Lawmakers oppose House energy bill to block state laws

WASHINGTON - Several lawmakers said Thursday they would try to prevent a House energy plan that seeks to block California and other states from regulating tailpipe emissions.

During a hearing, several House Democrats joined opposition from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. They said they could not back legislation that would limit California's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate them.

''This bill is cutting the legs out from under the states just as they are starting to sprint forward on carbon pollution regulation,'' said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass.

Credit card debt drops in April

WASHINGTON - Consumer borrowing posted the smallest increase in six months in April as Americans actually paid off some of their credit card debt.

The Federal Reserve reported Thursday that consumer borrowing rose at an annual rate of just 1.3 percent in April, down from a 7 percent rise in March. It was the weakest showing since consumer debt rose at a tiny 0.1 percent rate last October.

Coca-Cola agrees to distribute juices

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - V8 and other hot-selling juices produced by the Campbell Soup Co. could soon show up in a lot more places, particularly convenience stores, where they've been hard to find in the past.

The Camden-based company announced Thursday that Coca-Cola North America will distribute its juices in the United States and Canada, starting in September.

- From wire reports