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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Tough questions aimed at Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen from a rising force in the Democratic Party on Tuesday showed how the U.S. central bank is facing increasing pressure from both sides of the political aisle. "I urge you... to assess whether the leadership of the Fed's staff is on the same page as the Federal Reserve Board," Senator...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— After observing an increasing interest in the use of bitcoin, a Utah lawmaker is asking the state to study the feasibility of accepting the digital currency. Marc Roberts, R- Santaquin, made the case to a House committee on Tuesday that the state should make sure it understands how bitcoin works and determine whether it is a valid payment method for...

  • 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...

  • Cracker Barrel posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    LEBANON, Tenn. _ Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $47.2 million. Cracker Barrel expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.40 to $6.50 per share, with revenue in the range of $2.8 billion to $2.85 billion. Keywords: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Earnings Report.

  • Astec Industries tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. _ Astec Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $8.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Astec Industries shares have increased slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • Delek US Holdings beats 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. _ Delek US Holdings Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $37.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share. Delek US Holdings shares have increased 24 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • A group of workers and supporters at the Faurecia SA seating plant in Cleveland plans a Tuesday march. The union has been trying to organize Nissan Motor Co.' s Canton, Mississippi, plant for years, and lost a 2008 worker vote at a Johnson Controls plant in nearby Madison that French-based Faurecia bought in 2011.. Protesters say Faurecia employees make a top wage...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law without his signature that...

  • Education Realty Trust reports 4Q results Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:54 AM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Education Realty Trust Inc. on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Memphis, Tennessee, said it had funds from operations of $28.9 million, or 60 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • *Senate committee expected to call hearing on bill- sources. A similar Fed audit bill passed the House of Representatives late last year and a hearing on Fed transparency is expected to be formally called by the Senate banking committee, according to people familiar with the matter. "We feel the current system works well, it's time-tested, and there are all kinds of...

  • WASHINGTON— Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. Governors in both parties meeting in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security...

  • Illinois police department paid $500 ransom to hacker Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    MIDLOTHIAN, Ill.— A suburban Chicago police department paid a hacker a $500 ransom to restore access to data on a police computer that the hacker had disabled through the use of an increasingly popular type of virus. The police department in Midlothian, a village southwest of Chicago, was hit in January by a form of the Cryptoware virus, which encrypted some files on...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— A Knoxville financial adviser is suing Morgan Stanley, saying the company fired him for cooperating with the FBI in the investigation of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. According to the lawsuit, Verble had been spotted getting into a car with what appeared to be FBI...

  • With the same winter chill boosting demand for home heating, U.S. heating oil futures jumped 6 percent as refineries, including the region's largest in Philadelphia, curtailed production, threatening a supply squeeze. Delta Air Lines Inc's 185,000- barrel-per-day refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, appeared to be hit hardest. Intelligence group Genscape...

  • FTC files complaint over anti-insect wrist bands Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 1:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against a company that makes wrist bands intended to repel insects, saying there is no evidence they work. The Bugband10 could not be found on Viatek's website but the product was available online at retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart, where a 10- pack of bands was listed at $19.99.

  • Feb 20- At least three refineries that account for more than two-thirds of the U.S. East Coast's output experienced significant disruptions on Friday due to single-digit temperatures that sent the entire Northeast into a deep freeze. Delta Air Lines Inc's 185,000- barrel-per-day refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, appeared to be hit hardest.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— In an unexpected shot across the bow of his GOP neighbors to the south, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a simple message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We're not Tennessee. The Democrat is touting Kentucky's neutrality on labor matters as "a positive sales point," particularly in contrast to the...

  • LAS VEGAS— New York- based New Media Investment Group Inc. says it has reached an agreement to purchase the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal and daily newspapers in six other states. New Media President and CEO Michael E. Reed said in a statement Thursday they will purchase "substantially all of the assets" of Stephens Media LLC for $102.5 million...

  • Community Health Systems posts 4Q profit Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. _ Community Health Systems Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $100 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.21 per share. Community Health Systems expects full-year revenue in the range of $19.6 billion to $20.6 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 for the week ended Feb. 14, the Labor Department said on Thursday.