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  • Worst VA health care wait times are in the South Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.— A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists— and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars— government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good. The subsidiary of Louisville, Kentucky- based Brown-Forman Corp. is by far the dominant player in the Tennessee whiskey...

  • STOCKHOLM, April 8- White goods maker Electrolux said on Wednesday its North American appliances business would make an unexpected loss in the first quarter, partly due to costs related to adjustments to product lines in the region. Electrolux, a rival of Whirlpool Inc, makes nearly a third of its sales in North America and has been benefiting from firm demand in...

  • Electrolux issues profit warning for North America unit Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 9:47 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM— Home appliance maker Electrolux has issued a profit warning for its North American division, saying its first-quarter results will be worse than anticipated. The Swedish company said Wednesday that its Major Appliances North America unit would post a loss in the quarter. The company announced last year it was buying the appliance business of...

  • MONROEVILLE, Ala.— Each spring when the azaleas bloom, attorney Atticus Finch, daughter Scout and other characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" come to life on the courthouse lawn in the Alabama hometown of author Harper Lee, who will release a sequel to her classic novel in July. The production is a point of civic pride that draws crowds from across the globe and helps...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good. The subsidiary of Louisville, Kentucky- based Brown-Forman Corp. is by far the dominant player in the Tennessee whiskey...

  • FedEx agrees to take over Dutch rival TNT Express Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:52 AM ET

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands— FedEx has agreed to take over Dutch delivery company TNT Express for 4.4 billion euros, bolstering its global business with an acquisition that rival UPS had tried but failed to complete two years ago. FedEx said Tuesday it reached a conditional agreement with TNT Express' management on an all-cash offer of eight euros per TNT share.

  • LAS VEGAS— The King will not appear at Elvis Presley's Graceland Wedding Chapel that is coming soon to Las Vegas— exactly how Priscilla Presley wants it. Priscilla Presley knows some might prefer a jumpsuit-wearing, sideburn-donning wedding official with a bit of swivel to his hips. "This is all first-class," she told the Associated Press recently.

  • CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee— Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports documents show the automaker wants to add an additional 130,153 square feet to the original expansion, 25 percent more than first planned. The additional expansion will...

  • NEW YORK— Ventas Inc. will pay $1.75 billion for Ardent Medical Services Inc. and will spin off most of its skilled nursing facilities into a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Ventas, which is a real estate investment trust focusing on health care facilities, is expanding its for-profit hospital operations with the buyout of Nashville, Tennessee-...

  • An EPA spokeswoman declined to give specifics of the plan, but told Reuters that its requirements will be similar to those placed on a new herbicide product developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co.. The company is required to provide extensive reporting to the EPA about instances of weed resistance and to let "relevant stakeholders" know about...

  • US pharmacist group moves to block execution drugs Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
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    A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

  • A lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission told an administrative judge in New York that the trader, Joseph Ruggieri, made more than $117,000 in profits for Wells Fargo by trading healthcare company stocks ahead of ratings changes by one of the bank's analysts. Paul Ryan, Ruggieri's lawyer, called the SEC's case circumstantial, and said the regulator...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Morgan Stanley has agreed to sell a compressed natural gas business that came under regulatory scrutiny shortly after its launch last year, according to a document obtained by Reuters and three people familiar with the matter. Two Morgan Stanley managers who were involved with Wentworth, Alberto Chiesara and Ryan Comerford, are leaving to...

  • Better economy awakens house dreamers Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 PM ET

    Luxury building is again booming in the traditionally high-end parts of the country, like the Hamptons, as the economy continues to improve.

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • An attorney for the New York and Tennessee Republican parties urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to toss out the Securities and Exchange Commission's rule, saying it tramples on the free speech rights of asset managers. He cited a sworn statement submitted by Tennessee state Senator Jim Tracy, who testified that his campaign was hurt by...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. stocks, oil jump as dollar weakens Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Wall St stocks rally, helped by weaker U.S. dollar. *European stocks helped after Athens' assurances. NEW YORK, March 20- U.S. stocks and crude oil advanced on Friday, capping a week of big swings as the U.S. dollar fell, easing concerns about the impact of the currency's recent strength on economic growth.

  • March 18- Package delivery company FedEx Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit on Wednesday but forecast full-year earnings below analysts' estimates as it looked for the global economy to grow at a lackluster rate. Memphis- based FedEx also said fuel expenses were reduced by 30 percent due to low oil prices but its international...

  • March 18- Package delivery company FedEx Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit on Wednesday, driven by higher package volumes, but forecast full-year profit below analyst forecasts. Memphis- based FedEx also said fuel expenses were reduced by 30 percent due to low oil prices but its international business was hurt by falling fuel...