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  • Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.

  • UPDATE 1-Carlyle-backed Axalta Coating files for IPO Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Aug 20- Axalta Coating Systems Ltd, a paint coatings company backed by buyout firm Carlyle Group LP, filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday for an initial public offering of common stock. The company listed Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan among the underwriters for the IPO.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Business backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution's charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing.

  • Carlyle-backed Axalta Coating Systems files for IPO Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 5:19 PM ET

    Aug 20- Buyout firm Carlyle Group LP backed performance coatings company Axalta Coating Systems Ltd filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock. The company listed Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan among the underwriters for the IPO.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. crude oil rose in choppy trading on Wednesday ahead of the September contract's expiration and after government data showed crude stocks in the United States fell sharply last week. U.S. crude stocks slid by 4.5 million barrels last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, more than analysts had expected.

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street pares gains after Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    *Lowe's, Target shares rebound; American Eagle rallies. *Hertz tumbles after withdrawing forecast. "I don't think there were really any surprises in the minutes, or that the markets are reacting meaningfully to them," said Carin Pai, executive vice president and director of equity management at Fiduciary Trust in New York.

  • Women small business owners struggle to get loans Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank. Carrie Charlick and Marcia Cubitt have $4 million in sales but have been rejected for $500,000 credit lines since 2012. Their 11- year-old company, Essential Body Wear, sells women's underwear at parties at customers' homes.

  • Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks.

  • *Lowe's pares losses, Target rebounds, after dim forecasts. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors brushed off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target.

  • *Lowe's pares losses, Target rebounds, after dim forecasts. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks were little changed Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors shrugged off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target.

  • Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

  • American Eagle 2Q results top analysts' estimates Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:08 AM ET

    For the period ended Aug. 2, American Eagle Outfitters Inc. earned $5.8 million, or 3 cents per share. That compares with $19.6 million, or 10 cents per share, a year earlier. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $190.1 million from $186.3 million.

  • Mandatory Pa. casino theft fine ruled tossed out Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed on a Pittsburgh casino poker dealer convicted of having stolen $200 worth of chips is unconstitutional.

  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- U.S. crude oil lost nearly $2 on Tuesday, falling for a second straight day as a rush of selling ahead of the session close brought the contract to its lowest price since January.

  • Aug 19- The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15- mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60- year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Pa. fines gas driller for losing control of well Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it fined Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. more than $76,000 for losing control of a well at its Huston pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.

  • Aug 19- Five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River on Monday night from a 60- year-old coal-fired power plant owned by Duke Energy, the company said on Tuesday.

  • Dick's Sporting Goods 2Q profit drops 17 percent Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    CORAOPOLIS, Pa.— Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. said Tuesday that its net income fell 17 percent in its fiscal second quarter, but its result still beat analysts' expectations and its shares rose in premarket trading.