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  • 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...

  • US Congress readies new sanctions on Russia Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 3:14 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    U.S. lawmakers were expected on Friday to approve new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country's high-tech oil projects.

  • U.S. Congress readies new sanctions on Russia Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 12- U.S. lawmakers were expected on Friday to approve new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country's high-tech oil projects, putting more U.S. pressure on President Vladimir Putin for interference in eastern Ukraine. The bill, which will be sent to Obama to sign, requires him to apply sanctions on Russian state-owned...

  • NLRB issues rule to speed up union organizing Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the NLRB's "modest but important reforms" will help reduce delays and make it easier for workers to vote on forming a union. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the new rule will "hamstring employers facing organizing drives and give unions the upper hand." And the Retail Industry Leaders Association called it flawed and...

  • Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed. She said she was "enormously disappointed" the White House backed it. Less than three hours before the government was to run out of money, Pelosi...

  • *Treasury sells $13 bln 30- yr bonds to strong demand. NEW YORK, Dec 11- Long bonds rallied and the yield curve was the flattest in six years on Thursday after the government auction for 30- year bonds saw strong demand, selling at the lowest yields since 2012. A reach for yield has pushed investors to seek out longer-dated U.S. debt, with few alternatives for...