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  • WASHINGTON— A former Delta Air Lines Inc. executive will pay more than $5 million to settle charges that he profited improperly by manipulating trades in energy futures. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Thursday that Jon P. Ruggles would give up $3.5 million in ill-gotten profits and pay a $1.75 million civil penalty. Ruggles, of Orlando, Florida,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court will hear a dispute over state laws that prohibit merchants from imposing fees on customers who use credit cards. The federal appeals court in New York upheld the state's law. The Atlanta- based court of appeals struck down Florida's version of the same law.

  • Sept 29- U.S. stocks looked set to open slightly lower as oil prices lost ground and investors assessed a set of economic data ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech. Wall Street cut losses on Wednesday, ending the session higher as the oil rally boosted shares of energy companies. "I think you are going to get a tight-ranged choppy market," said Andre...

  • PURCHASE, N.Y.— PepsiCo sold more of its beverages and Frito-Lay snacks in North America during the third quarter, helping it deliver a profit that beat Wall Street expectations. The results underscore PepsiCo's diversified lineup of products, which include Sabra dips, Naked juices and Quaker oatmeal. The type of products PepsiCo considers innovative varies...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Consider two women in their 70 s, both residents of the Kansas City area. At 71, Carole Ramsey knows she has long been fortunate. She married a man who became a successful lawyer, raised their children in Kansas City's affluent western suburbs and now enjoys a comfortable retirement full of international travel.

  • ATLANTA— An exit button inside a walk-in freezer in a downtown Atlanta hotel where a worker was found dead failed to work during an inspection, trapping two people who had to beat on the door to alert someone to let them out, a medical examiner found. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has amended its autopsy for 61- year-old Carolyn Mangham to include the...

  • Sept 27- Delta Air Lines Inc plans to buy larger regional jets with a list value of up to $2.3 billion if it can get its pilots' union to accept an overhaul of the small-plane fleet, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Delta wants the option of adding as many as 50 more planes in the 70- to 76- seat range, Bloomberg reported, citing a memo sent to the pilots.

  • WASHINGTON— More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. David Young, R- Iowa, the bill's sponsor, said a veteran in his district told him he repeatedly received...

  • Daniel Eugene Traeger, who worked in Alabama, sold the confidential information for more than four years, from 2009 to 2014, authorities said. Representatives from Verizon Wireless didn't immediately return phone messages Monday requesting comment on how widespread the breach may have been. "Between April 2009 and January 2014, the defendant was paid more...

  • ATLANTA— The Centers for Disease Control says a multistate outbreak of E.coli has sickened seven people, sending five to the hospital. They're from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The CDC says five people who were interviewed said they'd eaten ground beef in the week before getting sick and that tests conducted in Connecticut on...

  • ATLANTA _ Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $170.5 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share. Coca-Cola Enterprises shares have dropped 18 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6.5...

  • The pipeline section that failed, built in 1963, runs from Mississippi to Atlanta. The shutdown of the pipeline led to dry pumps at gas stations in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas despite executive orders by governors across the South to suspend limits on trucking hours. Gas prices rose nearly 27 cents over the past week to average $2.36 in Georgia.

  • "Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20- somethings or anyone else starting out. According to the College Board, the average public four-year college's net price— the amount you pay for tuition, fees, room and board after accounting for scholarships, grants and tax benefits— jumped from $9,940 a year to $13,320 from 2003-04 to 2013-14. Not surprisingly,...

  • ATLANTA— The Latest on the rupture of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama:. The auto club AAA reports that gas prices continue to climb in several southern states after a pipeline leak in Alabama slowed the flow of fuel across the South. AAA reports that in Georgia, Tuesday's average price for regular gas rose about 5 cents since Monday, to an average $2.36 statewide— up...

  • ATLANTA— Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday— through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline— after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500- foot section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, but supply...

  • Retail gasoline prices in Georgia, one of the hardest hit states, jumped nearly 6 cents overnight to Monday, or more than 20 cents higher than a week ago, to $2.316 a gallon on average, according to motorists' advocacy group AAA. Richard Parks, 32, an electrician in Atlanta, said he saw the price of regular gas jump at a Shell Station in East Atlanta to $2.69 on Monday from...

  • The partial shutdown of the damaged Line 1, which carries about 1.3 million barrels per day of gasoline from the refining hub on the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, also roiled the markets. Retail gasoline prices in Georgia, one of the hardest hit states, jumped nearly 6 cents overnight to Monday, or more than 20 cents higher than a week ago, to $2.316 a gallon on average,...

  • A QuikTrip spokesman says 21 of the 37 stores in the Charlotte, North Carolina area were out of unleaded gas Monday afternoon. Chuck Barton said that in metro Atlanta, more than 60 of the 131 QuikTrip stores were also out of unleaded gas Monday afternoon. Gas shortages across the South are blamed on a pipeline rupture near Helena, Alabama.

  • ATLANTA— The Atlanta City Council has approved a plan to allow Uber and other ride-booking services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. WXIA-TV reports the city council approved the plan 14-1 at its Monday meeting. According to a statement from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, other plan highlights include: Ride-sharing vehicles and taxis will...

  • The shortage is blamed on a pipeline rupture and leak of at least 252,000 gallons of gas in Alabama. Colonial Pipeline said supplies have either been delivered or are on their way to locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Alpharetta, Georgia- based Colonial has acknowledged that between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons...