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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of her husband and two children who had sought refuge inside the big-box store destroyed during the devastating 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. District Judge Douglas Harpool threw out Edie Howard Housel's wrongful-death case Thursday at Home Depot's...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- A quartet of technology heavyweights will be part of an avalanche of quarterly corporate earnings reports next week that, along with a meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers, could hold the key to whether Wall Street extends its record-breaking rally or loses steam. With second-quarter reporting season kicking into high gear,...

  • ATLANTA _ SunTrust Banks Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $492 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 87 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.14 billion.

  • NEW YORK— Accusations that Airbnb has been ignoring complaints of racism have led several black entrepreneurs to create two new vacation rental websites where they say racism will not be tolerated. Among the stories that have made headlines was Gregory Selden's. Airbnb has a longstanding policy prohibiting discrimination, but back in January, a study by...

  • ATLANTA _ Fidelity Southern Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $6.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 46 cents per share. Fidelity Southern shares have fallen 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA— PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $117.8 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. PulteGroup shares have increased 15 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 6 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Four U.S. carriers have won tentative approval to launch daytime U.S. flights to Tokyo's Haneda airport as early as this fall, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Wednesday. Approvals were given to Delta for flights from Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Hawaiian from Honolulu, American from Los Angeles, and United from San Francisco.

  • NEW YORK— Macy's is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they're in— like where a particular brand is located or what's in stock— that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face. That's a key element as Macy's seeks to spur sluggish sales, make being at the store more enjoyable and...

  • ATLANTA _ Manhattan Associates Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $33.3 million. Manhattan Associates expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.78 to $1.81 per share, with revenue in the range of $615 million to $620 million. Manhattan Associates shares have declined roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA _ Genuine Parts Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $191.4 million. Genuine Parts expects full-year earnings to be $4.70 to $4.75 per share. Genuine Parts shares have climbed 19 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.

  • UnitedHealth's second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to beat investor expectations even though the nation's largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage linked to the Affordable Care Act. But another strong gain from UnitedHealth's Optum segment helped push the company's total net income up to $1.75 billion from $1.59...

  • NEW YORK— A man who impersonated his successful father in a bid to buy Maxim magazine was sentenced Monday to a year in prison after cooperating with authorities. Calvin Darden Jr., the son of a former UPS executive, was sentenced by U.S. Authorities say the Staten Island man tricked two lenders in late 2013 into providing more than $8 million in financing for the...

  • Wall Street's record-setting rally extended to the fourth day, even as the Bank of England surprised investors by leaving interest rates unchanged at 0.50 percent. But, investors saw hope after the central bank signaled there would be a stimulus program in August, once the impact of Britain's decision to leave the European Union had been assessed.

  • July 14- Delta Air Lines Inc on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected profit for the second quarter and said it would make fewer seats available to the United Kingdom and elsewhere than previously planned this autumn so ticket prices do not drop. Some of the biggest cuts will involve the United Kingdom. Delta, The No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said...

  • *Yum rises on strength in key China business. But, investors took hope after the central bank also signaled that it would likely be a stimulus program in August, once the impact of Britain's decision to leave the European Union had been assessed. "The fact that is giving everyone hope is that JPMorgan's revenues were strong and that shows business is being done," said...

  • DALLAS— Delta Air Lines Inc.' s second-quarter profit beat expectations despite lower revenue, and the company plans to limit its growth in a bid to push fares higher. Notably, Delta will reduce flights this winter between the U.S. and U.K. partly because of uncertainty over the economic fallout from the U.K.' s decision to leave the European Union.

  • The Atlanta- based airline said it had earned $1.55 billion in the second quarter. On an adjusted basis, profit grew 9 percent to $1.12 billion, or $1.47 per share. Analysts on average estimated Delta would earn $1.42 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • July 14- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday as JPMorgan's quarterly profit beat expectations, although futures dipped slightly after the Bank of England surprised investors by leaving interest rates unchanged. *The BoE said it was likely to deliver stimulus in three weeks, once it assessed how Britain's decision to leave the European Union has...

  • LOS ANGELES— The "Pokemon Go" craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with "pocket monsters" on their smartphones. An Atlanta cafe owned by digital ad agency Huge turned out to be roughly 30 feet away from two prominent "Pokestops"— game representations of physical landmarks where players can stock up on digital game gear.

  • *S&P 500 hits record closing high of 2,137.16. NEW YORK, July 11- The U.S. benchmark S&P 500 stock index set record intraday and closing highs on Monday as last week's strong monthly U.S. jobs report worked its way into financial markets, and European shares rose as a single candidate emerged to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister. It overtook the...