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  • Extra jurors seated for long Ga. salmonella trial Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— After three days of jury selection, a panel with plenty of extra members was seated Thursday to hear the case of three people charged in connection with a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week moving average dipped to 297,250, the lowest reading since April 2006. New York: Down 18,663, due to fewer layoffs in education, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance.

  • But the new plane's longer fuselage sections will be "too long to be transported efficiently" from North Charleston to Everett, Washington, where Boeing has two 787 s assembly lines, Boeing said in a statement.

  • Jurors told salmonella trial may exceed 2 months Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a southwest Georgia peanut plant could keep jurors tied up for more than two months, the trial judge said Wednesday.

  • Feds probing for fraud in DC building projects Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press. Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S.

  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of HealthCare.gov, the portal for millions of uninsured Americans.

  • MeadWestvaco 2Q profit climbs 2.8 percent Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— MeadWestvaco Corp. on Wednesday reported net income that rose by 2.8 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The Richmond, Virginia- based company said profit increased to $73 million, or 43 cents per share, from $71 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • Dominion 2Q profit falls 21 percent Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Dominion Resources Inc. on Wednesday reported profit that declined by 21 percent in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The Richmond, Virginia- based company said earnings fell to $159 million, or 27 cents per share, from $202 million, or 35 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • Drop in e-cigarette sales hurts Lorillard profit Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Newport maker Lorillard Inc.' s profit fell 4.2 percent in the second quarter as sales of its market-leading Blu electronic cigarettes dropped and it sold fewer cigarettes.

  • Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:57 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges.

  • The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    McLEAN, Va.— Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. Between his wife, six daughters, friends, neighbors and relatives, there are often 40 people dining. "I'm not a gourmet chef," Nassetta says.

  • Small cars fare poorly in crash tests Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500 L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an Arlington, Va.- based safety group that's funded by insurers.

  • Arch Coal, like other U.S. miners, is struggling with dismally low coal prices and has been trying to cut costs and lower production of low-margin metallurgical, or steel-making, coal. Last week, Arch Coal said it would idle its Cumberland River coal complex in Kentucky and Virginia, lowering its full-year metallurgical coal volumes by about 200,000 tons.

  • Arch Coal posts bigger 2Q loss Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened partly because of nagging rail disruptions and weaker prices for coal used in making steel, though cost controls helped the coal producer's latest earnings surpass analysts' expectations.

  • Reynolds American 2Q profit climbs 6.7 percent Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Reynolds American Inc. said Tuesday that its profit rose by 6.7 percent in its second quarter as higher cigarette and smokeless tobacco prices helped to offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.

  • Indian senior community part of growing niche Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:04 AM ET

    TAVARES, Fla.— When Arun and Usha Pancholi were deciding where to spend their retirement years, they wanted a place that combined the culture and camaraderie of life in India with the comforts and conveniences they had grown accustomed to after nearly five decades in Minnesota and Ohio.

  • Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either. Even some lawmakers say they never heard of the Export-Import Bank before becoming members of Congress.

  • US whale watching boat stranded overnight at sea Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed that the 83- foot Cetacea strayed into a restricted area, and the company said it was cooperating with a Coast Guard investigation.

  • Mining deaths on rise, 22 in first half of 2014 Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    ARLINGTON, Va.— Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013 and 19 for the same period in 2012.. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration on Monday released its mid-year summary of fatal accidents. The report shows eight coal miners died in the first half of the year.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Federal appeals court upholds judge's ruling that Va. gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.