as a' non-hazardous' material puts science ahead of politics and clears the way for beneficial use of ash to begin growing...

  • UPDATE 3-FedEx profit misses expectations; stock down Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Dec 17- FedEx Corp on Wednesday posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings as results at its FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight units missed estimates, and it reiterated an outlook analysts consider conservative, sending its stock down nearly 5 percent. Both FedEx and main rival United Parcel Service Inc are in the final days of their peak holiday...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 17- Increased U.S. domestic and international volumes sparked higher quarterly profit at FedEx Corp, the package delivery company said on Wednesday, but quarterly earnings and its full-year outlook fell short of expectations. Both FedEx and main rival United Parcel Service Inc are in the final days of their holiday peak season, which has boomed...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 17- Package delivery company FedEx Corp reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as U.S. domestic package and international export volumes rose, and reaffirmed its full-year profit outlook. Both FedEx and main rival United Parcel Service Inc are in the final days of their holiday peak season, which has boomed over the past...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 17- Package delivery company FedEx Corp reported a 23 percent jump in quarterly profits on Wednesday driven by higher U.S. domestic package and international export volumes, but fell short of analyst expectations. The Memphis- based company reported net income of $616 million for the quarter ending Nov. 30, compared with $500 million a year earlier.

  • FedEx misses Street 2Q forecasts, but profit jumps 23 pct Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    FedEx's second-quarter earnings soared 23 percent, but the package delivery company missed Wall Street forecasts due partially to a lower-than-expected benefit from falling fuel prices. FedEx also said Wednesday that a jump in plane maintenance blunted gains the company reaped from managing costs, lowering its pension expense and growing its export...

  • Temporary tax breaks _ which ones affect you? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:. —A tax credit for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy. Nine states have no tax on wages: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game "Flappy Bird," bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie "...

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...