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  • Gentiva says it got new $636M buyout offer Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Gentiva Health Services jumped Friday after the home health and hospice care provider said an undisclosed party has made an offer to acquire it that is higher than a bid from Kindred Healthcare. Gentiva Health Services Inc.' s stock rose $1.78, or 11.5 percent, to $17.25 in morning trading.

  • 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.

  • Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration 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.

  • Ala. only state with higher unemployment over year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama is the only state with a higher unemployment rate for June than a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Alabama's unemployment stayed the same from May to June at 6.8 percent. Alabama recorded 6.5 percent in June 2013.

  • Allman movie: Filmmakers speak out on train crash Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— Two filmmakers charged in a train collision that killed a camera assistant while shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman said Thursday her death "will haunt us forever."

  • Stranded casino ship frees itself, docks in Ga. Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    Less than two hours later, after passing a Coast Guard inspection for leaks, the ship arrived at its dock at the Bull River Marina. The Coast Guard rescued 118 passengers and crew from the stranded boat Wednesday afternoon. They returned to shore aboard Coast Guard cutters about 16 hours after they were first stranded.

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Retirement payouts for 19.3 million U.S. state and local government workers in coming years are not likely to look much different from the iron-clad pensions that former teachers and police now get.

  • UPS plans 9 new facilities, more routes in Brazil Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    ATLANTA— UPS is opening nine new facilities in Brazil to expand its delivery network to more than 200 Brazilian cities. The growth of small and medium-size businesses in Brazil, an expanding middle class and more activity in online commerce drove the decision invest more in the country, the company said Tuesday.

  • Filmmakers in Ga. train crash go briefly to jail Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— Two filmmakers charged with involuntary manslaughter several months after a train crash killed a member of their movie crew flew to Georgia over the weekend to turn themselves in at a rural jail, where they posted $25,000 bond apiece before returning home to California, their defense attorney said Tuesday.

  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The action cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015.