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  • Feb 11- MoneyGram International Inc will pay $13 million to settle an investigation by U.S. states that focused on complaints from consumers who said that scam artists duped them into wiring funds to them through the money transfer service. The settlement with attorneys general in 49 states and Washington, D.C., will provide for the return of funds to some...

  • DETROIT, Feb 11- Group 1 Automotive Inc Chief Executive Officer Earl Hesterberg said on Thursday the auto dealer group will cut orders for new vehicles in order to reduce excess inventory. Hesterberg, speaking with Reuters after the company issued fourth-quarter earnings, said the excess inventory was most acute for luxury cars from BMW and Daimler AG's...

  • The virus often produces either no symptoms or mild ones like fever in adults, but an outbreak in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect that causes a newborn's heads to be smaller and brain development issues. Outbreaks also have been reported in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Pest control companies in Texas are...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa utilities regulators are considering whether to allow a Texas company to bury 346 miles of a crude oil pipeline under farmland and give it authority to use eminent domain to force unwilling landowners to sign easements. Iowa is the only state yet to approve the permit for the $3.78 billion Bakken pipeline, which will carry about a...

  • Group 1 Automotive reports 4Q loss Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 7:35 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Group 1 Automotive Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $33.4 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.78 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.65 billion.

  • Stewart Information Services posts 4Q profit Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Stewart Information Services Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.6 million. The Houston- based company said it had net income of 11 cents per share. Stewart Information Services shares have declined 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Huntsman beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 6:27 AM ET

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas— Huntsman Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.52 billion.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 3:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it. Since 1998 in the Internet's early days, Congress has passed a...

  • MEXICO CITY— Four families have sued global bank HSBC in federal court in Texas alleging that the bank permitted Mexican drug cartels to launder money and thereby provided material support to terrorists. Among the people represented are Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, agents for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. HSBC did not immediately respond to a...

  • Ion Geophysical reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 7:37 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Ion Geophysical Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $5.5 million in its fourth quarter. The Houston- based company said it had a loss of 51 cents per share. Keywords: Ion Geophysical, Earnings Report.

  • Q2 Holdings reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 6:27 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas _ Q2 Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $8.4 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 9 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Q2 Holdings said it expects revenue in the range of $32.7 million to $33.3 million.

  • Rave Restaurant Group reports 2Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 6:03 PM ET

    THE COLONY, Texas _ Rave Restaurant Group Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $4.8 million in its fiscal second quarter. Rave Restaurant Group shares have decreased 16 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Rave Restaurant Group, Earnings Report.

  • Service Corp. posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:39 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Service Corp. International on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $72.4 million. Service Corp. expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.20 to $1.36 per share. Service Corp. shares have fallen 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House said Tuesday that it wanted to repeal a 2006 provision that establishes a formula for sharing revenues...

  • Oceaneering International posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:21 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Oceaneering International Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $27.5 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 58 cents per share. Oceaneering International shares have declined 25 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Whole Foods says its sales at established locations slipped in its fiscal first quarter and forecast the figure to be flat to down 2 percent for the year, as it works to keep prices down and fend off rivals. Whole Foods has been under pressure as organic foods and products marketed as natural have become increasingly mainstream, with big-box...

  • Pioneer Natural Resources posts 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:27 PM ET

    IRVING, Texas _ Pioneer Natural Resources Co. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $623 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 38 cents per share. Pioneer Natural Resources shares have decreased 13 percent since the beginning of...

  • DETROIT, Feb 10- Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax. The highest rates of unfixed vehicles were, in order, Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, Utah and West Virginia, Carfax said. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions failed to give a sustained boost to shares of the long-battered coal sector on Wednesday. After initially trading higher, Consol Energy Inc stock slipped 2.3 percent, and Peabody Energy Corp fell 0.9 percent. The states, led by coal producer West...

  • DETROIT— Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has decided. The redefinition of "driver" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, which is developing self-driving cars that get around without steering wheels, pedals—...