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  • HELENA, Mont.— President Barack Obama unveiled the final regulations in his plan that will cut carbon dioxide emissions nationwide 32 percent by 2030. Obama touted it as a bold step to slow climate change, while opponents said it was federal overreach that will raise prices for electricity consumers. There are two main reasons, according to the Environmental...

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Hill International Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $4.4 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 7 cents per share. Hill International expects full-year revenue in the range of $650 million to $675 million.

  • HAGERSTOWN, Md.— The new owner of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in western Maryland is in no hurry to make changes. Las Vegas- based Golden Entertainment Inc. plans a patient approach to running the 200- room hotel, 18- hole golf course and casino inside Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, 130 miles west of Baltimore, Chairman Blake Sartini said Monday.

  • Aug 3- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, one of the largest U.S. coal companies, became the latest in the hard-hit industry to seek bankruptcy on Monday. Walter Energy Inc and Patriot Coal Corp also filed for bankruptcy protection this year. Energy Future Holdings Corp, a power company that also has a large coal mining business, has been in bankruptcy since 2014..

  • ERIE, Pa.— Michael Victor is taking over as president of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. The private Catholic school in Erie announced in May that Victor would replace Thomas Gamble, who retired after 10 years as president. The 54- year-old Victor has been president of Lake Erie College in Painesvillle, Ohio, since 2006..

  • Aug 3- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc became the latest company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to a steep fall in coal prices. Walter Energy Inc and Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The company and its affiliates operate more than 50 underground and surface mines, and more than 20 coal preparation facilities in...

  • NEW YORK— Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations. Alpha operates about 60 coal mines, many in parts of Appalachia that have seen...

  • Alpha Natural and its affiliates operate more than 50 underground and surface mines, and more than 20 coal preparation facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

  • PITTSBURGH— A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.. Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh allege they scammed tests run by Educational Testing...

  • PPL reports 2Q loss 21 Hours Ago

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. _ PPL Corp. on Monday reported a second-quarter loss of $757 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • An Oregon bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. A Louisiana man posted a video to the Internet lambasting a local Wal-Mart for not making a cake with a Confederate flag on it. "Cake has had symbolic meaning in this country," even aside from politics, said Stephen Schmidt, food historian and writer for the Manuscripts...

  • Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 12:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled. Marc Reed, Verizon's chief administrative officer, said the company is "disappointed" it was unable to reach an agreement with the unions despite "six weeks of good faith bargaining and a very strong effort by the...

  • Aug 1- Thousands of Verizon Communications Inc workers on the U.S. East Coast could strike on Sunday with no sign of an agreement as contract negotiations with unions went to the wire, a union spokeswoman said on Saturday. Verizon spokesman Rich Young said: "At this point, we remain committed to continuing to negotiate in good faith with our unions."

  • The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of...

  • PHILADELPHIA— The manufacturer of the jet that crashed on takeoff in Massachusetts last year, killing the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people, has reported a problem with a fail-safe system that can allow the planes to reach high speeds on the runway even if they are prevented from taking off. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said in a document...

  • Gas tax increases by 7 cents in Washington state Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 1:28 PM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash— The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers— already paying above the national average— may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7- cent- per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax. With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas...

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. Last week, the Communications Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached.

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. Last week the Communication Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached.

  • Prudential Bancorp posts 3Q profit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Prudential Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $47,000 in its fiscal third quarter. Prudential Bancorp shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Prudential Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • First Keystone posts 2Q profit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    BERWICK, Pa. _ First Keystone Corp. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $2.4 million. First Keystone shares have declined almost 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: First Keystone, Earnings Report.