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  • 2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.46 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.01 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.16 million.

  • LAS VEGAS— Caesars Entertainment Corp.' s new president and CEO said Tuesday the company is getting savvier at deciding which gamblers get freebies and which don't, helping to boost its profit margins for earnings before costs in the second quarter. The company's quarterly earnings no longer include its bankrupt subsidiary Caesars Entertainment Operating...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Entergy Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $153.7 million. Entergy expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.10 to $5.90 per share. Entergy shares have declined 19 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen nearly 2 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- Dreams that a cap-and-trade market could become a force for lowering carbon emissions died in the U.S. Senate in 2010, scuttled by politics and a bad economy. Northeast and California that already have carbon markets by giving them credit for their early actions. "To understate it, there has been a reticence to discuss cap and trade policies in...

  • LONDON, Aug 3- Volatility has returned to zinc spreads on the London Metal Exchange. Things have quietened down a little today but there is plenty of potential for more fun and games on the nearby spreads ahead of Aug. 19, this month's third-Wednesday prime prompt date. The outright three-month price is still sliding, touching a low point of $1,882.50 this morning,...

  • 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...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Court papers filed Thursday show attorneys are working toward a Nov. 16 date but may seek to push the trial back to Nov. 30. Federal prosecutors say Mix deleted text messages about the...

  • 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...

  • Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. Elizabeth McCourt, a headhunter and executive coach with her own company, McCourt Leadership Group, is a foodie who loves trying great restaurants when she travels, from Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, to Paul Prudhomme's K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans.

  • LAS VEGAS— A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere. Fremont Street is the original Vegas gambling hotspot, where casinos got their start before the Strip grew...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. July 15 was the deadline for roughly 500 local governments in five states to decide whether to accept BP's settlement offers as...

  • Re-trial date to be set next week for ex-BP engineer Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week. Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The New Orleans- based federal judge...

  • LONGVIEW, Texas— The biggest shipment ever received at the Port of Caddo- Bossier in Louisiana has reached its destination— a chemical plant in East Texas. An official with Eastman Chemical Company says the 303- ton piece of equipment arrived Thursday afternoon in Longview. The unit was made in Asia and hauled by barge from the Port of New Orleans to Shreveport, via...

  • Culinary tourists driving growth in US tourism Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    MILAN— Culinary tourists are pushing growth in foreign tourism to the United States, which is transforming its image as a fast-food mecca to a land of regional tastes and dishes, said officials visiting the Expo 2015 world's fair focusing on food this week. Foreign tourism to the United States in 2014 rose by 7 percent to over 75 million, contributing $221 million...

  • LONDON, July 17- Whoever took all the lead out of the London Metal Exchange warehousing system in the second quarter has just been kind enough to return it. A total 50,475 tonnes of the heavy metal were placed on warrant in the South Korean port of Busan earlier this week. The International Lead and Zinc Study Group assesses lead as being in small 7,000- tonne...

  • NEW ORLEANS, July 14- Signal International will pay $20 million to settle lawsuits alleging fraud and labor trafficking by the Alabama oil rig repair company, which brought hundreds of Indian men to work on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on Tuesday. "These workers have waited seven long years for justice," Jim Knoepp,...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON/ HOUSTON, July 9- In early May, with its legal options dwindling and investors impatient, BP Plc saw a chance to negotiate what became a $18.7 billion settlement that ended five years of litigation over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. An unexpected opportunity to secure a global deal that would wipe the slate clean of hundreds of claims...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. It also seeks to resolve environmental and economic damage claims by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...

  • July 2- BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. PAVEL MOLCHANOV, ANALYST AT RAYMOND JAMES:. "The total amount-- $18.7 billion-- obviously is a massive payout, but it's spread over 15 to 18 years, making it quite manageable from a cash flow standpoint.