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  • United Community Banks meets 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. _ United Community Banks Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $17.7 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 29 cents per share. United Community Banks shares have fallen slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak. The USDA would then provide that seed strain to drug manufacturers if the agency ultimately decides the vaccine is necessary to stop avian influenza.

  • WICHITA, Kan.— A former bank president and two of his customers allegedly conspired to launder drug money in Kansas for Mexican cartels, while two former employees of the small southwest Kansas bank failed to report the suspicious financial transactions, according to charges unsealed Tuesday. The 37- count indictment is part of a larger national...

  • Manhattan Associates posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Manhattan Associates Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $23.2 million. Manhattan Associates expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.34 to $1.36 per share, with revenue in the range of $541 million to $550 million. Manhattan Associates shares have risen 38 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA— Federal regulators proposed an $11,200 fine Tuesday against Chicago Bridge& Iron Co. because its workers dropped a prefabricated section for a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina and then tried to cover it up, officials said. The accident happened March 1, 2013, at the CB&I manufacturing plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facility makes...

  • US lets in Thai fish caught by slaves despite law Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In its first report on trafficking around the world, the U.S. criticized Thailand as a hub for labor abuse. It has also spared Thailand from sanctions slapped on other countries with weak records in human trafficking because of a complex political relationship that includes cooperation against terrorism. The question of how to deal with Thailand...

  • HOUSTON— A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the...

  • The good news is that they're releasing the cast album of the show with a powerhouse cast including Broadway stars Christian Borle, Brian d'Arcy James and Megan Hilty. Songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and story writer Timothy Allen McDonald hope the giveaway will encourage theaters across the country to do the show or, at the very least, make your long car...

  • Genuine Parts meets 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Genuine Parts Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $161 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.05 per share. Genuine Parts shares have fallen 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2 percent.

  • Asbury Automotive beats Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:27 AM ET

    DULUTH, Ga. _ Asbury Automotive Group Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $35.9 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.19 per share. Asbury Automotive shares have risen 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Synovus tops Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Synovus Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $54 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 36 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $268.8 million.

  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis, which can cause fever, muscle aches,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration is tightening security rules for airline and airport workers in the wake of a criminal case in which an Atlanta baggage handler was accused of smuggling guns on commercial jets, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Monday. In the immediate aftermath of the December arrest, Johnson ordered a 90- day...

  • SunTrust tops 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ SunTrust Banks Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $429 million. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 72 cents per share. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.98 billion.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— As 800,000 past and present tobacco farmers or their heirs seek part of a $340 million reserve held by a much-shrunken tobacco marketing cooperative, North Carolina's Supreme Court was asked Monday to decide if the group is simply too big and diverse for one class-action lawsuit. The court heard from attorneys about the fight over money built up...

  • Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget measure Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers quarreled Monday over Medicare, taxes and almost $40 billion in unrequested money for overseas war-fighting as House and Senate negotiators kicked off work on a Republican budget blueprint for next year and beyond. Tom Price of Georgia, top negotiator for House Republicans, as he touted the version he largely drafted.

  • NYC chain store blitz burying mom and pop shops Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 4:40 PM ET
    Starbucks' Cold Brew is coffee steeped using cool water, while traditional iced coffee is made by brewing hot coffee at double-strength and pouring over ice.

    Eye-popping rents and the demise of well-known haunts have some New Yorkers proposing new rent-renewal rights for small businesses.

  • In NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains' rise Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York is increasingly becoming chain store city. "To me, the streetscape of New York City is what sells New York City. "Yes, they go to Times Square, but then they get so excited when they go to Little Italy or Chinatown.... that's what makes New York."

  • A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and motorcycle toys with excessive amounts of lead. They were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from April 2011 to March 2015.

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.