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  • SMI, Coca-Cola extend partnership 5 years Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 2:12 PM ET

    CONCORD, N.C.— Speedway Motorsports Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. have extended their partnership for five more years through 2020.. The announcement came Sunday, hours before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The agreement also includes retaining title sponsorship of Charlotte's Memorial Day weekend event.

  • Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to country ice cream stands. They're my boys, "Vargas said while relaxing this past week with her poodle mixes, Luigi and Carmine, and a friend's wire fox terrier at an outdoor Manhattan park cafe.

  • WASHINGTON— America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the...

  • Officials said an employee with Medical Management LLC gave away names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of patients. The company handles billing for The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. Thousands of patients at White Plains Hospital in New York and the University of...

  • Fresh Market tops 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    GREENSBORO, N.C. _ The Fresh Market Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $15.2 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 49 cents per share. Fresh Market expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.85 to $1.93 per share.

  • Correction: McDonald's Shareholders-Salaries story Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 2:43 PM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill.— In a May 20 story about a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters near Chicago, The Associated Press erroneously reported that about 100 protesters were arrested. Protesters call for $15 an hour outside McDonald's headquarters ahead of shareholder meeting. OAK BROOK, Ill.— Hundreds of protesters marched near McDonald's suburban...

  • Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar. The 330 Family Dollar stores represent about $45.5 million in operating income, Dollar Tree said. Dollar Tree, which is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, currently operates...

  • Cato posts 1Q profit Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Cato Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $31.1 million. The Charlotte, North Carolina- based company said it had profit of $1.11 per share. Cato expects full-year earnings to be $2.10 to $2.23 per share.

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • NEW YORK— A second-generation employee of Bernard Madoff who was one of the earliest government cooperators after the massive Ponzi scheme was revealed was sentenced Wednesday to nine months of home detention. Eric Lipkin, who said he "cannot apologize enough" for his crimes and its impact on thousands of investors, was sentenced in Manhattan by U.S.

  • Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens' decision earlier this month prevents the Mining and Energy Commission from approving drilling units for hydraulic fracturing until the state Supreme Court decides a separate case regarding how the state panels are formed. Stephens also delayed proceedings in the lawsuit filed against the state's...

  • MOORESVILLE, N.C.— Lowe's saw sales and profit rise in the first quarter as the housing market began to thaw, but the performance was far from what Wall Street had expected and shares tumbled 6 percent before the opening bell Wednesday. "We continue to believe they are regularly hit by less than ideal real estate they built" after 2003-2004, said David Strasser of...

  • Hundreds march at McDonald's headquarters about low wages Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:01 AM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill.— Hundreds of protesters marched around McDonald's suburban Chicago headquarters Wednesday, shutting down at least one building on the corporate campus as they called for pay of $15 an hour and a union. William Barber of Goldsboro, North Carolina, said the campaign extends beyond pushing for a living wage. Corey Anderson, 21, who works at a Chicago...

  • Wal-Mart announces expansion of veteran hiring Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Nate Waits wakes up before 3 a.m. four days a week to get to his job at a Bentonville distribution center for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where the former Marine is among more than 92,000 veterans the company has hired in the past two years. Chris Sultemeier, executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, said the company has been pleased with the...

  • How far a $15 minimum wage goes in 6 US cities Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:01 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The minimum wage in Los Angeles could increase to $15 an hour by 2020 under a plan given initial approval by the City Council. That's a 67 percent increase from the current minimum wage of $9 and would amount to annual pay of about $31,200. Figures are based on annual costs for one adult unless otherwise specified and were calculated by the Department...

  • BOSTON, May 19- The now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy behind a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people will pay out $200 million to its victims and creditors under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved on Tuesday. The bankruptcy reorganization plan was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff. Deaths of patients...

  • May 19- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, said it would invest $1.1 billion to retire a coal-powered power plant in North Carolina and build a natural gas plant at the site over four to five years. Duke last week pleaded guilty to environmental crimes over a North Carolina power plant's coal ash spill and management of coal ash...

  • ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Duke Energy said Tuesday it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant as the company turns to cleaner energy to generate electricity. The nation's largest electricity company also said it will invest $320 million to build a transmission substation near Campobello, South Carolina,...

  • May 19- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, said it would invest $1.1 billion to convert a coal-powered power plant in North Carolina into a natural gas plant over four to five years. Duke will retire the 376 megawatt coal plant in Asheville and spend about $750 million to build a 650 MW natural gas-fired power plant, the company...