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  • BOSTON— Federal inspectors say they're increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say the decision to ramp up inspections at the Plymouth plant stems from a storm-related shutdown at the Entergy- owned plant in January and involves the facility's safety relief...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday offered $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group, which is under fire from abortion opponents. Republicans have threatened to push for cutting off the...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— An attorney for a Louisiana oil company has asked a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease on land in Montana that's sacred among American Indians. But Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wants U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to lift a longstanding suspension of the leases so the Baton Rouge company can...

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 24-30 Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 3:26 PM ET

    2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.53 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.39 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.25 million.

  • CONVENT, La.— The Coast Guard says a barge broke free from its mooring Monday morning and sank near this town on the Mississippi River. Petty Officer Jonathan Lally, a Coast Guard spokesman, says the river was briefly closed as investigators determined whether the barge posed a danger to river traffic. The Coast Guard says an oil spill response firm is working to...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk...

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Energy company announces settlement in lawsuit over decade-old oil leak in Gulf of Mexico.

  • The economy as measured by gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. There's been a lot of reports in the news, stock markets swinging, worries about China and about Europe, "Obama said during a tour of New Orleans to see rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Katrina 10...

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • Best Buy and DSW are big market movers Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 4:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Best Buy Co., up $3.68 to $32.95. Exelon Corp., down $2.24 to $30.40.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 17-23 Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.34 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.56 million. 6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.82 million.

  • Albemarle moving corporate headquarters to Charlotte Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Albemarle is moving its corporate headquarters and performance chemicals business from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Charlotte, North Carolina. The specialty chemicals company said that it's also moving workers at its refining solutions business in Baton Rouge to an existing office in Clear Lake, Texas. Albemarle Corp. said that about 120 of its...

  • Encana selling Louisiana assets for $850 million Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Energy company Encana Corp. is selling its Haynesville natural gas assets in Louisiana in northern Louisiana to GEP Haynesville LLC for $850 million. Encana will use the proceeds from the sale to reduce debt. Canadian-based Encana also said it will reduce its gathering and midstream commitments, which will be substantially complete through 2020,...

  • LAS VEGAS, Aug 24- President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar power development and use. The steps include an additional $1 billion in loan guarantees for new research projects and near-term savings for homeowners using renewable energy. The moves are part of...

  • Aug 24- Cheniere Energy Inc, on track to be the first U.S. company to enable the export of liquefied natural gas, named two Icahn Capital LP managing directors to its board, days after activist investor Carl Icahn took a stake in the company. Cheniere said on Monday it appointed Jonathan Christodoro and Samuel Merksamer to its board, increasing the size to 11..

  • NEW YORK— A New York auction of American coins from 1792 to the 1830 s could bring as much as $20 million. The coin was acquired in Philadelphia after its mintage by British author and House of Lords member William Strickland. "It's undoubtedly the most valuable $10 gold piece in existence and may also set a new record for any pre-Gold Rush United States gold coin,"...

  • Helped by billions of dollars in recovery money, buoyed by volunteers and driven by the grit of its own citizens, New Orleans has rebounded in ways few thought possible in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. The' New' New Orleans is whiter and more expensive to live in. "You're going to hear a lot of folks say things are so much better, the economy is so improved, and other...

  • LAKE CHARLES, La.— AP Exclusive: Man describes tackling police shooting suspect, says had' pure evil in his eyes'.