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  • July 29- International Paper Co, the largest corrugated box maker in North America, posted a higher-than-expected profit on Tuesday, citing slowly returning demand in the United States and Europe. For the second quarter, the company posted net income of $161 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with $259 million, or 57 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • HealthSouth 2Q profit drops 49 percent Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— HealthSouth Corp. on Monday reported profit that declined by 49 percent in its second quarter, but adjusted earnings still beat analysts' expectations. The Birmingham, Alabama- based company said net income after preferred dividends fell to $81.6 million, or 85 cents per share, from $159.4 million, or $1.66 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • *Dollar Tree offers to buy Family Dollar; deal valued at $9.2 bln. Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival discount chain Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion. Zillow Inc agreed to buy Trulia Inc for $3.5 billion in stock in a deal that would combine the two most popular U.S. real estate website operators Trulia's shares jumped 15.4 percent to $65.04.

  • 1 dead, 3 hurt in Moss Point fish plant explosion Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the dead worker as Jerry Lee Taylor II, 25, of Mobile, Alabama. Injured were Josh Walls, 34, of Escatawpa; Clay Davis, 40; and Lloyd McGill of Gautier.

  • The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest the TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and give up the licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of stations Sinclair already owns.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week, a sign that the economy is building strength. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. The fewest people sought benefits since February 2006, almost two years before the start of the Great Recession.

  • Check doctors' vitals, before they check yours Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? Just 22 percent of those questioned are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  • Companies such as General Electric Co and Intel Corp have reported solid results. Intel declared that personal computer sales have stabilized, while it forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street's expectations.

  • Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, has pleaded not guilty to charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the January death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous level with no medical explanation.

  • Federal judge sends key GM case to Georgia court Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    DETROIT— A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court. Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. ruled Friday that a Cobb County judge should handle the case filed by the family of Brooke Melton.

  • ESPN reaches deal with Comcast for SEC Network Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Comcast Cable has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network. The network, which launches on Aug. 14, was already set to be carried on cable and satellite providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Ala. only state with higher unemployment over year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama is the only state with a higher unemployment rate for June than a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Alabama's unemployment stayed the same from May to June at 6.8 percent. Alabama recorded 6.5 percent in June 2013.

  • Wells Fargo laying off 468 in Birmingham area Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Wells Fargo is laying off nearly 500 workers from its mortgage servicing team in the Birmingham area, officials announced Thursday. The Birmingham- area layoffs are part of 481 positions that are being eliminated nationwide. Birmingham is the headquarters of the bank's mid-South region.

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- GE Aviation Chief Executive David Joyce said the engine manufacturer expected to achieve its Farnborough Airshow target of $30 billion of orders and commitments by the end of Tuesday. Joyce also said GE Aviation hoped to finalise an engine deal soon with Qatar Airways over Boeing 777 X planes.

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- This year was supposed to be different for Congress. U.S. lawmakers expected that a promising budget deal reached after a government shutdown last year would herald a new normal for passing annual spending bills, moving Congress away from the crisis-driven approach and resulting economic jitters of recent years.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • *Lumber Liquidators tumbles after revised outlook. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges lower on Portugal bank worry Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    *Lumber Liquidators tumbles after revised outlook. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.

  • SAFT ON WEALTH-Crumbs today, jam tomorrow? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    That is the message from the demise of cupcake company Crumbs Bake Shop, a seller of cupcakes each of which averaged about one fourth of your daily caloric needs.