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  • SPRINGFIELD, Va., May 22- Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence. The National Security Agency's page premiered this week, and the Defense...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio- based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Carton egg prices reached a record Friday of $2.32 a dozen for Midwest large eggs, said...

  • WASHINGTON— America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican senators advanced legislation Thursday that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis. But it received no support from Democrats, making its chances of Senate passage slim. Now tables have been turned by last November's...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The largest overhaul of U.S. financial industry reform since the 2008 crisis hit a roadblock on Thursday, as a regulation relief bill passed a Senate committee with zero Democrats in support. Wall Street dodged a tough provision as Republican Senator David Vitter withdrew his amendments, the most significant being a minimum 10 percent...

  • About 14,000 South Dakota residents have individual insurance plans that are compliant with the ACA through the company, which makes up about 4 percent of its total members in the state. In South Dakota and Iowa, Wellmark has so far decided not to join the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, but still allows members who do not receive...

  • Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar. The 330 Family Dollar stores represent about $45.5 million in operating income, Dollar Tree said. Dollar Tree, which is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, currently operates...

  • NEW YORK— Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. At the time Lumber Liquidators said that it decided to suspend the sales while a board committee completes a review of its sourcing compliance program. Lumber Liquidators has sent thousands of free air testing...

  • Advance Auto Parts misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    ROANOKE, Va. _ Advance Auto Parts Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $148.1 million. Advance Auto Parts expects full-year earnings in the range of $8.10 to $8.30 per share. Advance Auto Parts shares have dropped almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Dollar Tree misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. _ Dollar Tree Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $69.5 million. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.2 billion. For the current quarter ending in July, Dollar Tree expects its per-share earnings to range from 63 cents to 68 cents.

  • Booz Allen misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 7:27 AM ET

    MCLEAN, Va. _ Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $43.4 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.4 billion.

  • FRANKFURT, May 21- Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study. By 2024, mobile networks will see machine-to-machine connections jump 10- fold to 2.3...

  • The reason: for more than four years, Fiorina- who has an estimated net worth of up to $120 million- didn't pay them, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows. But some former staffers on her Senate campaign are now raising questions about that portrayal. FEC records show, for example, that her former campaign manager Martin Wilson was owed $80,500; legal...

  • Gladstone Investment posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:31 PM ET

    MCLEAN, Va. _ Gladstone Investment Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $29.2 million. The McLean, Virginia- based company said it had net income of $1.11 per share. Gladstone Investment shares have risen nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CareFirst says data breach affects about 1.1M people Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    They also didn't get access to Social Security numbers, medical claims, or credit cards, and the company said there is no evidence of other breaches. It provides health insurance and services to 3.4 million people in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The company is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to...

  • May 20- CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which sells health insurance in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, said on Wednesday that a cyberattack compromised the data of 1.1 million current and former members. Anthem Inc, the second-largest U.S. insurer, said early this year that the records of 80 million people were accessed by hackers.

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls since 2008 Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:24 PM ET

    Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the air bag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents. 2011: April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • NEW LONDON, Conn.— President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and the military sworn to defend it, he told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. Marine Corps is "tracking very well" toward declaring a squadron of 10 F-35 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp ready for initial combat use by July 15, Lieutenant General Jon Davis, the top general in charge of Marine Corps aviation, said on Tuesday. In a step toward that goal, the Marine Corps will use an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft to...