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  • Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:24 AM ET

    You have to have an exciting product and you've got to be able to do things as a family together, "said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment. Pattison's company owns the Guinness World Records Attractions, Louis Tussaud's Wax Museums and the cataloge raisonne of bizarre, the Ripley's Believe it or Not! This week, he and about 27,000 other theme park...

  • Giant theme park expo highlights new fun for 2015 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:04 AM ET

    Those are just two of the new theme park attractions opening in 2015, announced this week at The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. It's the theme park industry's biggest trade show, with 27,000 attendees, 1,000 exhibitors and nine miles of aisles snaking along the Orange County Convention Center in...

  • Darden cuts jobs, costs to save $20M annually Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    Darden Restaurants Inc. says it is cutting jobs, lowering costs and updating its management team as it tries to reshape itself. The Orlando, Florida- based company behind the Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains said Tuesday that it is eliminating 85 jobs, which includes 60 existing positions and 25 open spots. Darden has been trying to adapt as consumers'...

  • ORLANDO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 16- In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of U.S. More than 17 million cars have been recalled worldwide, including over 11 million in the United States. Robert Lamoureux, 47, a coordinator for an events production firm in Orlando, heard about exploding airbags on the news weeks ago and confirmed on Honda's website that his 2002 Accord SE...

  • Madison credit union falls victim to fraud scheme Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    UW Credit Union says it has taken an estimated $13.1 million "loss contingency" charge against earnings. UW Credit Union in the fourth-largest credit union in Wisconsin. UW Credit Union was the second financial institution in Wisconsin to report it had invested in the USDA loans through Pennant Management Inc. Blackhawk Bancorp Inc. of Beloit said in October...

  • Darden board looks to make more changes Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Now that an activist investor has unseated Darden's board, more changes appear to be on the horizon for the operator of the Olive Garden restaurant chain. Starboard Value's nominees were elected to fill all 12 of Darden's board seats last month. In May it sold the Red Lobster chain to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the air bag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents. April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • SeaWorld misses 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    SeaWorld has been battling negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales after "Blackfish," a documentary that aired last year, suggested its treatment of the mammals provokes violent behavior in them and has led to the death of trainers. Attendance to its theme parks fell 5.6 percent to 8.4 million in the third quarter from 8.9 million in the...

  • AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is getting near-daily reports— and sometimes two or three a day— of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. Michael Toscano, president of a drone industry trade group, said FAA officials also have verified the increase to him.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 9- At a retreat for Merrill Lynch financial advisers in a luxury Orlando hotel last month, a group of several dozen men and women in business attire swung their arms back and forth over their heads to Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" to get their circulation going. The mild aerobics were part of a three-day event orchestrated by Chris Johnson, a wellness guru...

  • Oct 24- Shares of SodaStream International Ltd surged on Friday after the at-home soda machine maker said it would sell some PepsiCo Inc brands in a limited test. The 10- week trial will begin in a few weeks at Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Bed Bath& Beyond Inc in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, trade publication Beverage Digest reported. SodaStream shares surged as much as 24...

  • DETROIT/ ORLANDO, Oct 17- A fourth traffic death in a Honda Motor Co car has been linked to a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp, according to a county medical examiner in Florida. Hien Tran died on Oct. 2, four days after her red 2001 Honda Accord sedan struck another car in Orlando and the air bags exploded, sending shrapnel at the 51- year-old woman,...

  • BEIJING, Oct 13- Universal Studios said on Monday it had a sealed an agreement to open a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing, the culmination of a 13- year effort to enter China's fast-growing entertainment market. Tom Williams, chief executive of Universal Parks and Resorts, told a news conference in Beijing that the park would also aim to draw visitors from...

  • ORLANDO/ LOS ANGELES, Oct 10- Darden Restaurants Inc lost its standoff with activist shareholder Starboard Value LP at its annual meeting on Friday, when stakeholders tossed out the Olive Garden parent's entire board in a rare victory for dissident investors. It also is a stinging defeat for Darden, which earlier this year alienated many investors by brushing...

  • FACTBOX-Darden, Starboard's dueling board nominees Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    -Michael Barnes, Darden director since 2012. Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers Ltd.- Christopher Fraleigh, Darden director since 2008. Chairman and CEO of Shearer's Foods Inc.- Michael Rose, Darden director since 1995. Chairman of Midaro Investments Inc.- Maria Sastre, Darden director since 1998. President and chief operating officer of Signature...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Bank of America Corps's Merrill Lynch cancelled what had been a traditional national leadership meeting last week and will instead hold smaller, regional gatherings. A Merrill Lynch spokeswoman said the decision to scrap the conference was based on new approaches to training, not cutting costs. Bank of America's Global Wealth and Investment...

  • The claim by Eco Agro Resources came in a court filing in U.S. District Court in North Carolina in early September in response to an August patent infringement lawsuit against it by Koch Agronomic Services.

  • Sept 25- Advisory firms Glass, Lewis& Co and Institutional Shareholder Services each have recommended that Darden Restaurants Inc investors back Starboard Value LP's 12- director slate, which would oust the embattled company's full board.

  • Sept 25- Advisory firms Glass, Lewis& Co and Institutional Shareholder Services each have recommended that Darden Restaurants Inc investors back Starboard Value LP's 12- director slate, which would oust the embattled company's full board.

  • YOUR MONEY-How to whittle down that wireless bill Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Sept 17- If you're unhappy with your cell phone service- and really, who isn't? Verizon last month began offering a new $60 plan that previously would have cost users $90. T-Mobile countered with a low-price starter plan of $45 that comes with 2 GB of data.