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  • OLYMPIA, Wash— The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers— already paying above the national average— may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7- cent- per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax. With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact are unlikely to end in a final deal, sources involved in the talks said on Friday, with a dispute between Japan and the United States over autos, New Zealand digging in over trade in dairy products and no agreement on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations...

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • HopFed Bancorp reports 2Q loss Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. _ HopFed Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported a second-quarter loss of $117,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. HopFed Bancorp shares have dropped roughly 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: HopFed Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • Tempur Sealy beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    LEXINGTON, Ky.— Tempur Sealy International Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $21.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Tempur Sealy expects full-year earnings in the range of $3 to $3.20 per share, with revenue in the range of $3.13 billion to $3.18 billion. Tempur Sealy shares have risen 30 percent since the...

  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy...

  • Almost Family beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Almost Family Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Almost Family shares have increased 45 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Chalk up another round for Maker's Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade. A federal judge in California this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by two consumers who claimed they were misled by the bourbon maker's handmade claims on its bottles, known for their red-wax seal.

  • Ohio requires front license plates, but some states don't Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    But it's different in Ohio, where a motorist was fatally shot in Cincinnati during a traffic stop prompted by his failure to display a front plate. Ohio legislators raised the issue again as recently as this year, though it didn't go anywhere. According to a database maintained by the group, 19 states— including Ohio neighbors Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West...

  • Humana beats 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Humana's second-quarter earnings jumped about 25 percent in a better-than-expected performance, as a business sale gain and premium growth helped the Medicare Advantage coverage provider. Premiums, Humana's chief form of revenue, climbed 14 percent to $13.21 billion in the quarter. The insurer said its enrollment in individual and group...

  • House votes to provide money for highways, transit Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House backed a bill that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29, and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. The Senate plans to take up the House bill before a midnight Friday deadline, when authority for the Transportation Department to...

  • WASHINGTON— Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

  • WASHINGTON— The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:. The House announced plans Tuesday to pass a three-month highway extension that does not include an Export-Import Bank provision— and then adjourn for the summer.

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival. "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 AM ET

    "We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said. Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica— The U.S. Virgin Islands' environmental agency plans to file a violation order against two rum producers on St. Jamal Nielsen, spokesman for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, said authorities are "in the process of crafting a violation order" against Cruzan Rum and Diageo USVI, a subsidiary of global liquor giant Diageo PLC that...

  • Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass...

  • As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    DENVER— The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state's more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. But the bright-blue...