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  • Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing...

  • Seacoast Banking reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    STUART, Fla. _ Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida on Tuesday reported a loss of $1.5 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 12 cents per share. Analysts expected $30 million, according to Zacks.

  • WASHINGTON— Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million people had signed up in 37...

  • MIAMI, Jan 27- Cargill Inc, one of the world's largest privately held corporations and a top commodities trader, will likely remain private for at least another decade, the chief executive said on Tuesday as he assessed challenges facing the 150- year old company. David MacLennan, who has led Cargill for the past 13 months, also revealed that unrest in Ukraine had...

  • A major effort a decade ago by the federal government to check a rise in violent pipeline failures in "high-consequence" areas where people are more likely to be hurt or buildings destroyed has resulted in a slight leveling off of such incidents, but no decline, the National Transportation Safety Board said. A steady increase in pipeline explosions and fires in...

  • Add American Airlines to the list of carriers that want to take you to Cuba. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have expressed interest since President Barack Obama announced last month that the U.S. would establish diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said last week that his airline...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. single-family home price appreciation slowed to its weakest level more than two years in November as lean inventories and tight lending standards limited housing market activity, according to a closely watched survey released on Tuesday. "With the spring home buying season, and spring training, still a month or two away, the housing recovery...

  • US home price gains slow in November on weaker sales Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose at a modest pace in November, held back by weaker sales and a limited number of houses for sale. The Standard& Poor's/Case-Shiller 20- city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.3 percent in November from 12 months earlier. Lower mortgage rates, healthy hiring, and lower down payment requirements from mortgage giants...

  • Capital City Bank posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Capital City Bank Group on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 13 cents per share. Capital City Bank shares have fallen roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • International Speedway posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ International Speedway Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $25.8 million. International Speedway expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.10 to $1.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $615 million to $630 million. International Speedway shares have fallen 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NextEra misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    JUNO BEACH, Fla. _ NextEra Energy Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $884 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.04 per share. NextEra expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.40 to $5.70 per share.

  • 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...

  • BUCHANAN, Liberia— The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a little known U.S. government agency 4,700 miles away, backed the venture with $217 million in loan approvals from 2008 to 2011..

  • 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,"...