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  • Orbital Sciences is worth about $1 billion. Energiya said the contract is worth about $1 billion but the precise sum is a commercial secret. Virginia- based Orbital insisted last month the deal was worth "significantly below" $1 billion.

  • Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    Marilyn Tavenner's departure underscores the uncertainty overshadowing President Barack Obama's health care law nearly five years after its party-line passage by a then-Democratic-led Congress. Tavenner survived the technology meltdown that initially paralyzed HealthCare.gov, and she remained in place even as her boss, former Health and Human...

  • But it's believed to have introduced numerous invaders to U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes, including zebra mussels, spotted jellyfish and Japanese shore crabs, along with bacteria and viruses. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard have set limits on the number of live organisms ballast water can contain, based on standards proposed...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 14- A Massachusetts meat company is recalling 33,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Wednesday. The agency said J&G Foods, Inc, in Sutton, Massachusetts recalled the product that consists of one-pound vacuum sealed...

  • WASHINGTON— The Justice Department on Wednesday announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during criminal leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional levels of review before a journalist can be subpoenaed. The Justice Department released its new guidelines...

  • ISS encourages Family Dollar and Dollar Tree deal Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    MATTHEWS, N.C.— Family Dollar Stores Inc. said Wednesday that a proxy advisory firm recommends shareholders vote for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc.. Family Dollar has rejected numerous approaches from Dollar General, the latest worth $9.1 billion in cash, in favor of an $8.5 billion cash-and-stock offer from Dollar Tree. Family Dollar, based in Matthews,...

  • CHICAGO— United Airlines is considering cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country and hiring a contractor to do the work. He said United was discussing the matter with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the affected workers. United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $1.12 billion in the first...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to approve legislation that creates new hurdles for agencies writing federal regulations, a plan the White House opposes. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it passes the U.S. Senate. In a statement on Monday, the White House said the law would "impose...

  • Secretary of Labor Joe Main visited an underground coal mine Tuesday in southern Indiana to see a demonstration of the safety technology, which is called a proximity detector. Main's agency, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, said the most common cause of the 40 deaths at all the nation's mines last year involved powered hauling and mining...

  • U of Kentucky, Lorillard agree on use of 'Blu Nation' Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 3:37 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The University of Kentucky and Lorillard Inc. have settled a trademark dispute after the school opposed the tobacco company's use of "Blu Nation" for its e-cigarette loyalty program. The Greensboro, North Carolina- based company said Tuesday it has reached a non-financial agreement that will allow both parties to use their respective slogans "Blu...

  • Republicans press attacks on Obama agenda Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    Obama invited his antagonists to the White House for their first face-to-face meeting since the new Republican-controlled Congress convened. But their show of cordiality for the cameras did little to mask the partisan hostilities between Capitol Hill and the White House. Back at the Capitol, the Senate debated legislation to force the administration to...

  • Supreme Court clarifies rules for rescinding mortgages Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that home buyers don't need to file a lawsuit, but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act. The decision came in a case involving Larry and Cheryle Jesinoski, a Minnesota couple who refinanced their home in 2007 with...

  • LOS ANGELES— Shares of KB Home fell to a two-year low Tuesday, after the homebuilder's fourth-quarter earnings missed expectations and its CEO said demand in some of its markets was weakening. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were 27 cents per share, falling short of the 52 cents per share analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected.

  • BRISTOL, Va.— Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says president Paul Vining is resigning to become CEO of another coal-related company. Alpha says chief commercial officer Brian Sullivan and mining operations executive Keith Hainer will take on expanded responsibilities after Vining leaves. The company operates 60 affiliated coal mines throughout Virginia,...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Tuesday that recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military's U.S. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past. The White House is hoping a recent spate of cyberattacks and data breaches— including November's hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the administration...

  • GROTON, Conn.— With U.S. attack submarines sidelined by extended delays at government shipyards, the Navy is turning to private companies to perform more of the maintenance work on the nuclear-powered vessels. The companies expected to bid on new contracts for overhaul work are Electric Boat, a Groton- based division of General Dynamics, and Virginia's Newport...

  • Jan 9- A fire on Friday at an Amazon.com Inc data center under construction in Virginia was quickly extinguished and all workers at the site left safely, the company and county officials said. Workers who were on the roof when the fire broke out were able to extricate themselves safely, "said Mary Maguire, a Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management...

  • Jan 9- An under-construction data center of Amazon.com Inc in Loudoun County, Virginia, caught fire early on Friday, according to The Carolina's Emergency Incident Notification Network's page on Twitter. Workers who were on the roof when the fire broke out were able to extricate themselves safely, "said Mary Maguire, a Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency...

  • U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014 Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 31- The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery. The Federal Aviation Administration turned a draft of the rules- the first major overhaul of the regulations- over to the White House on Oct. 23, and...

  • 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...