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  • Slide in energy companies moves US stocks modestly lower

    Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in afternoon trading Tuesday, on course for their third drop in a row. Energy stocks led the decline as a slide in oil prices accelerated. Investors were weighing the…

  • Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace ‘ancient’ tech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is relying on archaic, leaky and broken computers systems to protect reams of critical data from cyberattacks, President Barack Obama warned Tuesday as he announced a new, centralized effort…

  • Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The…

  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending Feb. 7, 2016 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ): Top Paid Books 1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – 9781101606377 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. January…

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending Feb. 7, 2016: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Face Swap Live – Switch faces with friends & photos in live video, Laan Labs 2. KIMOJI, Whalerock Digital…

  • Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, as the Islamic State threat in that region continues…

  • The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

    iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending Feb. 7, 2016: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. Bridge of Spies 2. Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland 3. The Martian 4. The Intern 5. Spotlight 6.…

  • Postal Service shows profit during year-end holiday season

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service, officials said Tuesday. The post office reported a $307 million…

  • 5 companies that lost the most buying back their own shares

    Big U.S. companies have lost billions buying their own stock. Nearly half the companies in a study of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index spent more on these buybacks than the shares are now worth.…

  • A look at Obama’s final budget proposal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here’s a look at each agency and department: AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5.3 percent Highlight: —Obama’s budget for the Agriculture…

  • Alpha says lenders offer $500M for coal producer’s assets

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources says it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer’s core assets. Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha announced the offer…

  • Brazil governor wants environmental fund to pay pensions

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A major Brazilian daily Tuesday said that the Rio de Janeiro state governor wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund to cover shortfalls in civil servants’ pensions. A…

  • Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint’s water crisis, after a switch in the drinking water source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires’ disease, could result in criminal charges as serious…

  • Companies lose billions buying back their own stock

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you think your stocks are doing poorly, check out the performance of some of the most sophisticated investors, the ones with more knowledge about what’s going on inside businesses than…

  • Former executives of Haslam-owned chain face fraud charges

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former president of a Tennessee company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is charged along with seven others with conspiracy to commit mail fraud…