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  • New Mexico sues VW over diesel emissions Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016 | 11:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 20- New Mexico said on Wednesday it is suing Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker' s excess diesel emissions, joining the states of Texas, West Virginia and Harris County, Texas. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said the state sued VW, Porsche, Audi and their U.S. subsidiaries for violations of the state's air...

  • Jan 12- U.S. railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp, which has repeatedly rejected Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd's takeover bid, said it will consolidate its Virginia and Pocahontas units, to cut costs and support growth. The company said on Tuesday the two units will be consolidated to form a new Pocahontas division on Feb. 1. The company also said it was idling...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 11- U.S. shale oil production is expected to fall for a seventh month in a row in February, declining at about the same rate as the month before as drillers manage to eke out a few more barrels from each new well, U.S. data showed on Monday. Total output was set to decline by 116,000 bpd to 4.8 million bpd in February compared with January, a U.S. Energy...

  • Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the children and families subcommittee, is calling for oversight hearings, in part to understand why a longstanding federal law directing states to safeguard the newborns is not being enforced. Another Democrat, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, wants the Obama Administration to put "an emergency...

  • Dec 18- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it approved the $9.1 billion sale of U.S. regional cable company Suddenlink Communications to European telecoms group Altice NV. Altice has acquired or taken control of broadband companies in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Israel and Portugal, the FCC said, adding that it has a track record of...

  • Dec 8- The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday said domestic natural gas production in 2015 was expected to reach 79.58 billion cubic feet per day, just off the 79.61 bcfd it forecast last month. The figure however would still top 2014' s record high of 74.89 bcfd and would be the fifth consecutive annual record high for U.S. gas production, according...

  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia, Dec 7- This story has a chance of ending happily. But it begins last fall in a mangy downtown apartment as Katy Yeager, seven months pregnant, stares at a syringe and the crumpled foil that holds $40 worth of heroin. Yeager, 24, had been clean since leaving jail eight months earlier.

  • LEHIGHTON, Pennsylvania, Dec 7- Brayden Cummings turned 6 weeks old the morning his mother suffocated him. High on methamphetamine, Xanax and the methadone prescribed to help her kick a heroin habit, 20- year-old Tory Schlier told police that she was "fuzzy" about what happened to her baby boy. Like more than 130,000 other children born in the United States in the...

  • CHARLESTON, W. Va., Dec 3- Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was found guilty in federal court on Thursday of conspiring to violate safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine, the site of a 2010 blast that killed 29 people. Relatives of those killed and prosecutors hailed the decision as sending a message on mine safety on coal-rich West...

  • WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Dec 2- The drilling rigs are gone from the hills surrounding this Pennsylvania town of 30,000. The hotels and bars are quieter too, no longer packed with the workers who flocked in their thousands to America's newest and biggest gas field. Preliminary figures provided by DrillingInfo, which monitors rig activity, showed drilling permits...

  • BOSTON, Nov 13- Maine Governor Paul LePage on Friday said building high-voltage transmission lines from eastern Canada will be key to helping New England cut its soaring electricity costs, which he said had driven out businesses and cost the region jobs. "There's a better future for New England if we open the door to Quebec," he said at the New England-Canada...

  • LONDON, Nov 12- U.S. natural gas production hit a new record in August, despite the deepening slump in gas prices and a fall in the number of rigs targeting gas formations. The United States produced 2.5 trillion cubic feet of gas in August, up 7 percent compared with the same month in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. Nov 4- As gleaming new factories turn out Airbus aircraft and Hyundai cars in Alabama's urban centers, this small town that once was home to Russell Athletics shows the dilemma now faced by U.S. policymakers. But Russell's abandoned headquarters in Alexander City stands as a reminder of forces the Fed's massive easy money campaign is...

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Aluminium touched a new six-year low of $1,479 per tonne in London last week. And if you think that's bad, the situation in China is even worse. At such depressed price levels, around 90 percent of China's huge aluminium smelter sector is operating at a loss, according to consultancy AZ China.

  • West Virginia, Texas, Florida and Ohio are among the states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan in a Washington, D.C. court, saying it pushes beyond the limits of the federal Clean Air Act. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers are among business groups that filed a separate challenge.

  • The EPA will publish its Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register, a formal step that will start the clock on legal challenges from opponents of the rule. On Friday, West Virginia will announce its plans to take legal action against the EPA, leading a coalition of 25 states who think the rule is illegal and will cause them economic harm. Industry and state lawyers...

  • Oct 19- Community Health Systems Inc and seven of its hospitals violated employees' rights to discuss working conditions, punished labor organizing and refused to bargain with unions, a U.S. labor agency alleged on Monday. The National Labor Relations Board's Office of General Counsel said it issued a consolidated complaint involving 29 charges at hospitals...

  • The Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission combined resources to award their first grants to 36 projects. "These federal investments will provide critical leverage for local leaders to make things happen in Appalachian communities," said Earl Gohl, chair of the Appalachian...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- A fiery oil train derailment that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in West Virginia last February was caused by a rail defect that railroad inspectors from CSX Corp missed twice in the preceding months, U.S. regulators said on Friday. Twenty-seven of the train's 109 cars derailed near Mount Carbon, West Virginia, on Feb. 16.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- U.S. regulators on Friday said a February oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, was caused by a rail defect that CSX Corp and its contractor missed during at least two inspections conducted months before the accident.