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  • US company wins contract to build Haiti prison Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti— A construction company based in Maryland has received a U.S. government contract to build a prison in northern Haiti. DFS Construction LLC of Annapolis, Maryland, has been awarded the $5.6 million contract by the State Department to build the prison in Fort Liberte.

  • Southwest seeks to add flights to Costa Rica Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    DALLAS— Southwest said Friday that it has asked the U.S. government for permission to fly between Baltimore and San Jose, Costa Rica, as the fourth-biggest U.S. carrier continues to expand its international ambitions.

  • Maritime official says port congestion a problem Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    We refer to it in the business as the first mile or the last mile whether it's an import or an export, " U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen said while visiting the South Carolina Ports Authority. The Federal Maritime Commission begins a series of meetings in Los Angeles next week to discuss the problem with industry leaders.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 24 Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin attends the Making Home Affordable Help for Homeowners event in Baltimore- 1700 GMT. Speakers:- Latvia Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Norway Defense Minister Eriksen Soreide, Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

  • Prosecutors in NYC indict 8 in stock fraud case Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:54 PM ET

    Anthony Thompson, 38, of Bethesda, Maryland, Jay Fung, 40, of Delray Beach, Florida, Hanna Schmieder, 39, of Los Angeles and Kenneth Oxsalida, 59, of Sebring, Florida, all pleaded not guilty before Judge Roger Hayes in in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 11- The highly anticipated debut of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the Chinese e-commerce group, will come amid the busiest year for initial public offerings since the technology bubble burst in 2000.. Alibaba's IPO, which could come as soon as Sept. 19, could raise more than $21 billion and claim Facebook Inc's title of biggest tech IPO.

  • Treasuries slipped on Thursday for the first time in four days after the outlook for sustained U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria and new planned sanctions against Russia drove modest safe-haven bids.

  • FEMA wants at least $5.8M in Sandy aid repaid Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after the storm, according to program officials and data obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. As of early September, FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- U.S. foreclosure activity jumped in August for the second consecutive month as banks started the process on more properties and scheduled more housing auctions, industry firm RealtyTrac said on Thursday.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 23 Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand announces Monetary Policy Statement and Official Cash Rate. Speakers:- Latvia Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Norway Defense Minister Eriksen Soreide, Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

  • Fall tourism rising: Fewer crowds, nice weather Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. Lara Berdine and Mark Petrella, New Yorkers in their 40 s, visit Italy each fall because "it's cheaper, the weather is cooler and we can see the country as it really is, rather than in high season when it's inundated with tourists," said Berdine.

  • Google invests in California solar power plant Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. SunEdison Inc. expects the plant to be operational later this year and supply power to utility company Southern California Edison.

  • *Trump Entertainment Resorts files for Chapter 11. Sept 9- Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc, which runs two casinos in Atlantic City, filed for bankruptcy protection for a third time, in another blow to the city's crumbling casino industry.

  • Sept 9- Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc, which operates two casinos in Atlantic City, joined the list of casino operators in New Jersey that have filed for bankruptcy. The company, which Donald Trump founded but no longer controls, operates the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Monica Kipiniak doesn't think of herself as a statistic. The 46- year-old attorney from Brooklyn, New York is indeed part of a societal trend: Single women by choice having kids past the age of 40..

  • Maritime panel to hold sessions on port congestion Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano and Gov. Nikki Haley were among those who spoke before the South Carolina International Trade Conference. A second is set for Baltimore next month with a later session to be held in the Southeast, perhaps in Charleston, and in New Orleans.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- Benchmark U.S. "This is a Fed district that is very dovish, so it did catch the market's attention," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager for Wilmington Trust in Baltimore, Maryland, in reference to the San Francisco Fed.

  • Marriott plans to add 1,300 hotels by end of 2017 Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Marriott said Monday it plans to add 1,300 hotels by the end of 2017 to capitalize on economic growth and the expanding middle class overseas, with a focus on Asia. It plans to have 300 to 315 locations in Asia by the end of 2017, or at least double the 150 hotels it had there at the end of 2013..

  • NEW YORK, Sept 5- Leveraged exchange-traded funds, designed to magnify short-term returns, have fallen out of favor this year as investors who had embraced them are finding costs excessive in a calm market that is not rewarding bets on wild daily swings.

  • Ciena beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    HANOVER, Md.— Ciena Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $16.2 million in its fiscal third quarter. Analysts expected $599.8 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in October, Ciena said it expects revenue in the range of $570 million to $610 million.