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  • Founder of huge defense contractor SAIC dies Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO, Calif.— J. Robert Beyster, a scientist-turned-entrepreneur who founded a small technology firm called Science Applications International Corp. and built it into one of the largest, most influential defense contractors in the country, has died at age 90.. Beyster died Monday of natural causes at his San Diego home, according to a statement from his...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in midnight screenings in a smattering of U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day, drawing moviegoers who said they supported the studio's decision to stand up to efforts to censor the low-budget comedy. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the film...

  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. "So we gather up a lot of evidence, and the evidence that the FBI has shown so far doesn't allow one to distinguish...

  • Drones become popular holiday gifts Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    Best Buy expanded its selection from one last year to eight different models in stores and five more online because of rising demand. BHPhoto.com now offers 140- plus models online that range from $50.99 to $6500. Will Leverett, 40, from Austin, Texas, bought himself the DJI Phantom 2, and has been using it to take aerial shots of his ranch in Central Texas.

  • *European shares gain on U.S., Spain, Portugal data. *Brent crude oil steadies above $60 a barrel. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. and European shares rose on Tuesday, with the Dow industrials topping 18,000 for the first time after an unexpectedly strong report on U.S. economic growth supported risk appetite and eased concerns about falling oil prices.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. He said the latest attack was very recent and one timestamp associated with the Java file was from Dec. 16, the same day Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Afghanistan's chief...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. He said the latest attack was very recent and one timestamp associated with the Java file was from Dec. 16, the same day Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Kazakhstan to...

  • Judge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:49 PM ET

    DOVER, Del.— A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia- based Dollar Tree Inc.. But some Family Dollar shareholders want the vote postponed until the board reviews a deal with Dollar General Corp., which has also bid for Matthews, North Carolina- based Family Dollar.

  • Recalls this week: Bean bag chairs, toy monkeys Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    DETAILS: Bean bag chairs sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kroger, Meijer and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon, Bean Bag Company, Groupon, Kohls, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Wayfair and other online retailers. They were sold between January 2010 and October 2013 for up to $40. FOR MORE: Contact Comfort Research at 844-578-8933 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET...

  • 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.— An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. Company and FAA officials said the drone wasn't damaged. "Protocol is to troubleshoot the problem," said Bruce...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...