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  • *First rise in U.S. oil rig count since December- Baker Hughes. *Some caution prevails over long July 4 weekend, Greece and Iran. Pulling crude futures off highs was the latest data on the U.S. oil rig count from Baker Hughes.

  • *Some caution prevails over long July 4 weekend, Greece and Iran. But with the Greek debt crisis unresolved and Iran nuclear talks pending, and Friday's U.S. The market is also expecting latest weekly estimate on the U.S. oil rig count from industry firm Baker Hughes at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Dominion Virginia Power on Wednesday suggested how it may transition to new ways of generating energy, citing the uncertainty of new U.S. environmental rules. In a letter submitted to the SCC, Dominion executive Robert M. Blue said the 2015 plan arrives amid "a period of change and uncertainty," due in large part to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

  • Family Dollar misses 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Family Dollar Stores Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $79.9 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 82 cents per share. A year ago Family Dollar Stores earned $81.1 million, or 71 cents per share, on sales of $2.66 billion.

  • *WTI discount vs Brent hits $5 a barrel, biggest in 2 weeks. *Slide came on U.S. stockpile build, Greece and Iran fears. NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. crude prices fell 4 percent on Wednesday, posting their biggest daily drop since April after oil stockpiles in the United States rose for the first time in more than two months.

  • More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Then, they would challenge others to post a selfie or donate to the American Humane Association, best known for approving animal safety on TV and movie sets. Whistle Labs Inc., a San Francisco- based maker of pet...

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes. United officials said Tuesday that they expect to begin receiving fuel from Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. in 2018 and could be taking 90 million gallons a year by 2021.. United officials declined to...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday. Duke Energy's board of directors approved raising Good's annual salary by $50,000...

  • So far, Google has agreed to update its maps with crossing locations, the Federal Railroad Administration announced Monday. And this year began with major accidents at crossings near New York City, Los Angeles and in North Carolina. The railroad administration also has asked Apple, TomTom, MapQuest and Garmin to participate, agency spokesman Matthew Lehner...

  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET

    About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Millions of more affluent...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Like many fast-growing parts of the country, North Carolina's Triangle region is trying to avoid being strangled by its own success: Traffic is thickening, drivers are getting stuck in it and there's no simple solution in sight. The population of the three counties that include Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is forecast to grow by more than 40...

  • CHICAGO— Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. I didn't vote for him, "said Salt Lake City resident Paige Preece, whose...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- Global stock markets and oil prices edged lower on Thursday on lingering worries over Greece, though a Supreme Court ruling upholding tax subsidies drove U.S. hospital stocks to record highs. A failure on Thursday to clinch a deal between Athens and its three creditor institutions- the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and...

  • Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:. "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court— the Affordable Care Act...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- Crude oil slipped for a second straight day on Thursday, weighed by weaker U.S. refined fuels markets and potential negative impact from Greece's debt crisis on European energy demand. "I'm really looking for a breakout of the recent trading ranges to take new positions," said Tariq Zahir, an oil bear at Tyche Capital Advisors, an energy-focused...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- Crude oil slipped for a second straight day on Thursday, weighed by weaker U.S. refined fuels markets and potential negative impact from Greece's debt crisis on European energy demand. "I'm really looking for a breakout of the recent trading ranges to take new positions," said Tariq Zahir, an oil bear at Tyche Capital Advisors, an energy-focused...

  • Judge lets prosecutors stay on W.Va. chemical spill case Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A judge will let federal prosecutors keep working on a criminal case over a chemical spill last year in West Virginia, shooting down arguments that prosecutors should be recused from the case because they were among the 300,000 people without clean tap water for days. In an order in Charleston federal court Wednesday, U.S.

  • Virginia OKs $2.5M coal ash spill settlement with Duke Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:50 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond. The State Water Control Board sided unanimously with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality...

  • CHICAGO, June 24- A merger between Dutch supermarket Ahold and Belgian rival Delhaize will be a boon for U.S. online grocer Peapod, an Ahold unit which will gain valuable resources to fend off rival Amazon.com and upstart competitors, according to retail industry consultants. Access to Delhaize's efficient and low-cost distribution centers in the east and its...