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  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including...

  • Finish Line tops 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS _ The Finish Line Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $40.8 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 84 cents per share. Finish Line expects full-year earnings to be $1.67 per share.

  • HOUSTON, March 25- Striking workers at Tesoro Corp's Martinez, California, refinery have ratified a new contract, ending a 52- day strike at that plant, the United Steelworkers union said on Wednesday. USW members at the Martinez refinery were the last of three Tesoro groups to approve the contract based on a tentative national agreement reached between the...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • The wide-ranging bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. The measure would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Jim Zehringer, the...

  • New power grid manager poised to open at Little Rock Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it's not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production and...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • Simon Property raises bid for Macerich to $16.8B Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 8:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Mall operator Simon Property boosted its hostile bid for rival Macerich by 5 percent to $16.8 billion and said it will be its best and final offer. Simon set an April 1 deadline for Macerich to respond to the offer or it will be withdrawn. Simon, which has a 3.6 percent stake in Macerich, said it won't seek to nominate directors for Macerich's board.

  • SOUTH BEND, Ind.— Carrie Swing wasn't alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling out worksheets and helping younger students read because no substitute could be found for her absent teacher. Geoffrey Smith founded the Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State, which in 2008 spun off...

  • President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025, the White House said. Although the federal government accounts for only 0.7 percent of net U.S. emissions, it is the single largest energy consumer in the United States, according to the White House.

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Planting is expected to start early in the northern U.S. "I would expect planting to go a little better in the upper Midwest this spring than it will in the Ohio River Valley," Brad Rippey, a meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told reporters at a spring outlook presentation. In the southern Midwest, including the southern tips of...

  • State universities' chief says tuition rates uncertain Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:28 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— The chancellor for Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities told lawmakers Thursday that he cannot promise to freeze tuition rates, something Gov. Tom Wolf wants in return for a significant funding increase. Chancellor Frank Brogan said Thursday in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee that the State System of Higher...

  • Atlantic City rejected by voters on new Monopoly games Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    Atlantic City is where the Monopoly board game began, but voters in a global contest to pick cities for new editions of the 80- year-old game have turned their attention elsewhere. According to results released Thursday— the 80th birthday of Monopoly— Atlantic City, whose streets provided the names for the game's squares when it was created in 1935, did not make...

  • Bruce Rauner, indomitable in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, general counsel Jason Barclay directs departments under the Republican...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that will cut the U.S. government's greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement. The White House sees it as critical to his legacy. A dozen states, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Wyoming, sued the EPA last August soon after the plan was unveiled on...

  • A lawsuit filed in January accused Michael Hudson of stealing $3.3 million from Frisch's Restaurants Inc. in a multiyear embezzlement scheme. But The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the company now says an internal investigation with forensic accountants has revealed that Hudson actually stole $3.9 million over seven years. The company owns 95 Big Boy...

  • Shoe Carnival beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Shoe Carnival Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $3 million. Shoe Carnival expects full-year earnings to be $1.40 to $1.48 per share, with revenue in the range of $977 million to $991 million. Shoe Carnival shares have dropped roughly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MUNSTER, Ind.— Top executives from the bankrupt operator of the Indiana Toll Road will split $2.45 million in bonuses once an Australian company closes on a $5.72 billion deal to buy the lease-holding business. ITR Concession Co. CEO Fernando Redondo and four other company executives will share the bonus money when IFM Investors completes its purchase of the...

  • March 18- General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose in the United States after five straight quarters of decline. General Mills shares rose about 1 percent to $52.40 in premarket trading. General Mills, along with ConAgra Foods Inc and Campbell Soup Co, is...

  • General Mills sales drop for sixth straight quarter Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:23 AM ET

    March 18- General Mills Inc, the maker of Bisquick and Betty Crocker cake mixes, reported lower sales for the sixth straight quarter, hurt by a stronger dollar. General Mills said in January that it would close plants in Midland, Ontario, Canada and New Albany, Indiana, cutting about 500 jobs. Net income attributable to General Mills fell to $343.2 million, or 56 cents...