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  • SpaceX launches 3-D printer, other station gear Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 1:53 AM ET

    In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space station supplies for NASA. "What a beautiful morning it was," said Sam Scimemi, NASA's space station division director. Sunday was a red-letter day for NASA in more ways than one.

  • Va.'s jobless rate rises to 5.6 pct in August Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose to 5.6 percent in August. Virginia's jobless rate has increased for the past four months. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 24 states and Washington, D.C., fell in 15 and was unchanged in 11 states.

  • Broken rail blamed for 2012 Ohio train derailment Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    Two people were injured and about 100 residents were told to evacuate when the Norfolk Southern train slipped the rails north of downtown Columbus around 2 a.m. on July 11, 2012, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The Norfolk, Virginia- based railroad had nothing to add to the NTSB report, Norfolk Southern Corp. spokesman Dave Pidgeon said in an email Friday.

  • In wake of beheadings, Busch Gardens removes props Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    TAMPA, Fla.— Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.

  • 3 N. Carolina hospital chains partner to cut costs Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— Growing pressure to cut medical costs is pushing three regional hospital chains operating hundreds of locations across North Carolina to combine purchasing and standardize some medical practices, the hospitals said Wednesday.

  • Navy Secretary: Submarine to be named USS Vermont Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years.

  • Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:33 PM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 17- Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.

  • Report: More needed to improve oil train safety Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    BNSF Railway can make immediate safety improvements in the mile-long 100- year-old rail tunnel that runs under downtown Seattle, including installing radio communication, a fire suppression system to release water and foam, and a permanent ventilation system, according to the report written by Barb Graff, who directs the city's office of emergency management, and Seattle assistant fire chief A.D. Vickery.

  • Online grocer Relay Foods to expand Va. operations Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Online grocer Relay Foods is planning to invest more than $710,000 to expand its operations in Richmond, creating 75 jobs. Terry McAuliffe says the expansion of Relay Foods' fulfillment center accommodates increased local demand and supports its entry into new markets.

  • Sacramento- based Calpers said on Monday it was pulling about $4 billion from a total of 30 hedge funds it was invested in under its Absolute Return Strategies portfolio, citing costs and difficulty in maintaining the program. BlueTrend, owned by U.K.- based BlueCrest Capital Management, could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors. WASHINGTON— American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. IPOs, according to research by Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida.

  • Navy prison redevelopment plan moving forward Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's shuttered prison. The Navy is trying for a third time to breathe life into the fortress-like structure that has priceless views of the Atlantic Ocean but also needs millions of dollars of repairs.

  • West Virginia's uninsured dropped 3.5 percent Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both West Virginia and Virginia saw modest decreases in the number of uninsured residents last year. The U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday shows the number of uninsured people in West Virginia dropped from 264,000 in 2012 to 255,000 last year— about 3.5 percent. Virginia's dropped from 1 million in 2012 to 991,000 last year— about 1 percent.

  • Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, federal officials said Tuesday.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 16- Nextel operator NII Holdings Inc is hanging on to its Brazilian unit even though the welterweight mobile carrier has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and sold off other Latin American operations.

  • US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Va.— Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.

  • CBS signs affiliate deal with Media General Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS Corp. said Monday that it signed a long-term deal to continue broadcasting its programs on 12 television stations owned by Media General. "We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country," said Ray Hopkins, president of CBS Corp.' s television distribution division, in a statement.

  • Dominion to buy 2 solar projects in Calif. Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Dominion Resources is planning to buy two solar projects in California. The projects in Kings, Kern and Marin counties in California would add 42 megawatts of solar power to its portfolio.

  • Virginia income tax dependence cited in report Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia is among the states whose coffers depend most on a state income tax, and a recent report links a decline in the growth rate of state income tax revenues to the rising concentration of income for the richest households.

  • Companies tied to Spaceport up for space contract Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Two of the three companies competing for more than $3 billion to launch "space-taxi" flights have ties to southern New Mexico's Spaceport America, the Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday.