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  • *Crude futures rise $1 before ending off highs on strong dollar. NEW YORK, July 29- Oil settled higher on Wednesday, recovering from multi-month lows, after U.S. government data showed a surprisingly large crude stockpile draw that signaled the market may have been wrong in predicting slumping demand for energy. Crude futures lost more than $10 a barrel over the...

  • *Crude futures rise over $1 a barrel before consolidating. NEW YORK, July 29- Oil prices jumped about 2 percent on Wednesday, springing from near six-month lows, after U.S. government data showed a surprisingly large crude stockpile draw that signaled the market may have been wrong in predicting slumping demand for energy. Crude futures have lost over $10 a barrel...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Danielle Faust, 33, is six weeks into wearing braces to fix her crooked teeth and is pretty happy about the process, but not the price. While the $5,000 for Invisalign clear aligners in South Florida where she is a freelance writer is $1,000 less than a friend is paying in New York, she is kicking herself because she missed out on a Groupon that would...

  • ROCKVILLE, Md. _ Choice Hotels International Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $35.8 million. Choice Hotels expects full-year earnings to be $2.18 to $2.22 per share. Choice Hotels shares have fallen roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • COLUMBIA, Md. _ W.R. Grace& Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $57.4 million. W.R. Grace expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.15 to $5.25 per share. W.R. Grace shares have risen roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • FREDERICK, Md. _ U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $10 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $162.4 million.

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." Bernie Sanders told The Associated Press. Environmental groups vigorously...

  • The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide standards for 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. The April 2014 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration and capped a decades-long effort by the...

  • The Education Department confirmed Tuesday that it would conduct a limited pilot program to give prisoners access to the Pell grants. The official announcement was scheduled for Friday, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The prison has a partnership...

  • Corporate Office Properties reports 2Q results Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, Md. _ Corporate Office Properties Trust on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 50 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in September, Corporate Office Properties expects its per-share funds from...

  • United Therapeutics beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    SILVER SPRING, Md. _ United Therapeutics Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $99.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.26 per share. United Therapeutics shares have climbed 28 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • American Capital Agency posts 2Q profit Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BETHESDA, Md. _ American Capital Agency Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $512 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. American Capital Agency shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets.

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • Verizon workers vote to authorize strike, if necessary Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Verizon workers in nine states have voted to go on strike if necessary over a dispute about a new contract, a union official said at a rally Saturday. At the rally in New York, the CWA announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers who voted in a recent poll backed strike action if required. The contract covers employees the nine states from Massachusetts to...

  • WASHINGTON— Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service. The Transportation Department sent letters on Friday to Delta, American, United,...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Most people are gathering Friday in Utah to celebrate the state's Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. A few gathered on patios and lawns near the parade route in Salt Lake City, sipping beer and munching on pies in a nod to the roots of the faux holiday that began 10 to 15 years ago.

  • NEW YORK— Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to shift the mindset of corporate America from "quarterly capitalism" to a more long-term approach to the economy and plans to unveil proposals to hike capital gains taxes, review executive compensation rules and warn that shareholder activism can sometimes go too far. Her speech at New York University's Stern School of...

  • Shore Bancshares posts 2Q profit Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    EASTON, Md. _ Shore Bancshares Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.6 million. Shore Bancshares shares have climbed 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Shore Bancshares, Earnings Report.

  • Pebblebrook Hotel reports 2Q results Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    BETHESDA, Md. _ Pebblebrook Hotel Trust on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 69 cents per share. Pebblebrook Hotel expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.47 to $2.55 per share.