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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • BOSTON— A JetBlue flight has returned to the gate before takeoff from Boston because of an unspecified threat, but authorities say nothing hazardous has been found. Massachusetts state police spokesman David Procopio says passengers were taken off Flight 321 to Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday night. New York- based JetBlue Airways Corp. spokesman Sebastian...

  • Stonegate Bank posts 4Q profit Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Stonegate Bank on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.2 million. Stonegate Bank shares have fallen slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Stonegate Bank, Earnings Report.

  • HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Jan 26- Winklevoss Capital, the firm run by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, expects to get regulatory approval to launch a U.S. exchange for investors to buy and sell the virtual currency bitcoin in the first quarter, the twins told Reuters on Monday. And we will be ready by then, " Cameron Winklevoss, a principal at New York-based Winklevoss Capital, said...

  • Brown & Brown tops Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:21 PM ET

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Brown& Brown Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $24.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Brown& Brown shares have dropped slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. "I don't think there's this rush that everybody's trying to create here," said Fred Malek, a longtime GOP donor and finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "It seems like there needs to be a little more clarity of who's running before people make commitments,"...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida— NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX and Boeing said Monday that they are on track to carry out their first manned test flights to the space station in 2017. NASA chose the two private companies last...

  • The New Jersey Casino Control Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider preliminary approval for the company to own a casino in Atlantic City. But in a regulatory filing, Hard Rock said it has had "a long-standing interest" in the Atlantic City market. Hard Rock said it "remains interested in the Atlantic City casino industry and may, if found...

  • Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks' Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. Julia Kadison, CEO of Milk Processor Education Program, which represents milk companies, says the breaking point came last year when the British Medical Journal published a study suggesting drinking lots of milk could lead to earlier deaths and higher incidents of fractures.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 26- A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after...

  • 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...

  • Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said...

  • Roper Industries tops 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    SARASOTA, Fla. _ Roper Industries Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $185.9 million. Analysts expected $953.9 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, Roper Industries expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.47 to $1.53.

  • Jan 26- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party's core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The PAC signals increased competition for the same set of large-dollar...

  • Jan 26- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party's core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The PAC signals increased competition for the same set of large-dollar...

  • WASHINGTON— Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon's budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Ted Cruz of...

  • US works to ease Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    MIAMI— A decade-long addiction to oil subsidized by Venezuela may be coming to an end for several Caribbean nations, with a nudge from the United States. Fears that falling oil prices could knock the wheels off the already wobbly economy of oil-dependent Venezuela have sparked apparent interest in alternatives to Petrocaribe, a trade program created by the...

  • WICHITA, Kan.— The recent plunge in fuel prices have been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers. "Every movement we make in farming takes fuel," Kansas cattle rancher and hay grower Randy Cree said. Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the...

  • In a likely sign of things to come from a number of companies this results reporting season, Ford Motor Co on Friday said it was taking a pre-tax charge of $800 million for its Venezuela business. Ford also said that it was unable to maintain normal production in Venezuela with the availability of vehicle parts constrained. Kimberly-Clark blamed increased...