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  • PulteGroup beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    ATLANTA— PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $217.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. PulteGroup shares have declined 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has decreased roughly 3 percent.

  • ATLANTA, Jan 29- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps, agency officials tell Reuters. Since last June, the Atlanta- based agency has disclosed several incidents, one in which...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year. "The committee, in fact, was downright bullish on current economic conditions and the outlook," said Paul Edelstein, director of financial...

  • Rollins posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Rollins Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $29.9 million. The Atlanta- based company said it had net income of 21 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $137.7 million, or 94 cents per share.

  • RPC beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ RPC Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $77.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. Analysts expected $637 million, according to Zacks.

  • Marine Products posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Marine Products Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2 million. Marine Products shares have decreased 16 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Marine Products, Earnings Report.

  • ATLANTA— The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses nationwide. The RGA, which helped the GOP grow its roster of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The Federal Reserve is expected to signal it remains on track to begin raising interest rates later this year, as the central bank shows confidence that low inflation and rising risks from abroad have yet to derail the U.S. economic recovery. Fed Chair Janet Yellen faces growing skepticism that the central bank can tighten monetary policy by...

  • Jan 27- Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history. Apple's cash pile is now $178 billion, enough to buy IBM or the equivalent to $556 for every American.

  • Total System tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Total System Services Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $79.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 53 cents per share. Analysts expected $625.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • WASHINGTON— Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million people had signed up in 37...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's U.S. senators and two congressmen have denounced a White House draft proposal that would authorize drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Rep. President Barack Obama's proposal calls for auctioning areas more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies no earlier than...

  • The 2017 to 2022 drilling plan begins a process that could take many years before waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia are cleared for drilling. The administration canceled a lease sale there after BP Plc's deadly explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that year. In addition, President Barack Obama took parts of...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. Google officials said five Western cities previously identified as finalists remain in the running for fiber down the line. "We had four cities here in the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and...

  • WASHINGTON— Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Georgia man who claims he's intellectually disabled.

  • Synovus tops 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Synovus Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $53.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 36 cents per share. Analysts expected $272.7 million, according to Zacks.

  • BUCHANAN, Liberia— The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a little known U.S. government agency 4,700 miles away, backed the venture with $217 million in loan approvals from 2008 to 2011..

  • Jan 26- Packaging companies Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp agreed to form a combined $16 billion company to take on market leader International Paper Co in the United States and abroad. Shares of MeadWestvaco and Rock-Tenn rose to record highs. MeadWestvaco shareholders will have a 50.1 percent stake in the new company, which will be named before the deal...

  • Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said...