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  • Mystery shrouds US couple's crash off Jamaica Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica— A search-and-rescue operation resumed at first light Saturday off Jamaica's northeast coast as crews hope to solve the mystery of a small private plane carrying a prominent upstate New York couple who were taken on a ghostly 1,700- mile journey after the pilot was apparently incapacitated at the controls.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A surprising drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to temporary slowdowns. Analysts took Friday's Labor Department report in stride. NEW YORK— Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin.

  • Shaping the future of closed Atlantic City casinos Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    New Jersey gambling regulators gave permission to Betfair, the European online gambling company, to continue to operate in the state even after its brick-and-mortar partner, Trump Plaza, shuts down on Sept. 16.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., Sept 5- A U.S. judge has ruled that food servers and bartenders employed by Darden Restaurants Inc, which owns chains including Olive Garden, the Capital Grille and LongHorn Steakhouse, cannot sue the company as a group for alleged wage violations.

  • Coventry, whose chief executive is Philadelphia philanthropist Alan Buerger, is the "leader and creator" of the life settlement industry, according to its website.

  • Work begins on $1 billion solar plant in Nevada Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    The 250- megawatt project, dubbed Silver State South, will capture solar energy with panels spread across almost 4 square miles of federal land south of Las Vegas, according to a fact sheet obtained Friday from a First Solar Inc. representative.

  • Sept 5- Bank of America Corp said David Darnell will no longer serve as the company's co-chief operating officer, but will continue to oversee the bank's global wealth and investment management business. Darnell had been the company's co-COO since September 2011, Bank of America said in a filing.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 5- An American International Group Inc unit sued a company headed by Philadelphia philanthropist Alan Buerger, accusing it of a $150 million fraud involving life insurance policies sold by elderly individuals in exchange for a quick payment. Coventry is the "leader and creator" of the life settlement industry, according to its website.

  • Firm eyes possible Showboat purchase Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A Florida company that develops restaurant and entertainment complexes is interested in the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City. Latitude 360, a Jacksonville company, said Friday the newly closed casino is one of three locations in Atlantic City it is considering for a $20 million project.

  • Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:29 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill. "BP should have to pay, they've done a lot of damage," Smith said.

  • *Focus shift to U.S. payrolls data, ceasefire talk in Minsk. NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. August payrolls data and scheduled talks in Minsk aimed at ending a five-month war between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.

  • No, Seattle, home of Microsoft Corp and Amazon and fast becoming a second home for Silicon Valley companies looking to access the city's plentiful pool of relatively cheap tech talent. Microsoft alumni are now running the Seattle offices of Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Google Inc, and they look to their former employer as a source for new talent.

  • SAXIS, Virginia, Sept 4- This town on Chesapeake Bay is losing three to five feet of shoreline a year and suffered damage during hurricane Sandy. New York City is planning a $20 billion mix of defense and adaptation measures- most notably, construction of "The Big U," a 10- mile fortress of berms and movable walls around lower Manhattan.

  • Sweetgrass endangered in SC Lowcountry Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    But the grass, which gets its name from the fresh fragrance of its leaves, has been harder to come by in recent years because of breakneck development in the coastal areas where it grows, from North Carolina to Texas.

  • Where retreating from rising seas is the only option Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    SAXIS, Virginia, Sept 4- This town on Chesapeake Bay is losing three to five feet of shoreline a year and suffered damage during hurricane Sandy. New York City is planning a $20 billion mix of defense and adaptation measures- most notably, construction of "The Big U," a 10- mile fortress of berms and movable walls around lower Manhattan.

  • WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia, Sept 4- Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels.

  • AutoNation's August sales rise 7 percent Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— AutoNation said Thursday that its new vehicle sales rose 7 percent last month, as the auto dealership chain sold 32,660 vehicles. AutoNation Inc.' s sales from established stores rose 5 percent compared to August 2013. Shares of AutoNation closed at $53.77 on Wednesday and have climbed 8.2 percent so far this year.

  • Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

  • 2 Bitcoin operators plead guilty in Silk Road case Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The top executive of a New York City- based Bitcoin company and a Florida Bitcoin exchanger pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges, admitting that they enabled the digital currency to be funneled to the black market website Silk Road.

  • Equipment rental company Neff files for IPO Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    Sept 3- Industrial equipment rental company Neff Corp filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of its Class A common stock on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley, Jefferies, Piper Jaffray and BofA Merrill Lynch are among the main underwriters to the IPO, the Miami- based company told the U. S Securities and Exchange Commission in a preliminary prospectus.