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  • Jury gives woman $15.8M in construction zone crash

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Connecticut construction company should pay a western Pennsylvania woman $15.8 million for injuries she suffered in a work zone crash a day before her daughter's wedding five years ago, a western Pennsylvania jury ruled. A spokeswoman for Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire,...

  • Northeast Utilities, Spectra to expand pipeline

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in the winter. The companies said Tuesday the $3 billion project expanding a network of...

  • US CEOs less optimistic about hiring, spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter. The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that its CEO outlook index fell to 86.4 in the third quarter, down from 95.4 in the...

  • Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday. Social Security began phasing out mailed statements to most workers in 2011 to save an estimated...

  • US stocks mixed as Federal Reserve meets on rates

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flicked between small gains and losses in morning trading Tuesday as technology and small-company stocks weighed on the market for a second straight day. Investors are keeping an eye on a two-day Federal Reserve meeting that got underway Tuesday. KEEPING SCORE: The...

  • Clear Channel renamed iHeartMedia

    NEW YORK (AP) — Clear Channel, the largest radio station operator in the U.S., says it has renamed itself iHeartMedia to reflect its transformation into a multi-platform media company that includes iHeartRadio, its digital radio service. The new company, which is privately held, owns 859 radio...

  • Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the National Public Radio show "Science Friday" and host Ira Flatow have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's reach to younger listeners. The settlement was announced...

  • Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline

    BOSTON (AP) — Kinder Morgan has begun the process of seeking federal approvals for a natural gas pipeline project through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. The Houston-based energy company on Monday filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday. The bank issued the...

  • Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. But history is stacked against them. China's explosive economic rise has delivered virtually nothing to most...

  • Capt. Citrus, face of Florida OJ, gets a makeover

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America. His first mission? Promote the benefits of orange juice in a country...

  • Federal study finds fracking didn't ruin water

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at one western Pennsylvania site. The Department of Energy report...

  • Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three...

  • Ex-congressman resigns from medical pot company

    BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts congressman said he is stepping down as president of a medical marijuana company that sued the state after its dispensary application was rejected. Ex-U.S. Rep. William Delahunt told a meeting of The Patriot Ledger's editorial board on Monday that he...

  • Powder River Basin oil production increases

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports that oil production in the Powder River Basin has more than doubled over the past five years. Oil output in the basin grew from 38,000 barrels per day in 2009 to 78,000 barrels per day during the first quarter of this year. State...



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