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  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its move to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about increasing cases of local...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil and 81 explored for natural gas this week. Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia each declined by one. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Utah were unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON— The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Previously, blood testing was mostly limited to parts of Florida and Puerto Rico, where Zika is spreading. Peter Marks said in a Food and Drug Administration release.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- A Texas jury said on Thursday a General Motors Co ignition switch, linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a company statement. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, was the second in favor of GM this year in lawsuits over the now recalled ignition switch. Plaintiff Zachary Stevens alleged that a...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- A Texas jury said on Thursday a General Motors Co ignition switch, linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a company statement. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, was the second in favor of GM this year in lawsuits over the now recalled ignition switch. Plaintiff Zachary Stevens alleged that a...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- A Texas jury said on Thursday a General Motors Co ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. The verdict in Harris County, Texas, is the second in favor of GM this year in a lawsuit over a recalled ignition switch that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths. Plaintiff Zachary Stevens...

  • HOUSTON— A Texas jury on Thursday found that a General Motors Co. ignition switch was not to blame for a 2011 accident that killed one driver and injured another, handing the carmaker its third courtroom win this year in a series of trials designed to help attorneys settle dozens of similar claims. Zachary Stevens and his parents had sued GM, claiming a faulty...

  • Shares of the company, which posted its first fall in quarterly total sales in more than six years, plunged 17.6 percent in early trading to $78.71, their biggest single-day percentage decline since November 2007. Stores in areas closely tied to the energy industry, such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Alberta "dramatically underperformed," Chief Executive...

  • WASHINGTON— Slightly fewer people filed for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign the American job market remains healthy. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid slipped by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 261,000. The less volatile four-week average dropped by 1,250 to 264,000. Overall, the number of people...

  • The regional director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Michael Celata, says the $18 million sale was below last year's record low in total money offered, number of bids and number of companies participating. Last year, the same area off the Texas coast attracted 33 bids from five companies for a total of $22.7 million. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The federal government's annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest on Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling. Only three oil companies bid, on just 24 of the nearly 4,400 tracts offered for drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast. Between them, BP Exploration...

  • WESTLAKE, La.— The Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. has agreed to sell its Westlake property for about $134.5 million to a New Mexico developer. If the deal is approved by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, Kicks Entertainment— an entity of Laguna Development Corp.— is planning some improvements to the site. Sayre said Isle of Capri remains a relevant gambling...

  • President Barack Obama, flanked by elected officials delivers remarks after touring a flood-affected neighborhood in Zachary, Louisiana, August 23, 2016.

    President Obama said federal assistance to Louisiana flood recovery hit $127 million, but he called on private citizens to help.

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 23- Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a...

  • Obama: I'm proud of FEMA

    President Barack Obama visits Zachary, Louisiana to make a statement on the recent massive flooding.

  • Obama: Congress may need to provide more aid

    President Barack Obama visits Zachary, Louisiana to make a statement on the recent massive flooding.

  • Obama: Over 100K people have asked for federal assistance

    President Barack Obama visits Zachary, Louisiana to make a statement on the recent massive flooding.

  • Obama: Heartbroken by loss of lives in floods

    President Barack Obama visits Zachary, Louisiana to make a statement on the recent massive flooding.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 23- Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a significant...