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  • Sept 17- Nucor Corp shares rose to a six-year high on Wednesday after the steelmaker said it would report higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings. Nucor said it expected to post a third-quarter profit of 70 cents to 75 cents per share.

  • Family Dollar opposes Dollar General overture Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

    MATTHEWS, N.C.— Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General. Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc..

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- Some of the top 20 investors at Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd are threatening to vote down a proposed deal to buy a unit of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals SpA, and are pressing Salix to consider selling itself instead, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • Chiquita and Fyffes may make concessions to EU Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Chiquita and Fyffes say there may be some concessions made in their merger agreement to ensure that it is approved by European regulators. The European Commission, which is reviewing the proposed tie-up, has extended that evaluation by 10 days after discussions with Chiquita and Fyffes, a fruit company based in Dublin.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants.

  • US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Va.— Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.

  • DUBAI, Sept 16- Investcorp, an alternative investment manager based in Bahrain, said on Tuesday it had acquired a portfolio of office and industrial property assets in three cities in the United States for around $250 million. The purchases, done in separate transactions, were completed by the firm's U.S.-based real estate arm, a statement from Investcorp said.

  • Ala. governor creates small business commission Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    Bentley signed an executive order forming the Alabama Small Business Commission. Bentley said the commission will be headed by Rosemary Elebash, Alabama director for the National Federation of Independent Business and a longtime advocate for small businesses.

  • Duke Energy to spend $500M for more solar power Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy, the country's largest electricity company said Monday. Duke Energy's vice president of renewable generation development.

  • Nucor buying Gallatin Steel for about $770M Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest. Nucor is purchasing ArcelorMittal and Gerdau's respective 50 percent stakes in Gallatin Steel.

  • Slow Money invests in small food enterprises Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    Since the national network started in 2010, Slow Money networks and investment clubs around the country, including in Maine, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, and in cities like Boston and New York, have made a total of $38 million in investments in 350 small food enterprises.

  • Nicholas Sparks tests TV with 'Deliverance Creek' Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Nicholas Sparks' romance-drama novels have already found a second life as film adaptations. Sparks is executive producer of the TV movie " Deliverance Creek," premiering Saturday on Lifetime. "Deliverance Creek," starring Lauren Ambrose, is a departure for Sparks because it isn't a romance and isn't set in North Carolina.

  • Salmonella-tainted peanuts case in hands of jury Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— Jurors started deciding Friday whether the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak recklessly sent known tainted products with the motto "just ship it" or was simply a scapegoat for large food companies that authorities didn't want to prosecute and subordinate managers who weren't prominent enough to shoulder the blame.

  • Sept 11- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, raised its full-year profit forecast and reported a better-than-expected 9 percent increase in quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by the acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc..

  • Prosecutor: Plant owner OK'd tainted peanut sales Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— The owner of a Georgia peanut plant where a deadly salmonella outbreak originated five years ago approved sales of tainted food "whatever the risk," including shipments known to have tested positive for the bacteria and others sent with fake lab results and no real confirmation the products were safe to eat, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the food-poisoning trial Thursday.

  • Sept 11- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, raised its full-year profit forecast and reported a better-than-expected 9 percent increase in quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by the acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc..

  • Sept 11- Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, raised its full-year profit forecast and reported a better-than-expected 9 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by the acquisition of grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc..

  • Study: Many hospitals use too many antibiotics Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 6:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests. Health officials have sounded alarms that overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success. DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

  • Missouri Senate votes for limited jobless benefits Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missourians who lose their jobs could see a reduction in how long they can receive unemployment benefits. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill tying the duration of jobless benefits to the unemployment rate. The bottom rate would be lower than every other state except North Carolina and Florida.