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  • Vencore's owner, private equity firm Veritas Capital Management LLC, has hired Stone Key Group LLC and Wells Fargo& Co to advise on an auction for the company, three people said on Friday. Veritas Capital and Wells Fargo declined to comment. Veritas Capital bought the company, which was previously called SI Organization Inc, from Lockheed Martin Corp for $815...

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • PHILADELPHIA— A U.S. appeals court Friday overturned a jury verdict and awarded a Philadelphia family the rights to 10 rare gold coins that could fetch $80 million. Mint in Philadelphia before the 1933 series was melted down when the country went off the gold standard. Her sons, entertainment lawyer Roy Langbord of New York City and David Langbord of Virginia...

  • ARLINGTON, Va.— ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry on Thursday after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk's intelligence, job and appearance. McHenry, a Washington- based reporter for the sports network since March 2014, turned to Twitter to apologize. Advanced Towing Co. released a statement Friday afternoon saying neither the clerk nor...

  • Access National posts 1Q profit Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    CHANTILY, Va. _ Access National Corp. on Friday reported first-quarter profit of $3.6 million. Access National shares have risen 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Access National, Earnings Report.

  • Clifford spoke on a visit to Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that have cost Midwest producers over 2 million turkeys and chickens since early March. He said the fact that the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus has already appeared as far east as southern Ontario means there's an uncomfortable risk of it spreading to the East Coast where much of the U.S....

  • "It's important to us to tackle climate change everywhere we are," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environmental initiatives, told The Associated Press. "When you talk about China, you're talking about manufacturing partners. The new solar project in China has a capacity of 40 megawatts, which is smaller than some projects Apple has announced in the...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    Now they're preparing for the worst, said Donna Carver, extension veterinarian at North Carolina State University. The highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain has turned up since December in commercial poultry farms, backyard flocks wild birds in the Pacific and Central flyways, but it's done the most damage in the heavily traveled Mississippi Flyway,...

  • CHICAGO, April 15- Low oil prices and the strong U.S. dollar made for a somewhat painful first quarter for major U.S. railroads CSX Corp and Norfolk Southern Corp, and may continue to weigh on their profits. Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward told Reuters the reduced outlook reflected the impact of the strong dollar, low oil prices and the weak coal market.

  • A look at states with the most deaths from submerged dams Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    Since the 1950 s, at least 441 people have died at 235 submerged dams in 38 states. Maryland, Ohio, Texas: 14 each. Source: Brigham Young University database.

  • Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    "The builders of these dams have created a very elegant trap for human beings," said Nate Hoogeveen, who heads river programs for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. More than one-third of the deaths have occurred in Iowa, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Other top states for low-head dam deaths include Illinois, California, Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

  • WASHINGTON— A former CEO and two former top executives at mortgage giant Freddie Mac have settled a government lawsuit. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement late Tuesday with former Freddie CEO Richard Syron; Patricia Cook, an executive vice president and chief business officer; and Donald Bisenius, a senior vice president.

  • OMAHA, Neb.— CSX Corp.' s first-quarter profit grew 11 percent as it benefited from lower fuel costs, and the railroad announced plans Tuesday to repurchase $2 billion of stock. The Jacksonville, Florida- based railroad sounded considerably more optimistic than its biggest competitor in the Eastern United States. Norfolk Southern warned investors Monday that...

  • This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. Beyer insists the mobile app's $50 million in fundraising had nothing to do with it. Congress is expected to take up legislation this year that would make it tougher for people like Beyer to claim patent infringement, and put...

  • NEW YORK— Railroad operator Norfolk Southern is forecasting disappointing first-quarter results as demand for coal continued to fall. Norfolk Southern Corp. said coal shipments were down, with a significant decrease in coal exports the biggest factor. Norfolk Southern's revenue from coal shipping fell 6 percent in 2014..

  • A global development financier's Silicon Valley foray Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 13- San Francisco- based startup Planet Labs, a company that aims to blanket the skies with low-cost satellites, has raised nearly $140 million from investors that include Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and SpaceX backer Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Now, the company has raised an additional $20 million from an unlikely contender: the venture...

  • Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died. Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Sabra Dipping Co. announced a recall...

  • *Some models backlogged through June. SAN FRANCISCO/ PARIS, April 10- Customers preordering Apple Inc's smartwatch on Friday will have to wait at least a month for delivery, an early sign of strong demand for company chief Tim Cook's first new major product. Without knowing how many watches consumers have ordered, Wall Street analysts said it was too early to...

  • WASHINGTON— Government advisers recommended against a proposal by Swedish Match to market its smokeless tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes and other tobacco products. Swedish Match has asked the FDA to drop those warnings from its U.S. offerings, including brands such as Longhorn, Timber Wolf and General snus. Stockholm- based Swedish Match also...