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Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules
Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
200 hens missing from California farm weeks before Easter
Less than two weeks before Easter, a farmer says more than 200 hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown have been stolen.
Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off
Microsoft says it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees doing work for the technology company paid time off.
Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.69 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi paid $19.1 million in 2014
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was given a pay package worth $19.1 million in 2014 after the snack-and-beverage maker said it met or beat its own financial targets for the year.
Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015.
FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies
Federal officials plan to scrutinize the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, so-called homeopathic products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine.
New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US
New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.
Bill would create organic-style labels for modified foods
Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
FDA approves new drug for anthrax poisoning
Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax.
North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule
North Dakota is considering challenging a new federal fracking rule for U.S. government lands.
Buffett buying more of his favorite foods in Kraft deal
Warren Buffett's investments will soon include more foods that could be on a menu for his favorite cheeseburger meal once H.J. Heinz's acquisition of Kraft Foods is complete.
Feds to investigating safety of Lumber Liquidators flooring
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the safety Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring made in China.
Massachusetts gas prices drop 9 cents per gallon
The price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has plunged 9 cents in the past week and is now a full dime below the national average.
BMW: SC plant, workers have produced 3 million vehicles
BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.
FDA: Recall expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream products
Federal authorities say Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria.
Lockups in 5 states to lessen use of solitary confinement
A New York-based criminal justice nonprofit says it will work with jails and prisons in five states to reduce the use of solitary confinement.
House unveils cyber bill, signals bipartisan compromise
House intelligence committee leaders have unveiled a bipartisan cybersecurity bill amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that will allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued.
Dad: Fugitive son afraid his Facebook trial wouldn't be fair
The father of a fugitive accused of falsely claiming he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook says his son doesn't trust the criminal justice system.
GM recalls Chevy Malibus to fix sunroof control issue
General Motors is recalling nearly 92,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.
Mercedes recalls 30,000 cars to fix rear tail lamp problem
Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.
Russian police detain union members protesting VW layoffs
A Russian union official says 15 members have been briefly detained by police as tensions rise in disputes involving Volkswagen and Peugeot factories.
House Democrats unveil budget matching Obama's tax increases
House Democrats have unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget plan for next year.
Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes
The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this summer.
US stock indexes start mixed following strong week
U.S. stock market indexes are mixed in early trading following a strong performance last week.
High court will hear DirecTV appeal over termination fees
The Supreme Court will consider whether satellite provider DirecTV can cut off a class action lawsuit and force customers suing over early termination fees into private arbitration hearings instead.
EBay adds 2 board members
EBay, which is in the process of splitting off payments processor PayPal into a separate company, added two members to its board Monday and said two others won't seek re-election at its annual meeting.
Olympic bid group seeks to bolster public support
Organizers of Boston's effort to host the 2024 Summer Olympics say they will not submit a final bid for the games unless a majority of Massachusetts residents are supportive.
Minimum wage debate begins at Colorado Legislature
A Democratic push to raise the minimum wage in Colorado gets started this week at the Capitol.
Farmers fund new research to breed gluten-free wheat
New research funded by farmers aims to breed wheat for people who can't eat wheat and other grains, and comes amid booming consumer interest in gluten-free foods.
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