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  • TAMPA, Fla., July 31- Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions.

  • July 31- An employee complaint exposed accounting misconduct at L-3 Communications Holdings Inc, according to people familiar with the matter, prompting the aerospace and defense supplier to fire four people, revise two years of earnings statements and cut its earnings forecast.

  • L-3 fires 4 workers over accounting misconduct Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Defense contractor L-3 Communications said Thursday that it fired four employees after discovering they overstated the company's profit and sales from a contract with the U.S. government.

  • Midday Glance: Construction companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Foster Wheeler fell$. 30 or. 9 percent, to $33.10. Quanta Services Inc. fell $1.08 or 3.1 percent, to $33.89.

  • SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25- year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship. As part of the partnership, three Southwest airplanes had various SeaWorld animals painted on their bodies.

  • UPDATE 2-L-3 discloses accounting misconduct, fires four Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    *L-3 to take related pretax charge of $84 mln. July 31- L-3 Communications Holdings Inc said it fired four employees as part of an ongoing internal review that revealed overstatement of net sales and cost overruns in the company's aerospace business.

  • *L-3 to take related pretax charge of $84 mln. July 31- L-3 Communications Holdings Inc said it fired four employees as part of an ongoing internal review that revealed overstatement of net sales and deferred cost overruns in the company's aerospace business.

  • July 31- L-3 Communications Holdings Inc said it had fired four employees as part of an ongoing internal review that revealed overstatement of net sales and deferred cost overruns in the company's aerospace business. L-3 said it expected a related reduction of about $43 million in net sales and a pre-tax charge of $84 million.

  • Beazer Homes USA 3rd-quarter loss widens Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Beazer Homes USA Inc.' s fiscal third quarter loss widened, stung by a loss on debt extinguishment. The Atlanta homebuilder reported a loss of $12.4 million, or 47 cents per share, for the period ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $5.8 million, or 23 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • July 31- Canada's Bombardier Inc reported a slightly higher-than-expected second-quarter profit, boosted by higher sales of planes and trains. Aerospace revenue rose 11.4 percent to $2.51 billion in the quarter, while revenue at its transportation business climbed 9.4 percent to $2.36 billion.

  • SINGAPORE, July 31- Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. Iraqi Kurdistan is locked in a bitter legal and diplomatic struggle with Baghdad over international oil sales.

  • PARIS, July 31- French aerospace group Safran raised its profit target on the back of higher-than-expected first-half earnings on Thursday, pushing its shares higher despite slower services growth and rising R&D spending.

  • July 30- Two airline trade groups asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to review fee increases on airplane tickets imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, saying the agency is "improperly" raising taxes on travelers and hurting carriers.

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Fluor rose$. 44 or. 6 percent, to $75.04. Foster Wheeler fell$. 17 or. 5 percent, to $33.40. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 52 or 1.5 percent, to $34.97.

  • Final Glance: Airlines companies Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Delta Air rose$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $37.84. JetBlue Airways Corp. rose$. 02 or. 2 percent, to $11.08. Southwest Airlines Co. rose$. 13 or. 5 percent, to $28.84.

  • Judge tosses lawsuit by NY ports' largest operator Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    The ruling rejected claims made in 2012 by Maher Terminals that the Port Authority charged excessive and discriminatory fees. Maher Terminals has operated at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal for more than 60 years and leases a 445- acre terminal from the Port Authority that it uses to load and unload cargo containers.

  • Feds probing for fraud in DC building projects Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press. Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S.

  • Midday Glance: Airlines companies Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    Delta Air rose$. 08 or. 2 percent, to $37.76. JetBlue Airways Corp. fell$. 04 or. 4 percent, to $11.02. Southwest Airlines Co. rose$. 10 or. 3 percent, to $28.81.

  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— European airlines and a Dubai- based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

  • Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. Sky Harbor spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says the flight was US Airways 693. It left Honolulu on Tuesday night and arrived in Phoenix shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday.