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  • Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!"

  • Construction time uncertain for Ga. nuclear plant Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    ATLANTA— Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. Georgia Power has so far spent $2.8 billion on the project, according to company filings.

  • TOKYO, Aug 28- Honda Motor Co is recalling about 63,200 vehicles due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by Takata Corp, the latest in a series of air bag recalls across the industry that have affected nearly 16 million vehicles to date.

  • Aug 27- Overheating worries at home are driving Canada's homebuilders south of the border where they buy up rural land, betting on a recovery in the U.S. suburban housing market even as many local players remain on the sidelines.

  • Correction: Dwindling Bathhouses story Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story Aug. 23 about the declining number of gay bathhouses The Associated Press reported erroneously that Todd Saporito, the CEO of Ohio- based Flex Spas, ran the Gay Games that were held in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES— Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

  • Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta- based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner. Turner Broadcasting chief executive John Martin has been talking for several months about a restructuring plan he has called Turner 2020..

  • Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Platinum- selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.

  • Rhode Island benefits from improving US economy Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The improving national economy is finally spurring job growth and pushing the unemployment rate down in Rhode Island, according to the state's top labor official. Now with a rate of 7.7 percent, Rhode Island moved out of last place and is tied with Michigan and Nevada, ahead of last place Mississippi and Georgia.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Budget pressures at the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division are cutting the number of investigators there to the lowest level in four decades, and officials say the changes are forcing the division to scale back its fight of financial crime.

  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places, "said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami- based bathhouse. In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than 70. Most patrons are older.

  • Roush Fenway lands Ortho as sponsor Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    BRISTOL, Tenn.— Roush Fenway Racing has landed Ortho as a sponsor for "roughly half" of Greg Biffle's races next season. Biffle's team is losing sponsor 3 M after this season. Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said Friday it was unclear which races will run with Ortho as the primary sponsor.

  • GM opens IT center in Phoenix, Arizona Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Aug 22- General Motors Co said it opened a fourth IT center in the United States in Phoenix, Arizona as it aims to improve performance and cut operational costs. The automaker said it expects to hire 1,000 employees at the center over the next five years. GM's three other IT centers are in Warren, Michigan, in Austin, Texas and in Roswell, Georgia.

  • Correction: SmallBiz-Small Talk Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— In a story Aug. 20 about lending to women-owned businesses, Maria Coyne, head of small business banking at KeyBank, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. examines banks' lending records and makes a judgment about whether they're being prudent lenders.

  • Home Depot says Menear will become CEO on Nov. 1 Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home Depot said Thursday that Craig Menear, the president of its U.S. retail operations, will become president and CEO of the company Nov. 1. Frank Blake has been Home Depot's chairman and CEO since 2007, and he will remain chairman of the company.

  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Appearing thin but smiling, a Texas doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said on Thursday he was "thrilled to be alive" as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release.

  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital, one of their doctors said on Thursday.

  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Two American aid workers discharged from an Atlanta hospital after being treated for Ebola pose no health risk to the public, an Emory University Hospital doctor said on Thursday.

  • TVA board votes to retire Memphis coal plant Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    The TVA said the plant consumes about 7,200 tons of coal daily. TVA already has announced plans to shut down coal-fired boilers at plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. The U.S. government-owned utility supplies power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

  • Aaron's longtime CFO Danielson will be interim CEO Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Retailer Aaron's said Thursday that longtime Chief Financial Officer Gilbert Danielson will become its interim CEO at the end of August. Aaron's announced earlier this month that CEO Ronald Allen will retire Aug. 31. Aaron's Inc. sells and leases furniture and accessories and offers flexible payment plans for people with credit problems.

  • ABIDJAN, Aug 21- An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the U.S. hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said.