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  • ST. LOUIS— A Midwestern environmental group has followed through on its promise to formally challenge Peabody Energy's ability to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois and Indiana coal mines. Groups also have raised concern about self-bonding for Wyoming mines operated by St. Louis- based Arch Coal and Bristol, Virginia- based Alpha...

  • DENVER— When sisters Caroline Clark and Dianne Rissman set up their quilt shop in the house on their family farm in Iowa 2004, vendors they would call about fabric or thread would helpfully tell them it would be easier to order on line. Last year, their Forest Mills Quilt Shop shipped kits and materials to 27 states and Canada. Allamakee- Clayton cooperative...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. If Obama's nominee is not confirmed by the Senate, the White House could use the process to energize Democratic voters ahead of the presidential and congressional elections in...

  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 12:07 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. In House and Senate party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked a veto Thursday by Democratic Gov. Even with a slim 18-16 edge in the Senate, the GOP had the advantage of a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. and European shares rebounded from recent weakness on Friday, with reassuring U.S. retail sales data boosting sentiment, while U.S. crude prices rallied from more than 12- year lows. Banking shares in the United States and Europe spiked, with the S&P financial index last up 2.9 percent and the STOXX 600 Europe Banks index gaining 4.7 percent.

  • 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...

  • VeriSign meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 4:39 PM ET

    RESTON, Va. _ VeriSign Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $101.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 79 cents per share. VeriSign shares have decreased 15 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has decreased 11 percent.

  • Advance Auto Parts beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 6:37 AM ET

    ROANOKE, Va.— Advance Auto Parts Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $54.8 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.21 per share. Advance Auto Parts shares have fallen almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Armada Hoffler Properties reports 4Q results Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 6:21 AM ET

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. _ Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, said it had funds from operations of $10.6 million, or 24 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was...

  • FBR reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 7:39 PM ET

    ARLINGTON, Va. _ FBR& Co on Wednesday reported a loss of $4.4 million in its fourth quarter. The Arlington, Virginia- based company said it had a loss of 59 cents per share. Keywords: FBR& Co, Earnings Report.

  • Markel posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 6:45 PM ET

    GLEN ALLEN, Va. _ Markel Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $197.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Glen Allen, Virginia- based company said it had profit of $14.14. For the year, the company reported profit of $582.8 million, or $41.74 per share.

  • NCI beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:45 PM ET

    RESTON, Va. _ NCI Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $3.6 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $81.6 million.

  • Feb 10- The S&P 500 ended flat on Wednesday, losing gains late in the session as investors digested comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who kept options open for more rate hikes but also saw risks to the U.S. economy. The market had traded higher for much of the session after Yellen told Congress she does not expect the central bank to reverse the rate hike...

  • CSRA tops 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:11 PM ET

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ CSRA Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $48.4 million. For the current quarter ending in March, CSRA expects its per-share earnings to range from 45 cents to 49 cents. CSRA shares have declined 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Feb 10- The S&P 500 ended flat on Wednesday, losing gains late in the session as investors digested comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who kept options open for more rate hikes but also saw risks to the U.S. economy. The market had traded higher for much of the session after Yellen told Congress she does not expect the central bank to reverse the rate hike...

  • Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:49 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company's $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch's two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world's largest coal complexes. For years, an ongoing agreement...

  • Cel-Sci posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 7:07 PM ET

    VIENNA, Va. _ Cel-Sci Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $2.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Vienna, Virginia- based company said it had net income of 2 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Computer Sciences beats 3Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 5:07 PM ET

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ Computer Sciences Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $43 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 69 cents per share. Computer Sciences shares have declined almost 6 percent since the beginning...

  • Canadian Pacific wants vote on Norfolk Southern deal Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 2:25 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders whether they want the two railroads to pursue a merger. Canadian Pacific said Tuesday that it plans to submit a shareholder resolution on a possible deal at Norfolk Southern's annual meeting this spring. Norfolk Southern has sternly rejected all of Canadian Pacific's takeover offers...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets. Bristol, Virginia- based Alpha announced the offer in a filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia. The offer includes all Alpha coal assets in Pennsylvania and Wyoming; the...