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  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 12- Argentina's main state bank will deny credit to farmers who are holding onto soybeans as a hedge against inflation, a top official said on Friday, as the government cracks down on crop hoarding as part of a campaign to build up its dollar reserves. Argentine soy is used widely as livestock feed in Asia, fueling the region's shift toward a higher...

  • Uber French ruling latest in series of challenges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Legislation seeks interim steps to stop Asian carp Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Members of Congress on Friday called for strengthening defenses on a river about 40 miles from Chicago as a temporary step toward preventing aggressive Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes and depleting their prized fish stocks. Under bills introduced in the House and Senate, federal agencies would be ordered to focus interim efforts...

  • Health insurance costs up in parts of Illinois Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    Average costs fell in the Chicago area, where health care competition is fierce. But costs rose in Springfield and Belleville, according to an analysis of average rates for popular insurance plans conducted for The Associated Press. Health care costs are increasing, but competition for insurance plan customers means populous Chicago is bucking the trend,...

  • French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which says it is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Greenpeace activists take plea deal in P&G protest Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    P&G has said it's working with Greenpeace to eliminate deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, the subject of the March 4 protest. Mark Piepmeier, lead prosecutor on the case, said authorities were told Greenpeace and P&G have been working together "more collaboratively," and prosecutors honored the company's request to offer the plea deal.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 25 Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to speak on "May change happen"- 1200 GMT. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Norges Bank Investment Management Director Yngve Slyngstad hold lectures for the regional network. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank holds monetary policy meeting.

  • Hawaii envisions presidential library on the beach Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii hopes it has an offer Honolulu- born President Barack Obama won't be able to turn down. Hawaii officials predicted Thursday that the prime 8- acre spot on a rocky shoreline between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, combined with the state's many tourists, would make the facility one of the nation's most heavily visited presidential centers.

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery gained 15.75 cents to $5.9750 a bushel; Mar corn was up 4.75 cents to 3.9850 a bushel; Mar oats rose 1.25 cents to $3.1150 a bushel; while Jan soybeans advanced 10.25 cents to $10.4225 bushel. Feb live cattle was off. 28 cents to $1.6257 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3 cents...

  • Dec 11- Law firms and consultants reached agreements with Detroit over fees they charged the city for work on its historic bankruptcy, federal court mediators said on Thursday. As of Oct. 24, fees and expenses totaled nearly $141 million, with law firm Jones Day submitting the biggest bill, totaling $52.3 million. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had raised the...

  • Correction: Tech Diversity-Making It Happen story Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.— In a story Dec. 10 about efforts to diversify the technology industry, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a computer coding camp co-founded by Liliana Monge. SANTA CLARA, Calif.— Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and...

  • *Traders stay wary with Brent below $65, U.S. crude near $60. Benchmark Brent oil remained below $65 a barrel while U.S. crude traded not far from the $60 support level in choppy trade. "For the moment at least, we're focused on the positives of this oil drop rather than the negatives like deflation and freeze on investments in energy spending," said Phil Flynn, analyst at...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The United States will continue to press China on its currency, protection of intellectual property and state-owned businesses, U.S. "The key with China is to continue to simply press them on those areas where trade is imbalanced, whether it's on their currency practices, whether it's on IP protection, whether it's on their state-owned...

  • American Museum of Natural History plans addition Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The American Museum of Natural History has announced plans to build an addition to house a new science and education center. The $325 million Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation is slated to open in 2019, the museum's 150th anniversary. Chicago- based Studio Gang Architects has been selected to design the addition.

  • Methode beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Methode Electronics Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $26 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. Analysts expected $220.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • LOS ANGELES— The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. Uber operates in more than 250 cities in 50 countries, and recently was valued at $40 billion based on $1.2 billion that investors poured into the company in its latest funding round.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 10- Chicago opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber on Wednesday, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs. A union that has expanded into cab drivers and organized Chicago this year pushed hard for the package, which had the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Uber declined to comment directly on the Chicago...

  • Dec 10- Walgreen Co said Chief Executive Greg Wasson would retire and hand the reins on an interim basis to the head of Alliance Boots Holdings Ltd, a move that follows a series of events that has tested investor confidence in the U.S. drugstore chain. Walgreen said Wasson would step down shortly after it completes the purchase of the 55 percent it does not already...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 24 Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent will hold a press conference along with Former Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh- 1000 GMT. NEW YORK- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz speaks before the Economic Club of New York- 1245 GMT. HELSINKI- Bank of Finland Governor and ECB council member Erkki Liikanen to hold a...

  • Is rider safety the real Achilles heel for Uber and Lyft? Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:13 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. Uber operates in more than 250 cities in 50 countries, and recently was valued at $40 billion based on $1.2 billion that investors poured into the company in its latest funding round.