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  • ORLANDO, Fla., May 19- Alibaba said on Thursday it still wanted to work with companies fighting counterfeit brand-name products, a week after the Chinese online shopping platform was kicked out of an industry coalition due to long-standing accusations that it has turned a blind eye to counterfeits. At least three members of the Washington- based International...

  • NEW YORK— Jack Ma, the head of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is withdrawing from an anti-counterfeiting convention in Florida just two days before he was scheduled to give the keynote speech. According to an investigation by The Associated Press, Barchiesi had stock in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., had close ties to an Alibaba executive and had used family...

  • SHANGHAI, May 18- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's chief Jack Ma has canceled a planned speech at an anti-counterfeiting conference in the United States after the trade group behind it suspended the e-commerce giant's recently gained membership. At least three members of the Washington- based International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, including board...

  • May 17- China's Jack Ma is canceling a planned speech at an anti-counterfeiting conference after the trade group behind it suspended the membership of his e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the company said on its news website on Tuesday. The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition on Friday suspended Alibaba's membership following...

  • NEW YORK— Jack Ma, the head of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is withdrawing from an anti-counterfeiting convention in Florida just two days before he was scheduled to give the keynote speech. According to an investigation by The Associated Press, Barchiesi had stock in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., had close ties to an Alibaba executive and had used family...

  • DALLAS— A Florida man must serve eight years in federal prison for his role in a $10 million resort timeshare scam in the U.S. and Canada. Rani F. Khoury of Apopka, Florida, was sentenced Friday in Dallas. Khoury was associated with Fabien C. Fleifel of Winter Springs, Florida.

  • SHANGHAI— When an influential anti-counterfeiting group allowed Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to join its ranks in April, the group said it was a collaborative move that would help stem the sale of fake goods for top companies such as Apple, Nike and Procter& Gamble. Instead, the decision has sparked an angry revolt among some members of the International...

  • ORLANDO, Fla. _ Xenia Hotels& Resorts Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The Orlando, Florida- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $47.2 million, or 43 cents per share, in the period. Xenia Hotels& Resorts expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.23 to $2.36 per share.

  • SeaWorld said on Friday that Ron Bension, the president of House of Blues Entertainment at Live Nation, would replace former chief executive Jim Atchison on its board. Bension, 61, has served as chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Recreation Group, while Robinson, 62, has overseen operations of four theme parks and three water parks during his career, SeaWorld...

  • SAN DIEGO, March 17- SeaWorld said on Thursday it will stop breeding killer whales in captivity, bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists, but the orcas already at its three parks will continue performing as they live out their remaining years. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc's decision came after it pledged in November to replace its signature "...

  • March 17- Theme park operator SeaWorld said on Thursday it will stop breeding killer whales, bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists. SeaWorld, which has parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, has 29 killer whales under its care, with only five of them captured in the wild and the rest born in captivity. SeaWorld, whose shares rose 6 percent on...

  • March 17- Bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists, U.S theme park operator SeaWorld said on Thursday it would stop breeding killer whales and that those currently at its parks would be the last. Orlando- based SeaWorld has faced sagging attendance along with criticism about its treatment of the captive marine mammals, and some activists had...

  • ORLANDO, Fla., March 3- A Florida city is testing whether it can save millions of dollars in road-building and other public transportation expenses by subsidizing the cost of rides with Uber Technologies Inc.. Altamonte Springs, an Orlando suburb, on March 21 will become the nation's first city to pay a portion of the fare for all trips with Uber within its limits,...

  • The arrangement, in the works after the Cold War foes said they would normalize ties in Dec. 2014, allows 20 round-trip flights per day from the United States to Havana and 10 round-trip flights per day to nine other airports in Cuba. American Airlines Group Inc, which has the widest Latin America network of its peers, asked for 10 daily flights to Havana from its...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The Pentagon's plans to defer some orders for F-35 fighter jets over the next five years should not have a significant impact on efforts to lower the jet's costs, said Jeff Babione, who manages the $391 billion program for Lockheed Martin Corp.. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bodgan, who runs the F-35 program for the Pentagon, told reporters...

  • SEOUL, Feb 24- South Korea's anti-trust regulator fined Japan's Denso and Mitsubishi Electric a combined 1.14 billion won on Wednesday on charges of colluding to fix the prices of engine starter motors supplied to General Motors. This is the seventh price-fixing case involving global auto component makers probed by South Korea and comes amid a worldwide...

  • Rochelle Hamm's husband, 49- year-old Frank Hamm of Baltimore, died on Oct. 1 when the El Faro went down off the Bahamas in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades. At a press conference outside the hearing site in Jacksonville, Florida, Rochelle Hamm said U.S. lawmakers should establish third-party oversight...

  • Feb 16- The captain of the U.S. cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall, killing all 33 people on board, was responsible for decisions that put the vessel in the path of the storm, a shipping company executive testified on Tuesday. Captain Michael Davidson, a veteran mariner from Maine, was at the helm of the 790- foot El Faro for its doomed cargo run...

  • The 790- foot El Faro went down off the Bahamas on Oct. 1 while on a cargo run between Florida and Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation will first trace the history of the ship by examining its inspection reports, crew qualifications and past operations. A second hearing session, which has not been scheduled, will focus on the ship's final...

  • MAGALUF, Spain, Jan 29- Set back from the white sand beach which first attracted tourists to Magaluf in the 1960 s, a smart new development is rising- part of the Mallorcan resort's plan to transform itself from an alchohol-fuelled fleshpot awash with young Britons to a high-end holiday destination for families and couples. Magaluf's vision shows how Spain's...