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  • Beasley posts 4Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    NAPLES, Fla. _ Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $33.8 million. The Naples, Florida- based company said it had profit of $1.47 per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $40 million, or $1.74 per share.

  • "Monumental and long overdue," was how the Animal Welfare Institute put it. "Many of the elephants are painfully arthritic, and many have tuberculosis, so their retirement day needs to come now," wrote Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in a statement. " Executives at Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, say it will take...

  • NEW YORK— The rough landing of a Delta jetliner at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm just minutes after the runway had been plowed has raised questions about when airports should close runways due to snow or ice. Instead, the Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to measure runways during winter storms to assure planes can safely brake: A...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..." Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. consumers battered by the wretched winter weather still afflicting much of the eastern half of the country have responded by ordering in rather than eating out, flying more frequently to Florida and cutting out trips to the mall, according to a Reuters review of company data. While the relentless weather has dented traffic and sales for...

  • AxoGen reports 4Q loss Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    ALACHUA, Fla. _ AxoGen Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $6.5 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Alachua, Florida- based company said it had a loss of 36 cents. For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to $17.7 million, or 99 cents per share.

  • Imperial Holdings posts 4Q profit Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    BOCA RATON, Fla. _ Imperial Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $8.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Boca Raton, Florida- based company said it had net income of 32 cents. Imperial Holdings shares have risen 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, March 5- U.S. auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata Corp air bags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers. Rosekind, a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major...

  • HCI Group beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:33 PM ET

    TAMPA, Fla. _ HCI Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $14.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.23 per share. HCI Group shares have increased 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MIAMI— Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. The case sets up an intriguing political backdrop for states like Florida and Texas, both led by Republican governors staunchly opposed to the law. Florida has more people on the health care plan than any other state and most...

  • Mandarin Oriental says hotels in US, Europe hacked Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK— High-end hotel chain Mandarin Oriental said Thursday that the credit card systems at some of its hotels in the U.S. and Europe were hacked. Mandarin Oriental operates about 30 hotels in cities across the world including Paris, London, Geneva, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas as well as Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau. Mandarin Oriental is a unit of...

  • Here are some other accidents involving planes taking off from or landing at the airport, which is tucked along the East River and Flushing Bay:. —1994: A Continental Airlines jet skidded into rocks at the edge of Flushing Bay after the pilots aborted a takeoff during a snowstorm. —1993: A Continental Airlines jet skidded off a runway during takeoff in a snowstorm,...

  • The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs. Last year, people spent $22 billion on food; $15 billion on veterinary care; $14 billion on supplies such as beds, bowls and collars and over-the-counter...

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Marine scientists are raising concerns about the Obama administration's decision to move ahead on use of seismic air guns in the Atlantic Ocean for oil and gas exploration. Seventy-five scientists from around the globe on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying the use of the guns, which create canonlike air blasts...

  • NEW YORK— A Delta plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest perilously close to the icy waters of a bay. The nose was leaning on a berm that separates the runway from Flushing Bay. "If we wouldn't have hit the snowbank, we'd be in the water right...

  • MIAMI, March 5- A $5 million class-action lawsuit filed this week in Florida accuses hardwood and laminate flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, Inc of selling products laden with cancer-causing chemicals. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, called on federal agencies Wednesday...

  • Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    The move announced Thursday is bittersweet and didn't come easily, Feld family members said as they broke the news to The Associated Press. "It was a decision 145 years in the making," said Juliette Feld, who now helps run the circus company with her sisters and father, Feld Enterprises Inc. President Kenneth Feld. "We're not reacting to our critics; we're creating the...

  • AP Exclusive: Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    POLK CITY, Fla.— The Ringling Bros. and Barnum& Bailey Circus is ending its iconic elephant acts. The circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that the acts will be phased out by 2018. Growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. The circus plans to phase out elephant acts by 2018. Feld's 43...

  • POLK CITY, Florida— APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros.

  • WILSON, N.C.— Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers. The robbers pulled up almost immediately after the drivers made an unscheduled stop on a dark stretch of highway in North Carolina,...