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  • A consumer-oriented rating agency, Weiss Rating, recently awarded the companies a median grade of C-minus, and even without a major storm to drive up claims, 11 of them have already failed in Florida since 2006, according to state records. "Things are moving in the right direction for Florida in attracting private capital.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., Sept 5- A U.S. judge has ruled that food servers and bartenders employed by Darden Restaurants Inc, which owns chains including Olive Garden, the Capital Grille and LongHorn Steakhouse, cannot sue the company as a group for alleged wage violations.

  • Sept 2- Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants Inc, in a concession to one of its largest shareholders, Starboard Value LP, on Tuesday announced a revised slate of director nominees that includes four new candidates, four incumbents and four open spots for Starboard picks.

  • Sept 2- Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants Inc, in a concession to activist investor Starboard Value LP, on Tuesday announced a revised slate of director nominees that includes four new candidates, four incumbents and four open spots for Starboard picks. KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Christopher O'Cull said the move "will appease existing shareholders."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, June 12- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday a total of $31.5 million in funding to combat a plant disease that threatens to devastate Florida's $9 billion citrus industry and has driven up the cost of a glass of orange juice.