• SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After more than a year of public criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. She hasn't improved since Sunday, when she and her husband went to Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan after church.

  • Aug 15- The first crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • JC Penney posts narrower 2Q loss, sales rise Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    PLANO, Texas— J.C. Penney Co. reported a narrower loss for its second quarter that beat Wall Street expectations. The results offer some encouraging signs that Penney is recovering from a botched transformation plan by former CEO Ron Johnson that resulted in massive losses and plunging sales.

  • IRS failed to do background checks on contractors Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government investigator said Thursday.

  • Chemical-filled tea burns woman at Utah restaurant Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. She hasn't improved since Sunday, when she and her husband went to Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan after church.

  • LONDON/ FARGO, North Dakota, Aug 14- Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday announced the sale of two onshore U.S. shale gas assets in exchange for $2.1 billion and acreage in different gas-rich areas as the energy company restructures its North America business and reins in costs.

  • Retail gasoline prices slip 3 cents across Texas Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    IRVING, Texas— Retail gasoline prices across Texas have slipped 3 cents this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump settled at $3.29 per gallon. El Paso has the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week at $3.38 per gallon.

  • 6 workers suffer burns in East Texas mine accident Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    THERMO, Texas— Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Hopkins County Fire Department Chief Kevin Yates says hot ash and burning embers fell on the workers. The other five were transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

  • Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.

  • Aug 13- When Amazon.com Inc was developing its most advanced tablet to date, it asked a little-known company to solve a tricky problem with the screen: how to produce rich colors without draining battery life.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- Common soil bacteria injected into solid cancers in pet dogs and one human patient shrank many of the tumors, scientists reported on Wednesday.

  • Teen lives undetected at Texas Wal-Mart for 2 days Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    CORSICANA, Texas— A teenager lived undetected for two days at a 24- hour Wal-Mart in Texas after running away from his aunt's home, police said Wednesday. When the employee at the Supercenter pushed aside the boxes, a number of items were found indicating the teen had been staying awhile, Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said.

  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. Of the 8 million people who signed up for private coverage through President Barack Obama's law, more than 2 million at one point had discrepancies of some sort that affected their eligibility.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 12- Beef Products Inc will reopen a Kansas processing plant on Monday to boost production of "lean finely textured beef," which critics call "pink slime," as wholesale beef prices soar with a shrinking U.S. cattle herd.

  • LONDON/ HOUSTON, Aug 12- U.S. refiners will refrain from buying more Kurdish crude oil until a long-running dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan is settled, while Washington urges both sides to set aside their differences and helps them tackle Sunni militants.

  • Fitch lowers outlook on Dean Foods, citing costs Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Fitch lowered its ratings outlook on the credit of Dean Foods Tuesday, a day after rising costs forced the milk producer to withdraw its guidance for the year. Dean Foods Co., based in Dallas, is the largest milk processor in the U.S., and its brands include Mayfield, Oak Farms and Tuscan. The stock edged up 6 cents to $15.26 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

  • KiOR warns of bankruptcy Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Struggling biofuel firm KiOR says in a financial filing that it will run out of money by September and that bankruptcy could follow. The Mississippi Development Authority has agreed to delay payments until the end of October to give KiOR time to raise new money or sell the company.

  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status.