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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • What closing coal plants means for energy jobs Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 3:58 PM ET
    American Electric Power's coal-fired John E. Amos Power Plant in Winfield, West Virginia.

    Coal-firing electricity plants are closing all over the US, and jobs are going with them. Can other energy sources make up for the losses?

  • Where you pay the highest and lowest property taxes Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 12:37 PM ET
    Homes in Connecticut

    Check out where the highest and lowest property tax rates are in America. NBC News reports.

  • The 2 industries fighting over your electric bill Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    Solar panel instalation

    Some utilities are pushing back against the growing number of customers who use solar technology to generate their own electricity.

  • Oil shipping: rail versus pipeline? Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:24 PM ET
    Oil pipelines safer than trains?

    Monday's derailment of a CSX train has reignited the debate about the cheapest and safest way to move oil across the country.

  • Oil train derails in W. Va., sparks blast, fires Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    A train carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday sparking a house fire and threatening the water supply.

  • New GOP Congress, new Keystone pipeline bill Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 1:27 PM ET
    A weld shack is moved toward a pipe joint during construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma.

    Newly empowered Republicans are wasting no time in their agenda, with a push to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.

  • Manufacturing in Ohio seeing slow, steady growth Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    While manufacturing alone no longer dominates the state's economy, its fortunes still rise and fall with the health of the state's industries.

  • America’s cheapest states to live in 2014 Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Value-conscious consumers are always on the prowl for bargains. Here's a look at the states that offer the lowest cost of living.

  • The 5 worst states for business in the US Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    States have rebounded strongly from the recession, but some long-time laggards still can't create a business-friendly environment.

  • 48. West Virginia Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    The cost of living here is among the lowest in the country, but is it worth plowing through the Mountain State’s rugged business rules?

  • Deadly side effect to fracking boom Monday, 5 May 2014 | 4:16 PM ET
    In this photo made on Saturday, March 1, 2014, William Saum stands near his front porch in Clarksburg, W. Va. In March of 2013, a truck carrying drilling water overturned onto a car carrying his wife and two young sons. Both children, 7-year-old Nicholas Mazzei-Saum and 8-year-old Alexander, were killed.

    Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads.