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  • AtriCure reports 4Q loss Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:37 PM ET

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio _ AtriCure Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $5.3 million in its fourth quarter. AtriCure expects full-year revenue in the range of $122.5 million to $124.5 million. AtriCure shares have fallen nearly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The union said its per-meal cost came in at $1.22 compared with $1.28 for Aramark, saving taxpayers $2.9 million a year. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has recommended renewing Aramark's contract, saying it has saved taxpayers more than expected and had relatively few problems. The prisons agency last year levied $272,000 in fines on...

  • A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia SA seating plant in Cleveland plans a Tuesday march. The union has been trying to organize Nissan Motor Co.' s Canton, Mississippi, plant for years, and lost a 2008 worker vote at a Johnson Controls plant in nearby Madison that French-based Faurecia bought in 2011.. Protesters say Faurecia employees make a top wage...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio officials have tweaked questions on a new quiz used by the state to catch phony income-tax returns. Gary Gudmundson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Taxation, said Monday that the agency is seeking to cut down on obscure questions or those with answers outside the realm of recent memory. Ohio's tax department received 40,000 calls one...

  • Cooper Tire misses 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    FINDLAY, Ohio _ Cooper Tire& Rubber Co. on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $82.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. Analysts expected $805.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • CINCINNATI— Low temperatures and school closings have resulted in blood supply shortages in southwest Ohio, health officials say. The Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati said seven of its scheduled blood drives were canceled last week as frigid weather closed local schools and businesses, the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported.

  • WASHINGTON— Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama's contested immigration measures from the agency's funding bill. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the...

  • *Senate committee expected to call hearing on bill- sources. A similar Fed audit bill passed the House of Representatives late last year and a hearing on Fed transparency is expected to be formally called by the Senate banking committee, according to people familiar with the matter. "We feel the current system works well, it's time-tested, and there are all kinds of...

  • WILMINGTON, Ohio— Folks in this little Ohio city are thankful for all the interest and help: the national TV coverage, the attention from politicians of all stripes, the visits by celebrities, the generous donations to feed families facing hunger for the first time. "We appreciated it— Jay Leno, Glenn Beck, Rachael Ray coming here— that was good stuff," said Mayor Richard...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is the U.S. arm of...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 21- U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened on its 20th day, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off jobs and joining picket lines on Saturday as the United Steelworkers union pushes for a new contract that improves wages and safety. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union...

  • Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 1:04 PM ET

    The United Steelworkers union said Saturday that workers at the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, started their strike at midnight Friday. The union said in a statement that it expanded the strike that started Feb. 1 at refineries largely in Texas and California because the industry has refused to "meaningfully...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened as workers at the nation's largest refinery walked off their jobs at 12 a.m. CST on Saturday, according to the United Steelworkers union. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union notified Motiva Enterprises of a strike by its members at the company's...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 20- The U.S. refinery strike was widening on Friday night as workers at the nation's largest refinery gave notice of a walkout beginning at 12 a.m. on Saturday, the United Steelworkers union said. The USW is also giving notices of strikes to begin in 24 hours at Motiva's refineries in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, and the Shell Oil Co. chemical plant in...

  • Aramark is now serving 50 million meals each year with fewer than five daily documented concerns, according to the review provided to The Associated Press through a records request. The state says Aramark is on track to save $17 million this year, compared to original estimates of $14 million annual savings. The prisons agency last year levied $272,000 in fines...

  • The trains will likely travel instead on a track that hugs the New River and at one point sweeps into the Pembroke town limits. In line with a federal protocol established last year following a string of fiery derailments across North America, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Tuesday informed 16 counties and cities that oil trains could be...

  • US rig count decreases 48 to 1,310 Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 48 this week to 1,310 amid depressed oil prices. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count fell by 22, Oklahoma lost 16, North Dakota and Wyoming each lost four, Alaska lost three, Colorado lost two and California and Utah...

  • FAIRBORN, Ohio— The president of Wright State University and its dining services vendor have apologized for a Black History Month menu that featured fried chicken and collard greens. The menu screens at the Ohio school also offered mashed potatoes and cornbread under photos of the Rev. The Dayton Daily News reported that people circulated images of it on...

  • Health Care REIT reports 4Q results Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio _ Health Care REIT Inc. on Friday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.02 per share. Analysts expected $865.3 million, according to Zacks.