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  • JERUSALEM, Feb 25- SodaStream International, the Israeli at-home soda machine maker, reported higher quarterly profit that beat estimates on Wednesday, as lower expenses offset a drop in revenue amid shrinking U.S. demand. SodaStream earned 35 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter excluding one-time items such as restructuring costs, up from 3 cents a...

  • *Yellen testimony to House identical to Senate testimony. Analysts watching Yellen for any changes from testimony she gave to a Senate panel Tuesday said the unchanged text supported the dovish interpretation that led yesterday's rally in Treasuries prices. "Certainly we would be looking for some hint that she's walking us back, but if not the market is...

  • $100M settlement for hundreds in Florida tobacco lawsuits Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    MIAMI— A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court. The tentative agreement announced Wednesday involves R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. The deal resolves about 400 cases...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- Three major U.S. tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs' lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida...

  • WASHINGTON— A Florida fisherman convicted of tossing undersized grouper off his boat is off the hook after a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that he should not have been ensnared by a law targeting accounting fraud. In a 5-4 decision the justices threw out the conviction of commercial fishing boat captain John Yates, who was prosecuted under a law passed...

  • Health-conscious Chinese challenge Western food firms Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    *Analysts see nutrition as selling point in China. LONDON/ SHANGHAI, Feb 25- Chen Chen, a 27- year-old financial analyst in Shanghai, has cut back on bottled milky tea in favour of fresh-squeezed juices. Packaged food makers such as Nestle, Danone, PepsiCo and General Mills enjoyed fast growth in China as middle class consumers opted for convenience foods.

  • WCI beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:12 AM ET

    BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. _ WCI Communities Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $12.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share. Analysts expected $129.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • HALLOWELL, Maine— State utility regulators decided Wednesday to reconsider agreements with two companies planning to develop wind power projects in Maine, despite widespread criticism from industry officials who said doing so would be inappropriate and set a dangerous precedent. The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of reopening...

  • WASHINGTON— Ahead of a looming partial agency shutdown, the head of Homeland Security increased pressure on Congress to fully fund the department, warning that border control security and other counterterrorism efforts will "grind to a halt." Several insisted they could not accept the two-part strategy proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: a...

  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Sensing a Republican retreat, Obama is headlining a Miami town hall on Wednesday, enlisting his Latino base of support to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers who want to tie spending on the Homeland Security Department to repeal of his immigration executive actions. Indeed, Obama on Tuesday summoned a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House for a...

  • Hosman is CEO of Assessments.com, a Utah company with about 100 contracts with state and county governments from Florida to California. An early advocate and true believer in the industry, Hosman has spoken at justice forums in Texas, Idaho and Washington state. He also has been a frequent visitor to county jails in his home state of Utah and other states in the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Health insurer Anthem Inc, which earlier this month reported that it was hit by a massive cyberbreach, said on Tuesday that 8.8 million to 18.8 million people who were members of other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans could be victims in the attack. Anthem, the second-largest U.S. health insurer, is part of a national network of independently run Blue...

  • Hackett Group tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:33 PM ET

    MIAMI _ The Hackett Group Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 15 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in March, Hackett Group expects its per-share earnings to range from 13 cents to 15 cents.

  • Heico misses Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. _ Heico Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $27.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 45 cents per share. Heico shares have climbed slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, again has a buyer- and again it's Florida developer Glenn Straub, who was lured back by a discounted price of $82 million. New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, recently appointed an emergency manager to reinvigorate the city's finances and appointed Kevyn Orr, who put Detroit into...

  • Dycom Industries tops Street 2Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. _ Dycom Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $9.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Analysts expected $419 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in April, Dycom Industries said it expects revenue in the range of $455 million to $475 million.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- The shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City has struck an amended $82 million deal with Florida developer Glenn Straub's Polo North, according to a statement by its parent company. Polo North has increased its $10 million deposit to the full $82 million purchase price, the statement said. Last month, a U.S. bankruptcy judge approved the sale...

  • Feb 24- Health insurer Anthem Inc, which earlier this month reported that it was hit by a massive cyberbreach, said on Tuesday that 8.8 million to 18.8 million people who were not its customers could be victims in the attack. Anthem, the country's second-largest health insurer, is part of a national network of independently run Blue Cross Blue Shield plans through...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A Florida developer agreed to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel for $82 million on Tuesday, a week after a bankruptcy judge declared his former deal to buy it at a higher price dead. Glenn Straub's new contract gives him a discount from the $95.4 million his Polo North Country Club would have had to pay under the deal killed by the...

  • Feb 24- An experimental therapeutic vaccine from Danish drugmaker Bavarian Nordic helped significantly extend survival in patients with advanced prostate cancer, according to results of a small early-stage trial conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Patients were treated with the company's Prostvac vaccine, in addition to escalating doses of...