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  • May 8- Shares of Bojangles Inc rose as much as 47 percent in their debut, valuing the chicken-and-biscuits restaurant chain at nearly $1 billion as investor appetite for "fast-casual" dining chains continues unabated. Bojangles' rousing debut follows the January listing of cult hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc, whose shares have risen about 44 percent since the...

  • May 7- A low pressure system located about 180 miles south-southeast of the South Carolina- North Carolina border has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. "The system would become a subtropical cyclone later Thursday night," the Miami- based weather forecaster said.

  • May 7- Chicken-and-biscuits restaurant chain Bojangles' Inc said its initial public offering of common shares was priced at $19, valuing the company at about $680 million.. The fast-casual restaurant chain's IPO raised about $147 million, with the majority of the proceeds going to its controlling shareholder, private equity firm Advent International Corp..

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits held near a 15- year low last week in a sign that the labor market was strengthening despite moderate economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended May 2, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • The FAA has been under intense pressure from industry and Congress to allow beyond-line-of-sight operations. Reuters first reported last week that the FAA is in talks with drone manufacturers and operators about testing beyond-line-of-sight drone systems, and an announcement is expected as soon as this week. "We anticipate receiving valuable data from...

  • The FAA has been under intense pressure from industry and Congress to allow beyond-line-of-sight operations. The FAA is in talks with drone manufacturers and operators about testing beyond-line-of-sight drone systems, and an announcement is expected as soon as this week. "We anticipate receiving valuable data from each of these trials that could result in...

  • David Colletti, a former MillerCoors vice president, was charged in an indictment filed in federal court in Chicago with mail and wire fraud for his role in an alleged scheme that caused the company to be falsely billed for promotional events and marketing services. MillerCoors, a U.S. joint venture between SABMiller Plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co was not...

  • IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 5- Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients. Faced with such a data deluge, "the solution is going to be...

  • May 4- XPO Logistics Inc reported a smaller quarterly loss and struck its second deal in a week by agreeing to buy U.S.-based Bridge Terminal Transport for $100 million. XPO, which signed its biggest-ever deal last week by agreeing to buy France- based Norbert Dentressangle SA for $3.5 billion including debt, has become a one-stop shop in transportation...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- New orders for U.S. factory goods recorded their biggest increase in eight months in March, boosted by demand for transportation equipment, but the underlying trend remained weak against the backdrop of a strong dollar. The report on Monday from the Commerce Department was the latest indication that the rebound from the first quarter's...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- U.S. authorities said on Friday that a unit of Express Scripts Holding Co will pay $60 million to resolve claims that it participated in a kickback scheme with Novartis AG to boost sales of a drug that led to improper government reimbursements. Specialty pharmacy Accredo Health Group Inc has agreed to pay $45.1 million to the federal government...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- U.S. factory activity failed to gain steam in April after slowing for five straight months, but stronger-than-expected vehicle sales suggested the economy was finding some momentum after almost stalling in the first quarter. "The reacceleration in growth will not come fast enough for many, especially those looking for a liftoff by the Fed to...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- A unit of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co will pay $45 million to resolve U.S. claims it participated in a kickback scheme with Novartis AG to boost sales of a drug that led to improper government reimbursements. The settlement with specialty pharmacy Accredo Health Group Inc was disclosed in court papers filed Thursday in...

  • Duke, which sells power to 7.3 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, said adjusted income in its regulated power business rose 5 percent to $774 million. Net income attributable to Duke was $864 million, or $1.22 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $97 million, or 14 cents per share, a...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday asked China to drop a ban on imports of U.S. poultry imposed because of an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys. The United States wants China to limit trade only from states or regions that have had cases of the flu, which is deadly to poultry, Vilsack told reporters. Cases of avian flu prompted China and South...

  • TOKYO, April 23- Honda Motor Co on Thursday flew its HondaJet business aircraft for the first time in Japan, bringing to life a dream cherished by legendary founder Soichiro Honda, but the automaker said sales of the jet in Asia remain years away. Speaking at an event to mark the aircraft's first appearance outside the United States, Michimasa Fujino, Chief...

  • NEW YORK, April 22- Bank of America Corp on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to toss a $1.27 billion penalty imposed in a mortgage fraud case, and in a rare move asked that the prominent Manhattan judge who oversaw its trial be replaced if the case were to continue. Bank of America spokesman Lawrence Grayson declined to comment. Rakoff imposed the civil...

  • *Global nutraceutical market seen at $280 bln by 2018. LONDON, April 21- A boom in "nutraceuticals"- food and drinks with potential health benefits- is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018.. "The space is ripe for M&A and I think you are going to see more," added Jeremy Johnson,...

  • *GE, Honeywell blame strong dollar for lower revenue. April 17- U.S. stocks fell on Friday afternoon, putting the S&P 500 on track for its biggest daily percentage loss since March 25, as concerns over regulations in China, Greece's debt negotiations and disappointing earnings weighed on sentiment. Both Honeywell International and General Electric blamed the...