• Obama has room to maneuver on immigration changes Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | 1:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? Here is what Obama could not do without approval from Congress: He couldn't generally give large groups of immigrants permission to remain permanently in the United States, and he couldn't grant them American citizenship.

  • Coal struggle endures with W.Va. mine layoff plans Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— From Boone County banker Lee Milam's experience, each round of coal mine layoffs that hits southern West Virginia stifles his community's already-fragile economy. Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October.

  • PARIS, Aug 1- Airbus's summer sales campaign with the new A330neo airliner has triggered warnings of potential oversupply in the wide-body market and of a bruising price battle as the older-generation model undercuts rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

  • Jason Mraz's first summer job? Sweaty, hard work Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 1- Summer jobs: The very mention brings up memories of low pay, long hours and sweaty, clueless teenagers who don't really know what they're doing. JASON MRAZ, SINGER AND SONGWRITER. "My dad was a fence contractor in Mechanicsville, Virginia, so my first paying gig was building fences.

  • Hilton 2Q earnings jump 35 pct to $209 million Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    MCLEAN, Va.— Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.' s second-quarter earnings rose 35 percent and topped Wall Street expectations. The McLean, Virginia, hotelier said Friday it earned $209 million, or 21 cents per share, in the three months that ended June 30.

  • Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 5:12 AM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said Friday as they opened a rare case seeking criminal punishment for corporate workers over food poisoning.

  • CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 12:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.

  • 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.