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  • 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...

  • EDEN, N.C.— Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17- ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia- North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. Since Obama was elected in 2009, mutual funds have raised their stakes to about $510 million from $30 million in the nation's two largest gun manufacturers with publicly traded shares, Smith& Wesson Corp and Sturm, Ruger& Co. The White House declined to comment on Obama's...

  • Saia beats 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 8:05 AM ET

    JOHNS CREEK, Ga. _ Saia Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $11.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Johns Creek, Georgia- based company said it had profit of 45 cents. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share.

  • Piedmont Office reports 4Q results Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:37 PM ET

    The Johns Creek, Georgia- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $42.4 million, or 41 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 41 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $148.4 million.

  • Post Properties reports 4Q results Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:21 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Post Properties Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 77 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $96.8 million.

  • FleetCor Technologies beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 5:31 PM ET

    NORCROSS, Ga. _ FleetCor Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $52.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.60 per share. FleetCor Technologies expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.40 to $6.60 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.73 billion to...

  • Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 2:40 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago- based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- Rollins Inc, parent of extermination company Orkin, has seen its shares jump 5 percent during this year's stock market selloff because investors expect fears of the mosquito-borne Zika virus will lead to increased revenues. The virus, rapidly spreading in the Americas, has been linked to thousands of babies in Brazil being born with microcephaly,...