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  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. "I am hopeful that the court will recognize and uphold the intent of Congress, which was to expand coverage...

  • WASHINGTON— A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state— and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home. The development on Capitol Hill came the...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., March 3- Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday. South Carolina State Representative Chip Limehouse, a Republican from Charleston, said officials in North Charleston, South Carolina, told him the German automaker...

  • EVANSVILLE, Ind.— Personal finance company Springleaf Holdings is buying Citigroup's OneMain Financial for $4.25 billion. The Citigroup subsidiary, originally founded as Commercial Credit, has about 5,600 employees. Citi said that it will use part of the proceeds from the sale to retire certain funding that currently supports Citi Holdings.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. In a recent survey of more than 900 contractors by Associated General Contractors of America, 83 percent said they were having trouble filling craft positions. Given the amount of building going on, "it's going to be interesting because we're going to...

  • MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— Former Maryland Gov. "If a bank's too big to fail without wrecking our common good, then it's too big and we need to take lawful measures to ensure our country's common good is not imperiled," O'Malley told reporters during a conference sponsored by the South Carolina Democratic Party. The observation could be taken as a criticism if not a warning...

  • Homeland Security gets one-week funding lifeline Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    Republicans only narrowly manage to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Times reports.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • 3D Systems misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    ROCK HILL, S.C. _ 3 D Systems Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. 3 D Systems expects full-year earnings in the range of 90 cents to $1.10 per share, with revenue in the range of $850 million to $900 million.

  • Feb 26- South Carolina's Supreme Court ordered Johnson& Johnson to pay a penalty of $136 million, upholding a jury's finding that the drugmaker's Janssen unit had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. A trial court had earlier ordered J&J to pay $327 million, but the Supreme Court more than halved that penalty, citing a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday fended off a stream of aggressive questions from Republican lawmakers who accused the central bank of making Democratic political causes a higher priority than its stewardship of the U.S. economy. Speaking in front of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, the normally...

  • $100M settlement for hundreds in Florida tobacco lawsuits Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    MIAMI— A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court. The tentative agreement announced Wednesday involves R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. The deal resolves about 400 cases...

  • Pernix Therapeutics reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. _ Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $7.8 million in its fourth quarter. Pernix Therapeutics expects full-year revenue of $230 million. Pernix Therapeutics shares have risen almost 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Ahead of a looming partial agency shutdown, the head of Homeland Security increased pressure on Congress to fully fund the department, warning that border control security and other counterterrorism efforts will "grind to a halt." Several insisted they could not accept the two-part strategy proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: a...

  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Sensing a Republican retreat, Obama is headlining a Miami town hall on Wednesday, enlisting his Latino base of support to increase pressure on GOP lawmakers who want to tie spending on the Homeland Security Department to repeal of his immigration executive actions. Indeed, Obama on Tuesday summoned a bipartisan group of lawmakers to the White House for a...

  • Benefitfocus reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:33 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Benefitfocus Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $13.7 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 63 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in March, Benefitfocus expects its results to range from a loss of 53 cents per share to a loss of 51 cents per share.

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • "That's the stick we'll use to measure every candidate," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. As an example, he cited the success of Wisconsin Gov. Walker survived a subsequent recall attempt and then won re-election, and lawmakers in Wisconsin are now pushing to pass right-to-work legislation that would limit the organizing power of private-sector unions.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said Monday. In a news release, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of...

  • Feb 20- United Airlines has opened an internal investigation into its relationship with the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, following a government probe, according to its annual filing on Friday. Media reports have said the government is probing whether United added direct flights from its Newark hub to an airport near a home of...