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  • Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds— $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief— offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. "It is certainly better than nothing," said Bruce Marks, chief executive of the nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.

  • SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Last April, the federal appeals court in Washington said SeaWorld' s challenge to the finding was unpersuasive, and that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission was correct when it found that the SeaWorld park in Orlando had violated a federal workplace safety law.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 15- Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Friday it would nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid criticism over its treatment of the animals.

  • Aug 15- Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said it would build bigger enclosures for its killer whales amid raging controversy over its killer whale shows. SeaWorld pledged $10 million for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, it said.

  • SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— After more than a year of public criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.

  • Protests against ocra shows at SeaWorld' s amusement parks intensified particularly after a 2013 film, "Blackfish," documented the killing of a trainer at the company's Orlando, Florida park in 2010 by the whales.

  • SeaWorld reports 2Q profit, but results disappoint Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. fell Wednesday after the theme park operator reported second-quarter profit and sales that missed Wall Street expectations and cut its outlook for the year. A year ago, SeaWorld reported a loss of $15.9 million, or 18 cents per share. SeaWorld shares dropped $8.41, or 30 percent, to $19.74 in midday trading.

  • Darden board vulnerable as activists circle -analysts Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    Aug 12- Darden Restaurants Inc's board looks vulnerable to a key activist shareholder's push for a shakeup that could pave the way for broader changes at the underperforming owner of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse.

  • Darden provides quarterly earnings forecasts Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Darden, owner of restaurant chains such as Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and LongHorn Steakhouse, has completed its repurchase of about $900 million of a previously announced $1 billion debt retirement.

  • Inland American plans to spin off lodging unit Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill.— Inland American Real Estate is spinning off its lodging subsidiary into a separate and publicly traded company. The lodging business, now called Inland American Lodging Group Inc., will be renamed as Xenia Hotels& Resorts Inc.. Hotel brands under its control will include Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, Kimpton, Aston, Fairmont and Loews.

  • TAMPA, Fla., July 31- Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions.

  • July 28- Darden Restaurants Inc's food fight with activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP entered a new phase on Monday, when the company said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer.

  • July 28- Darden Restaurants Inc said on Monday that Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.

  • July 28 (Reuters)- Darden Restaurants Inc said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer, buckling under pressure from activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP.

  • How private equity firms dodge broker-dealer regs Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    As regulatory regimes go, oversight of broker-dealers is much stricter than it is for investment advisers.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 17- Microsoft Corp intends to wind down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a source familiar with its plans said, becoming the first major tech company to give up on making original shows in a battle for the living room couch.

  • REFILE-YOUR MONEY-Is organic chicken worth the price? Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    While a whole, generic store-brand chicken typically costs about $1.50 per pound, the price for organic chicken is $2.69 a pound at Trader Joe's, the U.S. grocery chain, and $4.99 per pound from online grocer Fresh Direct. Whole Foods sells boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts for $8.99 per pound.

  • YOUR MONEY-Is organic chicken worth the price? Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    While a whole, generic store-brand chicken typically costs about $1.50 per pound, the price for organic chicken is $2.69 a pound at Trader Joe's, the U.S. grocery chain, and $4.99 per pound from online grocer Fresh Direct. Whole Foods sells boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts for $8.99 per pound.

  • July 2- U.S. strip mall vacancies fell slightly in the second quarter, while retail mall vacancies remained unchanged, real estate research firm Reis Inc said in a report.

  • June 20- Darden Restaurants Inc, battling an activist investor that wants to replace its entire board of directors, on Friday reported lackluster results at its flagship Olive Garden chain as it prepares to complete the sale of Red Lobster next month.