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  • CHICAGO, May 13- Wal-Mart Stores said it will start disclosing directly to investors what it spends on lobbying on a state-by-state basis, responding to shareholder pressure to improve transparency on how the retailing giant seeks to influence public policy. The previously unreported move would make Wal-Mart the first constituent of the Dow Jones...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to override the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would reduce the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods in the nation. Missouri already is one of seven states that offer less than the standard 26 weeks of benefits. The March unemployment rate...

  • Atlantic American posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 11:21 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Atlantic American Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $691,000. On a per-share basis, the Atlanta- based company said it had profit of 3 cents. Keywords: Atlantic American, Earnings Report.

  • INSIGHT-Germany turns on its top gunmaker Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    OBERNDORF, Germany, May 12- In the lush forests of southern Germany sits a fenced-in compound of drab white buildings that house a company under siege. But lately, the mood in Berlin has shifted. Last year, Berlin reversed course on arms exports following a storm of media criticism.

  • Numerex reports 1Q loss Monday, 11 May 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Numerex Corp. on Monday reported a first-quarter loss of $620,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Atlanta- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents per share. Numerex shares have decreased 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Galectin Therapeutics reports 1Q loss Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    NORCROSS, Ga. _ Galectin Therapeutics Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $4.8 million in its first quarter. The Norcross, Georgia- based company said it had a loss of 22 cents per share. Keywords: Galectin Therapeutics, Earnings Report.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant— its first in the U.S.— in South Carolina and eventually employ up to 4,000 people there, the company announced Monday. South Carolina beat four other states, including Georgia, which also made a hard sell for the automaker. "What I believe won Volvo Cars for South Carolina was our workers.

  • PARIS/ DETROIT, May 11- Sweden's Volvo Cars has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach 100,000...

  • Why homebuyers face a tough spring Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    Eager to buy your first home this spring? Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver and Los Angeles, where there aren't enough houses to meet demand. "Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across the country," said Skylar Olsen, senior economist at real estate data firm Zillow.

  • PARIS/ DETROIT, May 11- Sweden's Volvo Cars has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach...

  • Gurpaul Bedi had one for colon cancer that spread to his lungs. About 10 percent of patients with metastatic colon cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center now get liquid biopsies. "I think it's wonderful," said Bedi, who lives in Atlanta and goes to Houston for his care.

  • SPRING CITY, Tenn.— Tom Wallace started working at the Watts Bar nuclear plant as a young man in 1979, hoping he could eventually become a reactor operator. It remains a work-in-progress for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Meanwhile, the nuclear industry has designed a generation of entirely new plants now being built in Georgia and South Carolina.

  • DETROIT, May 8- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has asked for a new trial following one that ended early in April with a Georgia jury awarding $150 million to the family of a 4- year-old boy killed in a fiery crash involving at 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The filing with the Superior Court of Decatur County says the $120 million wrongful death award is more than 11 times the...

  • The FAA has been under intense pressure from industry and Congress to allow beyond-line-of-sight operations. Reuters first reported last week that the FAA is in talks with drone manufacturers and operators about testing beyond-line-of-sight drone systems, and an announcement is expected as soon as this week. "We anticipate receiving valuable data from...

  • The FAA has been under intense pressure from industry and Congress to allow beyond-line-of-sight operations. The FAA is in talks with drone manufacturers and operators about testing beyond-line-of-sight drone systems, and an announcement is expected as soon as this week. "We anticipate receiving valuable data from each of these trials that could result in...

  • May 4- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc, one of the largest U.S. kidney dialysis providers, said it agreed to pay $450 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of deliberately wasting medicines in order to receive higher Medicare payments. The lawsuit alleged that DaVita, whose largest shareholder is Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, used...

  • Crown Castle to buy Quanta Fiber Networks for 1 bln Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:28 AM ET

    April 30- Wireless infrastructure provider Crown Castle International Corp said it would buy Quanta Fiber Networks Inc for $1 billion to expand its presence in top U.S. metropolitan markets. Quanta Fiber, a subsidiary of Quanta Services Inc, owns or has rights to nearly 10,000 miles of fiber across the United States in markets such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia,...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, April 29- Coca-Cola Co shareholders on Wednesday approved the beverage maker's pay for top executives by a lower-than-average margin in the face of concerns by large proxy advisers. Coke said preliminary results from its annual shareholders meeting in Atlanta showed 80.4 percent of votes cast were in favor of its executive compensation,...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, April 29- Coca-Cola Co's shareholders on Wednesday approved the beverage maker's pay for top executives, but by a lower-than-average margin in the face of concerns by large proxy advisers. Semler Brossy Managing Director Todd Sirras called the result at Coke "a solid B," and said it is "hard to say" whether the figure will lead Coke to make more...

  • McDonald's U.S. restaurant sales have declined for six straight quarters, hobbled by tough competition from more nimble chains such as Wendy's Co, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. But McDonald's own missteps in its top profit market also have led to large and complicated menus that have slowed down service. McDonald's is trying TasteCrafted in a...