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  • Toxic plume spreading at defense plant, tests show Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    Officials revealed this month that the 4.5 mile by 3.5 mile plume of underground contamination in Bethpage is moving deeper than ever. The contamination is emanating from a 600- acre property that was once home to Grumman Aerospace Corp., the U.S. Navy and other associated defense industries. The company says it has spent $120 million and the Navy another $80...

  • Okla. high court finds for American Airlines Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Supreme Court says American Airlines is entitled to sales tax refunds that could total more than $1 million. A 42- page ruling handed down Tuesday by the court overturns the Oklahoma Tax Commission's denial of the refund and orders the commission to determine exactly how much money is owed to the airline. Fort Worth, Texas- based...

  • Oklahoma court: American entitled to tax refunds Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Supreme Court says American Airlines is entitled to sales tax refunds that could total more than $1 million. A 42- page ruling handed down Tuesday by the court overturns the Oklahoma Tax Commission's denial of the refund and orders the commission to determine exactly how much money is owed to the airline. Fort Worth, Texas- based...

  • Portugal gets first female interior minister Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— A female law professor with no political career is Portugal's new head of the police and immigration services, replacing an interior minister who quit the government amid a corruption scandal. Anabela Rodrigues, a former head of Coimbra University's law faculty, was appointed to the government Tuesday. She is the first woman to serve as...

  • NTSB: Gov't aircraft regulations apply to drones Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation...

  • In making the decision, the National Transportation Safety Board sent its first case involving an FAA fine against a drone back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the flight in question was "careless or reckless." The FAA is developing specific regulations for such aircraft but has effectively banned their commercial use except when...

  • Parents' standing asserted in Ohio slots challenge Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    John Kasich's decision to legalize slots-like video lottery terminals and use some proceeds for non-educational purposes, and so should be granted legal standing to sue, according to an anti-gambling group's brief to the Ohio Supreme Court. The lawsuit alleges that Kasich's decision to allow video lottery terminals at the state's seven horse tracks and to...

  • Producer moves to dismiss part of Kesha lawsuit Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A hit-making music producer has asked a judge to dismiss allegations that he sexually abused pop singer Kesha from a civil lawsuit, court filings show. Attorneys for Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Portions of the deposition were unsealed by a New York judge last month.

  • Regulators cut New England cod quota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The maximum amount of cod fish that fishermen can take from the Gulf of Maine will be reduced by 75 percent next year after a Tuesday vote by a federal regulatory council. Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular...

  • Lawmakers discuss Illinois' school funding Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Parents and teachers frustrated with Illinois' school funding formula rallied for action Tuesday at the state Capitol, as House lawmakers opened talks on a bill that aims to even out disparities between districts by pumping more state dollars into poorer ones and giving less to the wealthiest. Republicans largely oppose the bill, while...

  • US Senate rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled...

  • Keystone Pipeline vote on Tuesday Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— On the eve of a showdown, Maine independent Sen. King made his comments as Louisiana Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, was more cautious.

  • Chemical plant had some environmental violations Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    LA PORTE, Texas— State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston- area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend. The plant, however, which covers 600 acres along the Houston Ship Channel in LaPorte and has operated since 1956, has received a satisfactory rating from the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Takata Corp and Honda Motor Co were hit Monday with a lawsuit over an air bag linked to the death last month of a woman in Florida, the latest legal issue for the companies as they continue to recall millions of vehicles for the faulty part. "A Honda spokesman said the company had not seen the suit and could not yet comment. Tran's death is the most recent...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate on Monday scrambled to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes for Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • Vermont fights attempt to block food labeling law Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block the state's new genetically modified food labeling law from taking effect. Maine and Connecticut passed laws before Vermont, but those measures don't take effect unless neighboring states follow suit. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, National...

  • Nov 17- Mark Pincus, the founder of video game company Zynga Inc, must face a lawsuit alleging he unfairly benefited by selling $192 million of stock in 2012 when other early investors were under a lockup agreement, according to a court ruling. The creator of FarmVille had asked the Delaware Court of Chancery to dismiss a lawsuit that alleged Pincus and other Zynga...

  • US pension insurer ran record $62B deficit in 2014 Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The deficit run up by the federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans has nearly doubled, to $62 billion. The $62 billion deficit reported for the year ended Sept. 30 compared with $36 billion in the previous fiscal year. Agency officials called for Congress to enact legislation submitted by President Barack Obama designed...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Dean Foods Co's appeal over claims the business conspired to restrict competition for bottled milk in the southeastern United States, forcing the company to face an antitrust suit over the matter. The high court's refusal to intervene means a January ruling by the Cincinnati- based U.S. 6th...