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  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions failed to give a sustained boost to shares of the long-battered coal sector on Wednesday. After initially trading higher, Consol Energy Inc stock slipped 2.3 percent, and Peabody Energy Corp fell 0.9 percent. The states, led by coal producer West...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. The states, led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas, and several major business...

  • The Northeast gets a second day of snow

    Snow, strong winds and floods still hit the coast.

  • Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win...

  • Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the third U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win approval...

  • President Barack Obama will push for $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment for the fast-growing number of people addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers, the White House said on Tuesday. In 2014, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses, with the highest rates seen in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.

  • Feb 1- CVS Health Corp said it would make the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, available without a prescription at all its pharmacies across Ohio, a state with one of the highest rates of overdose-related deaths. Naloxone quickly reverses the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid drugs and U.S. law enforcement officials have embraced its use in the...

  • *To idle Harvey coal mine in Pennsylvania. Consol, which reported an adjusted loss for the fourth quarter, said its cash flow from operations rose to $102 million in the period from $87 million a year earlier. The company cut its quarterly payout to 1 cent per share from 6.25 cents last year.

  • Heart rate monitor

    Common illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions are causing more of the increase in deaths.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- A group of U.S. states led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to combat climate change. Chief Justice John Roberts after an appeals court in Washington declined last week to block Obama's...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- A U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a brief order denying an...

  • 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...