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  • NEW YORK, April 1- A New York judge on Wednesday rejected a request from prosecutors to delay the scheduled trial of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc computer programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who is charged with stealing code from the investment bank. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser ordered the trial to move forward immediately in the long-running...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 1- Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar Religious Freedom...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year in March and factory activity hit a near two-year low, fresh signs that economic growth slowed significantly in the first quarter. "The economy hit yet another rough spot in the first quarter... which is one of many factors that will make it difficult for the Fed to...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 1- Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday rejected a religion bill he had said he would sign into law, reversing course after a national firestorm of criticism assailing such legislation as discriminating against gays and lesbians. The governor said his own son had asked him to veto it, adding a personal element to the...

  • Indiana's Republican Governor Mike Pence pledged on Tuesday to rewrite the law he rushed through last week after Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc. and other major businesses said it sent a message that the state was intolerant. Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, and other companies also piled pressure on Arkansas' Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson,...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:49 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery rose 16.75 cents to $5.2850 a bushel; May corn gained 5.50 cents to 3.8175 a bushel; May oats were 2.75 cents lower at $2.62 a bushel; while May soybeans advanced 16.5 cents to $9.8975 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 10 cent to $1.5222 a pound; May feeder cattle lost....

  • Sears in joint venture with General Growth Properties Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Sears has entered a joint venture with shopping mall owner General Growth Properties Inc. that will help it extract more value from its real estate holdings and increase its financial flexibility. Sears and Chicago- based General Growth will each have a 50 percent stake in the joint venture, and Sears will receive a $165 million payment.

  • Simon calls off $16.8B bid to create mall colossus Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 6:43 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Simon Property Group is calling off its hostile $16.8 billion takeover bid for Macerich, which would have tied together two of the nation's largest mall operators. The Indianapolis company upped its bid two weeks ago to $95.50 per share from $91, calling that its best and final offer and giving Macerich an April 1 deadline to respond.

  • The trial for Sergey Aleynikov, 45, is scheduled to take place in Manhattan state court over a 2009 episode in which Goldman says he stole the computer code as he prepared to leave for a high-frequency trading startup. A Manhattan state judge ruled in 2013 that New York prosecutors could pursue Aleynikov even though the earlier case brought by federal...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers were seen cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government data showed on Tuesday. Corn stocks as of March 1 were pegged at 7.745 billion bushels, the second highest reading ever for that time of year and 136 million bushels above the average of market...

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was 3.25 cents lower at $5.27 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.94 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.6975 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 1.25 cents to $9.69 a bushel. June live cattle was. 33 cent higher $1.5330 a pound; May feeder cattle...

  • TransUnion plans to raise up to $100M from IPO Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— TransUnion plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering for shares of the credit score company. Affiliates of Advent international Corp. and Goldman Sachs& Co. will still own a majority of the voting power in the company after the IPO is complete, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday,. The Chicago company's 2014 revenue totaled...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The Indiana law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs unless the government can show...

  • *China shares hit seven-year high on ambitious Silk Road project. Also Monday, Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said it would buy U.S. biopharmaceutical firm Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc for $3.5 billion, and Ireland's Horizon Pharma Plc agreed to buy U.S. drugmaker Hyperion Therapeutics Inc for about $1.1 billion. Earlier, China unveiled details of an...

  • LOS ANGELES— You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Coachella dismissed them as "narsisstics" on a list of prohibited items. In Europe, the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Britain's National Gallery in London and the Colosseum in Rome have all...

  • Best Buy warns of profit hit as it consolidates Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    People walk by a Best Buy store in New York City.

    Best Buy plans to close some stores and consolidate its operations in Canada.

  • That compares with USDA analysts' 2015 outlook last month that corn acres would fall by 1.6 million and soybeans would be down 200,000 acres. USDA also projected total plantings for the nation's eight major field crops- corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats- to be down 3.3 million acres from 2014.. USDA said farmers will plant fewer acres due to...

  • *China shares hit seven-year high on new Silk Road project. NEW YORK, March 30- The dollar rose and global equity markets surged on Monday on merger and acquisition activity among drugmakers on both sides of the Atlantic, while Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high on an ambitious government plan to create a modern Silk Road. Earlier, China unveiled details of an...

  • *Iran nuclear deal by Tuesday could bring more oil to market. NEW YORK, March 30- Oil prices fell for the second straight session on Monday as Iran and six world powers negotiated a deal for Tehran's nuclear program that could end Western sanctions, allowing the OPEC member to ship more crude into an already flooded market. "We're likely to stay jittery through the...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.0775 a bushel; May corn was 1.75 cents higher at $3.9275 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.7225 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 8 cents to $9.7525 a bushel. June live cattle was. 07 cent lower $1.5290 a pound; May feeder cattle was....