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  • MIAMI, July 7- Carnival Corp has won U.S. approval to operate cruises to Cuba and plans to start taking travelers there in May, joining a growing list of maritime companies hoping to profit from a thaw in relations between Washington and Havana. Miami- based Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, said it was still in talks with Cuba for approval to start...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station had just lifted off on June 28 when the accident occurred. Speaking Tuesday at a...

  • Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. "This is an important first step for our company and the cruise industry," CEO Arnold Donald told The Associated Press in an email. "It begins our efforts to shape a long sustained industry experience in Cuba."

  • CHICAGO— Offering an economic message that jabs rivals in both parties, Florida Sen. "We need in this country a new president for a new age," Rubio declared from the downtown Chicago offices of a digital startup. And while not naming Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, Rubio lashed out at the policies enacted when Bush's father and brother served in the...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head on the July Fourth holiday and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives. Devon Staples, 22, and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a backyard in Staples' eastern Maine...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A look at some of the non-gambling attractions in Atlantic City as the resort city tries to move beyond offering just gambling:. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's $52 million redo of the former Pier Shops at Caesars project into a music-themed entertainment attraction. Resorts spent $35 million on its Jimmy Buffett- themed...

  • July 6- In the midst of moving from Atlanta to St. Louis last year, Thomas Nitzsche discovered his parked rental car had been hit by another car, causing $791 in damage. To keep costs low, he had rejected the "collision damage waiver" insurance offered by the rental car company, which can run as much as $45 a day and can include a deductible. It took three months or so for the...

  • WASHINGTON— Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts. In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint. "It was like I hadn't left Harvard," Roland Fryer,...

  • WASHINGTON— As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean.

  • JetBlue launches New York-to-Havana charter flights Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    July 3- JetBlue Airways Corp said it began direct charter flights between New York and Havana on Friday, the first major U.S. carrier to fly the route following U.S. The airline said Cuba Travel Services Inc is offering the weekly flight on Fridays between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

  • WASHINGTON— Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be. Many part-timers can't find full-time work. "The Fed may recognize that this is a new labor-market normal, and it will begin to normalize monetary policy," said Patrick O'Keefe, an economist at accounting and consulting firm...

  • WASHINGTON— As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean.

  • NEW ORLEANS— More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions. Federal and state government officials touted the...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Greece's full-blown debt crisis and Puerto Rico's unfolding one have dominated headlines all week, but some of the biggest U.S. investors have China at the top of their worry lists. Jeffrey Gundlach, Bill Gross, Dan Ivascyn, Mohamed El-Erian, and David Rosenberg are among the money managers keeping close watch of China where markets have been under...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. Florida would receive $3.25 billion, with about $2 billion for economic loss and the rest distributed throughout the state to environmental projects such as beaches and piers.

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. It also seeks to resolve environmental and economic damage claims by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...

  • July 2- BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of the payouts and reaction from officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas:. LOUISIANA: The hardest state because of its proximity to the spill will receive more...

  • TIMELINE-BP oil spill, litigation at a glance Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    Sept 4- BP Plc reached a $18.7 billion settlement to end five years of litigation following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It is the largest settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, the U.S. Department of Justice said. *April 20, 2010, RIG EXPLODES: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig at the Macondo exploration well kills 11 workers and releases...

  • July 2- BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. Clean Water Act fines and natural resources damages, along with claims by Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,...