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  • Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

    LONDON (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas. A massive white cloud some 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) tall was...

  • McDonald's increases checks of Chinese suppliers

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation. The fast food company will increase audits and video monitoring at its food suppliers. It will also send more employees...

  • Jet maker breaks ground on Arkansas expansion

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dassault Falcon Jet has officially begun work on a $60 million expansion of its private jet finishing plant at Little Rock's airport. The factory has about 2,000 employees, and expansion of the completion center ensures that 400 of those positions will stay in Arkansas....

  • Australian company to buy $16M in Tintina shares

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Australian mining company has offered to purchase a controlling share of Tintina Resources Inc., the company that proposes a copper mine in central Montana. Sandfire Resources NL of Perth, Australia, has agreed to buy 80 million shares of Tintina at 20 cents per share...

  • 1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M

    CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts. The deal includes Harry & David Holdings Inc.'s brands, websites, 47 retail stores, some plants, orchards and its...

  • Laclede Group completes purchase of Alabama Gas

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Laclede Group has completed its purchase of Alabama's largest natural gas utility, Birmingham-based Alabama Gas Corp. Laclede announced the completion of the deal with Energen on Tuesday and said it involved about $1.35 billion in cash and the assumption of $250...

  • Landrieu slammed for stopping Venezuela sanctions

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing increased pressure to stop blocking a bill that would impose sanctions against human rights abusers in Venezuela's government. Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, co-wrote an opinion piece Tuesday with Florida Sen. Marco...

  • Kentucky GOP House leaders release agenda

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republicans are promising action to try to repeal the state's Medicaid expansion if they take control of the state House. In another proposal aimed at the federal health care law known as "Obamacare," House GOP leaders are vowing to push for a constitutional...

  • Investigators at site of plane crash that killed 2

    NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Federal investigators have arrived at the site of a New Hampshire plane crash that killed the pilot and a passenger. Authorities say the plane was attempting to take off Monday from Hampton Airfield in North Hampton when it crashed. The pilot was 81-year-old David...

  • Utility opposes $2.9M deal in W.Va. spill case

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January. West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn't use money from its insurance proceeds to pay for the...

  • Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7B deal

    NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Select Income REIT will spend about $2.7 billion in cash and stock to buy Cole Corporate Income Trust in a deal that adds 64 office and industrial properties to the real estate investment trust's portfolio. The transaction will give Select Income strategic distribution...

  • Greece seeks to ease emergency taxes

    PARIS (AP) — Finance officials from Greece have started talks in Paris with the country's rescue creditors, and are hoping to ease emergency taxes that have helped fuel recession. Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis met with representatives of the European Union, European Central Bank and...

  • Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's newest casino — and its biggest, costliest flop — went out with barely a whimper. Revel Casino Hotel opened a little more than two years ago amid high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. But the $2.4 billion resort shut...

  • Swiss urged to toughen anti-corruption law

    GENEVA (AP) — Advocacy group Transparency International is criticizing Swiss law as too soft on financial corruption. Switzerland has toughened its stance against money laundering in recent years, but Transparency International says the country still makes it too easy for corrupt businessmen to...

  • Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences. Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to...



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