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  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • MIAMI— As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. The tribe owns six casinos in Florida, including the highly profitable Hard Rock Casinos in South Florida and...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— An employee being sued by Southern Co. will get another four weeks to work out his defense and look for a lawyer, but won't be able to sue the company or talk about his employment dispute in the meantime. An Alabama state court judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order that also bans Brett Wingo from talking about his work for Southern...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract. Republican lawmakers have grumbled about the United Auto Workers union's ongoing role at the plant, and Ramsey pointed to...

  • Infinity Property and Casualty posts 4Q profit Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Infinity Property and Casualty Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $21.4 million. Infinity Property and Casualty expects full-year earnings in the range of $4 to $4.50 per share. Infinity Property and Casualty shares have declined slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services. Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the Federal Trade Commission was right...

  • ProAssurance beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ ProAssurance Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $65.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 76 cents per share. ProAssurance shares have increased roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HealthSouth beats Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— HealthSouth Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $42.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share. HealthSouth said revenue growth of 7.2 percent year-over-year reflects a 4.7 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Tough questions aimed at Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen from a rising force in the Democratic Party on Tuesday showed how the U.S. central bank is facing increasing pressure from both sides of the political aisle. "I urge you... to assess whether the leadership of the Fed's staff is on the same page as the Federal Reserve Board," Senator...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The Federal Reserve is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a meeting-by-meeting basis," Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional committee on Tuesday in a subtle change of emphasis in how the U.S. central bank has spoken about its plans for its first rate hike since 2006.. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen...

  • Yellen navigates tricky path on interest rates Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but for now the Fed is sticking with patience in raising interest rates because the labor market is still healing and inflation is too low. In her semiannual economic report to Congress, Yellen sought to explain how the Fed would begin raising rates from...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The Federal Reserve is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a meeting by meeting basis," Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional committee on Tuesday in a subtle change of emphasis in how the Fed has been speaking about its plans for the first interest rate increase since 2006.. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee...

  • NEW YORK— Stifel Financial Corp. is buying rival financial services firm Sterne Agee for $150 million, boosting its presence in money management and fixed income. It's the latest move by Stifel, whose other large purchases include the investment advisory unit of Legg Mason last year, the investment bank KBW in 2013 and Thomas Weisel in 2010..

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- The Nasdaq ended higher on Monday for a ninth straight day following gains in Apple, while the Dow and S&P 500 eased off recent record highs as lower oil prices dragged down energy shares. Nasdaq's winning run was its longest since September 2010, putting the index closer to its 5,132.52 all-time intraday high, reached in March 2000 just before the...

  • A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia SA seating plant in Cleveland plans a Tuesday march. The union has been trying to organize Nissan Motor Co.' s Canton, Mississippi, plant for years, and lost a 2008 worker vote at a Johnson Controls plant in nearby Madison that French-based Faurecia bought in 2011.. Protesters say Faurecia employees make a top wage...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The Senate Banking committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on reforms aimed at the Federal Reserve, a Senate aide said on Monday, as lawmakers push for more transparency at the U.S. central bank. The Senate aide said the timing could change at the last minute, but for now, it was set for March 3. The Republican takeover of the Senate this year...

  • *Senate committee expected to call hearing on bill- sources. A similar Fed audit bill passed the House of Representatives late last year and a hearing on Fed transparency is expected to be formally called by the Senate banking committee, according to people familiar with the matter. "We feel the current system works well, it's time-tested, and there are all kinds of...

  • Broadway and TV did Hollywood a favor, sharing Neil Patrick Harris for duties hosting the Oscars. Even better, he stewarded an Oscarcast on ABC that made up in charm what it lacked in suspense. Jack Black stormed the stage to decry the corrupt money-mindedness of Hollywood, ranting about "its margin trends and fickle friends and Hollywood baloney— believe me, Neil,...

  • Correction: Earns-BioCryst Pharmaceuticals story Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 5:52 PM ET

    DURHAM, N.C.— In a story about BioCryst Pharmaceutical Inc.' s quarterly results, The Associated Press reported erroneously, in a report generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research, that the company is based in Birmingham, Alabama. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals posts 4 Q revenue of $5.4 million, result beats expectations.