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  • Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439…

  • Husband, wife plead not guilty in Kentucky bourbon thefts

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When authorities found five bourbon barrels on the property of a distillery worker accused of leading a long-running whiskey theft ring in Kentucky, his wife and co-defendant was unaware the containers…

  • Questions about safety hover over 99th Indianapolis 500

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — They call the Indianapolis 500 “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for its high speeds, rich history, enormous crowd and the take-your-breath-away competition. This year, IndyCar is hoping the 99th running of the…

  • Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support

    NEW YORK (AP) — A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer’s massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from…

  • Timeline: Key steps among companies in animal welfare

    Major animal-welfare moves announced by food and retail companies since 2012: — FEBRUARY 2012: McDonald’s Corp. requires its U.S. pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls that limit…

  • Deere, Expedia are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Deere & Co., up $3.89 to $93.35 Solid sales of its…

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER (AP) — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more…

  • Private equity fund buying Cincinnati-based Frisch’s

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants are being sold to a private equity fund, the company announced Friday, ending family operation of the Cincinnati-based chain that dates to a 1939 drive-thru. Frisch’s Restaurants Inc.…

  • Archives show Hillary Clinton OK’d tax breaks for nonprofits

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In the Clinton administration’s final months, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took an active role in White House efforts to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors…

  • Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled…

  • BlackBerry CEO compensation package value drops 96 per cent

    TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry chief executive John Chen saw the value of his total pay package drop 96 percent to US$3.4 million last year as he worked to turn around the money-losing company. Most of…

  • AP National News Calendar

    Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of May 24-30. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute. The following economic reports will be issued in Washington (all times EDT), unless…

  • Wal-Mart’s push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though…

  • Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers…

  • Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service

    NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million. The news sent shares of the online travel…