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  • Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels. "There were a significant number of wells that we considered unstimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.

  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • FOND DU LAC, Wis., Aug 20- Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 PM ET

    It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1- year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." WASHINGTON— U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

  • FDA approves new drug for rare genetic disease Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    Cerdelga is from Genzyme, the specialty drugmaker that introduced the first drug for Gaucher's disease 20 years ago. The oral treatment could serve as an alternative to Genzyme's best-selling drug Cerezyme, which is given intravenously. Genzyme says it will soon release pricing for its new drug.

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's former campaign manager and White House senior adviser David Plouffe is joining car service startup Uber as it seeks to expand in cities worldwide. Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.

  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax.

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months.

  • AstraZeneca says DOJ closes probe into drug trial Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— British drugmaker AstraZeneca says the U.S. Department of Justice has closed its investigation into a clinical trial of the company's blood thinner Brilinta, and plans no further action. The London- based drugmaker said in a statement Tuesday: " AstraZeneca has always had absolute confidence in the integrity of the PLATO trial."

  • New trail connects visitors to Virginia oysters Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Riding a wave of growth and popularity of the state's aquaculture, Virginia officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state's oyster industry.

  • Dutch review energy ties with Russia after MH17 crash Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 19- The Netherlands is reviewing its extensive energy ties with Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine a month ago in an attack that killed nearly 200 Dutch nationals, officials and analysts said.

  • Q&A: How 1 US factory owner fought cheap imports Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.

  • US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. Construction increased 15.7 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

  • Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    Consumer prices edged up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after larger gains of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. All energy prices were down 0.3 percent and this helped offset a 0.4 percent rise in food costs, which have been pushed up by adverse weather including a drought in California.

  • Aug 19- The U.S. government has extended a contract with Cytori Therapeutics to develop a cell-derived treatment for burns, the company said on Tuesday. The government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will provide up to $20.4 million to fund early development and costs associated with a clinical trial.

  • Brita recalling children's water bottles Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard. The company said Tuesday that the lid of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points. Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US consumer prices Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices in July. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. AAA reports that the nationwide average for a gallon of regular gasoline dipped to $3.45 on Monday, down 13 cents in the past month.