NEW YORK— Rent-to-own furniture company Aaron's dropped its lawsuit against Vintage Capital Management after the company withdrew its offer to buy the company. Vintage had offered to buy the Atlanta company in February for $30.50 per share, or about $2.2 billion.» Read More
NEW YORK-- A group of retailers and trade groups has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement worth at least $6 billion that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing. The proposed settlement, which was disclosed in July, is expected to be submitted to the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn by Oct. 19.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal health officials on Thursday urged a renewed focus on diabetes prevention efforts in West Virginia, where more than one in 10 adults has the disease. The Appalachian Regional Commission sponsored a roundtable discussion attended by health professionals and representatives of state and other agencies.
Ben Chandler appeared Thursday to be losing momentum on fundraising, banking some $300,000 less than his Republican challenger since July 1 in Kentucky's 6th District. Chandler's third-quarter campaign finance report filed Thursday afternoon with the Federal Election Commission shows he raised $500,000 for the quarter.
Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU to critics now appears impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.
NEW YORK-- Manny Malhotra is spending his days in the boardroom instead of on the ice in North America or Europe. The Vancouver Canucks forward is craving the normalcy of his hockey life, but these days he finds himself in a suit and getting familiar hellos from hotel staffs and airport employees as he travels to and from New York for negotiations.
WHOLESALE PRICES UP: Wholesale prices rose 1.1 percent in in September, its second consecutive big gain on sharp rises in gasoline costs. THE BACKGROUND: The latest rise reported Friday by the Labor Department followed a 1.7 percent gain in August which had been the largest one-month increase in more than three years.
Stocks are opening mostly slightly higher on Wall Street, but the market is still headed for its worst week since early June. Wal-Mart Stores was the biggest gainer in the Dow following an analyst upgrade, up 73 cents at $75.74. Wells Fargo fell 4 percent, giving up $1.38 to $33.80, after its revenue fell short of what analysts were expecting.
Russia has no legislation specifically defining hate crimes against any group, and three cities, including St. Petersburg, have recently passed laws laws imposing fines of up to $150,000 for providing minors with information on homosexuality, which the laws term "homosexual propaganda."
AUSTIN, Texas-- Lance Armstrong can never ride again in the world's top cycling races. His cancer-fighting foundation, however, plans to plunge ahead, despite the sanctions laid on Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its blistering report that portrays the cyclist as cheating his way through seven Tour de France victories.
LOS ANGELES-- A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities found he was carrying a suitcase full of weapons could find out Friday whether he will remain behind bars or be freed. Harris was arrested last week during a stopover trip from Japan on his way to Boston.
WASHINGTON-- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents in Wisconsin an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- A federal judge is scheduled to decide how long a former Indiana surgeon captured in Italy after five years on the run will spend in prison after pleading guilty to 22 counts of health care fraud. He was arrested on a mountain in Italy in December 2009, more than five years after he disappeared during a vacation.
NEW YORK-- It was an ad campaign conceived as eye candy to bring attention to other advertisements in New York's transit system. But the "Meet Miss Subways" beauty contest posters of pretty young New York women and their aspirations quickly evolved into a popular and even groundbreaking fixture that ran for 35 years, from 1941 to 1976..
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OHIO-- Progressive Corp. on Friday declared a special dividend of $1 per share. The special dividend will return about $600 million to shareholders, President and CEO Glenn Renwick said in a statement. The Mayfield Village, Ohio, company also named Jeffrey D. Kelly to fill a vacant seat on its board.
WASHINGTON-- Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.
CHICAGO-- Just three weeks after the resolution of Chicago's first teachers' strike in a quarter-century, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to improve schools face more upheaval with the resignation of the public school system's CEO.
NEW YORK-- Fried chicken, that mainstay of comfort food, is getting the star treatment. Whoopi Goldberg was one of the event's co-hosts. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was planning to open a restaurant that would be serving fried chicken and other comfort food in New York City at the end of January 2013.
OKLAHOMA CITY-- Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will close its office in Houston and transfer operations to Oklahoma City. The oil and gas company has about 500 employees in its Houston office, which now serves as the operations center for Devon's oil and natural gas fields in south and east Texas and Louisiana.
LOS ANGELES-- AEG, the sports and entertainment giant that is up for sale, is making it easier to book concert and sports tickets for friends without having to pay for them all at once. The owner of Staples Center and the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings is rolling out the feature, called AXS Invite, at some of its owned and operated venues starting this month.