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  • WASHINGTON— Comcast is speeding up and expanding a discounted Internet service that was created to get more low-income people online. Comcast created the program four years ago as a condition of government approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The service costs $10 a month, a quarter of Comcast's promotional price for a slightly faster Internet speed.

  • CLEARWATER, Fla. _ Nicholas Financial Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $3.7 million. Nicholas Financial shares have dropped 13 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Nicholas Financial, Earnings Report.

  • BOCA RATON, Fla.— Lower expenses resulted in a smaller loss for Office Depot in the second quarter, but sales slid 10 percent on a strong dollar, and because of store closures, as the company prepares to merge with one-time rival Staples. Office Depot still anticipates the approximately $6 billion deal closing by the end of the year. For the period ended June 27, Office...

  • BOCA RATON, Fla. _ Office Depot Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $58 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 6 cents per share. Office Depot shares have declined roughly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MIAMI _ Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $158.5 million. For the current quarter ending in September, Norwegian Cruise Line expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.30 to $1.35. Norwegian Cruise Line shares have risen 33 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TAMPA, Fla. _ Bloomin' Brands Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $32.2 million. Bloomin' Brands expects full-year earnings to be $1.27 per share, with revenue expected to be $4.43 billion. Bloomin' Brands shares have fallen 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LANCASTER, N.H.— The latest on the circus tent collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire:. New Hampshire Fire Marshal William Degnan says about 32 people were sent to hospitals following a circus tent collapse in a storm that killed a father and daughter. The show had started at 5:30 p.m. The National Weather Service had put out a severe thunderstorm warning for the...

  • LANCASTER, N.H.— New Hampshire's fire marshal said Tuesday it wasn't clear why a circus operator proceeded with a show minutes after the National Weather Service put out a severe storm warning, as 60 mph winds collapsed the tent, killing two spectators and sending about 32 others to hospitals. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm...

  • SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. _ United Insurance Holdings Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $5.3 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 45 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • ORLANDO, Fla. _ Parkway Properties Inc. on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 33 cents per share. Parkway Properties expects full-year funds from operations to be $1.32 to $1.38 per share.

  • TAMPA, Fla. _ Sykes Enterprises Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $12.9 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $302.9 million.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. The president unveiled the plan at the White House Monday, calling it the "single most important step" the U.S. has taken to combat...

  • Frederick Alan Voight, 58, and his firm DayStar Funding LP agreed to pay civil penalties and return alleged illegal gains in sums to be set by a federal judge, the SEC said. The SEC said this included $13.8 million raised since October from at least 260 U.S. investors to fund InterCore's installation of its Driver Alertness Detection System, or DADS, technology in "...

  • NextEra Energy Partners posts 2Q profit Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    JUNO BEACH, Fla. _ NextEra Energy Partners LP on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $4 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. NextEra Energy Partners shares have dropped roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NextEra beats 2Q profit forecasts Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    JUNO BEACH, Fla. _ NextEra Energy Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $716 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. NextEra expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.40 to $5.70 per share.

  • FP&L is the state's largest electric utility, and NextEra operates in 26 other states and Canada. Now, NextEra is opening its own coffers to support Right to Rise, the super PAC formed to help Bush's bid for the presidency. Kristy Campbell, a Bush campaign spokeswoman, denied any conflict of interest in Bush's relationship with NextEra.

  • WASHINGTON— Facing increased competition from within her own party, Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. "After law school she could have gone to a big firm but instead went to work for the Children's Defense Fund. In Arkansas, she fought for...

  • WASHINGTON— It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000- per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks. New York hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer's $11 million gift to a group backing the Texas Republican's White House bid put him atop a...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. But Puerto Rico's entrenched economic crisis is leading people to either cut their personal spending to the basics or flee to the mainland to search for jobs, contributing to the struggles of those left on the island. Nearly 10 years into a deep economic...

  • DANA POINT, Calif.— Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government. That network has a budget of $889 million through the end of 2016— and much of it will be directed at...