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  • The IRS has extended filing deadlines for taxpayers including businesses located in areas hit hard by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The tax relief is available in federally declared disaster areas in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The IRS will not assess late filing or payment penalties on these taxpayers.

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- Hurricane Maria picked up strength and roared towards the Leeward Islands on Monday on a track that could whip several eastern Caribbean islands with their second major storm this month. It was located about 60 miles east of Martinique, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. ET. It was headed west-northwest at about 10 mph...

  • Maria, a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, had maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and was located about 85 miles east of Martinique, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. ET advisory. Hurricane warnings were in place for Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, St. Lucia and the French overseas departments of Guadeloupe...

  • U.S. homebuilders are feeling less optimistic about their sales prospects, reflecting concerns that rebuilding efforts following hurricanes Harvey and Irma will drive up costs for construction labor and materials. Even so, builders' overall view of the new-home market remains positive. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder...

  • Sept 18- Florida utilities said on Monday they restored power to about 95 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving some 391,000 customers still without electricity. Outages at Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, fell to about 100,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Sept. 11.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 18- German carmaker Audi is taking a lead in bringing more automated driving to roads, but rivals seem in no rush to follow while legal and regulatory uncertainties still cloud the technology. At the Frankfurt car show, Audi paraded the A8 which can drive itself under certain conditions, decide when to change lanes and does not require drivers to...

  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, flew over hundreds of miles of Florida farmland to view the damage. Putnam said the citrus crop in southwest Florida is particularly devastated. Florida is the nation's largest juice producer.

  • Sept 18- A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane as it ripped into the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Hurricane conditions were expected for Guadalupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, and the...

  • Sept 17- A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands on Sunday, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane in the next two days and rip into the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Hurricane conditions were expected for Guadalupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Kitts, Nevis and...

  • Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is Hengqin's anchor attraction.

    Hengqin is being transformed into China's newest tourism haven and is dubbed by some as the country's answer to Florida's Orlando.

  • Sept 17- A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying that Maria had strengthened into a hurricane on Sunday and would intensify before hitting the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Hurricane conditions were expected for Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Kitts, Nevis and...

  • Sept 17- A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying that Maria had strengthened into a hurricane on Sunday and would intensify before hitting the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Maria was about 275 miles east-southeast of the Leeward island of Dominica with maximum sustained...

  • Sept 17- A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands on Sunday, with forecasters saying that Maria had strengthened into a hurricane and would intensify before hitting the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Maria was about 275 miles east-southeast of the Leeward island of Dominica with maximum sustained...

  • Sept 17- Tropical Storm Maria is likely to reach hurricane strength on Sunday, prompting U.S. weather forecasters to issue warnings and watches for a string of Caribbean islands, some of which were battered by powerful Irma less than two weeks before. Hurricane conditions also are possible by Tuesday for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Saba, St.

  • HENGQIN, China, Sept 17- Just a stone's throw across a narrow waterway from the world's largest gambling hub Macau, a former oyster farming island is being transformed into China's newest tourism haven. The transformation of Hengqin, which is three times as large as Macau, is part of Beijing's efforts to bolster links between Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in the...

  • HENGQIN, China, Sept 17- Just a stone's throw across a narrow waterway from the world's largest gambling hub Macau, a former oyster farming island is being transformed into China's newest tourism haven. The transformation of Hengqin, which is three times as large as Macau, is part of Beijing's efforts to bolster links between Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in the...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Business interruption policies typically require "direct physical damage" as a...

  • Oracle Corp., down $4.05 to $48.74. Nucor Corp., down 46 cents to $53.50. Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., up $1.20 to $18.15.

  • The U.S. central bank's offices in Miami and Jacksonville dispatched a bulked-up fleet of armored vehicles to pay out $2.9 billion to banks and credit unions in the region, twice their weekly average, according to officials overseeing the emergency response in the Atlanta Fed's district. "It absolutely doubled our normal day to day operations," Mary Gelpi,...