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  • CINCINNATI— The new leader of the Frisch's Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy's brand muscle with franchise expansion, new restaurant shapes and sizes, menu and beverage additions, and doing more to court younger customers. Atlanta- based NRD Capital has taken over after shareholder approval last week of its $175 million acquisition that ended family...

  • American Software posts 1Q profit Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ American Software Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $2.6 million. American Software shares have dropped almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: American Software, Earnings Report.

  • Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 PM ET

    Don't expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. Fliers have been able to fly Chicago to Boston for $80 roundtrip, San Francisco to Las Vegas for $67 roundtrip and New York to Los Angeles, with a connection, for $150 roundtrip. "This is the big break consumers have been waiting for in response to lower fuel prices," says Seth Kaplan, managing...

  • Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK— This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper." Burger King says it wants to serve the concoction for a single day at a popup location in Atlanta, a midway point between the headquarters of the two chains.

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • District Judge Rudolph Randa in Milwaukee that it lacked jurisdiction to hear former CEO Laurie Bebo's constitutional challenge to the SEC administrative case against her until the regulator's proceedings have concluded. SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment. They have halted SEC administrative proceedings on the grounds that the appointment...

  • Fed Up group plans counter Jackson Hole conference Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen may be skipping this year's annual gathering of central bank policymakers in Wyoming, but a group of demonstrators will be making their second appearance at the elite gathering. The Fed Up coalition, made up of community activist groups, has rented a conference room in the same hotel where the Kansas City Federal...

  • SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment. They have halted SEC administrative proceedings on the grounds that the appointment of judges who handle them is likely unconstitutional. The SEC has pursued more enforcement cases in-house rather than in federal court, using authority it obtained through the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

  • ATLANTA— Southern Co. is buying AGL Resources Inc. for approximately $7.93 billion, which would create the second-biggest utility company in the U.S. by customer base. Atlanta- based Southern will pay $66 in cash for each AGL share, a 38 percent premium to the company's Friday closing price of $47.86. In premarket trading an hour before the market open, AGL...

  • IOWA CITY, Iowa— The big health insurance companies picked to manage Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program have promised to create hundreds of jobs in the state in the coming months, according to bidding documents released Thursday. UnitedHealthcare projected that it would increase its existing 400- employee staff in Iowa by about 250 people.

  • ATLANTA— As part of her promise to address rising college costs, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling to expand the AmeriCorps service program launched under her husband's administration. Clinton calls for spending about $20 billion over 10 years on the expansion, increasing the number of civil service volunteers from...

  • Coke to disclose details on its health efforts Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 9:30 AM ET

    On Wednesday evening, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent said in an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal that he was disappointed that the company's actions have created "more confusion and mistrust." The Atlanta- based company came under fire after a New York Times story on Aug. 9 that detailed how Coca-Cola Co. gave $1.5 million to help start the Global Energy...

  • Popeyes meets 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $10.3 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 44 cents per share. Popeyes expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.85 to $1.90 per share.

  • Aug 19- Suja Life LLC said on Wednesday that Coca-Cola Co has bought a minority stake in the organic juice maker and will distribute its products. San Diego- based Suja, founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs Annie Lawless, Eric Ethans, Jeff Church and James Brennan, makes juices and smoothies under cold pressure to kill harmful bacteria and preserve nutrients and taste.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Brooklyn Brewery, the craft beer maker operating from New York City's most populous borough, resisted taking money from investment firms for almost three decades, according to co-founder and Chairman Steve Hindy. The $19.6 billion U.S. craft beer market grew by about 18 percent in barrel volume in 2014, according to the Brewers Association.

  • FORT WORTH, Texas— Federal safety officials are investigating an incident in which a US Airways jet struck runway lights, damaging the underside of the plane's tail, while attempting to land after the pilots reported wind shear. The Charlotte airport closed a runway after workers found debris and damage to the lights, but no other flights were affected, an FAA...

  • Iowa picks 4 vendors to take over $4.2 B Medicaid program. Iowa picks 4 companies to run $4.2 B Medicaid program, in major shift sought by GOP governor. IOWA CITY, Iowa— Four national companies will take over management of Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program under an overhaul that will affect how nearly one in five Iowans receives health care, state officials...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- In July 2013, California urogynecologist Andrew Cassidenti received an email from an entrepreneur named Otto Fisher, who had a proposition. In a phone call, Fisher said he needed doctors to operate at outpatient centers in California and Las Vegas. Fisher said he could guarantee Cassidenti $2,500 for every surgery the doctor performed, "whether...

  • Home Depot separates itself from retail crowd in 2Q Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Homes are getting a lot of TLC from their owners of late, which means better sales for businesses like Home Depot. The world's largest home improvement retailer reported second-quarter results on Tuesday that surpassed Wall Street expectations, thanks largely to consumers opening their wallets. "When consumers believe their home is an investment...

  • UPDATE 1-Coca-Cola names Quincey COO, Bozer to leave Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    Aug 13- Coca-Cola Co named James Quincey chief operating officer, and said company veteran Ahmet Bozer, who had been seen as a possible successor to Muhtar Kent as CEO, would be leaving. Quincey was instrumental in leading the negotiations for the recently proposed merger of Coke's bottlers Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola...