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  • 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...

  • According to the survey, released Thursday by four regional Federal Reserve Banks, 52 percent of businesses with revenue under $250,000 a year said they were rejected for a loan during the first half of 2014. Half of businesses with revenue between $250,000 and $1 million also couldn't get a loan. Loans were approved for 80 percent of businesses that made $10...

  • $39M lawsuit stemming from failed sweetener plant settled Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Attorneys said an investment firm settled a federal class-action lawsuit Wednesday that accused it of bilking investors across the United States out of $39 million in bonds in a botched plan to build an artificial sweetener plant in Missouri. Morgan Keegan was accused of misrepresenting the failed project's chances of success to...

  • Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 1:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Wednesday to ease the landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, advancing a key Republican priority more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession. Approval of the bill came swiftly in the second week of the new Congress despite a veto threat from the Obama White House. The measure now goes to the Senate,...

  • 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.

  • Fed eyes audit push as key political challenge in 2015 Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Federal Reserve is lobbying to stem a rising threat to its independence as the "Audit the Fed" movement, once seen as usual background noise, looks set to gain momentum in 2015 when Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. Fed officials are making their case for independence across Capitol Hill, reminding politicians of the damage that can come from...

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The threat of a U.S. government shutdown began to lift on Saturday as Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate struck a deal for a vote on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, ending a dispute fueled by Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. A similar situation began unfolding in the Democratic-controlled Senate after Cruz and two other Senate...