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  • SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25- year-old marketing partnership, as the airline has come under fire from animal rights activists over the relationship. A Southwest spokeswoman says it was a business decision as the airline intends to focus on international service.

  • Correction: Debt Study story Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 29 about consumer debt reported to collection agencies, The Associated Press erroneously indicated that 80 percent of Americans have no debt on file. The study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute found that 20 percent of Americans with credit records have no debt on file.

  • Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    EASTON, Pa.— Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well. Crayola, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Missouri- based Hallmark Cards Inc., noted Orlando is a top family destination.

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

  • 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.

  • Darden CEO to step down amid Olive Garden troubles Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Darden Restaurants CEO and Chairman Clarence Otis is stepping down as the company fights to fix its flagship Olive Garden chain following its contested sale of Red Lobster. The company has been pressured to turn around declining sales at Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

  • Red Lobster goes vertical on plate to push quality Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    In his first interview as Red Lobster's new CEO, Kim Lopdrup outlined the missteps he thought his predecessors made and why he thinks Red Lobster can win back customers. And Darden's recent attempts to spark turnarounds at Red Lobster and Olive Garden haven't worked.

  • 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.

  • Tupperware 2Q profit sinks 38 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Tupperware Brands Corp. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit fell 38 percent from the same period a year ago, hurt by falling sales of its storage containers and cosmetics in North America and Germany and unfavorable currency exchange rates.

  • Fla. leads nation in foreclosures so far this year Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Florida led the nation in foreclosures during the first half of the year. Miami had the nation's highest metro area foreclosure rate, with 1 in 61 homes involved in a filing in the first half of the year. Miami was followed by Orlando, Port St. Lucie, the Space Coast and Tampa in having the top five foreclosure rates by metro areas.

  • Disney World and union reach contract agreement Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Union officials say Walt Disney World has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest union group that raises starting hourly pay from a little over $8 to $9 this year. The agreement announced Friday raises starting hourly pay to $9.50 next year and $10 in 2016..

  • 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.

  • June 20- Darden Restaurants Inc, facing shareholder resistance to the planned sale of its struggling Red Lobster seafood chain, forecast a full-year profit far below analysts' expectations.

  • June 20- Darden Restaurants Inc reported a much-lower-than-expected quarterly profit as costs soared and sales at its flagship Olive Garden restaurant chain fell.