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  • *General Dynamics, Northrop beat profit estimates. *General Dynamics reports higher aerospace orders. July 23- U.S. weapons makers General Dynamics Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp raised their 2014 profit forecasts as cost cutting allowed them to improve profitability even as defense spending by the U.S. government remained low.

  • Fitness company to expand Va manufacturing plant Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Fitness equipment maker Core Health& Fitness is planning to invest $2 million to expand a Grayson County manufacturing plant, creating 250 jobs. Vancouver, Washington- based Core Health& Fitness says it will continue to make Nautilus equipment as well as other fitness equipment brands such as Star Trac and StairMaster.

  • Norfolk Southern 2Q profit rises 21 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    NORFOLK, Va.— Norfolk Southern executives are optimistic about the economy after delivering a 21 percent rise in second-quarter profit as the railroad hauled more freight. The Norfolk, Virginia- based railroad reported net income of $562 million, or $1.79 per share, in the quarter.

  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • July 22- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by stronger price realizations in the United States and higher sales volumes in Australia.

  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    In that first ruling, a divided three-judge panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums, saying financial aid can be provided only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges.

  • Gannett Co. 2Q profit rises 83 percent Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    MCLEAN, Va.— Gannett Co. on Tuesday reported earnings that nearly doubled in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The Mclean, Virginia- based company said net income increased to $208.5 million, or 90 cents per share, from $113.6 million, or 48 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Federal appeals court in Virginia rules in Obama administration's favor on health subsidies.

  • Marlboro maker Altria's 2Q profit stays flat Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Marlboro maker Altria Group posted flat second-quarter earnings Tuesday as higher prices helped to offset decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.

  • Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 PM ET

    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ordered the FDA on Monday to reconstitute the tobacco panel and barred the agency from using its older report on menthol cigarettes.

  • Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. In another major tobacco trial, a $28 billion verdict in a 2002 case in Los Angeles turned into $28 million after appeals.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Microsoft makes design central to its future. Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food— or "food concepts," he says, such as dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

  • Thirst for US craft beer grows overseas Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    The move also marks a continuing departure from the status quo of mass market lagers or stouts, demonstrating a willingness of American breweries to explore— and innovate— old world beer styles from Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.

  • RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    MIAMI— The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola jury "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law."

  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    MIAMI— A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.

  • NC company recalls chicken due to misbranding Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina company is recalling approximately 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees because they were mislabeled and contain milk, an allergen not declared on the label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall by B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday.

  • FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Products like "Super Freeze 22 a" have been selling mostly online or over the telephone to home owners and "do-it-yourselfers," circumventing stores and regulators, the FBI said on its website.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- The Obama administration on Friday approved a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling.

  • July 18- The Vatican has become enmeshed in a struggle between Hewlett-Packard Co and Michael Lynch, the former CEO of the UK software company Autonomy Corp bought by HP in 2011 in a deal that led to a big loss for the U.S. technology giant.