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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio's prisons agency is trying to obtain a drug that could reverse the lethal injection process if needed by stopping the effects of another drug previously used in problematic executions. The request to use the drug would come if executioners weren't confident the first of three lethal drugs would render a prisoner unconscious, Gary Mohr,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week and the underlying trend remained consistent with a tightening labor market that is starting to spur faster wage growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 247,000 for the week ended Jan. 7, the...

  • Final repossessions of properties also dropped overall, but did increase in 21 states and the District of Columbia, including Massachusetts, Alabama, New York, Virginia and New Jersey. Daren Blomquist, spokesman for the Irvine, California, data company, said just over half of the foreclosures that did take place were related to the housing crisis, which began in...

  • WASHINGTON— The Republican-led Senate is poised to take a step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law despite anxiety among GOP lawmakers over the lack of an alternative. Senate approval— expected late Wednesday or early Thursday— and then House passage as early as Friday would trigger committee action to write repeal legislation...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on activities in Congress:. Marco Rubio is frustrated with how Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state handled his confirmation hearing. Rubio's opinion could prove pivotal when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes on Tillerson's nomination.

  • NEW YORK— Donald Trump says his business is "great," and you'll have to trust him on that. One of the few things an outsider can know for sure is that it's a complex and opaque hodgepodge of an empire scattered around the globe. Trump has interests in 500 companies in about 20 countries.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday unveiled a letter showing that 17 of the country's nuclear reactors have parts from Areva SA's Le Creusot forge in France, which is under investigation for allegedly falsifying documents on the quality of its parts. Last month authorities in France opened an investigation into decades of...

  • Jan 9- Candy and pet food conglomerate Mars Inc is buying veterinary hospital operator VCA Inc for $7.7 billion in a deal that will give the maker of Pedigree pet food an even bigger share of the $4 billion global pet healthcare market. McLean, Virginia- based Mars is already the biggest pet food company in the world- it held a quarter of the $71.77 billion global pet...

  • Jan 9- Mars Inc is buying pet hospital operator VCA Inc for $7.7 billion in a deal that will tighten the Whiskas and Pedigree pet food maker's grip on the pet care market. The combination of Mars Petcare and VCA will dominate the veterinary care industry in the United States, grabbing an even bigger share of the nearly $4 billion global pet care market.

  • The Navy released a 355- ship proposal last month that calls for adding 47 ships, including 18 attack submarines. Geiger spoke to government and business leaders Monday for the company's annual update and said the Navy has been asking him for several weeks whether Electric Boat could still build two attack submarines a year, or even three, when a new class of...

  • NEW YORK— Mars is buying the pet health care company VCA in a deal valued at around $7.7 billion. Mars will pay $93 for each share of VCA Inc. That's a 31 percent premium to the Los Angeles company's Friday closing price of $70.77. Mars Inc., based in McLean, Virginia, is the food and drinks company that owns the Wrigley brand, and it also has a pet care division.

  • NEW YORK— Dan Zhong's two-story home in Livingston, New Jersey, is unremarkable by suburban standards, but the businessman's lawyers have told a judge he is willing to pay $144,000 per month to turn the place into a private jail where he can comfortably await trial on charges he exploited immigrant Chinese laborers. For now, he's a prisoner at the fortress-like...

  • Jan 6- A federal judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit accusing Justin Bieber and Usher of illegally copying parts of their song "Somebody to Love" from an identically titled song by two Virginia songwriters. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia adopted a federal magistrate judge's finding that Devin Copeland and his cousin Mareio...

  • Jan 6- A federal judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit accusing Justin Bieber and Usher of illegally copying parts of their song "Somebody to Love" from an identically titled song by two Virginia songwriters. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia adopted a federal magistrate judge's finding that Devin Copeland and his cousin Mareio...

  • Jan 6- A federal judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit accusing Justin Bieber and Usher of illegally copying parts of their song "Somebody to Love" from an identically titled song by two Virginia songwriters. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia adopted a federal magistrate judge's finding that Devin Copeland and his cousin Mareio...

  • Jan 6- A federal judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit accusing Justin Bieber and Usher of illegally copying parts of their song "Somebody to Love" from an identically titled song by two Virginia songwriters. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia adopted a federal magistrate judge's finding that Devin Copeland and his cousin Mareio...

  • Jan 6- A federal judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit accusing Justin Bieber and Usher of illegally copying parts of their song "Somebody to Love" from an identically titled song by two Virginia songwriters. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia adopted a federal magistrate judge's finding that Devin Copeland and his cousin Mareio...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 5- Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic traded in healthcare company stocks while pushing legislation in Congress that could affect those shares. Price is an orthopedic surgeon and a Republican...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 30- At least 15 enterprise software companies are preparing to go public in 2017. Anaplan: The San Francisco- based company that helps companies with business planning is in the early stages of prepping an IPO for 2017, according to sources familiar with the matter. AppDynamics: The applications management company based in San Francisco made...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 30- At least 15 enterprise software companies are preparing to go public in 2017. Anaplan: The San Francisco- based company that helps companies with business planning is in the early stages of prepping an IPO for 2017, according to sources familiar with the matter. AppDynamics: The applications management company based in San Francisco made...