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  • Sept 20- Failed South Korean cargo line Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd has found the money to unload a full container ship waiting outside a New York- area port. The National Retail Federation on Tuesday urged U.S. But the Miami is not being allowed in port because of a dispute about empty Hanjin shipping containers, which the Miami normally would load up as ballast to exit...

  • ELIZABETH, N.J., Sept 20- The father of the Afghan-born man arrested after weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey reported concerns about his son to the FBI in 2014, but it found no "ties to terrorism" and dropped its inquiry, the father and the agency said on Tuesday. His father, Mohammad Rahami, briefly emerged on Tuesday from the family's restaurant in Elizabeth,...

  • Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego. (File photo).

    SeaWorld slashed its dividend and said it would suspend future payments, six months after it decided to stop breeding killer whales at its parks.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The Latest on the planned reopening of Atlantic City's former Revel casino.:. A New Jersey redevelopment agency has moved Atlantic City's former Revel casino closer to reopening two years after it shut down. The agency dropped its insistence that owner Glenn Straub pay $100,000 in assessments for a special business district before the...

  • Lennar also posted its slowest growth in orders- a key indicator of future revenue- in more than a year as it grapples with choppy demand for higher-priced homes in Houston, where the economy has been hit hard by a two-year downturn in oil prices. The company, however, reported higher-than-expected profit and revenue for the third quarter ended Aug. 31.

  • *Suspect had traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan. ELIZABETH, N.J., Sept 20- The father of the Afghan-born man arrested after weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey reported concerns about his son to the FBI in 2014, but officials took no action after reviewing the complaint, the father and law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. U.S. authorities were...

  • *Suspect had traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan. ELIZABETH, N.J./ WASHINGTON, Sept 20- The father of the Afghan-born man arrested after weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey reported concerns about his son to the FBI in 2014, but officials took no action after reviewing the complaint, the father and law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

  • RENO, Nev.— Eldorado Resorts has agreed to buy Missouri- based Isle of Capri Casinos for $1.7 billion in combined stocks and cash, a move that will add 13 casino-resorts to the Reno- based company's portfolio. The company based in the St. Louis area operates 14 casino properties in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

  • Sept 20- A massive leak of contaminated water through a sinkhole at a Mosaic Co fertilizer facility in Florida will cost it $20 million to $50 million to fix, a company executive said on Tuesday. The sinkhole at Mulberry, Florida, about 30 miles east of Tampa, damaged the liner system at the base of a stack of hazardous waste, called phosphogypsum, causing a retention...

  • *Suspect had traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan. LINDEN, N.J., Sept 20- U.S. investigators sought clues on Tuesday to why an Afghan-born naturalized American citizen might have planted bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, including whether he had accomplices or was radicalized overseas. Rahami was suspected in weekend bombings, including a blast...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates in U.S. presidential swing states, including Florida and North Carolina, mostly fell in August compared with a year ago. But they were up in some hotly contested states, such as Pennsylvania, where the rate jumped to 5.7 percent from 4.9 percent 12 months earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the U.S. Labor Department.

  • Sept 20- Lennar Corp, the second-largest U.S. homebuilder, posted its slowest growth in orders in more than a year as it grapples with choppy demand for higher-priced homes in Houston, which has been hit hard by weak oil prices. Lennar's home sales in Houston fell for the fourth straight quarter as a slump in oil prices has weighed on the region's economy.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— In terms of success, Atlantic City's former Revel casino was a zero. But new owner Glenn Straub hopes to swing the pendulum all the way in the other direction by renaming the casino resort Ten and reopening it in the first quarter of 2017.. Straub, a Florida developer, also adopted the double-loop infinity symbol as the logo for the rebranded...

  • LINDEN, N.J., Sept 20- U.S. investigators were looking on Tuesday for clues to why an Afghanistan- born man might have planted bombs around the New York area over the weekend, including whether the suspect had accomplices or was radicalized overseas. The events put New York on edge and fueled the debate about U.S. security seven weeks before the presidential...

  • NEW YORK— Troubled theme park operator SeaWorld said it will soon stop paying its shareholders a quarterly dividend. SeaWorld, known for its water shows featuring killer whales and dolphins, has been dealing with falling attendance and revenue as people's feelings about using animals for entertainment has soured. SeaWorld operates 12 parks, including Busch...

  • WASHINGTON— Homebuilders pulled back on construction in the South, causing the pace of August housing starts nationwide to fall to their lowest level in three months. In August, ground breakings dropped 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.14 million from 1.21 million in July, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Jennifer Lee, a senior...

  • New homes for sale by Lennar home builders.

    Lennar reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as it sold more homes at higher prices and the company said orders rose 8.1 percent.

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on August U.S. home construction Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. SLIGHT PULLBACK: Economists believe housing starts dipped 0.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million last month. Starts reached the healthy annual pace of 1.21 million in July, the strongest performance in six months.

  • Net income attributable to Lennar's shareholders rose to $235.8 million, or $1.01 per share, from $223.3 million, or 96 cents per share. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 89 cents per share and revenue of $2.68 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Up to Monday's close, shares of the Florida- based builder had fallen 7.8 percent this year.

  • MIAMI _ Lennar Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $235.8 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 88 cents per share. Lennar shares have decreased nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen nearly 5 percent.