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  • In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke identified Robert Oliver as the third American citizen killed in the crash. He provided no further details Thursday, but Oliver's parents told Spain's La Sexta television channel their son lived in Barcelona and worked for the Desigual clothing company based in Spain's second-largest city.

  • Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. The Homeland Security Department's now deputy secretary used his post as head of the department's...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • NEW YORK, March 25- When Kraft Foods Group merges with H.J. Heinz Co, they will share a name, a central place in the American kitchen and two headquarters near Chicago and Pittsburgh. Heinz's backer, Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital Partners, has made a name for itself by aggressively trimming the fat from food and beer companies struggling for growth.

  • Heinz Co, which is controlled by 3 G Capital and Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. His larder already included everything from Burger King's Triple Whopper burgers, Coca-Cola soft drinks and Tim Horton donuts to See's Candies and Dairy Queen icecream Blizzards, as well as such Heinz brands as Tomato Ketchup, Ore-Ida fries, bagel bites and T.G.I. Friday's...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Obama highlights benefits of trade on small businesses Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 5:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama met with mayors and owners of small businesses at the White House on Wednesday to highlight the benefits of trade on a broad swath of the economy. Participants included Mayors Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Bob Buckhorn of Tampa, Florida, as well as nine small-business owners from across the country.

  • Five Below tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Five Below Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $33.3 million. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $262.3 million. For the current quarter ending in April, Five Below said it expects revenue in the range of $150 million to $152 million.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer's own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man's shooting death in February. "I did not know until this case occurred" that some stun guns include cameras, Dauphin...

  • Heinz Co, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. The deal deepens Buffett's hold on leading U.S. food brands, as well as that of 3 G founder Jorge Paulo Lemann, Brazil's richest man.

  • Heinz-Kraft deal: The stories behind the brands Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America's oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Pearle Bixby Wait started mixing powdered gelatin with fruit flavors and sugar. The result was sold to the Genesee Pure Food Company in 1899, and within a few years, advertisements in The Ladies Home...

  • HARFORD, Pa.— A bank says the actor best known as sitcom character Balki Bartokomous has been a perfect stranger when it comes to making payments on his rural Pennsylvania properties. First National Bank of Pennsylvania recently foreclosed on four of "Perfect Strangers" star Bronson Pinchot's Harford Township properties, including the community's post...

  • Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review. Comcast said in a blog post Wednesday that it now expects the FCC's review to finish in the middle of the year. Philadelphia- based Comcast Corp. has called the case a "procedural matter" related to its Time Warner Cable...

  • NEW CITY, N.Y.— A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7 million off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well card. Joseph Amorese, of Easton, got the ticket from his father, who lives in the hamlet of Congers in Rockland County, New York. A few scratches later on the " $7 million Golden Ticket," and he was feeling great.

  • Neil Alexander, Live Like Lou founder, dead of ALS at 49 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 9:27 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Neil Alexander, a financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. "Neil really got it," said Peter Strick, the scientific director of the center, which is based at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. The Pittsburgh- area couple started...

  • Heinz and Kraft: What the deal combines Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    BRANDS: Classico pasta sauce, Heinz Ketchup, Ore-Ida, Lea& Perrins, Bagel Bites, Nurture infant formula, Weight Watchers Smart Ones, and Golden Circle. NAME: Kraft Foods Group Inc.. BRANDS: A1, Athenos, Breakstones, CapriSun, Cheez Whiz, Cracker Barrel, Cool Whip, Country Time Lemonade, Jell-O, Kool Aid, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Planters, Stove Top and Velveeta.

  • HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 AM ET

    The combination of the two companies— each more than a century old— was engineered by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3 G Capital, which teamed up just two years ago to buy Heinz. Still, the early plans outlined by Kraft and Heinz executives in a conference call Wednesday focused largely on the savings that would be achieved...

  • NEW YORK— Comcast is adding more social media representatives as it tries to work on its reputation for inefficient, unresponsive or just plain rude customer service. The country's biggest cable provider is promoting its customer service efforts as regulators weigh whether to allow Comcast to buy the No. 2 cable company, Time Warner Cable, in a $45 billion deal...

  • Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases involving prominent Democrats, including a company run by the youngest brother of likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday.

  • Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach. The company reports it has not had any complaints of illnesses from the products being recalled in the United States and Canada. The 12- ounce product was sold in the frozen food department of the company's 85 stores in New...