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FILE - This July 1, 2013 file photo smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont.  The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The justices said that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This rule applies when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution. Carbon dioxide is the chief gas linked to global warming. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

GRAY: A cost-benefit analysis from EPA lacking in common sense

In a world of finite resources, rigorous cost-benefit analysis is essential to deciding what federal regulations are worthwhile. Thus, in a 2011 executive order, President Obama mandated that federal agencies "propose or adopt a regulation only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits justify its costs."

Older Oklahomans starting new small businesses

- Associated Press

After spending a career in public schools across northeast Oklahoma, Cindy Snodgrass decided to continue following her passion for helping students on her own terms.

President Obama in a speech Thursday that U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens," and he called on Congress to close corporate tax loopholes. (Associated Press)

Obama urges Congress to close corporate tax loopholes

- The Washington Times

With other pieces of his economic agenda such as a minimum wage increase stalled, President Obama turned his attention to corporate taxes Thursday and said U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens."

Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222, which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu. Experts say the airline industry will stay healthy despite several recent tragedies. (Associated Press)

Airlines optimistic despite a year of several tragedies

- The Washington Times

It hasn't been a good news cycle for the aviation business — a commercial plane shot down over Ukraine, the closure of Israel's main airport over terrorism fears and Wednesday's deadly crash of another plane in East Asia — but the travel-by-air business is not likely to see an economic crash landing.

Under Gina McCarthy,  The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

Business groups fight EPA plant rules, eye legal action

- The Washington Times

A coalition of top business groups expressed rising concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants, demanding more time Tuesday to respond and eyeing a legal battle against the Obama administration if necessary.

President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)

ORTEL: As President Obama frolics, real bears get ready to feast

Cutting to the front of a line, while defying school lunch dictates promulgated by the first lady, President Obama let his inner bear loose last week. Our President slurped down Texas barbecue, scant miles away from the latest humanitarian crisis his administration manufactures, choosing to avert his own eyes though he had spent your money to get close enough to our southern border.

Recession or no, the time is right to spend on a digital TV, Blu-ray player or portable music player; watch for discounts.

Family Dollar's income falls as discount stores face challenges

- The Washington Times

Considered the darling of the retail business during the Great Recession, the deep-discount chains enjoyed strong sales and growth providing off-brand food and cleaning items, among other household necessities, at the cost of $1 or less. But a weak earnings report from Charlotte, N.C.-based Family Dollar Thursday could be a sign that at least one of the leading dollar-store stars is coming back to earth.

** FILE ** This June 30, 2014, file photo shows customers walking into a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Hobby Lobby critics spell out their protest at craft store

The Washington Times

A craft store like Hobby Lobby sells a lot of items with alphabet letters, which is presenting an opportunity for those unhappy with the chain's prominent role challenging the Obamacare contraception mandate.