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  • Aug 19- The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15- mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60- year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc Chief Executive Omar Ishrak defended his company's plan to acquire Dublin- based Covidien Plc in a so-called inversion deal, saying the medical device maker will be able to create more U.S. jobs while still paying substantial taxes once the transaction closes.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5425 a bushel; Dec corn was 2 cents lower at $3.6950 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.39 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 9.25 cents to $10.4850 a bushel.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc reported the strongest quarterly U.S. sales growth for its medical devices in five years and said it was committed to completing the acquisition of Irish-domiciled Covidien Plc by the end of the year or early 2015.. Minneapolis- based Medtronic also confirmed its full-year profit and revenue outlook on Tuesday.

  • Medtronic first-quarter profit tops expectations Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Aug 19- Medtronic Inc on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings that exceeded analyst expectations on stronger U.S. sales of its medical devices. Excluding one-time items, Medtronic earned 93 a share in the quarter ended July 25. Net earnings fell to $871 million, or 87 cents a share, from $953 million, or 93 cents a share, a year earlier.

  • Aug 18- Skilled Healthcare Group Inc and privately held Genesis HealthCare said on Monday they have agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction that will create one of the largest U.S. operators of long-term care facilities.

  • *Kurdish forces make progress in Iraq against militants. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Brent crude oil shed nearly $2 a barrel to reach its lowest price in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

  • *Kurdish forces make progress in Iraq against militants. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Brent crude oil shed more than $2 a barrel to reach its lowest price in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 18- Cocoa futures in New York and London touched their highest levels in more than three years on Monday on a mix of speculator and trade buying despite an expected surplus, while raw sugar on ICE tumbled to a six-month low due to hefty nearby supplies and technical weakness.

  • *Kurdish forces make progress in Iraq against militants. NEW YORK, Aug 18- Brent crude oil sunk by more than $2 a barrel to its lowest price in over a year on Monday as investor concerns over conflict in Ukraine and Iraq eased, and as higher Libyan oil output added to already ample supplies.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.5125 a bushel; Dec corn was 3 cents lower at $3.74 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.34 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 2.50 cents to $10.4950 a bushel.

  • Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10- year analysis found. Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden.

  • Mexican billionaire offers advice for Latinos Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Increasing workers' earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group of religious and community leaders Sunday.

  • LONDON, Aug 17- Flashes of illumination rather than fireworks are expected at this week's annual meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The spotlight will be on Janet Yellen, who will speak on Friday in her first appearance at Jackson Hole as Fed chair.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 15- Major world food supplier Argentina will send a trade delegation to Russia next week to try to increase exports to the country, which this month banned many Western products in response to sanctions over its intervention in Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine engaged Russia armored column. NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, reversing earlier gains as forces in Ukraine engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil, raising the prospect of a deeper escalation in the region's unrest. Markets had opened higher as investors continued to bet that the tension between Ukraine and Russia was waning.

  • *Ukraine engaged Russia armored column. NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stocks fell to session lows on Friday, erasing earlier gains and dropping in heavy trading, as forces in Ukraine engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil. "If the reports are true that there is an exchange of arms between Russia and Ukraine, that is a setback in the recent calm.

  • LONDON, Aug 15- U.S. investors are withdrawing billions of dollars from European stocks as signs of a stalled economic recovery, compounded by the Ukraine crisis, halt the past year's scramble to buy back into the region.