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  • July 24- A Chicago federal judge has refused to overturn the conviction of Eric Bloom, the former chief executive of money management firm Sentinel Management Group Inc, for defrauding customers out of more than $500 million. District Judge Ronald Guzmán said the jury "clearly" had enough evidence to find that Bloom intended to cheat customers.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Oil futures prices fell on Thursday, as unseasonably weak demand and plentiful supplies of crude and refined products offset strong Chinese factory data that could boost energy demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer.

  • *D.R. Horton shares down 10 pct, PulteGroup down 3 pct. July 24- D.R. Horton Inc, the No.1 U.S. homebuilder, said it had to offer discounts in the third quarter to boost sales in Chicago, a particularly bleak spot in a weak U.S. housing market.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.3075 a bushel; Sept corn was 4.5 cents lower at $3.58 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2425 a bushel; while Nov soybeans were 8.5 cents higher at $10.85 a bushel.

  • July 24- D.R. Horton Inc, the No.1 U.S. homebuilder, reported a 23 percent slump in third-quarter profit, hurt by an impairment charge, mainly on properties in the weak Chicago market. D.R. Horton reported a 15 percent drop in home deliveries in both the Midwest and the Southwest in the quarter ended June 30.

  • US airlines to resume flights to Israel Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    The FAA's ban, imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, became a hot button topic in both U.S.-Israeli diplomacy and Washington politics. Chicago- based United Airlines is set to resume service to Tel Aviv with a 4:45 p.m. eastern flight from Newark, New Jersey.

  • An American Airlines plane (left) and a USAirways jetliner at Dallas-Fort Worth.

    *Adj Q2 profit of $1.98 a share compares with $1.95 estimate. American, the largest airline by traffic, which was formed from the late 2013 merger of US Airways and AMR Corp, declared a dividend of 10 cents a share for shareholders of record Aug. 4.

  • United Airlines posts 2Q profit, reversing 1Q loss Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    CHICAGO— United Airlines is making money after a slow start to the year. The airline's net income in the second quarter hit $789 million, topping Wall Street expectations and marking a turnaround from the first quarter when United was the only major U.S. carrier to report a loss.

  • July 24- Caterpillar Inc on Thursday reported higher-than-expected second-quarter earnings but sales fell despite a rebound in the building sector. Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of earth-moving equipment, raised its full-year profit outlook to $5.75 a share, from $5.55 a share.

  • Meat supplier in China food scandal grew with McDonald's Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 PM ET

    July 23- Eight months ago in front of a crowd of food industry executives gathered at a fancy Chicago hotel, a top McDonald's Corp executive lauded the boss of meat supplier OSI Group for his dedication to the fast-food giant's "McFamily".

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • The U.S. appliance maker said its sales in China plummeted 80 percent last quarter as retailers in that country, anticipating its pending merger with Hefei Rongshida Sanyo Electric Co and the new line the merged entity will produce, stopped buying Whirlpool-branded products.

  • German city Hamburg seeks to ban Uber ride service Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    HAMBURG/ FRANKFURT, July 23- Hamburg has told Uber, a U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button, to stop operating in the German city, adding to resistance the company has faced globally from local regulators and taxi drivers.

  • $148 million metal research center set for Detroit Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    The public-private partnership includes companies, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and research institutions. The institute will contribute to economic development in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky over the next five years, according to officials.

  • July 23- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as sales fell in every region except North America. The company posted second-quarter earnings of $179 million, or $2.25 a share, down from $198 million, or $2.44 a share, a year earlier.

  • Commercial jets push Boeing profits up 52 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Increased production of passenger jets helped push up Boeing's profit by 52 percent in the second quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations. The Chicago- based company said net income increased to $1.65 billion, or $2.24 per share, from $1.09 billion, or $1.41 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • July 23- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday reported a lower quarterly profit as sales fell in every region except North America. The world's largest maker of home appliances posted a second-quarter profit of $179 million, or $2.25 a share, down from $198 million, or $2.44 a share, a year earlier.

  • July 22- McDonald's Corp feels "a bit deceived" by the audit it received for Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a China supplier that was shut down this week after a TV report showed workers mishandling meat, Chief Executive Don Thompson said on Tuesday.

  • July 22- U.S. motorcycle maker Harley Davidson Inc came late to the offshoring game. For Harley-Davidson, they turned a happy debut into a near-debacle, as its second-quarter earnings released on Tuesday showed.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Travelers Cos Inc to pay more than $500 million to satisfy asbestos-related claims stemming from the insurer's coverage of insulation maker Johns-Manville Corp, a policyholder that spent six years in bankruptcy during the 1980 s.