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  • *Ukraine ceasefire, Fed rate hike fears weigh. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 11- Gold slipped to its lowest level in 7-1/ 2 months on Thursday, as the dollar hovered around a 14- month high, in the wake of the easing of tension in Ukraine, dragging other precious metals broadly lower. Gold prices fell even though U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain markets.

  • DETROIT, Sept 11- A federal judge on Thursday ordered ongoing mediation in Detroit's historic bankruptcy over a potential settlement between the city and one of its fiercest creditors, while adding holdout creditor Financial Guaranty Insurance Co to the list of parties whose attendance is required.

  • *Russia, Syria warn against foreign strikes inside Syria. Some traders linked the bounce in U.S. crude to news that Russia said air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a U.N. Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression.

  • Grain lower, beef and pork lower Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 2.25 cents lower at $5.1750 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.75 cents lower at $3.42 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5675 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 5.75 cents to $9.88 a bushel.

  • Syncora had argued it had been short-changed compared to other creditors. If approved, the deal will see Syncora drop its objection to the restructuring and the trial- which is studying the feasibility of Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy- could get a swift approval from U.S.

  • In the air: Regional airlines have grown rapidly Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    —LEADING REGIONALS: By 2014 traffic, among the largest are ExpressJet, SkyWest, Envoy Air and Endeavor Air. ExpressJet and SkyWest are owned by SkyWest Inc.; Envoy is owned by American Airlines Group Inc.; Endeavor by Delta Air Lines Inc..

  • Industry to seek changes in 'fracking' rules Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules governing the practice in Illinois that they believe violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.

  • DETROIT, Sept 10- A federal judge on Wednesday put the landmark trial on Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy on hold until Monday, as the city neared a deal with one of its most formidable hold-out creditors. Syncora, which emerged as Detroit's fiercest opponent in the bankruptcy proceedings, forged a deal that its attorney, Ryan Bennett at Kirkland& Ellis, told U.S.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock lower Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.2750 a bushel; Dec corn was 1 cent higher at $3.4525 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.49 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 2 cents to $9.9475 a bushel.

  • TORONTO, Sept 10- Jeff Lowry and his family left a sedate housing market in Tennessee last year and moved to Canada in the midst of a housing boom, where bidding wars and soaring prices were an unpleasant reminder of his American roots.

  • Sept 9- Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc has been sued over data breach by a customer, saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday.

  • Sept 9- Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc has been sued over data breach by a customer, saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. states launched a probe into the matter on Tuesday as fallout from last week's attack intensified.

  • According to court papers, the silo had been smoldering for several weeks before it exploded on April 27, 2010, injuring Justin Becker, who was employed by West Side, and John Jentz and Robert Schmidt, who were employed by a subcontractor.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Brent crude oil prices fell to a 17- month low below $100 per barrel in volatile trade on Tuesday, a fourth straight daily decline as ample supplies weighed, while U.S. crude rose on the expectation of dwindling fuel stockpiles.

  • According to court papers, the silo had been smoldering for several weeks before it exploded on April 27, 2010, injuring Justin Becker, who was employed by West Side, and John Jentz and Robert Schmidt, who were employed by a subcontractor.

  • Author says Christian novel plagiarized, sex added Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own.

  • Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Officials in five states in which marriage bans were struck down by federal courts have rushed their appeals to the Supreme Court, in time for consideration by the justices when they meet in private on Sept. 29.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. states probe Home Depot data breach Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 9- At least five states have launched a joint probe into the data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc, even as the retailer works to determine the impact on its customers in the United States and Canada.