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  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by 19 rigs, Oklahoma dropped eight, Louisiana dropped five, Pennsylvania lost three, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming each declined by two and Ohio dropped...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- Zinc is the stand-out amid the general industrial metals gloom right now. It helps that big mines such as Century in Australia and Lisheen in Ireland have just reached the end of their natural lives. Now a new, largely unexpected, ingredient has been thrown into the supply mix in the form of Horsehead Holding's shuttering of its zinc plant in North...

  • Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 2:40 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago- based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte...

  • "We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has developed," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said Thursday. He made the comment shortly after the NRC made public a letter it had written to New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. that touched on several aspects of managing the Vernon reactor post-shutdown. Vermont Yankee closed...

  • If the case goes to trial Feb. 16, Duval said he will inform jurors about the deaths of four workers— Dewey Revette, Jason Anderson, Donald Clark, and Stephen Curtis— because they participated in a key safety test shortly before the explosion. Prosecutors say Kaluza and another rig supervisor, Donald Vidrine, botched the "negative pressure test" and missed clear signs...

  • BELLE GLADE, Fla.— Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. "I smelled a strong odor and started feeling bad," worker Maria Garcia later told a state investigator. An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 2- Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets. Until now, the best weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States has been outdoor pesticide fog sprayed by truck and airplane.

  • SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand, the company said. Valets were told during an afternoon employees' meeting that SP Plus will hire MGM Resorts' approximately 400 non-union parking service...

  • Tidewater reports 3Q loss Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 6:01 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS _ Tidewater Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $19.5 million in its fiscal third quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 30 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $254.6 million.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 25-31 Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 4:07 PM ET

    3. "NCIS," CBS, 11.98 million. 4. "Scorpion," CBS, 10.7 million. 5. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 10.2 million.

  • The move follows CenterPoint's $363 million investment in Enable Midstream's preferred securities on Friday, through the early redemption of notes payable to a CenterPoint unit of the same amount. "The REIT structure has recently received significant attention in the regulated utility industry in Texas and could have substantial potential for...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 1- U.S. consumers are cautious about spending their windfall from cheap gasoline and are saving more, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll and official data, suggesting low oil prices are less of a boon for the U.S. economy than in the past. Commerce Department data shows that the crude's 70 percent drop since mid-2014 cut households' annual spending...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 1- U.S. consumers are cautious about spending their windfall from cheap gasoline and are saving more, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll and official data, suggesting low oil prices are less of a boon for the U.S. economy than in the past. Commerce Department data shows that the crude's 70 percent drop since mid-2014 cut households' annual spending...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Saudi Arabia has successfully defended its share of the U.S. oil market even as rising domestic production from shale and growing pipeline imports from Canada have cut seaborne imports from other countries. Saudi Arabia has been fortunate in that the oil produced from shale is not in direct competition with its own crude exports.

  • Investar posts 4Q profit Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 6:41 AM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La. _ Investar Holding Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.5 million. The holding company for Investar Bank posted revenue of $9.8 million in the period. Investar shares have fallen 9.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Iberiabank beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 6:57 PM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La. _ Iberiabank Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $44.4 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share. Iberiabank shares have declined 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MidSouth posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 5:47 PM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La. _ MidSouth Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.8 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Officials consider New Orleans to Orlando rail service Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 4:38 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are conducting a tour along the Gulf Coast to consider the feasibility of bringing passenger rail back to the Gulf Coast, more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina damaged the tracks. The Southern Rail Commission announced recently that the so-called "Inspection Train" will include 14 stops in four states,...

  • 'The X-Files' reaches more than 16 million on return Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 4:15 PM ET

    That game was seen by 45.7 million people on Sunday, the Nielsen company said. CBS' coverage of the AFC championship between New England and Denver wasn't in prime time, but it was seen by an average of 53.3 million viewers Sunday on CBS. CBS had 8.7 million, NBC had 4.9 million, ABC had 4 million, Univision had 2.1 million, the CW had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million and...

  • WASHINGTON— The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion in the coming years. A bipartisan effort to reduce the prison population appears...