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  • The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 1- Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men. Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to...

  • PHILADELPHIA, Jan 31- A U.S. federal appeals court has delayed the sale of the shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City pending an appeal by a company that ran its nightclub and boardwalk dance club. The order, issued late Friday by Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Court Judge Thomas Ambro, gives attorneys for Revel until Tuesday to respond to the appeal filed by...

  • What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. "This hasn't changed my picture on the strength and resilience of the U.S. economy," said Scott Anderson, chief economist at the Bank of the West.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 12 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Executive Vice President David Altig and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Senior Vice President Mine Yucel participate in "The Economic Outlook, Monetary Policy and Energy: Thoughts from Federal Reserve Research Directors" event hosted by the New College of Florida and the Global Interdependence...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. The deal, proposed in December 2013, is seen as problematic because Sysco and US Foods are...

  • Lawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 4:20 PM ET

    HOUSTON— The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Carlos Solis, 35, died on Jan. 18 in a minor crash in a Houston suburb. Takata is under fire for air bag inflators that can explode, shooting out...

  • WASHINGTON— There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. "This hasn't changed my picture on the strength and resilience of the U.S. economy," said Scott Anderson, chief economist at the Bank of the West.

  • TREASURIES-Prices jump on GDP growth wobble Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 30- U.S. That would be the long bond's best total return performance since September 2011, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch data. Treasuries because yields are lower overseas, "said Sharon Stark, fixed income strategist at D.A.

  • The New England Fishery Management Council on Thursday rejected a plan to bring river herring and shad under a federal management plan that controls the fishing of Atlantic herring. For now, states and the multi-state Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will continue to manage the fishery, said Patricia Fiorelli, a spokeswoman for the New England...

  • NEW YORK— Wall Street went wild for burgers Friday. It had initially forecast that its shares would fetch $14 to $16 per share from investors, and raised that prediction to $17 to $19 per share on Wednesday as demand grew. Its journey from a hot dog cart in Manhattan's Madison Square Park to Wall Street started in 2001. Three years later, Union Square Hospitality...

  • API Technologies reports 4Q loss Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla. _ API Technologies Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $1.2 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Orlando, Florida- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents per share. Keywords: API Technologies, Earnings Report.

  • Exploding air bag may have killed Texas man Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:14 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Senator Bill Nelson, D- Fla., said Thursday on the Senate floor. Honda said in a statement that the car was part of a 2011 national recall to fix the driver's air bag inflators, but records show the...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they liked about Romney in 2012, namely what they believe it takes to serve...

  • Born in New Orleans as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., the 32- year-old rapper said in the lawsuit that his relationship with the label has been deteriorating over the last four years, with Cash Money failing to live up to contractual promises regarding monthly accounting statements and the timely payment of profits owed to Lil Wayne. The lawsuit said the problems...

  • Hard Rock gets preliminary OK to enter New Jersey market Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The company that has populated the globe with Hard Rock casinos and restaurants received preliminary approval to enter the Atlantic City casino market. And although the approval does not yet extend to other areas of the state where casinos may someday be legal, Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment is looking at the Meadowlands outside New York...

  • NEW YORK— The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil's market value and pushed Venezuela to the brink of economic collapse. But to Justin Thomas, the real drama in oil unfolds on a smaller scale, a story told in tiny, second-by-second moves in prices on his computer screen. "It was quiet, then there was chaos," said Thomas after a...

  • Capital Bank posts 4Q profit Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ Capital Bank Financial Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $13.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. Capital Bank shares have declined 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that Margaritaville will open Monday at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse. The business is operated by Laguna Niguel, California- based Margaritaville Enterprises. The 12,000- square-foot restaurant in Syracuse, located on Destiny USA's third floor, will employ 200..

  • MIAMI— Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. slid Thursday after the cruise operator reported fourth-quarter results and an outlook that missed Wall Street expectations. Royal Caribbean earned $109.8 million, or 49 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 31. Analysts expected 41 cents per share, according to Zacks Investment Research.