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  • Nissan expands air bag recall after Louisiana injury Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    DETROIT— Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said the cars were added when Nissan found out about Wilson's injury while analyzing field data. In November, Nissan recalled more than 52,000 vehicles to fix potentially faulty...

  • EastGroup Properties reports 1Q results Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss. _ EastGroup Properties Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 87 cents per share. EastGroup Properties expects full-year funds from operations to be $3.60 to $3.70 per share.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • Contact lens makers sue Utah over anti-price fixing law Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— The nation's largest contact lens manufacturers have sued Utah over a new law that critics say was written at the behest of Utah- based discount retailer 1-800- Contacts. The law comes amid an increasingly bitter fight between manufacturers like Johnson& Johnson and Bausch& Lomb and discount retailers over the prices of contact lenses.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc's smartwatch according to a Reuters/ Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook's first new major product. Ipsos polled 1,829 U.S. adults online between April 8 and 14 about the watch, which opened for preorders last week. Wall Street estimates had varied...

  • TOKYO— Toyota plans to build new auto assembly plants in Mexico and China, ending a self-imposed 3- year break from expansion over quality concerns due to massive recalls. Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday it will invest $1 billion in the plant in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, creating 2,000 jobs to make the Corolla compact car, the company's...

  • Fight for $15 protests expand for low-wage workers Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The Fight for $15 campaign that began with fast-food workers expanded in size and scope Wednesday to include a range of workers who say their meager pay is a form of economic injustice. In New York City, more than 100 chanting protesters holding signs with messages like "We See Greed" gathered outside a McDonald's around noon, prompting the store to lock...

  • The government announced this week that families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars per child per year in tax and child care benefits from Jan. 1, 2016, unless their children are vaccinated under a "no jab, no pay" policy. The crackdown comes as similar moves to limit vaccination waivers in the United States have proved to be deeply divisive.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A 21- year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi- based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man. Tristan Broussard filed suit on Monday against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi, with...

  • BILOXI, Miss.— The nation's casino owners and gambling machine makers say they want to team with states to crack down on illegal gambling. Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General on Monday, American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman called on state legal leaders to join with his group, saying they "have a shared interest in putting an...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In more than half those states, the restrictions expire only if Iran is no longer designated to be supporting terrorism or if all...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— A federal judge has ruled against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in his effort to keep Google from getting its hands on correspondence between Hood and lobbyists for the movie industry. It's the latest defeat for Hood in his effort to investigate the Internet search giant, after the same judge wrote a stinging opinion in March suggesting...

  • They live in a country that recognizes their marriages, but some reside in the 13 states that do not, an issue that will be argued before the Supreme Court later this month. "We're adults, we're contributing to the welfare of society and yet, here's this one thing that just reaches up every year and kind of slaps us in the face," said Brian Wilbert, an Episcopal priest who...

  • Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Minnesota has been hit harder than any other state, but it's not clear why. The virus has caused outbreaks at nine turkey farms in central and western Minnesota since late February, as well as farms in the Mississippi and Central...

  • "That JOLTS report was certainly quite strong and strong employment equals strong gasoline demand," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York. May crude was up $1.11 at $53.25 a barrel at 12:10 p.m. EDT, having traded from $51.17 to $53.46. Brent May crude was up 48 cents at $58.60, having swung from $57.02 to $59.09.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Illinois Attorney General Greg Zoeller,...

  • The EPA approved Enlist Duo on Oct. 15 with a series of restrictions aimed at addressing potential environmental and health hazards. At that time it said the herbicide could be used in six states- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The regulatory agency added nine more on Wednesday, all key farming states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota,...

  • CHICAGO, March 26- A cool April in the U.S. southern Plains and Delta region will slow some planting of corn, soybeans and other crops but below-normal rainfall across the main crop belt should prevent any major planting delays this spring, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. "We'll see delays continue across some southern areas but when you get into...

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 26- A bill to create two casino gambling "destination resorts" in south Florida divided the Republican-controlled statehouse on Thursday, with the expansion of craps, slot machines and high-stakes gaming opposed by family-oriented tourist attractions. Proponents argue that Florida is losing billions in tourism revenue to Caribbean...

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...