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  • THOMASVILLE, Ga. _ Flowers Foods Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $32.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. Flowers Foods expects full-year earnings in the range of 98 cents to $1.04 per share, with revenue in the range of $3.99 billion to $4.08 billion.

  • ATLANTA _ Cousins Properties Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 21 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $96.1 million.

  • DULUTH, Ga. _ Primerica Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $47.9 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 98 cents per share. Primerica shares have dropped 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Most U.S. shares ended little changed to lower on Wednesday, erasing early gains on concerns about global growth and sliding commodity-related shares, while greater calm surrounding the European banking sector boosted that region's shares. S&P 500 stock index rose as much as 1.6 percent following Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's...

  • ATLANTA _ Equifax Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $111.9 million. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $662.8 million. For the current quarter ending in April, Equifax expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.14 to $1.16.

  • NEW YORK— Prosecutors have upgraded charges in a gun trafficking case in which they allege at least two Delta Air Lines employees helped take guns on commercial flights in carry-on luggage from Georgia to New York. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says five people have been charged. Atlanta- based Delta Air Lines Inc. has said it cooperated with the...

  • NEW YORK— Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges accusing him of living the high life on the backs of millions of desperate people who used his payday lending operation to get quick cash over the Internet. Authorities said Tucker was arrested Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, and would initially appear in court in...

  • The motion filed by Lance Cooper, a Georgia attorney who first publicly exposed the defect, accused a lawyer leading federal litigation over the switch, Robert Hilliard, of mismanaging the cases and negotiating a multimillion dollar settlement primarily to benefit his own clients, rather than all plaintiffs. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan, who...

  • Feb 10- A U.S. judge on Wednesday rejected a request to reconsider his approval for a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over injuries and deaths blamed on an ignition switch defect that prompted General Motors to recall 2.6 million vehicles. The motion filed by Lance Cooper, a Georgia attorney who first publicly exposed the defect, accused...

  • NCR beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:17 PM ET

    DULUTH, Ga. _ NCR Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $28 million. On a per-share basis, the Duluth, Georgia- based company said it had net income of 15 cents. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 87 cents per share.

  • SAVANNAH, Ga.— The Obama administration requested $42.7 million on Tuesday to fund a second year of work to deepen Savannah's busy shipping channel, though Georgia officials said the amount falls far short of what's needed to keep the project on schedule. Dredging began in September to deepen 39 miles of the Savannah River to make room for larger cargo ships to...

  • Feb 9- The new chief executive officer of Spirit Airlines Inc said on Tuesday he wants to make the U.S. budget carrier more reliable and somewhat slow its growth in flight capacity. Shares shot up as much as 10 percent Tuesday following CEO Bob Fornaro's comments, but are off more than 40 percent in the last 52 weeks. Analysts have speculated that a tie-up with...

  • Blue Bird reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 7:11 AM ET

    FORT VALLEY, Ga. _ Blue Bird Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $2.3 million in its fiscal first quarter. Blue Bird shares have decreased 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Blue Bird, Earnings Report.

  • Global volume up for Coke, though Diet Coke fizzles Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 7:03 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Coca-Cola's global soda volume rose in the fourth quarter, even as Diet Coke continued to suffer declines. "Some of it may be cannibalization," said Chief Financial Officer Kathy Waller in a phone interview. James Quincey, Coke's president and chief operating officer, noted during a call with analysts that diet and light sodas are outperforming regular...

  • Graphic Packaging beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:45 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Graphic Packaging Holding Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $57.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. Graphic Packaging shares have declined 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MIAMI— Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their...

  • All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal "Obamacare," while offering hardly any detail on how they'd replace it without millions losing coverage. They are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois,...

  • Spot prices of uranium, used to make fuel for nuclear power production, have been depressed since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, which led to the shutdown of all reactors in that country, generating burdensome stockpiles globally. Its stock plunged more than 5 percent in Toronto and New York around midday. Contracting looks to significantly pick up in...

  • WASHINGTON— The main thing to know about President Barack Obama's final, $4 trillion budget is that it comes on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, ensuring it gets minimal attention with all the focus on the White House contenders. Typically, the budget is released on a Monday, but White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Tuesday's release allowed...

  • 1 person killed in plant explosion in Georgia Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 11:17 AM ET

    ROCKMART, Ga.— A coroner says a man has died and six others were injured in an explosion at a plant in northwest Georgia. Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier says 25- year-old Justin Deems died in the explosion that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at JCG Farms, a feed mill related to chicken farming. Rockmart City manager Jeff Ellis told local media that the cause of the...