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  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas fined Blue Bell Creameries for a listeria contamination last year linked to the deaths of three people, but the ice cream maker could end up paying only a fraction of the $850,000 penalty under an agreement announced Friday. The Texas company is required to immediately pay the state $175,000, but the rest will be forgiven under the terms of the...

  • HOUSTON _ Willbros Group Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $6.4 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 9 cents per share. Willbros expects full-year revenue in the range of $750 million to $800 million.

  • ORLANDO, Fla./ MIAMI, July 29- Florida authorities on Friday reported the first sign of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause a rare but serious birth defect. "This means Florida has become the first state in the nation to have local transmission of the Zika...

  • July 29- Power producer NextEra Energy Inc said it agreed to buy bankrupt Texas power company Energy Future Holdings Corp's stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Co in a deal valued at about $18.4 billion. The deal will give NextEra access to the largest network of power lines in Texas. NextEra said the agreement to buy Energy Future would be filed in a Delaware court...

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana and New Mexico each gained two, while Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania were up one apiece. Texas declined by three, Alaska and West Virginia by two each and Utah by one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • On Friday, Exxon Mobil Corp. reported its smallest quarterly profit in nearly 17 years— although it still earned $1.7 billion. The reports from the two biggest U.S. oil companies followed weak second-quarter results from BP and Royal Dutch Shell. U.S. crude rallied from below $30 a barrel in February to above $50 in early June.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 29- Florida authorities on Friday reported what is believed to be the first evidence of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause a rare but serious birth defect. Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus...

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 29- Florida authorities on Friday reported what is believed to be the first evidence of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause rare but serious birth defects. Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus...

  • NextEra Energy Inc. said it was buying Oncor Energy Delivery Company from parent firm Energy Future Holdings, which entered bankruptcy in 2014 facing more than $40 billion in debt fueled by low energy prices. The company said the deal will cover all debt associated with Energy Future Holdings' control of Oncor, which supplies power to more than 3 million people...

  • July 29- Power producer NextEra Energy Inc said it agreed to buy bankrupt Texas power company Energy Future Holdings Corp's stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Co in a deal valued at about $18.4 billion. The deal will give NextEra access to the largest network of power lines in Texas. NextEra said the agreement to buy Energy Future would be filed in a Delaware court...

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Police in suburban Houston say a McDonald's worker has been fired for refusing to serve an officer. Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman says in a Facebook post that "one of our employees, who was off duty with his family, was refused service at a local restaurant simply for being a Police Officer." Goodman tells Houston's KHOU-TV that the owners...

  • July 29- Power producer NextEra Energy Inc said it agreed to buy Energy Future Holdings Corp as well as the bankrupt Texas power company's stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Co in a deal with an enterprise value of about $18.4 billion. The deal will give NextEra access to Oncor, the operator of the largest network of power lines in Texas which it had tried to acquire...

  • AUSTIN, Texas _ Forestar Group Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $9.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Forestar Group shares have climbed 11 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Forestar Group, Earnings Report.

  • DALLAS— Lower oil prices continue to punish Exxon Mobil Corp., which reported its weakest quarterly profit in nearly 17 years. It was, however, down 59 percent from a year ago, and per share income missed Wall Street expectations. Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson said Friday that the results "reflect a volatile industry environment."

  • DALLAS _ MoneyGram International Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $3.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. MoneyGram shares have increased 23 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HOUSTON _ LyondellBasell Industries on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $1.09 billion. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.54 per share. LyondellBasell shares have decreased 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.

  • HOUSTON _ Phillips 66 on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $496 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 91 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 56 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $129.3 million. Weingarten Realty expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.28 to $2.32 per share.

  • HOUSTON _ Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $62.9 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 8 cents per share. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $278 million.

  • July 29- Power producer NextEra Energy Inc said it had agreed to buy reorganized Energy Future Holdings Corp and its stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Co in a deal with enterprise value of about $18.4 billion. Energy Future, the largest power company in Texas, filed for bankruptcy on April 29, 2014, in one of the largest ever bankruptcies in the United States.