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  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— President Donald Trump will nominate people from four states to serve on the nine-member board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the White House said Thursday. Trump will name Kenneth E. Allen of Kentucky and James R. Thompson III of Alabama for terms that expire in 2021. The president also will nominate A.D. Frazier of Georgia and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21- Zenefits, a startup that has faced hefty regulatory penalties on its insurance brokerage, said on Thursday that it will exit that business and instead provide software to brokers. In a change of course, San Francisco- based Zenefits said it will no longer aim to displace traditional brokers with technology, but rather will provide software...

  • NEW YORK— An automated teller machine. It was a radical move when Barclays installed cash machines in a London suburb in 1967. "The ATM tapped into that innate force in people that gives gratification for doing a task on their own and it grew from there," said Charles Kane, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • NEW YORK— StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project on Thursday announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21- Zenefits, the software startup that has faced a number of regulatory penalties, said on Thursday it is changing its business to provide software to insurance brokers. Its first customer is Atlanta- based broker OneDigital. Chief Executive Jay Fulcher, who in February became Zenefits' third CEO in a year, said Zenefits' expertise is in...

  • Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas

    A spike in trading of Equifax options weeks before the company disclosed its massive data breach has prompted inquiries.

  • NEW YORK— In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world. Like so many retailers that find it harder to co-exist with Amazon, analysts say Toys R Us needs to improve its online services and offering special...

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 18- Hurricane Maria, the second Category 5 storm to hit the Caribbean this month, plowed into the small island nation of Dominica on Monday with roof-ripping fury on a collision course with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later this week. Less than 90 minutes later, the center of the storm, described by the NHC as "potentially...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Sept 18- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state's cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack. Equifax's legal woes worsened as the U.S Attorney's office in Atlanta issued a statement...

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 18- The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year plowed into the small Caribbean island of Dominica on Monday as a rare, Category 5 storm and will likely bring its roof-ripping winds, torrential rain and pounding surf later in the week to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Less than 90 minutes later, the center of the storm, described by...

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 18- The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year, Maria, strengthened into a rare Category 5 storm, as it churned through the eastern Caribbean, bearing down on the tiny island nation of Dominica while on a likely collision course with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The center of the storm, described by the NHC as "potentially...

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year, Maria, gathered strength on Monday as it churned through the eastern Caribbean, bearing down on the tiny island nation of Dominica while on a likely collision course with the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The center of the storm located about 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica as of 5...

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S....

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- A string of eastern Caribbean islands faced their second major storm of the month on Monday as Hurricane Maria barreled toward them with 120 mile-per-hour winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm surges. Officials on islands from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm,...

  • Andrew Cuomo on Monday proposed tougher state regulations for credit reporting agencies such as Equifax in the wake of the massive hacking of the Atlanta- based company's computers. The proposal, first reported Monday by The New York Times, would require Equifax, Experian and similar firms to adhere to the same consumer protection rules the state imposes on...

  • Based on the number of individuals each customer represents, that, however, still leaves about 3.2 million people sweltering in the Florida and Georgia heat without air conditioning. NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves nearly 5 million homes and businesses, has said it expects to restore power to essentially all customers in the eastern portion of Florida...

  • Based on the number of individuals each customer represents, that, however, still leaves about 3.5 million people sweltering in the Florida and Georgia heat without air conditioning. NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves nearly 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all customers in the eastern portion of Florida by...

  • ATLANTA— The city of Atlanta tested a self-driving vehicle on one of its busiest streets Thursday. The test on North Avenue in the city's bustling Midtown area meant that Atlanta has become one of the largest urban areas to test autonomous vehicles, joining Sao Paulo and Shanghai. While driving an Associated Press reporter, the driver made minimal human...

  • The demand for lumber, generators, cleaning supplies and appliances for households and home improvement retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas as a result of damages from Hurricane Irma will fill trailers and containers not already claimed by shipments for the holiday shopping season. This magnified it, "XPO...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 14- SunTrust Banks Inc has agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to settle U.S. charges that its investment subsidiary had improperly collected avoidable fees from clients, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.