An exhaustive state-by-state examination of tax credits, rebates and other incentives state governments use to lure new businesses and to keep existing businesses from relocating elsewhere suggests that all incentives are not created equal and, further, that states often do not get a good return on their investment.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,705 from the previous week's total of 2,875.

The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

Plant will convert seafood shell waste into commercial products for the automotive, defense and medical sectors.

The government will auction off leases Wednesday on about 20 million acres of ocean bottom available for oil and gas production in the western Gulf of Mexico.

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