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  • Add to the list Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, who announced on Monday that he plans to spend $100 million to explore the idea. "It's the most interesting technological question of our day," Milner said in an interview, noting that he became fascinated by the notion of extra-terrestrial life after reading astrophysicist Carl Sagan's "Intelligent Life in the...

  • UPDATE 1-Coal miner Walter Energy files for bankruptcy Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    July 15- Walter Energy Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, becoming the latest coal miner to do so as they struggle with a steep fall in prices since 2011.. Walter Energy, which has coal mines in Alabama and West Virginia, said terms of the restructuring assume senior lenders will convert all of their debt into equity. Walter Energy had total debt of...

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. A $230 per share offer would be at a premium of nearly...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital and health insurance industries breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Health economists have estimated $15 billion to $22 billion in healthcare spending was at risk with the decision.

  • June 25- Oil and natural gas producer Magnum Hunter Resources Corp said it expected to raise $600- $700 million by selling its 45.53 percent stake in its natural gas gathering subsidiary, Eureka Hunter Holdings. Magnum Hunter had $13.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and total debt of $951 million as of March 31, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • 49. West Virginia Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:17 PM ET
    Top States: West Virginia

    The Mountain State has low business costs, but also a mountain of regulations and a persistent lack of innovation.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Besides the possible Anthem deal, Humana Inc is considering a sale, possibly to Cigna or Aetna Inc, a source...

  • WASHINGTON, June 4- Coal giant Peabody Energy has been among the harshest critics of federal energy policies, joining a court challenge to the Obama administration's new clean air regulations and denouncing its promotion of renewable fuels. "Our team will examine all aspects of bonding and self-bonding," said Chris Holmes, a spokesman for the Office of Surface...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa., May 29- Chevron Corp. has paid a reported $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the parents of a worker who was burnt to death in a gas well fire in western Pennsylvania. Local media reported the $5 million settlement, saying it had been approved by a judge in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

  • A US workplace civil war that's at a tipping point Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Protesters march around the Capitol after participating in a rally against a "right-to-work" proposal, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Madison, Wis.

    The US is split over right to work laws—literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are right-to-work states—the next will tip the balance.

  • *Number of rigs in Marcellus has dropped- Baker Hughes. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production in the fast-growing field in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is set to remain flat for the next few years before beginning a very slow decline primarily because of depressed gas prices. The number of rigs in the area has dwindled in recent months to...

  • May 28- A Delaware jury on Thursday ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman who said she was injured by transvaginal mesh, a device that is the subject of more than 25,000 lawsuits against the company. The 51- year old Newark, Delaware- resident was implanted with Boston Scientific's Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products in 2009, to treat...

  • May 28- Alpha Natural Resources Inc must pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, who is facing a criminal trial over a coal mining disaster in 2010, when he headed Alpha's Massey Energy Co business, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday. The indictment also said that after the explosion, he misled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about Massey's...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- Nearly six million people with disabilities may benefit from new tax-free savings plans approved by Congress last year, but the accounts may not be as helpful or available as quickly as originally promised. After a decade of lobbying by disability advocates, Congress passed The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in the final hour before...

  • May 12- Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, just 18 months after emerging from its previous Chapter 11, and said it was in negotiations with a potential buyer. The company listed assets and liabilities of more than $1 billion in its bankruptcy petition, which it filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The United States and Canada have a 400- page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent's...

  • Alpha, which idled some of its mines in West Virginia earlier this year, said its revenue fell 24 percent to $842 million in the three months to March 31 as sales volumes dropped more than 11 percent. Peabody Energy Corp and Arch Coal Inc reported bigger-than-expected losses last week. Alpha cut its 2015 capital spending plan to $200 million- $250 million from $225...

  • April 29- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, which is struggling to cope with oversupply in the iron ore market, blamed industry leaders BHP Billiton Ltd, Rio Tinto Plc and Vale SA for weak prices of the commodity. But Wolfe Research analyst Gordon Johnson said "the idea that someone is going to buy coal assets from Cliffs is highly unlikely," noting that the company has...