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  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Medical Properties Trust Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 34 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $130.5 million.

  • Vulcan tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 8:19 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Vulcan Materials Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $88.9 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 60 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $839.2 million.

  • BELLE GLADE, Fla.— Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. "I smelled a strong odor and started feeling bad," worker Maria Garcia later told a state investigator. An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 2- Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets. Until now, the best weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States has been outdoor pesticide fog sprayed by truck and airplane.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- Americans say they are on a sugar detox. A Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,883 adults living in the United States, conducted Jan. 15-21, finds that 58 percent say they tried to limit sugar in their diets in the previous 30 days. To be sure, the survey asked people about their attempts to limit sugar, not about their success rate in doing so, and notoriously...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher in late trading Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 3:38 PM ET

    Internet giant Alphabet, which reports results after the close, was up 1.5 percent at $772.98. Toymaker Mattel, down 2.3 percent at $26.94, is also due to report after the close. "If you see strength in the last hour, that's very bullish," said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Jan 31- At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shi'ite fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the casualties were expected to rise from the suicide attacks in Sayeda Zeinaba,...

  • BEIRUT/ AMMAN, Jan 31- At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shi'ite fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the casualties were expected to rise from the suicide attacks in Sayeda Zeinaba,...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? Airports in Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire send everything from box loads of pocket knives and scissors to unclaimed luggage to New Hampshire's state surplus division. The $700,000 the state grosses from surplus sales is barely a fraction of the business...

  • Computer Programs and Systems posts 4Q profit Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 4:37 PM ET

    MOBILE, Ala. _ Computer Programs and Systems Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $3.4 million. Computer Programs and Systems expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.47 to $3.64 per share, with revenue in the range of $307 million to $322 million. Computer Programs and Systems shares have declined slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • Wal-Mart's shutdown creates new food deserts Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 2:02 PM ET

    Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries. One of them is in Fairfield, Alabama, a hard-luck suburb of 11,000 about 8 miles west of Birmingham. Besides the three new food deserts, another 31 neighborhoods in 15 states will lack any place that sells fresh produce and meat once the last of the...

  • Al Jazeera America closure marks a quieter Qatar Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 10:14 AM ET

    *Era of Qatar "throwing money" at Al Jazeera over. While the gas-exporting nation is still determined to remain a power broker in the Middle East turmoil, its use of Al Jazeera as a megaphone in support of that goal appears to be on the wane under the young emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, former Qatari officials and Arab commentators say. The days of unstinting...

  • Officials consider New Orleans to Orlando rail service Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 4:38 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are conducting a tour along the Gulf Coast to consider the feasibility of bringing passenger rail back to the Gulf Coast, more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina damaged the tracks. The Southern Rail Commission announced recently that the so-called "Inspection Train" will include 14 stops in four states,...

  • But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem sharp criticism from several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who view Russia as the chief geopolitical threat to the United States. John McCain, R- Ariz., they said using the Russian engines enriches President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and...

  • *Iran said to need at least 400 jets in next decade. DUBLIN, Jan 22- Freed from nuclear-related sanctions, Iran has signalled its appetite to buy more than 100 Western planes, a prospect that would usually have the giants of the $130 billion- a-year jet industry scrambling for a piece of the action. Western and Iranian officials say Iran will require at least 400 jets...

  • BBVA Compass signs pact with BlackRock's robo-adviser Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 | 12:00 AM ET

    Jan 12- BBVA Compass, a unit of Spain's BBVA group, said it signed an agreement with BlackRock Inc's "robo-adviser", FutureAdvisor, to help expand its automated investment advisory services. BlackRock, the world's largest money manager with $4.5 trillion under management, bought San Francisco- based FutureAdvisor last year to help it provide financial...

  • LONDON/ SKOPJE, Jan 11- British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, which is deciding where to build a new plant to expand its product range and return to profitability, is considering a site in Macedonia, two sources familiar with the matter said. "Macedonia is a recent and late contender having been previously ruled out," one of the sources said. A senior government...

  • LONDON/ SKOPJE, Jan 11- British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, which is deciding where to build a new plant to expand its product range and return to profitability, is considering a site in Macedonia, two sources familiar with the matter said. "Macedonia is a recent and late contender having been previously ruled out," one of the sources said. A senior government...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 8- The benchmark S&P 500 U.S. stock index on Friday notched its worst five-day start to a year on record as fear of a slowdown in China offset a surprisingly strong payrolls report in the United States. Stocks had opened higher on Wall Street after data showed the economy created many more jobs than expected in December and previous months were revised...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St has worst start to year ever Friday, 8 Jan 2016 | 4:55 PM ET

    *December nonfarm payrolls 292,000 vs est 200,000. *Oil prices fall again, post heavy losses for week. Jan 8- U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday, ending a volatile week with their worst five-day start to a year ever, as sliding oil prices and lingering worries about the global economy offset upbeat U.S. job growth.