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  • PORTLAND, Maine— American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a proposal to shut down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia, and send a message to the rest of the world. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, and others promises to ban the sale and possession of shark fins to ensure U.S. fishermen and seafood...

  • DAVENPORT, Fla. _ CenterState Banks Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $15.7 million. The bank, based in Davenport, Florida, said it had earnings of 32 cents per share. Keywords: CenterState Banks, Earnings Report.

  • TORONTO, July 25- Canada will take older tank cars out of crude-by-rail service much earlier than originally planned, its transport minister said on Monday, in the government's latest move to toughen rail safety after a deadly 2013 crash. The decision, which moves Canada's retrofit schedule further ahead of the United States, was partly prompted by a sharp drop...

  • TORONTO, July 25- Canada will take older tank cars out of crude-by-rail service much earlier than originally planned, the government said on Monday, in its latest move to toughen rail safety after a deadly 2013 crash. Both types of cars will now be taken out of service by Nov. 1, 2016, said Delphine Denis, a spokeswoman with the office of Transport Minister Marc...

  • SARASOTA, Fla.— Roper Technologies Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $158.1 million. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $959.1 million. For the current quarter ending in October, Roper Technologies expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.59 to $1.63.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. They included the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the murder of a...

  • Hudson is in Pasco County, near Tampa. Trulieve and Hackney Nursery, which is the dispensing organization for Northwest Florida, received processing and dispensing authorization from the state Department of Health on Tuesday. Christian Bax, director of the Office of Compassionate Use, told the Florida Senate's Regulated Industries subcommittee during a...

  • PANAMA CITY— A Chinese container ship has scraped its side against the wall of a newly inaugurated lock on the enlarged section of the Panama Canal. The canal expansion had drawn concern about the relatively tight space and lack of maneuvering room it leaves for the bigger vessels it handles. They are the largest ships that can use the new locks after a $5.25...

  • Although acquiring these companies would not produce the big boost to earnings sought by the planned mega mergers, they would offer a foothold in markets likely to grow rapidly in coming years, such as Medicaid health plans for the poor and Medicare Advantage coverage for the elderly. Both Molina and Centene have large exposure to private Medicaid plans, a more...

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in letters to CEOs of major phone companies, said so-called robocalls, automated pre-recorded telephone calls often from telemarketers or scam artists, continue "due in large part to industry inaction." The letters, reviewed by Reuters, noted that the FCC does not require phone providers to offer robocall blocking and filtering but the...

  • MIAMI _ Watsco Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $64.6 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.03 per share. Watsco shares have increased 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals said U.S. regulators have raised concerns over a new eye drop manufactured at a Bausch + Lomb facility in Florida.

  • July 22- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said on Friday U.S. regulators have raised concerns over a new eye drop manufactured at a Bausch+ Lomb facility in Florida. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complete response letter regarding the eye drop for a type of glaucoma, raised concerns over Current Good Manufacturing Practice at the unit.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday narrowed a $905 million lawsuit filed by the trustee seeking money for Bernard Madoff's victims against executives who ran a now-defunct Florida accounting firm that had close ties to the swindler. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan said Irving Picard cannot recover alleged improper...

  • WESTON, Fla. _ FCB Financial Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $23.5 million. The Weston, Florida- based bank said it had earnings of 55 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- Comcast Corp, the No. 1 U.S. cable company, said on Thursday it will introduce prepaid TV and internet services to attract customers whose credit ratings do not quality them for postpaid services. The service will roll out later this year in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and Indiana, and will extend to the entire country by the end of 2017,...

  • SEMINOLE, Fla. _ Superior Uniform Group Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $3.1 million. Superior Uniform shares have risen 20 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Superior Uniform, Earnings Report.

  • July 20- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric semi trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems. In a blog post titled "Master Plan, Part Deux," Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services...

  • DETROIT— Electric car maker Tesla Motors is working on multiple new vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses that could be unveiled as early as next year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company also plans a compact SUV and "a new kind of pickup truck" to complement its existing fleet. The government is investigating the system after a Tesla driving in Autopilot mode...

  • MONTREAL— A Quebec City- based research team has received the green light to begin testing a Zika vaccine on humans in collaboration with U.S.-based partners. The researchers based at Universite Laval are the first in Canada to be authorized by Canada's federal health agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct clinical tests.