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Top News & Analysis Pennsylvania

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- The outcome of a court hearing set to begin on Thursday will determine whether a major regional healthcare system in Pennsylvania is driven into bankruptcy or will be allowed to seek other suitors after a $475 million merger deal with insurer Highmark Inc crumbled.

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Dominion Resources says its third-quarter net income tumbled nearly 47 percent because of costs related to the permanent shutdown of one of its nuclear power stations and plant outages.

  • Here is a summary of earnings reports from United Continental Holdings Corp., Delta Air Lines Inc., US Airways Group Inc., AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines Co.. United Continental's profit shrunk to $6 million from $653 million a year ago.

  • YORK, Pa.-- Dentsply reported a 12 percent decline in third quarter earnings Thursday as selling and administrative costs rose for the dental products company. The company narrowed its full-year earnings expectations to a range of $2.19 to $2.24 from the prior range of $2.18 to $2.24. Shares of Dentsply International Inc., based in York, Pa., rose 41 cents to $37.12.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Natural gas producer EQT Corp. said Thursday that its net income fell 82 percent in the third quarter compared to a year ago, when it sold a major pipeline. Net income fell to $31.9 million, or 21 cents per share, from $178.9 million, or $1.19 per share. Shares of EQT Corp. rose $2.63, or 4.5 percent, to $60.61 in afternoon trading.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Coal miner Consol Energy Inc. on Thursday posted an $11.4 million third-quarter loss, hurt by ongoing weak demand for coal. The Pittsburgh- based company's loss amounted to 5 cents per share, compared with a year-ago profit of $167.3 million, or 74 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • *US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. NEW YORK, Oct 24- The United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion of losses by selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • *SAN FRANCISCO FED PRESIDENT JOHN WILLIAMS, Oct. 15 ``In no way has our commitment to price stability wavered.''.

  • FLYING HIGH: Delta Air Lines reported a billion-dollar third-quarter profit and said demand is holding up well. GAINING ALTITUDE: The results come as Delta aims to pull ahead of struggling U.S. rivals.

  • Delta Air Lines reported a billion-dollar third-quarter profit and said demand is holding up well. The world's second-largest airline posted net income of $1.05 billion, or $1.23 per share, compared with $549 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. And Southwest is still integrating AirTran _ 17 months after buying the company.

  • *US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. Oct 24- The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses.

  • PITTSBURGH-- A new report from the College Board says Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest in-state tuition charges in the nation for four-year public universities. The Penn State University Park campus topped the list nationally with in-state tuition and fees totaling more than $17,200 for the current class.

  • PHILADELPHIA-- Pennsylvania's gambling board on Wednesday reminded developers there are three weeks before the Nov. 15 deadline to submit applications for Philadelphia's second casino license.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Mine Safety Appliances Co. said Wednesday that its net income fell 4 percent in the third quarter after it sold off two businesses. Mine Safety said its net income declined to $19.2 million, or 51 cents per share, from $20 million, or 54 cents per share. Shares of Mine Safety Appliances rose 28 cents to $36.98 in trading Wednesday.

  • John Kasich warned Wednesday of an economic slowdown happening in the swing state ahead the presidential election, even as Huntington bank announced it is bringing 250 jobs to Ohio.

  • MONTCLAIR, N.J.-- Across New Jersey, most communities approached about hosting one of the state's first legal medical marijuana dispensaries in out-of-the-way industrial zones have just said no, after outpourings of public opposition.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of metal producer Allegheny Technologies Inc. fell Wednesday after it reported third-quarter net income tumbled 43 percent and warned its fourth-quarter earnings will fall below the most recent quarter's results.

  • Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • PHILADELPHIA-- A man who drove an SUV onto an airport runway, forcing a passenger jet to abort its landing, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in prison and must pay $92,000 in restitution. Kenneth Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, crashed through a gate on March 1 and led police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph.