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  • Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    DENVER— Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado...

  • Senate roll call vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 PM ET

    The 62-36 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Baldwin, Wis.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Coons, Del.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Heinrich, N.M.; Hirono, Hawaii; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Leahy, Vt.; Markey, Mass.; Menendez, N.J.;...

  • Computer Programs and Systems posts 4Q profit Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    MOBILE, Ala. _ Computer Programs and Systems Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $6.6 million. Computer Programs and Systems expects full-year earnings to be $2.62 to $2.77 per share, with revenue in the range of $196 million to $206 million. Computer Programs and Systems shares have dropped 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The new Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee said on Thursday he was "very interested" in requiring a government audit of the Federal Reserve and its portfolio. Senator Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV that Congress should not function as an extra Fed governor, but it should have...

  • TSA finding more guns in airport carry-on bags Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The government says it is finding more guns in carry-on bags at U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration says officers discovered 2,212 weapons during safety screenings last year. But TSA spokesman Mark Howell says the increase of 22 percent is still startling.

  • Mercedes selects AM General to make SUVs in the US Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    The R-Class, which comes with six or seven seats, was briefly sold in the U.S. but has been sold exclusively in China since 2013.. Mercedes doesn't release sales numbers for individual models in China, but in a presentation last year the company said it sold 12,700 R-Class SUVs in 2013.. Sales of its M-Class SUV, which is also made in Alabama, rose 13 percent.

  • Prison operator The Geo Group will spend $312 million in cash to buy eight correctional and detention locations from the privately held LCS Corrections Services. The deal price could rise to around $350 million, if the locations meet some performance targets, Geo Group said Monday. Geo Group said the deal will immediately increase its revenues by about $75...

  • NEW YORK— "Jersey Belle" star Jaime Primak Sullivan has more than one way of getting real. Sullivan has a deal with Touchstone for a "hilarious and frank fish-out-of-water memoir" about living in Birmingham, Alabama, that is scheduled for publication this fall. Her memoir will be co-written with Eve Adamson.

  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume decreases Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    ASB Bancorp Inc.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.8 decrease from its 65- day average volume. Capitol Acquisition Corp. II: Approximately 100 shares changed hands, a 98.7 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares rose$. 07 or. 7 percent to $9.90.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • House committee passes border security bill Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:26 PM ET

    House GOP leaders scheduled the bill for a floor vote next week, as Republicans sought to demonstrate that they can chart their own course on immigration— not just oppose President Barack Obama. Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Conservatives who have scuttled past attempts by GOP leaders to deal with immigration...

  • It examined claims in 64 healthcare markets over three years and found the biggest price swings for hip surgery in Massachusetts, where the same type of care varied by more than 313 percent, from a low of $17,910 to a high of $73,987. The biggest gaps in total knee replacement surgery appeared in Dallas, Texas, where prices varied 267 percent from $16,772 to $61,584,...

  • Adtran beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:09 AM ET

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ Adtran Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $9.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 7 cents per share. Adtran shares have climbed nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Regions Financial misses Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Regions Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit dropped by almost 4 percent to $211 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Regions Financial shares have declined 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index...

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Jan 11- U.S. and Canadian filmgoers turned out for a third time to see Liam Neeson in his action movie franchise "Taken," which led box office charts over the weekend with $40.4 million in ticket sales. The Golden Globe- nominated film starring Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep has now totaled more than $105 million since opening on Christmas day.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Jan 11- U.S. and Canadian filmgoers turned out for a third time to see Liam Neeson in his action movie franchise "Taken," which led box office charts over the weekend with $40.4 million ticket sales. "Selma" stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in the story of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama for black voters' rights.

  • DETROIT, Jan 6- Mercedes-Benz will move its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from northern New Jersey, affecting about 1,000 employees, the company said on Tuesday. The new headquarters would be closer to the company's assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and its port in Brunswick, Georgia. Mercedes-Benz, the No. 2 seller of luxury automobiles in the United States,...

  • *Services sector expands at slowest rate since Feb- Markit. NEW YORK, Jan 6- U.S. stocks were down more than 1 percent in afternoon trading on Tuesday, extending recent losses as data showed the pace of growth in the U.S. service sector had slowed and oil prices fell further. On Monday, Wall Street had suffered its biggest drop since early October.