WASHINGTON - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. scored a major legal victory last week as a federal appeals court affirmed the agency's decision to terminate a bank's coverage.

In a May 18 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the FDIC could pull deposit insurance from Doolin Security Savings Bank, a New Martinsville, W.Va., thrift that refused to pay its premium in full.

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