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BP blocked from new government contracts over Gulf spill

The U.S. government will block oil giant BP from new government contracts over its "lack of business integrity" stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

Sandy-weary Long Islanders can wait to pay power bills, utility says

The Long Island Power Authority said Tuesday its customers -- many of them in areas hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy -- can wait for the next meter-reading cycle to pay their power bills.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving usually means family, food, football and, of course, the kickoff of the holiday shopping season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

U.S. Capitol gets official Christmas tree

The official Christmas tree of the U.S. Capitol arrived Monday and will be illuminated at a ceremony on December 4.

Ericsson sues Samsung over patents

LONDON (CNNMoney) -- Ericsson has filed a lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement, claiming the South Korean mobile phone maker is no longer entitled to use its telecommunications technology after a licensing agreement expired.

Home prices: Biggest rise in more than 2 years

In another sign of a housing market rebound, home prices posted the biggest percentage gain in more than two years in the third quarter, according to the closely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index.

Long Islanders get usual power bills despite Sandy blackout; utility says no mistake

The Long Island Power Authority is assuring outraged customers that their latest electric bills with normal monthly charges are no mistake, despite some being in the dark for days or weeks after Superstorm Sandy.

Buffett renews argument for millionaire's tax

Warren Buffett is again arguing for higher taxes on himself and other high-income individuals, calling for an even steeper bite than in the Obama administration's so-called "Buffett Rule."

Larry Hagman, the man behind iconic villain J.R. Ewing, dies

Actor Larry Hagman, who created one of television's iconic villains with the treacherous J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died Friday, according to a family statement. He was 81.

No Powerball winner sends jackpot to record $425 million

No one hit the jackpot in the latest Powerball drawing, pushing the next prize of $425 million into the history books. The prize for Saturday night's Powerball was $325 million -- the fourth-largest in the game's history.