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  • Gov't office cracks down on working from home Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:01 PM ET
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seal is displayed outside the headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Patent examiners who work from home full time must abide by new rules, but critics in Congress questioned whether the policy was tough enough.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has tightened supervision of patent examiners who work full-time from home, an official said on Tuesday, but critics in Congress questioned whether the office was not going far enough to curb abuse. The estimated 5,000 patent examiners who work from home full time must now be available electronically when...

  • Wisconsin agency proposes fee for electric cars Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes...

  • San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO— The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5- billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought. The Orange County Water District, which serves 2.4 million people in California, plans to boost production of recycled water next year...

  • Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    The decision was highly anticipated by environmentalists and the energy industry because about half of the George Washington National Forest sits atop the Marcellus shale formation, a vast underground deposit of natural gas that runs from upstate New York to West Virginia and yields more than $10 billion in gas a year. "We think we've ended up in a much better...

  • Judge: New Jersey can take piano tuner's home Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:13 PM ET

    Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez, who heard final arguments in an Atlantic City courtroom last month, ruled that the state agency can use eminent domain to seize the house in the shadow of the closed Revel Casino Hotel, citing an "appropriate public purpose" for the property. Robert McNamara, an attorney representing Birnbaum from the Virginia- based Institute...

  • Cost of booze rising in Virginia after board vote Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    Terry McAuliffe proposed the price increase as a small part of a broader plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget. Jeffrey Painter, chairman of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said the average price of a bottle of the hard stuff at the state's 350 package stores is $15. The cost is borne not only by customers at retail stores, but...

  • AP IMPACT: 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— All but broken by her son's violent and unexplained seizures, by so many panicked trips from the crib to the emergency room, Jeffrey McCord's mom thought her desperate search for both answers and help was finally over. A system intended to speed help to vaccine-injured Americans has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families, The...

  • Wisconsin agency proposes fee for electric cars Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes...

  • Reynolds launching heat-not-burn cigarette Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Reynolds American Inc. is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company said Monday that it will begin selling Revo— a cigarette that uses a carbon tip that heats tobacco after being lit— in...

  • Va. crop report forecasts peanut, cotton gains Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The latest Virginia crop report forecasts gains in soybean, cotton and peanut production. Corn producers are expected to harvest 350,000 acres, a decline of 10,000 acres from last year. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the forecasts are based on conditions as of Nov. 1.

  • Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond marks milestone Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is marking its 100th anniversary. The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia. Branch offices of the Richmond Fed opened in Baltimore in 1918 and in Charlotte in 1927. More than...

  • Federal ban sought for animal testing on cosmetics Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 3:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on the issue when the new Congress convenes next January.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- Credit Suisse AG will face a public hearing over whether or not the U.S. government should allow the Swiss bank to manage Americans' retirement funds after its decision to plead guilty to tax crimes. The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday solicited public input for a Jan. 15 hearing on whether to issue its recommended 10- year exemption for Credit...

  • CEO's hands-on style key in deadly coal blast case Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Don Blankenship joined a small club of executives when he was indicted on federal charges in the 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 people. University of Virginia law professor Brandon L. Garrett has been tracking corporate prosecutions since 2001 and has written a book on the subject, "Too Big to Jail." His retirement came six...

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 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. April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • *Average hourly earnings rise three cents. WASHINGTON, Nov 7- U.S. job growth increased at a steady clip in October and the unemployment rate fell to a fresh six-year low, underscoring the economy's resilience in the face of slowing global demand. "The report confirms that the U.S. remains the bright spot in a global economic picture filling with clouds," said Michael...

  • UPDATE 1-Insurer James River Group files for IPO Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    Nov 7- James River Group Holdings Ltd, a Bermuda- based insurance holding company, filed for an initial public offering of common shares that would raise up to $288 million. Hedge fund D.E. Shaw& Co LP's affiliates own 72.6 percent of the insurer's Class A common shares, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc owns 26.3 percent. Keefe Bruyette& Woods, UBS Investment Bank, FBR...

  • Mark Sirangelo, who leads the space division of privately held Sierra Nevada Corp, told industry executives Thursday that he expected the industry to learn from the accidents and urged a measured response by lawmakers. The U.S. Air Force is also working to certify privately held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to launch big military and spy...

  • Nov 5- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by market value, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as a cool summer reduced demand. The company, which also operates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, said the results were also hurt by lower income from international operations and higher fuel costs. The company sells power to 7.2 million...