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  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • LOS ANGELES— Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun. Martinez had just gotten off the phone with his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, on the night of May 23, 2014, when the sophomore English major at the University of California, Santa...

  • Private equity fund buying Cincinnati-based Frisch's Friday, 22 May 2015 | 9:07 AM ET

    Frisch's Restaurants Inc. said NRD Partners I will buy all outstanding shares for $34 each, or some $175 million. The regional chain of the Big Boy mascot and namesake two-burger sandwich owns some 95 family restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Frisch's says it owns the "Big Boy" trademark in Kentucky and Indiana, and in most of Ohio and Tennessee.

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their...

  • The Federal Aviation Administration demonstrated the Data Communications system, called Data Comm, at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. The system has been used on a trial basis since 2013 at the Newark and Memphis, Tennessee, airports. "With Data Communications, you don't have to call a friend for directions," he said.

  • Kirkland's tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. _ Kirkland's Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $2.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 11 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $117.8 million.

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • Hollywood sex abuse documentary screens in Cannes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:41 AM ET

    CANNES, France— A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen in Cannes in "An Open Secret," a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film is directed by acclaimed documentarian Amy Berg, who made miscarriage-of-justice story "West of Memphis" and the Academy Award-nominated "Deliver us from...

  • Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Small businesses aren't in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren't letting go of an issue they think will get them votes. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has made small business one of the top items on her campaign agenda. In the 2012 race, there was little noise about small business until four months before Election...

  • How far a $15 minimum wage goes in 6 US cities Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:01 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The minimum wage in Los Angeles could increase to $15 an hour by 2020 under a plan given initial approval by the City Council. That's a 67 percent increase from the current minimum wage of $9 and would amount to annual pay of about $31,200. Figures are based on annual costs for one adult unless otherwise specified and were calculated by the Department...

  • BOSTON— Victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by a now-closed Massachusetts compounding pharmacy will have access to a $200 million compensation fund, following approval Tuesday by a federal bankruptcy judge. It is part of a plan to liquidate the assets of the Framingham- based center approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff.

  • BOSTON, May 19- The now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy behind a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people will pay out $200 million to its victims and creditors under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved on Tuesday. The bankruptcy reorganization plan was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff. Deaths of patients...

  • WASHINGTON— A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

  • FRANKLIN, Tenn.— Long-time Healthways CEO Ben Leedle has left the wellness program provider, which named Chief Financial Officer Alfred Lumsdaine as an interim replacement. The announcement Monday came more than a month after Healthways' board decided against selling the company. Healthways said in late March that its board unanimously decided that...

  • As it turns out, they are raising their prices to state Medicaid programs, too. The federal government issued guidance in October requiring states to build the tax into what they pay for-profit Medicaid health plans that serve low-income people. The first year's tax was due to the IRS in September, and state governments are now settling up with insurance...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment. The first northbound train, scheduled to leave Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m., was...

  • As it turns out, they are raising their prices to state Medicaid programs, too. The federal government issued guidance in October requiring states to build the tax into what they pay for-profit Medicaid health plans that serve low-income people. The first year's tax was due to the IRS in September, and state governments are now settling up with insurance...

  • INDIANOLA, Miss.— Outside Indianola, B.B. King was a blues superstar, a guitar legend who inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless other musicians. He would stay there practically all day, "said Ruthie King, a 65- year-old who is not related to the bluesman. B.B. King, born as Riley B. King, died at 89 on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.

  • Verso reports 1Q loss Friday, 15 May 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Verso Paper Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $122 million in its first quarter. The Memphis, Tennessee- based company said it had a loss of $1.53 per share. Keywords: Verso Paper, Earnings Report.

  • National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said an assistant conductor aboard the train told investigators that she heard Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian talking over the radio with an engineer for a regional railroad just before the crash. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority does not yet know what caused the...