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  • CHICAGO, Aug 30- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said on Tuesday, and police were investigating similar threats to faculty members from at least two universities in eastern states. "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety...

  • *Senator who chaired hearings blames IRS, says EU' fills vacuum'. BRUSSELS, Aug 30- The United States is furious at the European Union for handing Apple Inc a $14.5 billion tax demand on Tuesday but EU officials say it was Washington which put them on to the scheme in the first place. "The IRS has failed to stake a claim for U.S. taxes on those revenues," he said in a statement,...

  • WOODLAND PARK, N.J.— Gannett has named two executives to lead a New Jersey media company it recently purchased. Green is president and publisher of the Gannett- owned Enquirer Media in Cincinnati, Ohio. The McLean, Virginia- based Gannett purchased the New Jersey news organization last month.

  • WASHINGTON— Donald Trump's campaign is planning its biggest ad buy to date— upward of $10 million on commercials airing over the next week or so. The campaign is expects the ads to air as soon as Monday in nine swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, where the campaign has already been on the air, along with New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado...

  • NASA is currently entering the second phase of a four-step plan to draw up rules of the skies for drones that weigh 55 pounds or less and fly no higher than 500 feet. The agency is hoping to present its research to the Federal Aviation Administration before 2020, John Cavolowsky, director of NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program, told attendees at a drone...

  • Submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, based in Groton, Connecticut, delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois to the Navy on Saturday after nearly five and a half years of construction. It took thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia and submarine supply businesses nationwide to build the $2.7...

  • DETROIT— The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways. The proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but the regulators are...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry. With about $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, a small company has...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate will not vote on President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade deal this year, punting it to the next president for changes and consideration. The statement appeared to dash White House hopes for a vote to approve the 12- country Trans-Pacific Partnership...

  • NEW YORK— Discount-store rivals Dollar General and Dollar Tree reported weaker-than-expected sales figures Thursday, as struggling lower-income shoppers spent less at their stores. At Dollar Tree, the company said food stamp cuts had less of an impact on its sales but said some of its Family Dollar customers were "under pressure." Dollar General's results...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— In a story Aug. 24 about U.S. Joe Manchin's stance on price hikes for life-saving allergy injection pens, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the cost of a two-dose package of EpiPens rose more than 600 percent in the last nine years. The Democratic West Virginia senator's daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, the manufacturer of...

  • CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $170.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in November, Dollar Tree said it expects revenue in the range of $5.02 billion to $5.1 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $5.1 billion.

  • Shoals Entrepreneurial Center in Florence: $1 million for an entrepreneurship program in a nine-county region in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. University of Kentucky Research Foundation in Lexington: $1.5 million, for downtown revitalization projects in eight Kentucky communities. Youngstown State University, Youngstown: $23,000 to develop a...

  • The Democratic West Virginia senator's daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPens. A two-dose package, costing around $94 nine years ago, rose more than 600 percent to an average cost of $608 in May, according to the Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Gold Standard Drug Database. Her predecessor as CEO made almost $15 million in 2007,...

  • NEW YORK— When a small business is successful, an owner will likely face the question of whether to grow. Web design firm Geeks Chicago put expansion and hiring plans on hold for six to 12 months because its customers— companies of all sizes— have cut their budgets, says President Mark Tuchscherer. A Bank of America survey released in May showed 55 percent of 1,000...

  • Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 23- New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly surged in July, reaching their highest level in nearly nine years amid robust demand, brightening the housing market outlook and bolstering views that economic growth will pick up in the third quarter. "A very rosy picture is beginning to emerge on the housing market, pointing to sustained...

  • WASHINGTON— Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, wrote Mylan, the company that manufactures the devices, and asked for more information on why the prices have increased. Two other senators, Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut,...

  • WINCHESTER, Va. _ American Woodmark Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $21.7 million. American Woodmark shares have declined nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: American Woodmark, Earnings Report.

  • Aug 22- Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has restored voting rights to almost 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis after the state Supreme Court blocked his wider clemency effort, he said on Monday. The order was seen as a possible aid in tipping Virginia, a swing state in this year's presidential election, in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.