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  • Apollo Group Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income tumbled 60 percent, hurt by higher costs and declining enrollment at the University of Phoenix.

  • Former American Airlines baggage handler Victor Bourne was found guilty last year of charges he used his behind-the-scenes access at New York City's busiest airport to orchestrate the smuggling of more than 330 pounds of cocaine from 2000 to 2009.. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said at the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn.

  • LAGOS, Nigeria-- "FELA LIVES," reads the Gothic-lettered tattoo on the back of one of the sons of the legendary Afrobeat singer from Nigeria. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti died 15 years ago but his name seems to be mentioned more now than ever.

  • A notice published in Communist Party newspaper Granma said Cubans will also not have to present a letter of invitation to travel abroad when the rule change takes effect Jan. 13, and beginning on that date islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the country they are traveling to.

  • NEW YORK-- Shareholders of Chinese biodiesel and copper products company Gushan Environmental Energy Ltd. have agreed to take the company private by selling its outstanding shares to Trillion Energy Holdings Ltd., Gushan said in a statement Monday. Trillion, a British Virgin Islands company, is owned by Jianqiu Yu, Gushan's chairman and principal executive.

  • By Adam Tempkin and Charles Williams. Moreover, with frequent issuers Hyundai, Honda, Ally, World Omni and Ford already having tapped the market with large deals in recent weeks, issuance is bound to taper off, potentially focusing more on the so-called off-the run and esoteric sectors, as well as smaller auto issuers.

  • Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co.. SFBL commenced operations in 1946. It is a stock company based in Jackson, Miss., and is licensed in 12 states and Puerto Rico.

  • Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Gerber Life Insurance Co.. GLIC is licensed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-- The government of Puerto Rico has formally withdrawn plans to build a natural gas pipeline after investing more than $50 million in a project that provoked strong opposition from islanders and environmentalists.

  • 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.

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Jamaica is stepping up mosquito eradication across the island and urging school children to stamp out breeding grounds to combat an epidemic of dengue fever, the Caribbean country's health minister said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. should give investors a snapshot of the ever-shifting geographic and product mixes that are fueling growth for the world's biggest beverage maker when it reports its third quarter results Tuesday. WHY IT MATTERS: Coca-Cola sells its products in nearly every corner of the globe _ Cuba and North Korea are the exceptions.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- Louisiana- made films are being shown alongside the work of filmmakers from across the world at the New Orleans Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with a red-carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • Rating Action On Oct. 11, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B-' long-term corporate credit rating on Trilogy International Partners LLC.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- A mustachioed former bus driver who rose to become his country's top diplomat has emerged as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader prepares to launch a six-year term following two cancer operations.

  • *To offer medicare prescription drug, health plans at select Walgreens in. *To collaborate with Walgreens during upcoming medicare annual election period. in Florida and Puerto Rico* Source text* Further company coverage.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. airlines closed the summer travel season without any lengthy tarmac delays in August, the government said Thursday, a sharp reversal from a month earlier. On Aug. 15, a Caribbean Airlines flight sat on the tarmac at New York's JFK Airport for four hours and 28 minutes before it took off for its destination, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company was indicted Wednesday on federal charges that he failed to pay more than $1.6 million in taxes over two years and with making false statements to a licensed gun dealer.

  • Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St. George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it. In 2008, St. George _ known as a local speed trap _ had spent $200,000 more than it took into its coffers, according to county records. In its budget woes, St. George is far from alone.

  • HAVANA-- Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful.