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  • Aug 6- U.S. refiner HollyFrontier Corp reported a fall in profit for the second quarter as its refining margins slumped 28 percent after a runup in U.S. crude oil prices. HollyFrontier, which operates refineries in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah, usually benefits from access to cheap U.S. shale crude.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 5- Vivint Inc, the home security and solar-energy provider owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, has confidentially filed for an initial public offering of its solar business, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • July 29- Chemical maker Huntsman Corp's quarterly profit more than doubled, driven by higher prices and increased demand for chemicals used in foam insulation and refrigeration. Huntsman, which bought Rockwood Holdings Inc's pigments business for $1.1 billion, said it expects to secure final approval for the deal by the end of the current quarter.

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- Immediate government action is needed to stop U.S. corporations from avoiding federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas through deals known as inversions, the head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee said on Tuesday.

  • The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Retirement payouts for 19.3 million U.S. state and local government workers in coming years are not likely to look much different from the iron-clad pensions that former teachers and police now get.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- Reynolds American Inc had no choice but to sell Lorillard Inc's top-selling blu electronic cigarettes brand after Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc insisted it be part of a wider portfolio of assets it is buying, a source familiar with the transaction said.

  • July 11- An official at British platinum refiner Johnson Matthey has become chairman at the London Bullion Market Association as the industry body oversees the overhaul of century-old precious metals pricing systems amid intense regulatory scrutiny.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by Foster Farms to include products believed to have been sent to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 union jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan. "This is a bad business decision for United Airlines," Carlson said.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 29- Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and other prominent Silicon Valley technology companies flew the flag for gay rights at the San Francisco Pride Festival on Sunday as they sought to boost morale among employees and reflect a corporate culture of diversity.

  • UPDATE 1-Homebuilder Woodside Homes files for IPO Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    The North Salt Lake City, Utah- based company said Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank were among the underwriters to the offering. Woodside Homes develops and sells single-family homes across seven primary markets in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

  • The North Salt Lake City, Utah- based company said Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank were among the underwriters to the offering.

  • Courts strike down Utah, Indiana gay marriage bans Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 2:04 PM ET
    A woman cheers during the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 8, 2014.

    A federal appeals court and a US District Judge ruled that Utah and Indiana cannot prevent gay people from getting married.

  • States must adapt to thrive in the 'new economy' Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    The "new economy" has transformed how states conduct business, both with each other and the broader global marketplace.

  • Why Georgia is 2014's top state for business Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    Georgia slices up the competition in America's Top States for Business 2014, signaling a shift back to the Sun Belt from the energy boomers.

  • 3. Utah Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    There is a buzz about Utah, which is attracting a swarm of business capital. But large class sizes and small budgets hurt education.