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Court-ordered tobacco ads will include black media
The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including black media outlets in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking.
Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust
The Obama administration is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease. Top Labor Department officials are unveiling the long-awaited rule Wednesday.
Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts
The U-2 spy plane -- which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet -- outlasted the Cold War and even outlived its successor. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft from the sky.
AOL to add Miramax films to video platform
Web portal AOL Inc. said it will license full-length movies from Miramax for free viewing with advertisements by its U.S. visitors. They will play on its AOL On Network, the website operator's destination for online video.
European retailer Primark to open first US stores
Primark — a popular European clothing and accessories retailer — is coming to the US. The retailer's parent company Associated British Foods plc said Wednesday that Primark plans to open an unspecified number of stores in the Northeast.
Efforts to improve US rail safety slowed by squabbling
A series of fiery train crashes spurred the push by government and industry officials to make safer tank cars used to ship crude oil and ethanol. But the effort is bogging down in squabbling and finger-pointing.
First lady announcing jobs website for veterans
The government is developing a website to help job-seeking veterans and military spouses create resumes, make connections with employers and become part of a database that companies can mine for skills and talents.
LinkedIn to anchor new San Francisco high-rise
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site LinkedIn will expand its presence in his city by anchoring a high-rise office building that's currently under construction.
EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality
The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.
Massachusetts issues restrictions for painkiller Zohydro
Gov. Deval Patrick has laid out new restrictions for the use of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller, after a federal judge ruled earlier this month that his attempt at an outright ban was unconstitutional.
Feds investigating brakes on Chevrolet Impala
Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.
Trader Joe's again says no to Portland location
Portland, Oregon Mayor Charlie Hales on Tuesday said that retail grocery chain Trader Joe's, which is largely based in California, will not be coming to a northeast Portland neighborhood.
Utility says moving coal ash would cost up to $10B
Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.
FDA panel rejects new combination narcotic painkiller
Federal health advisers have unanimously rejected an experimental pain pill that combines two common opioids, oxycodone and morphine, officials said Tuesday.
JetBlue pilots vote for first time to unionize
The National Mediation Board says pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes. The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association.
Discovery network to chronicle Everest avalanche
With its dream of covering a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network is instead making a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides.
General Motors files suit to guard against pre-bankruptcy claims
General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
US Supreme Court hears streaming TV case
U.S. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company, without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing.
Job market improved for 2013 college grads, Labor Dept. says
The job market for new college graduates is brightening, but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was the lowest rate since 2007.
US says average airfares climbed slightly in 2013
The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. stood just $1 higher at the end of 2013, compared to a year earlier, U.S. transportation officials said Tuesday.
McDonald's CEO says rival not hurting breakfast biz
McDonald's apparently isn't scared by a waffle taco. Without specifying names, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said during a conference call Tuesday that the company hasn't seen any impact from the "most recent competitor" in the breakfast space.
Payment system hacks less common than other cybercrimes
Target's massive data breach last year caused consumers to panic and drew attention to Internet crime. Yet a new study finds that breaches on retailer payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks.
Caterpillar CEO's compensation cut to $12 million
Caterpillar Inc. cut the value of its CEO's pay package by 32 percent to $12 million in 2013 -- a year when the heavy machinery maker saw its profits fall by a third, according to an analysis of a company filing with regulators Monday.
Tardy lawmakers push Alaska legal pot vote to fall
A ballot measure that could make Alaska the third state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana is getting pushed back to the November ballot because lawmakers couldn't end their session on time.
Disabled Maui man, Delta Air Lines settle claim
A partially paralyzed Maui man, who claimed airline workers forced him to crawl on and off flights in 2012, has settled his lawsuit against Delta Air Lines.
South Africa labor talks sink platinum, palladium prices
Platinum and palladium prices are dropping sharply on signs that South African mining companies are close to reaching a labor agreement that would end a four-month strike.
Colorado abandons medical marijuana crackdown
Colorado appears to be giving up on its effort to crack down on medical marijuana growers using a legal loophole to grow high numbers of pot plants without the kind of oversight faced by commercial growers.
Stocks post modest gains as earnings roll in
Stocks are closing higher as more U.S. companies report first-quarter earnings, as the Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points. Investors were also encouraged by an increase in an index designed to predict future economic growth.
Phone case maker OtterBox pays $4.3M customs fine
Smartphone case maker OtterBox has paid a $4.3 million fine to settle claims that it underpaid customs duties on products manufactured overseas for five years, officials said Monday.
Casino owner planning 'Rock in Rio' site in Vegas
Entertainment developers are announcing plans to build for a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning next year.
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