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  • Tobacco cos. make payments under state settlement Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The nation's top cigarette makers said Tuesday they have made about $6 billion in annual payments as part of a longstanding settlement in which some companies are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

  • Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system. Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested Tuesday that current regulatory rules might not be enough to prevent the kind of risk-taking that triggered the 2008 financial crisis and nearly toppled the entire banking system.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products. The 1.1 percent jump reported by the Commerce Department on Monday was the best showing since September 2012. WASHINGTON— The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return?

  • 2014 Pulitzer winners in journalism and arts Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    Public Service: The Guardian US and The Washington Post. Investigative Reporting: Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.. Explanatory Reporting: Eli Saslow of The Washington Post.

  • Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    A 2009 law gave the FDA the power to regulate a number of aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing, though it cannot ban nicotine or cigarettes outright. The proposed FDA regulation was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review in October.

  • Rocket leak delays space station delivery launch Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. With just over an hour remaining, the SpaceX company called off Monday's planned launch. Over the weekend, NASA almost postponed the launch attempt because of a computer outage at the International Space Station.

  • Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation accidents, recommended in February 1999 that federal regulators issue new standards for large buses, also known as motorcoaches, so that after an accident passengers can easily open windows and emergency exits.

  • CenturyLink: Washington 911 outage due to vendor Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 8:52 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Dispatchers who couldn't answer the 911 call of Washington woman facing an intruder are deeply troubled by the statewide system failure but relieved she wasn't injured, the dispatch center's executive director said Friday. The 911 outage lasted about seven hours early Thursday and was resolved at about 7 a.m., CenturyLink said.

  • Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen.

  • GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack Obama's trustworthiness.

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

  • Frozen food makers plan PR push as sales slip Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    Kraig Naasz, president of the American Frozen Food Institute, confirmed that the industry trade group plans to launch the "multiyear, multimillion dollar" campaign in early May. It's the biggest marketing push on behalf of the industry to date and the first to include national TV ads, according to the American Frozen Food Institute.

  • IKEA buying Illinois wind-energy project Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.

  • Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    MONROE, La.— Embattled Louisiana Rep. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress, "Jindal said. There was milder pressure from Washington, where House Speaker John Boehner said after talking to McAllister, "He's got decisions that he has to make.

  • Bob Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, was speaking as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, which adopted a bill to rewrite the rules governing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • Va. ethanol plant finds life, investments Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    HOPEWELL, Va.— A bio-energy plant in Hopeful completed in 2010 but never opened has found new life. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday Vireol Bio Energy LLC will invest $26.2 million to begin production at the plant, creating 70 jobs.

  • Judge slaps State Department over Blackwater Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department over years of delays in prosecuting Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007..

  • Rep. Moran loses bid to boost lawmakers' pay Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A retiring congressman has lost his quixotic bid to give members of Congress $25 a day to help with their living expenses in Washington. Members of Congress earn $174,000 a year and are supposed to receive annual cost-of-living pay raises.

  • CVS goes cold turkey; may pressure rivals, or not Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    It's probably too early to say, but major retailers will be paying close attention to the sales numbers after CVS Caremark pulls tobacco from its shelves by October. CVS Caremark Corp. is part of a booming industry. In that same stretch since early February, shares of rivals Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. have surged as well.

  • P&G selling pet food brands to Mars for $2.9B Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    MCLEAN, Virginia— Procter& Gamble is crying uncle on the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers. Brands included in the deal include Iams, Eukanuba and Natura in North America, Latin America and certain other countries. The only business not included is in European Union countries.

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