• Salmonella-tainted peanuts case in hands of jury Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— Jurors started deciding Friday whether the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak recklessly sent known tainted products with the motto "just ship it" or was simply a scapegoat for large food companies that authorities didn't want to prosecute and subordinate managers who weren't prominent enough to shoulder the blame.

  • Peanut crop in Va. could produce a record yield Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:01 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— It could be a record year for a signature Virginia crop: peanuts. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports the peanut yield is forecast at 4,300 pounds per acre. The forecast was provided by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • (Recasts and adds Airbus production outlook (For other news from the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit, click on http://www.reuters.com/summit/Aero14).

  • Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

  • Prosecutor: Plant owner OK'd tainted peanut sales Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— The owner of a Georgia peanut plant where a deadly salmonella outbreak originated five years ago approved sales of tainted food "whatever the risk," including shipments known to have tested positive for the bacteria and others sent with fake lab results and no real confirmation the products were safe to eat, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the food-poisoning trial Thursday.

  • A 'very good' Va. apple crop hitting peak season Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has pronounced the state's 2014 apple crop "very good." Commissioner Sandra J. Adams says Virginia is the nation's No. 6 apple-growing state. The USDA reports that apples were Virginia's 15th largest agricultural commodity in 2012. Farm cash receipts totaled $54 million that year.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- The U.S. Navy's planned unmanned plane for use on aircraft carriers should eventually be able to take on additional roles besides just surveillance, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success. DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- The U.S. government is dropping its largest security clearance contractor, US Investigations Services LLC, which carried out background checks on Edward Snowden and the man who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard.

  • Fall tourism rising: Fewer crowds, nice weather Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. Lara Berdine and Mark Petrella, New Yorkers in their 40 s, visit Italy each fall because "it's cheaper, the weather is cooler and we can see the country as it really is, rather than in high season when it's inundated with tourists," said Berdine.

  • Hooker Furniture posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    MARTINSVILLE, Va.— Hooker Furniture Corp. on Wednesday reported net income of $2.3 million, or 21 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. The company, based in Martinsville, Virginia, posted revenue of $54.9 million in the period. Hooker Furniture shares have dropped 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • In 5-week salmonella trial, defense takes 1 hour Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— Defense attorneys took barely an hour Wednesday to rest their cases after more than a month of prosecution testimony in the federal trial of three people charged in a deadly national salmonella outbreak five years ago that authorities traced to a rural Georgia peanut plant.

  • Capital One banker upbeat on small business Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Based on what she's seeing among the bank's more than three million small business customers, Capital One's Keri Gohman is upbeat.

  • Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials said Tuesday.

  • Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Officials in five states in which marriage bans were struck down by federal courts have rushed their appeals to the Supreme Court, in time for consideration by the justices when they meet in private on Sept. 29.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- A top Federal Reserve official on Tuesday warned the biggest U.S. banks they will soon face capital surcharges that exceed international standards, a move he said could encourage some firms to shrink.

  • Credit Suisse and Barclays are the IPO's lead underwriters, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Performance Food markets and distributes food and food products to restaurants such as Subway, TGI Friday's, Wendys Co, and Yum Brands Inc as well as to hotels, schools, hospitals and other institutions.

  • Sept 9- Food distributor Performance Food Group Co filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock. Credit Suisse and Barclays are the lead underwriters of the offering, the Richmond, Virginia- based company told the U. S Securities and Exchange Commission in a preliminary filing.

  • Virginia tourism revenue rises to $21.5B in 2013 Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia is once again celebrating a record high for tourism across the state.

  • Dollar Tree and Family Dollar receive FTC request Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dollar Tree Inc. said Tuesday that it has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for more information about its proposed takeover of Family Dollar Stores Inc.. Dollar Tree, based in Chesapeake, Virginia, offered to buy Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion in July.