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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content. The inquiry announced Friday, June 13, 2014, by Wheeler will dissect the routes that video and other data travel to reach Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Republicans vow to fight 'net neutrality'

- The Washington Times

On the eve of an intensely anticipated Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday on federal regulation of the Internet, congressional Republicans said they were not giving up the fight if the agency gives a strong endorsement of "net neutrality."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan greets state lawmakers before delivering his State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan outlined plans for tax relief, charter schools and reforms to the state's legislative redistricting process. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Larry Hogan seeks to end property tax on Maryland small businesses

- The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday outlined a plan to cut taxes on small businesses — the Republican's latest tax-relief proposal that actually may be the most palatable for a Democratic-controlled legislature in a state striving to improve its business climate, analysts say.

Expedia is buying Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry. (Associated Press)

Expedia books $1.3B deal to buy travel rival Orbitz

- The Washington Times

In the continuing battle to dominate the Web's lucrative travel-booking business, Expedia announced Thursday it is buying rival travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, seeking a greater share of an extremely competitive market.

AK-47 maker Kalashnikov thrives amid Russia sanctions, economy problems

- The Washington Times

Russia's economy may be imploding, facing falling oil prices, a collapsing ruble and punishing Western sanctions, but at least one company is doing well. Kalashnikov Concern, maker of the sidearm of choice for militants and revolutionaries worldwide, says it turned its first net profit in seven years in 2014.

During a joint news conference with President Obama Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that Berlin still supported keeping Greece in the eurozone, but stood strongly behind the austerity program demanded by the Troika. (Associated Press)

Merkel takes tough line on Greece ahead of key meeting

- The Washington Times

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave no sign Monday she's ready to ease the hard line she has taken with the new government in Greece over its financial crisis, saying the austerity package her government has demanded remains the "basis of any discussion we have" with Athens over a new bailout.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, photo, oil pump jacks are seen McKenzie County, in western North Dakota. Roughly 60 rigs are drilling in surrounding McKenzie County, 40 percent of the rigs statewide.  But now that those prices have tumbled, the shifting oil market threatens to put the industry and local governments on a collision course. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

US rig count plunges 87 to 1,456

Associated Press

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 87 this week to 1,456 amid depressed oil prices.

Sonu Singh, an employee at a Delta gas station in downtown Newark, N.J., where the cash price for regular unleaded is listed at $1.71, pumps gas for a motorist, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

After months of decline, U.S. gas prices bump up

- The Washington Times

U.S. drivers are seeing rising gasoline prices for the first time in months, according to the latest survey posted Thursday by AAA. Within the last week average U.S. gas prices increased by 11 cents from $2.04 per gallon on Jan. 29, to $2.15 per gallon on Thursday, Feb. 5, the drivers' advocacy organization said.

In this Jan. 6, 2015 photo, the MOL Competence, a 1036-foot long, 150-foot wide container ship carrying 45,000 tons of cargo, is moored at the TraPac Container Terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for December on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

U.S. trade deficit jumps 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion

- Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports — a potentially worrisome development that could weigh on overall economic growth.

In this June 4, 2010, file photo, Steve Gardner scrapes oil from the sand along a 700-yard long strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. Pictures of fouled beaches and dead, oil-coated birds flashed on a courtroom screen as attorneys for the federal government outlined their case Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New Orleans, for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Trial ends over how much BP should pay for Gulf oil spill

- Associated Press

The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months.

A Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 file photo showing a BP logo outside a petrol station in the town of Bletchley in Buckinghamshire, England. Oil giant BP reported a loss Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, of $4.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2014, as oil prices plunged. The net income figure includes a $5 billion writedown on the value of BP's inventories, after the price of Brent crude, the benchmark for North Sea oil, dropped almost 50 percent last year. BP posted a profit of $1.04 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. After stripping out the effect of the drop in oil prices, BP reported a loss of $969 million for the period, compared with a gain of $1.5 billion last year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

BP reports quarterly loss of $4.4 bln amid oil price drop

- Associated Press

BP sounded a somber note on the oil industry Tuesday, saying producers may have to adjust to an extended period of lower prices, as the company reported a fourth-quarter loss of $4.4 billion and announced spending cuts.

This Jan. 30, 2012, file photo, shows the sign for the ExxonMobil Torerance Refinery in Torrance, Calif. Exxon Mobile on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, reported fourth-quarter earnings of $6.57 billion. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Exxon, Chevron set to boost production just as prices fall

- Associated Press

Exxon Mobil has been working for years on a fleet of enormous new oil and gas projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and the Gulf of Mexico designed to turn around what has been a consistent and alarming slide in oil and gas production.

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, a new cooling tower for a nuclear power plant reactor that's under construction stands near the two operating reactors at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Builder projects 18-month delay for nuclear plant in Georgia

- Associated Press

Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday.