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  • May 28- Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha's Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. The indictment also said that after the explosion, he misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about Massey's...

  • J.D. Power buying used auto guides business Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Marketing information company J.D. Power and Associates will buy the National Automobile Dealers Association's used car guide business for an undisclosed amount. J.D. Power is a unit of New York- based McGraw Hill Financial Inc.. "Benchmarks are a key to the McGraw Hill Financial business model and the National Automobile Dealers Association used car...

  • Orbital ATK beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    ARLINGTON, Va. _ Orbital ATK Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $67.5 million. Orbital ATK expects full-year earnings to be $4.40 to $4.60 per share, with revenue in the range of $4.35 billion to $4.45 billion. Orbital ATK shares have fallen 34 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK— Geeknet, which announced Tuesday it would be acquired by retailer Hot Topic, said Wednesday it received a new and higher offer. Geeknet Inc. said it will review the new offer. Shares of Geeknet closed at $7.90 on Friday.

  • Health law court case winner could be political loser Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law's subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails, the GOP would have achieved a paramount goal of severely damaging "Obamacare." Tom Davis, R- Va., who once led the House GOP...

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..

  • Supreme Court sides with KBR in false claims dispute Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of defense contractor KBR Inc. in a whistleblower lawsuit over claims that the company overbilled the government for work in Iraq. The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that former KBR employee Benjamin Carter waited too long to file a suit alleging that the company had fraudulently billed the government...

  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— A Virginia bed-and-breakfast owned by the Trump Organization has opened its doors to the public. The Daily Progress reports that the 26,000- square-foot Trump Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville recently opened 10 rooms to booking. Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com.

  • Hot Topic buying Geeknet for about $117.3 million Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    Hot Topic Inc. will pay $17.50 per Geeknet share. Shares of Geeknet Inc., which is based in Fairfax, Virginia, more than doubled, rising $9.19 to $17.09 on morning trading Tuesday. Geeknet will become a Hot Topic subsidiary.

  • WASHINGTON— Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. Reisa Sperling of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who is leading the so-called A4 study. The A4 study— it stands for Anti-Amyloid Treatment in...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Va., May 22- Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence. The National Security Agency's page premiered this week, and the Defense...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio- based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Carton egg prices reached a record Friday of $2.32 a dozen for Midwest large eggs, said...

  • WASHINGTON— America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican senators advanced legislation Thursday that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis. But it received no support from Democrats, making its chances of Senate passage slim. Now tables have been turned by last November's...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The largest overhaul of U.S. financial industry reform since the 2008 crisis hit a roadblock on Thursday, as a regulation relief bill passed a Senate committee with zero Democrats in support. Wall Street dodged a tough provision as Republican Senator David Vitter withdrew his amendments, the most significant being a minimum 10 percent...

  • About 14,000 South Dakota residents have individual insurance plans that are compliant with the ACA through the company, which makes up about 4 percent of its total members in the state. In South Dakota and Iowa, Wellmark has so far decided not to join the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, but still allows members who do not receive...

  • Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar. The 330 Family Dollar stores represent about $45.5 million in operating income, Dollar Tree said. Dollar Tree, which is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, currently operates...

  • NEW YORK— Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. At the time Lumber Liquidators said that it decided to suspend the sales while a board committee completes a review of its sourcing compliance program. Lumber Liquidators has sent thousands of free air testing...

  • Advance Auto Parts misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    ROANOKE, Va. _ Advance Auto Parts Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $148.1 million. Advance Auto Parts expects full-year earnings in the range of $8.10 to $8.30 per share. Advance Auto Parts shares have dropped almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.