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  • APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    POLK CITY, Fla.— The Ringling Bros. and Barnum& Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, said the decision to end the circus's...

  • DENVER— First, smoke was reported on an American Airlines flight after landing in Denver. The plane, operated by U.S. Airways, was taxiing to the gate after arriving from Charlotte, North Carolina, when smoke was reported just before noon Wednesday, airport spokeswoman Mindy Crane said. The captain ordered that the chutes be activated, and those aboard slid to...

  • WILSON, N.C.— Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers. The robbers pulled up almost immediately after the drivers made an unscheduled stop on a dark stretch of highway in North Carolina,...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. "I am hopeful that the court will recognize and uphold the intent of Congress, which was to expand coverage...

  • Coca-Cola Bottling posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Coca-Cola Bottling Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Charlotte, North Carolina- based company said it had profit of 32 cents per share. The Coca-Cola bottler posted revenue of $440.6 million in the period.

  • Culp posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    HIGH POINT, N.C. _ Culp Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $3.8 million. The High Point, North Carolina- based company said it had profit of 31 cents per share. Culp shares have declined 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Polypore misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:36 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Polypore International Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $17.7 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 46 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $175.2 million.

  • PowerSecure tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. _ PowerSecure International Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $551,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $70.5 million. PowerSecure shares have fallen 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Capitala Finance reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Capitala Finance Corp. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $11.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Capitala Finance shares have risen roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Speedway reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.C. _ Speedway Motorsports Inc. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $12.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Concord, North Carolina- based company said it had a loss of 31 cents per share. Speedway expects full-year earnings in the range of 90 cents to $1.10 per share, with revenue in the range of $450 million...

  • FairPoint reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ FairPoint Communications Inc. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $43.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. FairPoint shares have climbed 21 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: FairPoint Communications, Earnings Report.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Federal Communication Commission ruled last week that cities like Chattanooga may expand their municipal broadband service, but Tennessee officials who oppose the decision are lining up to block the move. Slatery was among several prominent Republicans who had urged the FCC not to override a state law blocking Chattanooga's electric...

  • March 2- Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's office said on Monday it has launched an investigation into Lenovo Group Ltd's sales of laptops preloaded with Superfish software, which the U.S. government last month warned made users vulnerable to cyberattacks. The office said that Jepsen last week sent letters to Lenovo, the world's biggest personal...

  • Salix reports 4Q loss Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 5:14 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C. _ Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. on Monday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $287.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 15 cents per share. Analysts expected $233.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • Triangle Capital beats Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C. _ Triangle Capital Corp. on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $478,000. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Triangle Capital shares have risen 17 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LOS ANGELES— PacWest Bancorp is buying Square 1 Financial in a deal valued at about $789 million. Square 1 Financial Inc., based in Durham, North Carolina, is the parent company of Square 1 Bank, and had one banking office in Durham and 12 U.S. loan production offices. Square 1 Bank will merge with Pacific Western Bank, a Los Angeles subsidiary of PacWest Bancorp.

  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:19 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. Workers said during a four-month strike in northern New England that the company was positioning itself for potential sale, and a Wall Street analyst said shareholders are pressing for one.

  • China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 5:46 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The People's Bank of China announced a rate cut on one-year loans by commercial banks by 0.25 percentage point to 5.35 percent. Last year, China's economic growth fell to...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • JOHNSTOWN, Pa.— A Toronto- bound jet with 35 people aboard has landed safely at a Pennsylvania airport after smoke from a shorted-out cabin light prompted the captain to declare an emergency. Flight 7316 left Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina around 11:15 a.m. and was due at Toronto Pearson International Airport just after...