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  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's government is pushing a bond swap with creditors to help generate revenue as U.S. legislators prepare to debate creation of an oversight authority to help pull the island out of a deepening economic crisis. "A crisis of this magnitude must be addressed in concert, otherwise we risk our ability and the opportunity to escape the...

  • NEW YORK— Dominion Resources will spend approximately $4.4 billion to acquire Questar in a big reach to the West for the East Coast energy company. Questar is in the Rockies and a principal source of gas supply to Western states. Questar shareholders will receive $25 per share, a 23 percent premium to its Friday closing price of $20.39.

  • Nutraceutical posts 1Q profit Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 9:37 AM ET

    PARK CITY, Utah _ Nutraceutical International Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $4.2 million. On a per-share basis, the Park City, Utah- based company said it had profit of 45 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate starts debate on broad energy bill Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 3:53 PM ET

    Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican chair of the Senate energy committee and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, its ranking Democrat, urged lawmakers not to thwart passage of the bipartisan bill, which cleared their panel in an 18-4 vote. Aides said Democratic Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan plan to offer amendments laying out a...

  • Coal projects advance but won't be final under moratorium Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 2:46 PM ET

    Wyoming, Montana and U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials approved moving forward with a multiyear evaluation of the projects located next to existing mines in the states' Powder River Basin, the nation's largest coal-producing region. They cited concerns over climate change and other environmental effects from burning coal and questioned if...

  • Coal executive demands tax break for industry in free fall Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 12:24 PM ET

    West Virginia already expects a $384 million gap this budget year and a $466 million gap in 2017, largely because coal and natural gas severance tax dollars have fizzled. Murray says West Virginia needs to help its coal industry compete against states like Pennsylvania that don't apply severance taxes. Murray Energy's operations are in West Virginia,...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 27- U.S. Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday called for congressional action on Puerto Rico, demanding that legislation to resolve the island's financial crisis include tools to restructure debt. Republican Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Grassley of Iowa last month...

  • SAN JUAN, Jan 27- U.S. Senate Democrats, in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday called for congressional action on Puerto Rico, demanding that legislation to resolve the island's financial crisis include tools to restructure debt. Republican Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Grassley of Iowa last month...

  • Navajo lawmakers approve water rights settlement with Utah Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 12:51 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved legislation Tuesday to settle the tribe's claims to water in the upper Colorado River basin in Utah. The Navajo communities in Utah currently use only a fraction of the water allocated in the settlement. It would not take effect until Congress appropriates about $200 million for water infrastructure...

  • Peoples Utah Bancorp posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 4:45 PM ET

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah _ Peoples Utah Bancorp on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.9 million. Peoples Utah Bancorp shares have dropped 12 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Peoples Utah Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • "It is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the United States," said Janice Schneider, the Interior Department's assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management. Experts say her strategy helped extinguish several smaller fires, though one giant blaze scorched sagebrush steppe in portions of Idaho and Oregon. It calls for a "science-based" approach to...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved legislation Tuesday to settle the tribe's claims to water in the upper Colorado River basin in Utah. The bill passed 13-7 Tuesday without any debate and with few people in attendance at the Navajo Nation Council chambers in Window Rock. The Navajo communities in Utah currently use only a fraction of the...

  • Frustration grows as armed Oregon standoff continues Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 1:35 PM ET

    BURNS, Ore.— An armed group took over a national wildlife preserve in southeastern Oregon more than three weeks ago, and so far authorities have taken no action to remove the protesters, who are upset over federal land policy. Frustrated local and state officials are increasingly urging the FBI to do something to resolve the situation. But in October, a federal...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Hundreds of residents from central Utah communities that rely heavily on coal packed a public hearing Tuesday to show their opposition to a proposal requiring new pollution controls at the state's oldest coal-fired power plants. A parade of speakers urged Environmental Protection Agency representatives to choose a different option under...

  • Zions tops Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 25 Jan 2016 | 4:40 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY _ Zions Bancorp on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $102.5 million. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $567.1 million.

  • *No easy exit from economic slump for Canada's prime minister. TORONTO, Jan 25- With growth fading, oil prices in freefall and a currency having touched a 12- year low, Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces an early end to his political honeymoon, confronted by an economic slump with no easy exit. While voracious demand from China for its commodities...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A federal judge began hearing evidence Monday in a child labor case involving a Utah polygamous sect, including testimony from a former member who says she would have been kicked out of the faith if she didn't work on a pecan harvest. Alyssa Bistline said she started work on the pecan ranch at age 13 at the direction of polygamous leaders.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Turing Pharmaceuticals for possible antitrust violations in connection with the company's decision to hike the price of a life-saving drug by more than 5,000 percent, a lawyer for former Chief Executive Officer Martin Shkreli wrote on Friday. The probe was disclosed in a letter to the U.S....

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was on a collision course with Congress on Thursday as lawmakers warned he could be prosecuted for contempt if he does not appear next week for a hearing about drug prices. A lawyer for Shkreli informed the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of his intent not to answer...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Former drug executive Martin Shkreli plans to assert his right against self-incrimination and remain silent if he is forced to appear next week at a congressional hearing about drug prices, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Shkreli's lawyer informed the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of his intent not to answer...