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  • DRIVERS LOGGED ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH 3.22 TRILLION MILES IN 2016, UP 2.8 PERCENT OVER 2015- U.S.

  • ROUYN NORANDA, Quebec _ Richmont Mines Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $793,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Richmont Mines shares have climbed 37 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Richmont Mines, Earnings Report.

  • Feb 21- Retailer Tiffany& Co on Tuesday said it would appoint three independent directors to its board in a deal with hedge fund JANA Partners LLC, less than three weeks after the luxury jeweler's chief executive stepped down. Tiffany said on Feb. 5 that CEO Frederic Cumenal was stepping down amid disappointing results. Tiffany will also add to its board Roger...

  • *OPEC says 90 percent of oil output cuts made in January. *OPEC wants compliance with cuts even higher, says Sec-Gen. LONDON, Feb 21- Oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel on Tuesday after OPEC said it was sticking to its agreement to cut production and hoped compliance with the deal would be even higher.

  • *Bucharest stocks at 9- year high, Banca Transilvania record high. *Warsaw stocks hits 18- month high, Prague highest since Dec 2015. BUDAPEST, Feb 21- Bucharest stocks hit a 9- year high on Tuesday, driven by surging Banca Transilvania as bank stocks fuelled a rally in Central European equities markets.

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The justices on Tuesday left in place an appeals court ruling that said the group could not sue former IRS official Lois Lerner and others for their roles in singling out...

  • EXECUTIVE ORDERS WOULD ALSO SEEK CHANGES TO' WATERS OF THE U.S.' RULE AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS CURBS ON UTILITIES- WASHINGTON POST.

  • PRESIDENT TRUMP PREPARING EXECUTIVE ORDER TO LIFT COAL MINING BAN ON FEDERAL LANDS- WASHINGTON POST, CITING UNNAMED SOURCES.

  • TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS COULD BE SIGNED AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK- WASHINGTON POST.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 21- Motorists drove a record 3.22 trillion miles on U.S. roads last year, a 2.8 percent rise from 2015 and the fifth consecutive year of year-over-year increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday. Motorists logged 263.6 billion miles on U.S roads in December, a 0.5 percent increase over the previous December, the DOT data...

  • DUBLIN— Statisticians say the number of people in Ireland with a full-time job has topped 2 million for the first time since the country's property-driven economy suffered a calamitous crash in 2008.. Tuesday's figures from the Central Statistics Office say unemployment has fallen to 6.8 percent, an 8 ½- year low, while the number of people with full-time...

  • GAINSVILLE, Fla. _ Exactech Inc. on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $11.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in April, Exactech expects its per-share earnings to range from 30 cents to 32 cents. Exactech expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.24 to $1.32 per share, with revenue...

  • Feb 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an appeal by Boston Scientific Corp of a Maryland state court jury verdict ordering the medical device company to pay $308 million to a patent licensor for breach of contract concerning implantable cardiac devices. Boston Scientific had asked the justices to hear its appeal in the dispute over its licenses...

  • *Popeyes up after Restaurant Brands agrees to buy company. Home Depot also set a $15 billion buyback plan. Sentiment was boosted by a more than 1.5 percent rise in oil prices, after OPEC said the group was hopeful of higher compliance with its deal to cut production.

  • *2016 EBITDA $6.1 bln, just ahead of consensus. *Net debt drops to $8.5 bln; eyes $7 bln this year. LONDON, Feb 21- Anglo American aims to reinstate dividends at the end of this year after rising commodity prices helped it to boost earnings and cut debt, it said on Tuesday, adding it would only sell more assets to sharpen its focus and not because it needed money.

  • CANADIAN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO PROJECTS A C $1.9 BLN DEFICIT IN 2016-17, VERSUS C $4.3 BLN DEFICIT IN 2016 BUDGET.

  • NEW YORK— Tiffany& Co. is naming three new directors to its board as part of a deal with hedge fund JANA Partners as it continues to search for a new CEO. Under the deal with JANA Partners, the company will add Roger Farah, James Lillie and Francesco Trapani to its board, increasing the size to 13 members. Shares of Tiffany climbed $2.28, or 2.6 percent, to $88.49 in Tuesday...

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. _ Sotherly Hotels Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Williamsburg, Virginia- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $2.1 million, or 12 cents per share, in the period. Sotherly Hotels expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.02 to $1.10 per share,...

  • Feb 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an appeal by Boston Scientific Corp of a Maryland state court jury verdict ordering the medical device company to pay $308 million to a patent licensor for breach of contract concerning implantable cardiac devices.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Latest on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection system:. A federal appeals court is weighing arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. State attorneys say they've provided plenty of evidence to show that the...