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  • TAMPA, Fla., July 31- Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions.

  • *Iliad bids $15 billion in cash for 56.6 pct at $33 per share. PARIS/ NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms company Iliad SA has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with rival suitor Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile carrier now controlled by Japan's Softbank.

  • AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    That's what$ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The Bay Area saw a record number of houses and condos going for $1 million and above in the spring, pushing the median selling price into the cool million-dollar range for the first time in June, real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick said Tuesday.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Several hundred claims are expected to be filed at the start of a GM-financed program being launched Friday to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch on some of its vehicles, lawyers say.

  • California's Obamacare rates to rise 4.2% on average Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:46 PM ET
    Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee at a press conference.

    Obamacare customers in California will see average insurance premium rates rise by 4.2 percent next year, officials announced Thursday.

  • The broker, Michael Horowitz of Los Angeles, also admitted to wrongdoing as part of the settlement, the SEC said. Horowitz, the SEC said, recruited people to help him steal personal health information from hospice and nursing home patients so he could designate them as annuitants and sell the products to wealthy investors.

  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Right now, many USDA inspectors stand in one place on the production line and check for visual defects.

  • Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

  • PARIS/ NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms company Iliad has made a surprise offer for T-Mobile US Inc, setting up a potential bidding war with rival suitor Sprint Corp, the U.S. mobile firm now controlled by Japan's Softbank.

  • Conn. unemployment insurance tax stokes complaints Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.

  • PG&E 2Q profit drops as expenses climb Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— PG&E Corp.' s second-quarter net income dropped 19 percent, hindered in part by rising operating expenses. The San Francisco company's net income after preferred dividends fell to $267 million, or 57 cents per share, for the three months ended June 30. That's down from $328 million, or 74 cents per share, a year ago.

  • SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25- year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship. As part of the partnership, three Southwest airplanes had various SeaWorld animals painted on their bodies.

  • In San Francisco real estate, $1M won't buy much Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for anyone who wants to live here and thinks $1 million will buy them their dream house: think again.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- French telecoms operator Iliad SA has recently made a buyout approach for T-Mobile US Inc, according to a person familiar with the matter, a surprise bid that counters an existing takeover bid by Sprint Corp..

  • New Paris hotel joins race to pamper the super rich Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    *Hotel helps Paris compete against others luxury capitals. It is part of a battle to attract Asia's new class of super-rich that not only pits the world's top hotel groups against each other but also cities such as Paris, New York and London.

  • July 31- French telecoms operator Iliad SA has made a buyout offer for T-Mobile USA Inc, a person familiar with the matter said, countering an offer by Sprint Corp..

  • California company recalls food on botulism fears Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    The California Department of Public Health warned consumers Wednesday to avoid some products from San Clemente- based VR Green Farms. VR Green Farms has recalled the pesto, as well as its pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce and pasta sauce.

  • Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor.

  • Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB's conclusion was part of a 19- page report on its investigation into the 2012 derailment in Ellicott City.