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Kentucky, W.Va., To Ship Coal To India For 25 Years

Record low natural gas prices and a warm winter have the coal industry suffering through a tough year. But in India, there is a huge demand for coal. The governor of Kentucky has announced a $7 billion deal that ships coal from Kentucky and West Virginia to India for the next 25 years.

Everybody Always Thinks Inflation Is Higher Than It Really Is

"When prices go up, they notice it. When prices go down, they don't care."

Johnson & Johnson Pledges To Purge Controversial Chemicals

The health products giant affirmed the safety of the chemicals in question but acknowledged that hasn't been enough to satisfy some critics. The chemicals on the way out range from triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient, to others that release small amounts of formaldehyde.
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Public Power To The People?

More than 2,000 communities around the country are served by publicly-owned electric utilities. What would it take to have "public power" in the Washington region?


Inflation Stayed In Check Last Month: No Change In July

A sluggish economy has kept prices from rising. But a recent uptick in the price of gasoline and the effects of this summer's drought on food costs could put some upward pressure on inflation in coming months.

To Gain Weight, NFL Player Eats 7,000 Calories A Day

The Washington Redskins signed offensive tackle Jordan Black during training camp. Black lost weight after a year out of the NFL so now he's trying to make up for it. He's consuming 7,000 calories per day. When training camp started he weighed about 270 lbs., and he's trying to get up to 290.

'New York Times' Names Mark Thompson As CEO

Mark Thompson is a former BBC executive, and he will face a different business model from the non-profit British broadcaster. The paper is run by a board that's largely elected by a family trust. Thompson will start in November. The paper has been without a chief since last December.