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Top News & Analysis Virginia

  • Oct 26- U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida were bracing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and threaten to close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.

  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged slowly toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 41 people as it cut across the Caribbean.

  • Oct 26- U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida were bracing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and threaten to close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.

  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Slow-moving Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 34 people on a path destruction across the Caribbean.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Virginia declared a state of emergency on Friday, neighboring states readied utility crews and New York City said it may shut down mass transit as authorities along the U.S. East Coast prepared for a potential pounding from Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Virginia declared a state of emergency on Friday, neighboring states readied utility crews and New York City said it may shut down mass transit as authorities along the U.S. East Coast pr e pared for a p otential pounding from Hurr icane Sandy.

  • HERNDON, Va.-- Educational software company K12 Inc. said Friday that it has appointed former Michigan Gov. He was governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Universal Forest Products Inc. and Munder Capital Management. Shares of the company, based in Herndon, Va., fell 11 cents to close at $21.46.

  • FALLS CHURCH, Va.-- Computer Sciences Corp., which provides information technology services to a wide range of industries, said Friday it won a $54 million task order to conduct background investigations for the U.S. The order has a one-year base period and four option years, for a total value of $54 million. Shares fell 15 cents to close at $30.59.

  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Slow-moving Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 31 people on a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

  • DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Virginia economic development officials are releasing a guide to promote the export of services from companies around the state. The guide is from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's International Trade division.

  • WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama carried the nation's capital in 2008 with 92 percent of the vote, and some local activists hoped he would push to give the District of Columbia representation in Congress and more autonomy in local affairs. Even Obama's staunchest local defenders are upset he's not more vocal on issues important to them.

  • But unlike other ships the Navy has decommissioned, these mattresses won't be heading to a local landfill following the Dec. 1 inactivation. The Navy will send the mattresses to a company in South Carolina as part of a pilot program to break the mattresses down and recycle their springs and foam for other uses.

  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Drivers listening to adult contemporary radio along Interstate 4 in central Florida are hearing ads like this: " President Obama raised taxes on Florida's small businesses, and his defense cuts will weaken our military and put thousands more Florida families out of work.

  • WASHINGTON-- The pre- Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north.

  • DETROIT-- Shares of used-car dealership chain Carmax Inc. could get a boost Friday from a Credit Suisse analyst's upgrade. CarMax's store base is rising from 110 to more than 300, one of the largest expansions in the retail business, Balter wrote.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Arch Coal Inc. said Friday that cost-control efforts helped boost its third-quarter results well above Wall Street expectations. Adjusted income was 20 cents per share, compared with a loss of 15 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion, according to FactSet.

  • United Bank's parent company says it earned $19.3 million, or 38 cents per share, in the quarter ending Sept. 30. The 2012 results include an accrual of $3.3 million pertaining to a settlement of claims stemming from class actions against United Bank Inc. of West Virginia, and a noncash, pretax impairment charge of $2.3 million on investment securities.

  • HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a major threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after lashing Cuba with heavy rains and tree-toppling winds and swirling through the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.

  • RESTON, Va.-- VeriSign Inc., which registers domain names on the Internet, said Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 32 percent, topping expectations. VeriSign's shares lost 9 cents to $46.60 in regular trading, then dropped $7.10, or 15.2 percent, to $39.50 in after-hours trading after the earnings report and update on the registry agreement.