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  • HOUSTON, Aug 16- Major oil producers pushed up high bids at a Gulf of Mexico offshore auction to $121 million on Wednesday, a nearly seven-fold increase from a year ago, as their return to deep water exploration gained momentum. This compared with $18 million in high bids at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Outer Continental Shelf auction last summer.

  • DOVER, Del.— A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday temporarily halted the prosecution of lawsuits filed by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata over its lethally defective air bag inflators. Judge Brendan Shannon ordered the 90- day stay after hearing arguments last week on Takata's request to halt...

  • GAINESVILLE, Fla.— APNewsBreak: University of Florida denies request by white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

  • BOSTON— A business executive with experience in corporate turnarounds but none in transportation was hired Tuesday as the head of the Boston area's troubled public transit system. Luis Manuel Ramirez takes over as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's general manager/chief executive on Sept. 12, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie...

  • The letter, from the Rail Customer Coalition sent on Monday, is the latest challenge to CSX Chief Executive Hunter Harrison's effort to ramp up productivity at the Jacksonville, Florida- based railroad and fulfill investor expectations for substantially better financial performance. Senators John Thune of South Dakota and Bill Nelson from Florida, and...

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  • MELBOURNE, Fla. _ Nxt-ID Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $1.2 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Melbourne, Florida- based company said it had a loss of 15 cents. Keywords: Nxt-ID Inc., Earnings Report.

  • TAMPA, Fla. _ Oragenics Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $1.2 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Tampa, Florida- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug 14- The chief executive of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies resigned on Monday from a business panel led by Donald Trump, citing a need for leadership countering bigotry in a strong rebuke to the U.S. president over his response to a violent white-nationalist rally in Virginia. The departure of Merck& Co Inc CEO Kenneth...

  • If you want someone to stop asking you for money, the worst thing you can do is say no and then give in after persistent pleading. Such "intermittent reinforcement"— granting a reward after an unpredictable number of requests— makes it more likely the person will ask for another handout than if you just said yes at the start, says Brad Klontz, a certified financial...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. Now, officials suspect pot grown legally in Oregon and other states is also being smuggled out, and the trafficking is putting America's multibillion-dollar marijuana...

  • CARACAS, Aug 13- The Venezuelan government has recovered some weapons stolen in the Aug. 6 attack on a military base, and a manhunt now includes arrest requests for alleged anti-government plotters hiding in Miami, the nation's intelligence chief said on Sunday. In a dramatic escalation of Venezuela's political crisis, a group of current and former military...

  • DALLAS— Texas officials have recently moved to scrap tolls on several highways for the first time in 40 years, bucking a national trend toward more tolls on mostly urban roadways to shift the costs of transportation to those who use the roads. While a variety of factors played a part in the elimination of the Texas tolls— Dallas' Trinity toll project in particular...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— The biggest mall in the United States is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a record-setting attempt involving cupcakes and party hats. The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, marked the special day Friday by trying to set a Guinness World Record for the most people wearing conical birthday hats and the most people simultaneously...

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Officials say a flight heading toward Barbados has returned to a Florida airport because three flight attendants were sick. The Sun Sentinel reports the Jet Blue plane returned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday afternoon. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says three flight attendants...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 10- The S&P 500 index had its biggest one-day drop in almost three months on Thursday as investors fled riskier assets, with technology stocks leading the charge, in response to an increasingly aggressive exchange of threats between the United States and North Korea. U.S. equities steepened their losses late in the session after President Donald...

  • Aug 10- The S&P 500 index was on track for its first daily drop of more than 1 percent in almost three months on Thursday as investors grew cautious over escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea. The loss of appetite for risk followed North Korea's claim it was completing plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near...

  • "It's pretty rampant," said Owen DeWitt, whose Texas- based company, Know Control, focuses solely on helping gas stations prevent fuel theft. He said the crime is worst along Interstate 10, from Jacksonville, Fla., to the Los Angeles area. "California and Florida are the two worst; Texas is No. 3.".

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 9- The hype is fading for coding "boot camps," for-profit U.S. schools offering graduates entry into the lucrative world of software development. Two pioneers in the sector, San Francisco's Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard of Greenville, South Carolina, announced in July that they are being shut down by their corporate parents.

  • PANAMA CITY _ Copa Holdings SA on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $63 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.42 per share. Copa Holdings shares have increased 36 percent since the beginning of the year.