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  • 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...

  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    BOULDER CITY, Nev.— The Federal Aviation Administration is authorizing the first drone that will fly in Nevada as part of the federal drone test site program. Joe Heck were on hand Friday for the ceremony in Boulder City. Alaska, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia were the others.

  • Used car dealer CarMax 3Q profit up 22 pct Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— CarMax reported a 22 percent jump in third-quarter earnings Friday as the used car dealership chain sold more cars and expanded its footprint across the U.S. CarMax Inc., which runs more than 140 stores that mainly sell used cars and trucks, said revenue increased about 16 percent to $3.41 billion. CarMax opened four stores during the quarter,...

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials say. The Navy is also hiring at its three other public shipyards, with about 1,520 workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, about 850 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and...

  • SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan. Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said a test firing of the rocket engines earlier this week did not go precisely as planned at the Cape Canaveral launch pad. NASA says the delay will not affect the space station or its six occupants: two Americans, one Italian and three Russians. The space agency is paying SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. to launch supplies and...

  • Launch pad where rocket exploded back next year Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.— Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year. Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority provided news media outlets a tour of the...

  • 102K signatures for man trying to save home Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    Charlie Birnbaum's Change.org petition targets the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's plan to take the house in the shadow of the closed Revel Casino hotel, which overlooks a large swath of vacant land. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled last month that the state agency can use eminent domain to seize the house. Robert McNamara, an attorney...

  • Sony facing 2 suits by ex-workers over data breach Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    It contends that the latest data breaches are especially "surprising and egregious" because Sony Pictures has been repeatedly attacked over the years, including a 2011 hack that revealed millions of user accounts on Sony's PlayStation video-game network. The case filed by Susan Dukow and Yvonne Yaconelli alleges Sony violated California laws meant to...

  • Dec 15- SunCoke Energy Inc, which produces coke used in steelmaking, said it would more than halve its annual coal production and cut 175 jobs due to weak prices. It said it was also looking at other options, including hiring contractors to mine coal or purchasing coal for its 720,000- tons Jewell Coke facility in Virginia. The company's coal mining operations are...

  • AP Source: Justice won't ask Risen about source Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Justice Department has ruled out forcing New York Times reporter James Risen to divulge his source in the upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing government secrets, a person familiar with the matter said Friday night. The decision comes ahead of a court hearing set for next week at which Justice Department prosecutors had...

  • Reynolds, Lorillard set meetings to vote on merger Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:24 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. have scheduled special shareholder meetings to vote on their planned $25 billion merger. Reynolds announced the deal in July to combine the two companies, creating a formidable No. 2 to Richmond, Virginia- based rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA.

  • Bill bars Pentagon deals with Russian arms dealer Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Pentagon would be barred from entering into any contract with a Russian state arms dealer under a provision of the $1.1 trillion spending bill. The sweeping package includes a prohibition on Defense Department dealings with Rosoboronexport or any of its subsidiaries until Russia has withdrawn from the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine or the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 that made it all but impossible to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for alleged roles in overseas human rights abuses is proving to be a boon for U.S. firms too, court documents show. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, U.S. companies such as Chiquita Brands International Inc, IBM Corp and Ford Motor Co have...

  • Virginia sues highway guardrails manufacturer Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia sued a Texas company for selling the state "unapproved highway safety equipment" that was recently taken off the market, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Thursday. In the complaint filed in Richmond Circuit Court, Virginia is seeking civil penalties and possible costs relating to replacing products made by Trinity...

  • Podcast changes public perception of murder case Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    BALTIMORE— Like more than 1 million other faithful listeners, the family of convicted killer Adnan Syed eagerly awaits the next episode of a podcast investigating his murder case. Ever since Syed, a smart, athletic, popular Baltimore County high school student, was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and sent to prison for life, his family...

  • Budget deal takes aim, but misses on climate plans Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A congressional deal to finance the government chips away at some Obama administration energy and environmental programs, but leaves largely intact the president's plans on global warming— at least until Republicans take control of Congress next month. House Republicans did manage to attach measures to the $1.1 trillion spending bill to delay...

  • Trade authorization deal faces test from U.S. legislators Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 10- A push by the White House to woo free trade skeptics on Capitol Hill will help bills through the next Congress, but lawmakers are unlikely to simply wave through legislation that holds the key to deals covering two-thirds of the world economy. President Barack Obama plans to advocate for a bill allowing the administration to negotiate trade...

  • Hooker Furniture posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. _ Hooker Furniture Corp. on Wednesday reported profit of $3.2 million, or 30 cents per share, in its fiscal third quarter. The company, based in Martinsville, Virginia, posted revenue of $63.2 million in the period. Hooker Furniture shares have fallen 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • SAIC tops Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    MCLEAN, Va. _ Science Applications International Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $37 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 74 cents per share. Analysts expected $967 million, according to Zacks.