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  • Construction set to start on Finger Lakes casino Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the head of Rochester- based Wilmorite says digging for the $425 million casino in the Seneca County town of Tyre is set to begin Friday. The other two will be built in the Catskills in Sullivan County and in the city of Schenectady. The Lago casino will be built near the northern end of Cayuga Lake on an 85- acre site along...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Eli Lilly and Co. could pay more than $570 million to French pharmaceutical company Adocia under an agreement to develop a fast-acting insulin that is in the early stages of clinical testing. Lilly said Friday that it will pay $50 million upfront and an additional $280 million and $240 million if the insulin reaches some development and sales...

  • Finish Line misses 3Q profit forecasts Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS _ The Finish Line Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $2.6 million in its fiscal third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 1 cent per share. Analysts expected $387.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • Protection sought for scenic California region Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country. Congress declined this session to pass legislation from Democratic...

  • PATH stations reopening after Sandy repairs Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    JERSEY CITY, N.J.— PATH's Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations reopen this weekend after nearly a year without weekend service because of Superstorm Sandy repairs and signal upgrades. The Port Authority of New York& New Jersey says approximately 280,000 square feet of metal tunnel surfaces and equipment were cleaned of salt residue left by Sandy and...

  • Thousands respond to black rhino import request Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    Shire said the agency will examine the public comments "for substantive information" as it weighs whether the hunt in Namibia— where 1,800 of the remaining 4,880 black rhinos live— is a form of conservation. The hunter, Corey Knowlton, bid $350,000 at an auction last January that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the species.

  • Xerox selling ITO unit, stock rises in premarket Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    NORWALK, Conn.— Shares of Xerox are rising in premarket trading Friday after the business services provider disclosed that it is selling its information technology outsourcing division to France's Atos for $1.05 billion. There is also the potential for Xerox Corp. to get an additional $50 million, subject to the condition of certain assets at closing.

  • Environmental groups say the practice of storing coal ash in holding ponds supported by permeable, earthen dikes leads both to contamination of surrounding groundwater and the risk of catastrophe when those dikes fail, as happened in Tennessee and at a site in North Carolina earlier this year. The EPA has said contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and cadmium...

  • BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 19- Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. "We're really at the point where we could start calculating this," Ryan Rauschenberger, North Dakota's tax commissioner, said...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- It sounds like the usual setup for a knock-knock joke: Who is the best-selling author on all of Amazon.com this holiday season? Yet it's no laughing matter for Rob Teigen, a father of five in Grand Rapids, Michigan who, under the pen name Rob Elliott, currently owns the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on Amazon.com' s best-selling book list, outpacing such hits as "...

  • Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion. The Thai company, known as TUF, said the purchase of Bumble Bee, which is owned by private equity firm Lion Capital, is expected to be completed by the second half of 2015, pending approval by U.S. antitrust...

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. He said his company has received a growing number of requests from financial institutions and other businesses alarmed by...

  • For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. While international relations can be subject to laws passed by Congress, the White House enjoys broad discretion in diplomatic recognition.

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012 and allows recreational marijuana for adults over 21. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws...

  • EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a six-year effort that began after a massive spill at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other...

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ATLANTA— What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi for direct communication with tablets and smartphones running Nikon's free app.

  • Dec 19- Binder& Binder, one of the largest social security disability firms in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late on Thursday, court filings showed. U.S. Bank National Association and Capital One have agreed to provide debtor-in-possession financing of up to $26 million, the filings showed. The case is in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • Global markets rally for 2nd day after Fed pledge Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.4 percent to 17,621.40 and South Korea's Kospi added 1.7 percent 1,929.98. Stocks in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, India and New Zealand also rose.