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  • JACKSON, Miss.— Regulators on Tuesday ordered Mississippi Power Co. to lower rates later this month and plan for customer refunds by November. The unit of Atlanta- based Southern Co. must roll back the 18 percent increase starting with the August billing cycle, which begins July 20. Mississippi Power lawyer Ben Stone told commissioners Tuesday that a 1,000...

  • ATLANTA— Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled. In August 2013, Black established a rule setting a packing date that he said was meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect a $150 million brand. Lawyers for Bland argued the new rule creates a new method for...

  • July 6- In the midst of moving from Atlanta to St. Louis last year, Thomas Nitzsche discovered his parked rental car had been hit by another car, causing $791 in damage. To keep costs low, he had rejected the "collision damage waiver" insurance offered by the rental car company, which can run as much as $45 a day and can include a deductible. It took three months or so for the...

  • One of the country's largest power companies, Southern Co., says it hopes drones can eventually identify storm damage in the Southeast and allow it to increase its routine inspections. "One of the biggest challenges is going out and assessing the system," said Andrew Phillips, who has directed drone research for the Electric Power Research Institute, an electric...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- With analysts' expectations for second-quarter U.S. earnings at rock-bottom levels, many companies may well beat forecasts, possibly setting up the stock market for gains in the coming weeks. With Alcoa set to kick off results season next week, investors are eyeing a 3- percent projected drop in benchmark S&P 500 earnings from a year ago, which...

  • Reuters spoke to large U.S. money managers across several asset classes, and 15 of 21 said they expected Greek voters to answer yes to a question whether Athens should accept the proposal submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund on June 25. "Things will get increasingly dire in Greece as the week goes on...

  • YOUR MONEY-5 ways road-tripping families can save money Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    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...

  • Acuity Brands tops 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    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.

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    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...

  • As Christie eyes White House, New Jersey wants jobs Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.