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  • Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    The first two reactors built after a 16- year lull, Southern Co.' s Vogtle plant in Georgia and SCANA Corp.' s VC Summer plant in South Carolina, are being assembled in large modules. The factory in Louisiana that constructed the prefabricated sections struggled to meet strict quality rules.

  • China pork giant WH Group makes 2nd IPO attempt Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering after abandoning its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand. WH Group originally planned to raise more than double that amount earlier this year but investors were turned off at a time when financial markets were turbulent.

  • Air travel a leap of faith for passengers Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    But we also shouldn't worry too much, "says Phil Derner, founder of the aviation enthusiast website NYC Aviation. Then you would say there's a systemic problem here, but each event is unique, "said Jon Beatty, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, an airline industry-supported nonprofit in Alexandria, Virginia, that promotes global aviation safety.

  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Less than one in 2 million flights last year ended in an accident in which the plane was damaged beyond repair, according to the International Air Transport Association.

  • US issues 186 mining citations in June Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    MSHA cited as examples Thursday coal mines in Virginia and West Virginia. Twenty-five citations were issued at the Dickenson-Russell Coal Co. LLC's Cherokee Mine in Dickenson County, Virginia. The West Virginia inspection occurred at Rhino Eastern LLC's Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County.

  • Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    MIAMI— Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. The Associated Press has reviewed Close's various subsidy amounts and dates to verify the information, but she asked that her financial information and medical history not be published for privacy reasons.

  • Survey: honey bee colony losses in Va. continue Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia continues to see steep honey bee colony losses. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says a survey from October through April found that nearly 33 percent of managed honey bee colonies in the state died.

  • *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.