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  • ATLANTA— Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport, setting up a face-off with one of the state's largest employers, Atlanta- based Delta Airlines. Earl Ehrhart would remove the break for all airlines, updating his original proposal to end only Delta's. Ehrhart still bristled this week at the...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Correction: Earns-LHC Group story Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La.— In a Feb. 26 story about the financial results of LHC Group Inc., The Associated Press reported erroneously, in a report generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research, that the company missed Wall Street profit expectations. LHC Group beats 4 Q net income, revenue forecasts. LAFAYETTE, La.— LHC Group Inc. on Wednesday...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— An employee being sued by Southern Co. will get another four weeks to work out his defense and look for a lawyer, but won't be able to sue the company or talk about his employment dispute in the meantime. An Alabama state court judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order that also bans Brett Wingo from talking about his work for Southern...

  • Congressional Republicans name new budget referee Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans Friday named economist Keith Hall to serve as Capitol Hill's budget referee as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The budget office provides cost estimates of legislation and other research to Congress to better inform their policy decisions. "His vast understanding of economic and labor...

  • American Software posts 3Q profit Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:43 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ American Software Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $2.8 million. American Software shares have increased roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: American Software, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Feb 26- A bill to give Puerto Rico's ailing public utilities a way to restructure debt under the U.S. bankruptcy code drew skepticism from congressional Republicans but support from Democrats, who said it would relieve the island's problems. The Republican-controlled Judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform of the House of...

  • Heat blamed for spray vaccine's failure against swine flu Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    ATLANTA— The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu— fragile doses got too warm. The AstraZeneca FluMist vaccine works well for most flu strains, but small studies found it didn't work very well against the swine flu bug that first emerged in 2009. Swine flu has returned...

  • JESUP, Ga.— An assistant director on an ill-fated Gregg Allman biographical movie will stand trial separately from three of her bosses charged in a deadly train crash in southeast Georgia, prosecutors told a judge Thursday. "Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller, his wife and business partner, Jody Savin, and executive producer Jay Sedrish are scheduled to face...

  • Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    ATLANTA— A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. So the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices declined to recommend routine shots for all adolescents and college students. One woman, Patti Wukovits from New...

  • "The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100" opens Saturday at Atlanta's High Museum and is set to run through Oct. 4. Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta. The Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Indiana, developed the winning design in " Georgia Green" glass with a bulge in the center and ridges down the sides.

  • Carter's tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Carter's Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $67.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.27 per share. Analysts expected $852 million, according to Zacks.

  • Popeyes meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:43 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $8.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 38 cents per share. Popeyes expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.83 to $1.88 per share.

  • LHC misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La. _ LHC Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $5.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. The entry-level homebuilder in the Texas, Arizona, Florida and Georgia markets posted revenue of $193.4 million in the period, also surpassing Street...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Former Coca-Cola executive Donald Keough dies Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    Feb 24- Donald Keough, Coca-Cola Co's COO and president during the company's intense "cola war" days with PepsiCo Inc in the' 80 s, has died at the age of 88.. Keough, who came to Coke following the purchase of Duncan Foods in 1960, rose through the ranks and became president and chief operating officer in 1981.. Goizueta and Keough replaced the Coca-Cola formula for the...

  • Longtime Coke executive Donald Keough dies at 88 Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 3:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980 s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta, according to the company. During his tenure, however, Coca-Cola also introduced "New Coke" as it was fighting off efforts by PepsiCo to take market share. A song called "Coke Was It," mocking the company's "Coke...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...