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  • NEW YORK, July 21- Coca-Cola Co may have annual profits of about $9.3 billion, but that princely sum could fall short of what the world's largest soda maker needs to tempt would-be franchisees into taking over more of its regional bottling operations.

  • July 21- Delta Air Lines Inc, trying to boost savings on manufacturing of jet fuel, said on Monday it reached a five-year agreement with a Dallas energy company for 65,000 daily barrels of U.S. crude oil to be supplied to its Pennsylvania refinery.

  • Subprime woes are back: This time in used cars Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    Used cars are displayed on a sales lot in San Rafael, California.

    Millions of Americans with shoddy credit records are obtaining used car loans, resembling the subprime mortgage mess, The NYT found.

  • Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, has pleaded not guilty to charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the January death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous level with no medical explanation.

  • US regulators close small bank in Georgia Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Eastside Commercial Bank, based in Conyers, Georgia. The FDIC says Macon, Georgia- based State Bank and Trust Company will also buy $42.6 million of Eastside Commercial Bank's loans. The failure of Eastside Commercial Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $33.9 million.

  • July 18- Allegiant Travel Co, the parent of Allegiant Air, said on Friday that a computer outage that affected 26 flights and 4,000 passengers has been resolved, and its systems are back to normal.

  • Federal judge sends key GM case to Georgia court Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    DETROIT— A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court. Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. ruled Friday that a Cobb County judge should handle the case filed by the family of Brooke Melton.

  • Allegiant Travel cites delays from computer outage Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    July 18- Allegiant Travel Co, the parent of Allegiant Air, a low-cost carrier that serves leisure destinations, said on Friday that it is working to resolve a computer system outage that is slowing its customer check-in and causing delays.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • AP NewsBreak: Obama opens East Coast to oil search Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management disclosed its final approval first to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement later Friday. The approval opens the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration by energy companies preparing to apply for drilling leases in 2018, when current congressional limits are set to expire.

  • Why airlines didn't avoid risky Ukraine airspace Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines. In the hours after Thursday's disaster involving a Malaysia Airlines jet, carriers around the globe began rerouting flights to avoid Ukraine.

  • FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 7:23 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. The indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges that FedEx Corp. conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010..

  • 10 key events in GM's ignition switch recall Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 5:04 PM ET

    By The Associated Press— General Motors is the subject of multiple government investigations and civil lawsuits for taking more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with a deadly ignition switch defect.

  • Georgia unemployment rate at 7.4 percent Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    ATLANTA— The unemployment rate in Georgia climbed to 7.4 percent in June, a slightly increase from May. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the increase in unemployment was attributable to regular seasonal fluctuations. Those include summer job losses among school workers and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

  • Expanding middle classes in Asia and emerging markets such as Latin America have boosted travel demand and helped airlines bounce back from losses since the 2008-2009 downturn.

  • 300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    "The reasons why these samples went unnoticed for this long is something we're actively trying to understand," said FDA deputy director for biologics Dr.

  • Latest Fed survey sees improved economy Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth with five— New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco— characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Boston and Richmond reported that growth came in at a slightly slower pace than the previous reporting period.

  • After 16 hours, an exit from stalled casino boat Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— After more than 12 hours, passengers stranded on a casino boat that ran aground off Georgia's coast were ferried to shore Wednesday aboard two Coast Guard cutters.

  • House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.9 million from donors in June and has $50.9 million in its bank accounts, officials said. At the same time, the National Republican Congressional Committee said donors gave another $9.6 million to the committee tasked with keeping House Republicans in the majority.

  • Attorney: Prostitute had no reason to kill US exec Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    SANTA CRUZ, California— A woman accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, a defense attorney said Wednesday.