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The Miami company, whose brands include namesake Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, also lifted its full-year adjusted earnings guidance on Thursday. Royal Caribbean has sold off non-core businesses for its Pullmantur cruise line, including a land tour company and a Spanish travel agency.
LAS VEGAS— The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States. "One of the real strengths of the recovery is in meetings," Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling told The Associated Press.
LAS VEGAS— Discount carrier Spirit Airlines has announced plans to offer daily, nonstop service between Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo.. A plane will depart Kansas City at 9:55 p.m. daily and arrive in Las Vegas at 10:55 p.m. local time, while a flight will depart Las Vegas at 1 a.m. daily and arrive in Kansas City at 5:45 a.m..
MIAMI— Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel is hearing oral arguments Thursday. Chiquita once had huge banana operations in Colombia.
KISSIMMEE, Fla.— When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7- Eleven.
LOS ANGELES, April 23- Cheesecake Factory Inc on Wednesday reported quarterly profit that fell from a year ago, due to severe winter weather, a holiday shift and costs associated with the pending settlement of a legal claim.
NEW YORK, April 23- Ever since they were badly burned in the 2008-2009 stock and bond debacle, investors have been pouring money into so-called "alternative" mutual funds, often at the behest of financial advisers who say those funds will protect them from the fire next time.
CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 23- Brazil's third-biggest airline, Azul Linhas Aereas, unveiled plans on Wednesday to add 11 wide-body jets from European planemaker Airbus to start service to the United States. The selection of Airbus planes, first reported on Tuesday by Reuters, is another blow to U.S. rival Boeing Co in Latin America's biggest market.
Nowadays, the bar for grabbing attention has moved higher—or, more precisely, lower, The New York Times reports.
NEW YORK— It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay. Greenbaum, who owns a computer repair business in Lawrence, Kan., often needs to go into customers' homes. Some people realized he is gay after he was quoted in a newspaper story about gay rights.
McALLEN, Texas— The vast majority of Texas' commercial citrus groves now reside in expanded quarantine areas aimed at slowing the spread of a disease decimating citrus around the world. The state Department of Agriculture expanded the citrus greening quarantine areas in South Texas on Monday to cover Hidalgo and Cameron counties.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— A Florida bill that would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their ownership of a firearm has been sent to Gov. The measure passed the House 74-44 on Tuesday.
ORLANDO, Fla.— Demand in emerging markets such as Turkey, China and South Africa helped Tupperware Brands Corp. post first-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations, even as its net income fell 10 percent. Shares of Orlando, Fla.- based Tupperware Brands rose $1.33, or 1.5 percent, to $88.08 in morning trading Wednesday.
ASHEVILLE, N.C.— A Florida woman says an airline worker at a North Carolina airport refused to allow her to fly home with an oxygen tank because she didn't have the proper paperwork.
Mo had been jailed since he was arrested in Miami, where he lived at the time, in December following a 2 ½ year FBI investigation into the alleged theft of patented bio-engineered corn seed developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred Corp. and Monsanto.
WASHINGTON— To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. Now, Republican candidates are adjusting their plans and linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid, painting the 74- year-old leader and his allies as unscrupulous politicians.
CLEWISTON, Fla.— One of the nation's biggest sugar producers has wrapped up the season's harvest. Sugar says its 198- day season yielded 5.5 million tons of sugarcane. That's down from 5.8 million tons last year, in part because of wet weather that flooded some fields and affected crops.
NEW YORK— States should face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to make sure their business environments are as strong as possible, Texas Gov. Perry was pushing the premise that the business environment was better in Texas, an idea he has promoted in New York before as well as in other states like California.
The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer.
*Taxpayer wants hearing to question IRS "retribution". *IRS argues taxpayer is on "fishing expedition". The IRS is squaring off against Michael Clarke, a West Palm Beach, Florida, investor who is arguing that the U.S. tax agency in 2011 improperly issued a summons "as retribution" against him and his business partners for resisting an audit.