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  • Google researching use of color in business Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...

  • Judge rejects bid to delay Tracy Morgan lawsuit Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    NEWARK, New Jersey— Tracy Morgan has won the latest round in his effort to sue Wal-Mart and others over a fatal crash in New Jersey. The ruling came on a motion by Kevin Roper, the driver of the Wal-Mart truck authorities say slammed into the back of Morgan's limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike in June. Roper, of Georgia, isn't named as a defendant but is facing criminal...

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • Chrysler expands air bag recall Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    It's part of a growing problem worldwide with air bag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.. At first Chrysler agreed to replace passenger air bag inflators in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new boundaries are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and five U.S. territories.

  • Music producer Dupri's mansion in foreclosure Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    ATLANTA— According to foreclosure documents, music producer Jermaine Dupri is losing his multimillion dollar Atlanta mansion. Fulton County public records show the property is valued at nearly $3.7 million. Dupri has produced hits for artists including Usher and Mariah Carey, and had a seven-year relationship with singer Janet Jackson.

  • Pulitzer-winning photojournalist dies in Liberia Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. Du Cille won two Pulitzer Prizes as a photographer with the Miami Herald in the 1980 s and shared a third in 2008 as a reporter with the Post—...

  • Coca-Cola adds 2 new board members Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    ATLANTA— The Coca-Cola Co. on Thursday named two new directors to its board, increasing the size of its board to 17.. The Atlanta- based beverage company said that it has elected Marc Bolland and David Weinberg, effective Feb. 18. Bolland, 55, is CEO of retailer Marks& Spencer Group PLC.

  • Studies: Progesterone fails to help brain injuries Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    Giving people with fresh traumatic brain injuries the hormone progesterone does no good, two major studies have found. Brain injuries account for more than 2 million hospitalizations or emergency room visits each year in the United States and often cause major disabilities. In one, funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by doctors at Emory...

  • Gift Guide: Small, smart stocking techie stuffers Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ATLANTA— If you were naughty this year, you might end up with something big and boring, like a vacuum cleaner. If you were good, you might ask for one of these little high-tech gems instead. Within minutes, I was watching Netflix and playing "Angry Birds" on large walls throughout my house, with no power cords in sight.

  • 'Driving while black' apps give tips for police stops Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 1:09 AM ET

    "Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police," stressed Melvin Oden-Orr, one of two Portland lawyers creating the app. The app is coming to market as protesters around the country keep attention on instances of deadly encounters with police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. And last month, American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in four...

  • Renasant of Miss. buying Ga. bank in $258M deal Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi- based regional bank Renasant Corp. said Wednesday that it will acquire Georgia- based Heritage Financial Group, the parent of HeritageBank of the South for $258 million in stock. The merger will move Renasant, based in Tupelo, into southern Georgia and northern Florida for the first time and slightly bolster the bank's position in the...

  • Oxford Industries posts 3Q loss Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    For the current quarter ending in January, Oxford Industries expects its per-share earnings to range from 96 cents to $1.06. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.20. Oxford Industries expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.85 to $2.95 per share, with revenue ranging from $990 million to $1 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced more than $1 billion in public and private investments in preschool, but called on Congress to make more money available to programs. States currently spend more than $5 billion on preschool programs, according to the National Institute for Early Education. Obama said the Education Department...

  • "I think' considerable time' captures about as best you can with two words... the appropriate time for liftoff," San Francisco Fed President John Williams told Market News International on Monday, adding that it's still a "reasonable guess" the Fed will begin raising rates in mid-2015. Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart, like Williams a policy...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 19 Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on economic outlook and monetary policy before the Council for Quality Growth- 1730 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds quarterly financial policy committee meeting. BRUSSELS- Meeting of euro zone finance ministers to discuss 2015 draft budgets.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Dec 17 Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester gives a morning keynote before the 2014 Financial Stability Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Office of Financial Research- 1345 GMT. WASHINGTON- U.S. Treasury Office of Financial Research Director Richard Berner gives a luncheon speech before the 2014...

  • These states- Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Georgia and California- accounted for about half of the total job growth in the 12 months to September, according to RBC Capital Markets. The shift bodes well for D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, and rivals Lennar Corp and PulteGroup Inc, each of which gets a large part of its revenue...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, but stopped short of including all models regulators wanted included, a company statement issued on Wednesday shows. "At this time, data analysis indicates the front passenger-side inflators in affected pickups...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has informally told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, a top regulator said. Congressional hearing on problems with Takata air bags in older vehicles sold by at least 10 automakers. In June, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit recalled about 371,000 Dodge, Ram and...