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  • NEW YORK, July 1- With four kids between the ages of 1 and 12, Loralee Leavitt is a cost-savings ninja when she hits the road. Leavitt, who hails from Kirkland, Washington, estimates that she has gone on more than 30 road trips with her growing family, logging over 60,000 miles, to places like Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. Their piece de resistance: A trip to...

  • ATLANTA _ Acuity Brands Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $64.5 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.33 per share. Acuity Brands shares have increased 28 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's second-in-command gave her pitch to a small crowd at a Philadelphia biotechnology convention in June with her signature move: giving out her cell phone number. "Now, no one from New Jersey! I want the guys that aren't already here in New Jersey. "

  • On Monday, the online home rental service will send 100,000 hosts in Florida, Louisiana and other states tips from FEMA's Ready campaign on how to prepare for hurricane season. During a disaster, FEMA will also provide Airbnb with real-time information so that the company can better figure out where its help is needed. And earlier this year, FEMA signed an...

  • An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. "We're good from a food and water standpoint," NASA's top spaceflight official, William Gerstenmaier said at a press conference. This puts added pressure on another resupply launch scheduled for Friday by Russia, its first attempt since...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 26- Anxiety about Greece and uncertainty about the timing of higher U.S. interest rates may keep Wall Street on edge early next week, but one ray of hope for investors could be an unusually long streak of ambivalence on Main Street. "The market climbs a wall of worry and if there's some bearishness out there it means there's potential buying power...

  • LOS ANGELES— Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Perhaps the most ambitious highway-conversion plan is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where hills and the namesake body of water are natural barriers to mobility.

  • Poll shows divide over increasing money for transit Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A slight majority of Americans prefer living in a single-family house in the suburbs or a rural area with more land, even if it means driving long distances to get to work or run errands, according to a poll by The Associated Press-GfK. However, a significant minority, 44 percent, would choose an apartment or smaller house in an urban area that comes with a...

  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Like many fast-growing parts of the country, North Carolina's Triangle region is trying to avoid being strangled by its own success: Traffic is thickening, drivers are getting stuck in it and there's no simple solution in sight. The population of the three counties that include Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is forecast to grow by more than 40...

  • June 24- Southwest Airlines Co has agreed to make room temporarily for rival Delta Air Lines Inc in its gates at Dallas Love Field Airport, while the carriers await a long-term resolution of their dispute in court, a Delta spokeswoman said Wednesday. Southwest will allow Delta to continue operating five daily flights between Love Field and Atlanta, according to...

  • American Software posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ American Software Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $2.6 million. The Atlanta- based company said it had profit of 9 cents per share. American Software shares have risen 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Panel gives weak endorsement of new meningitis shots Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A federal panel gave a weak endorsement Wednesday to two expensive meningitis shots, declining to recommend that all teens get the vaccine and leaving the decision to parents and doctors. At a meeting in Atlanta, the panel approved a half-measure that says older teens and young adults may get the shots— if they and their parents want to take that step.

  • CHICAGO, June 24- As the July 6 deadline for closing the century-old Chicago Board of Trade grain futures pits looms, a cloud hangs over the future of the neighboring options pits. Trading in the Chicago futures pits, once an icon of world capitalism where raucous traders epitomized "open-outcry" trading as they made and lost fortunes, has fallen to 1 percent of...

  • Last week alone, governors of 10 states were jetting across Europe, many converging at an air show in Paris. Others traveled to Canada, South America and Asia. Since the start of 2014, governors have taken or scheduled more than 80 trips to 30 countries in their efforts to increase exports and entice foreign companies to expand in their states, according to a...

  • June 19- Delta Air Lines Inc and Southwest Airlines Co have scheduled overlapping flights from identical gates at Love Field in Dallas, creating potential havoc for customers as a gate-sharing agreement between the carriers is set to expire and a court battle looms over slots at the airport. Dallas had responded Wednesday by suing the federal agency for...

  • *Greece remains in view, Die Zeit reports aid will be extended. NEW YORK, June 18- Stock markets around the world rallied on Thursday, while the U.S. dollar fell, a day after the Federal Reserve signalled that interest rates would rise more slowly than many had expected. An unconfirmed report that aid for Greece would be extended until the end of the year, possibly...

  • Dallas sues US as fight over local airport escalates Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    Southwest Airlines Co. controls 18 of 20 gates at the city-owned airport. Delta Air Lines Inc. operates five flights a day from one of those Southwest gates, but that deal that expires July 6. Southwest wants to take back its gate.