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  • WASHINGTON— Federal safety regulators and Amtrak officials face questions at a congressional hearing Tuesday on why technology to slow trains that are going too fast wasn't in place before last month's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. Other accidents include three collisions at rail-highway grade crossings that killed seven people and injured...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. The bill before the Senate, known as the USA Freedom Act, would reauthorize the surveillance, but would phase out NSA phone records...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- U.S. consumer spending growth unexpectedly stalled in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and continued to boost savings, suggesting the economy was struggling to gain momentum early in the second quarter. The Commerce Department said April's unchanged reading in consumer spending growth compared with analysts'...

  • Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.. The proposed double-digit hikes would apply to plans sold on the health insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's law, as well as...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- U.S. consumer spending unexpectedly stalled in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and continued to boost savings, suggesting the economy was struggling to gain momentum early in the second quarter. We need to see more of a rebound in growth before the Fed pulls the trigger on interest rates, "said Diane Swonk, chief...

  • WASHINGTON— Bank of America has been fined $30 million for violating consumer protections when collecting debts from military customers. The OCC says Bank of America has started taking steps to correct the problems and "is committed to taking all necessary and appropriate steps" to do so. Bank of America Corp., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said it will...

  • Jeb Bush and corporate boardrooms: 15 cases Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 3:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Jeb Bush served on the board of directors or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits since leaving office as Florida governor in early 2007. Here are the 15, his role for each, the years he served and his pay in the cases it is known:. Tenet Healthcare Corp., publicly traded hospital operator in Dallas. Rayonier Inc., publicly traded timber...

  • ABOARD THE USS WASP, May 27- Nearly two weeks of testing of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35B fighter jet on an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said this week, marking another step toward the jet's readiness for initial combat use by the Marine Corps. Six F-35 B-model jets, which can take...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Steven Dudash, like most brokers, spends a lot of time making it easier for his clients to retire. After starting IHT Wealth Management in Chicago in June with six brokers, Dudash says he will buy four businesses from retiring brokers in coming months. Of the 300,000 brokers now working in the United States, nearly 35 percent are over 55. Between those...

  • WASHINGTON— Reynolds American's proposed $25 billion acquisition of rival Lorillard has cleared a key regulatory hurdle to move closer to completing a deal that will unite some of the nation's top cigarette brands. To get the deal done, Reynolds is also selling Lorillard's dominant Blu e-cigarette brand to Imperial in addition to a Greensboro, North...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Lawmakers on Tuesday accelerated efforts to finish the state budget, giving initial approval to much of a $55 billion plan that pumps more money into roads, gives a modest funding boost to universities and community colleges, and closes a juvenile justice facility. Negotiators continued to work on Michigan's two largest individual budgets:...

  • 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...