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  • *Consumer confidence increases solidly in June. NEW YORK, June 30- U.S. consumer confidence increased solidly in June, with households upbeat about the labor market, supporting views the economy was back on firmer footing after wobbling at the start of the year. "Consumer spirits are soaring right now showing the economy is on track for further gains this year," said...

  • United Airlines is investing $30 million in a company that makes biofuels for airplanes. That's just a drop in United's fuel consumption— the Chicago airline burned 3.9 billion gallons last year— and the investment is a tiny fraction of United's $1.1 billion profit last year. Still, United Continental Holdings Inc. says it's the biggest single investment in...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- The euro was broadly lower on Tuesday as investors braced for the near certainty that Greece will default on a repayment to the International Monetary Fund, while short-covering and uncertainty ahead of a key referendum capped losses. While Greece was set to default on a 1.6 billion euro loan from the IMF, traders who had bet against or "shorted"...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was unchanged at $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was 1 cent higher at $3.93 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans was unchanged at 9.80 cents a bushel. August live cattle was. 40 cent lower at $1.4947 a...

  • *Signs emerge on potential Greece debt deal before referendum. U.S. benchmark yields bounced up from one-week lows set during Monday's rally due to a weekend breakdown in talks between Athens and international lenders ahead of Tuesday's deadline for Greece to repay the International Monetary Fund $1.77 billion. The Treasuries market seems to be trading on...

  • —after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech. But as he launches his 2016 presidential bid in earnest, his latest comments— that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists— offended many, were denounced by Mexican-American groups...

  • *NBC drops' Miss USA' and' Miss Universe' pageants. June 29- NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month. The decision by Comcast Corp- owned NBC was announced four days after Spanish-language...

  • CHICAGO, June 29- Fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina will be allowed into the United States under amended regulations that specify conditions to mitigate risk of foot-and-mouth disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said on Monday. Brazil and Argentina also need to meet food safety standards before being...

  • *Greece will not pay IMF on Tuesday: Govt official. *Euro STOXX 50 index- biggest one-day fall since 2011. And Greece appeared to confirm it was heading for a default after a government official said the country would not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery advanced 15.50 cents to $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was. 5 cent lower at 3.92 a bushel; December oats were 6.50 cents lower at 2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans fell 5 cents to $9.8450 a bushel. August live cattle gained 1.35 cents to $1.4987 a pound;...

  • *Greece will not pay IMF on Tuesday: Govt official. *Euro STOXX 50 index- biggest one-day fall since 2011. Greece appeared to confirm it was heading for a default after a government official said the country would not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK— NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. Miss USA has aired on NBC since 2003, and this year's edition was set for July 12. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of...

  • NEW YORK— Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros. "We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.," said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. Richard Joplin, a realtor in...

  • For Governor Bruce Rauner, the trouble is that Chicago lawmakers, mostly Democrats, use the planes to fly to the state capital in Springfield. Rauner, a former private equity executive who was elected as a Republican last November, is trying to cut costs and has threatened to eliminate the government air service that shuttles between Chicago and Springfield.

  • Sector Snap: bond insurers fall on Puerto Rico woes Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of bond insurers tumbled Monday after Puerto Rico's governor said the U.S. territory had little hope of paying its $72 billion debt. Puerto Rico's bonds are popular with U.S. mutual funds because they are tax-free, but hedge funds and distressed-debt buyers began stepping in to buy up debt as the island's economy worsened and its credit rating...

  • Weather in the fertile grain belt of the United States is critical to prices and the flow of food around the world. Recent storms have dumped double the normal rainfall on much of eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio, MDA Weather Services said. Kent Hamm, a general manager of grain elevators in Illinois, said a buyer in Taiwan contacted him on Friday...

  • CHICAGO, June 29- Amazon.com Inc will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for new vendors and grabbing market share. The countries are Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Small businesses have high failure...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • *Brent up 6 cents a barrel, U.S. crude down 7 cents. NEW YORK, June 26- Crude futures ended little changed on Friday after signs Greece might have a deal by the weekend to avoid a debt default, while Iran faced continued difficulty in securing an nuclear agreement to end sanctions on its oil exports. In Greece, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he saw no reason for...

  • NEW YORK, June 26- Crude futures rose modestly Friday on hopes for a deal that would help Greece avoid a debt default, and on uncertainty over whether a nuclear deal could be sealed with Iran next week that may end crippling sanctions on its oil exports. Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he saw no reason for Athens not to have a deal with its creditors...