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  • July 1- Parkway Properties Inc, a real estate investment trust, was in the early stages of exploring strategic alternatives, including a sale, Bloomberg reported. The company was valued at $1.95 billion as of Wednesday, according to Thomson Reuters data. Parkway Properties was working with Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo& Co, Bloomberg said,...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • ORLANDO, Fla., June 26- Walt Disney Co will ban selfie sticks starting next week at its theme parks around the world, the company said on Friday, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning Tuesday, the company will not allow selfie sticks- extension rods used for taking self-portraits with smartphones-...

  • ORLANDO, Fla., June 26- Walt Disney Co will ban selfie sticks starting next week at its theme parks around the world, the company said on Friday, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning Tuesday, the company will not allow selfie sticks- extension rods used for taking self-portraits with smartphones-...

  • LOS ANGELES— Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Perhaps the most ambitious highway-conversion plan is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where hills and the namesake body of water are natural barriers to mobility.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— Don't bring your selfie stick to Disney World. Spokeswoman Kim Prunty told the Orlando Sentinel selfie-sticks have become a "growing safety concern for both our guests and cast." Selfie sticks will also be banned at Disneyland Resort in California on Tuesday and at Disney's parks in Paris and Hong Kong starting July 1.

  • Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom hopping into theme parks Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    and "Donkey Kong" spent most of his trip to last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo touting such upcoming Nintendo games as "Super Mario Maker" and "Star Fox Zero," Miyamoto was also enthusiastic about a totally different undertaking. "We've come to the point where the kids who grew up playing Nintendo games are now parents who have their own kids," said the veteran...

  • NEW YORK— New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday. "We cannot give back the time that he served, but the city of New York can offer Jonathan Fleming this compensation...

  • *Shares hit record high of $73.40. June 23- Darden Restaurants Inc said it plans to separate some of its restaurants into a publicly traded real estate investment trust as part of changes engineered by activist investor Starboard Value LP. Darden said on Tuesday said it would transfer about 430 restaurants, mostly Olive Garden properties, to the REIT this year...

  • June 23- Darden Restaurants Inc said it intends to separate some of its restaurants into a publicly traded real estate investment trust as part of a plan to pay down about $1 billion of debt. The owner of the Olive Garden restaurant chain said it would transfer about 430 of its more than 1,500 restaurants to the REIT this year and lease back most of the properties.

  • Darden Restaurants to split off properties into REIT Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 7:38 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Darden Restaurants Inc. is planning to create a real estate investment trust that will function as its own publicly traded company. The owner of Olive Garden and other restaurants said Tuesday that it will transfer about 430 owned restaurant properties to the REIT, with basically all of them being leased back to Darden. Sears Holdings Corp. is...

  • Olive Garden sales up as gas prices and discounts fall Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 7:15 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Olive Garden's quarterly sales rose 3.4 percent at established locations as customers spent more at the struggling Italian chain. Parent company Darden Restaurants is moving away from some of the heavy discounting Olive Garden had relied on in the past to boost traffic, such as promotional entrees for $9.99 and $10.99. Darden Restaurants Inc.,...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Emirates airline sees an opportunity to increase direct flights from Europe to cities other than its Dubai hub, but its chief executive said he is concerned about harming struggling European carriers. "We're just concluding our performance assessments," of the Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Clark said in an interview following a speech in New York.

  • May 26- Delta Air Lines Inc on Tuesday announced new flights from Seattle to five destinations in its latest move to strip market share from Alaska Air Group Inc, which is based in that city. Investors worry that overlaps with the airport's larger operator Alaska Airlines could lead to lower ticket prices and revenue from Seattle. Delta said it would begin...

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls since 2008 Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:24 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. 2011: April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • RPT-TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:16 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. 2011: April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 3:31 AM 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...

  • April 29- General Motors Co said it is likely it will cease vehicle production in Venezuela in July as the automaker joins other U.S. corporations in taking action to shield their profits from the South American country's volatile currency. GM has one plant in Venezuela, in Valencia, where it builds the Chevrolet Aveo and Cruze cars, the Orlando crossover vehicle...

  • unit of Wells Fargo& Co, added eight advisers from Morgan Stanley and brokerage firm Edward Jones. G. "Carey" Revels, Craig Goldberg and Jonathan Zucker joined Wells Fargo Advisors from Morgan Stanley. Revels managed more than $108 million in client assets at Morgan Stanley and joined Wells Fargo's Hattiesburg, Mississippi office.