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  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina:. A North Carolina judge wants to review a surprise deal over groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questions the motives behind...

  • NEW YORK— What are Facebook's rules for posting nude images? The question is at the forefront again after a French court ruled Friday that a French art teacher can sue the social media service after it suspended his Facebook account. The latest community-standards policy, from March 2015, says Facebook restricts photos of genitals or fully exposed buttocks, as...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas. Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for the energy company, said Dominion believes the new path will satisfy...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators. The Department of Environmental Quality could decide the appropriate fine for Duke Energy polluting...

  • Reynolds American 4Q profit jumps, but misses forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 8:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Cigarette maker Reynolds American's fourth-quarter profit shot up 89 percent compared to the final quarter of 2014, when earnings fell due to some one-time costs. That's up from $148 million a year ago when it booked pension charges and other costs ahead of last year's closing of its $25- billion takeover of Newport seller Lorillard Inc..

  • Reynolds American misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 7:57 AM ET

    WINSTON SALEM, N.C. _ Reynolds American Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $279 million. Reynolds American expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.25 to $2.35 per share. Reynolds American shares have increased roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has dropped slightly more than 9...

  • Quintiles beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 6:15 AM ET

    DURHAM, N.C. _ Quintiles Transitional Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $104.6 million. The Durham, North Carolina- based company said it had net income of 85 cents per share. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 87 cents per share.

  • Investors Title posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 8:41 AM ET

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Investors Title Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $2.2 million. Investors Title shares have fallen 13 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Investors Title, Earnings Report.

  • Sealed Air tops 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 7:45 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Sealed Air Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $123.5 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. Sealed Air expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.52 to $2.60 per share, with revenue expected to be $6.8 billion.

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes. She did concede, though, that negative rates, which central banks in Japan and Europe have recently imposed, are a tool the Fed has at least studied.

  • Highwoods Properties reports 4Q results Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:31 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C. _ Highwoods Properties Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 81 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $169.7 million.

  • Tanger reports 4Q results Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:17 PM ET

    GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, said it had funds from operations of $58.1 million, or 58 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- Oil prices slid for a fourth straight session on Tuesday and teetered close to 12-1/ 2- year lows hit last month, after weak demand forecasts from the U.S. government and the western world's energy watchdog, while weak equities also pressured prices. "The longs got out, the shorts jumped back in and there was possibly a whole lot of hedging by producers...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay...

  • Martin Marietta misses Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 8:59 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C. _ Martin Marietta Materials Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $83.2 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.34 per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $842.6 million.

  • CVS Health's fourth-quarter profit rose 13 percent, as acquisition gains helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager meet Wall Street's earnings expectations. That deal, which closed last summer, gave CVS Health national reach in dispensing prescription drugs to assisted living and skilled nursing homes, long-term care facilities,...

  • All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal "Obamacare," while offering hardly any detail on how they'd replace it without millions losing coverage. They are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois,...

  • Premier Inc. reports 2Q loss Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 4:16 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Premier Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $54.4 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Premier Inc. shares have decreased 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..

  • EDEN, N.C.— Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17- ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia- North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.