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  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.3525 a bushel; Dec corn was 8.75 cents lower at $3.4725 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.45 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 13 cents to $10.0850 a bushel.

  • *Confidence wanes over Ukraine ceasefire. The ceasefire, which took effect on Friday evening, was largely holding on Monday in eastern Ukraine, but comments from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowing to defend the eastern port of Mariupol kindled traders' skepticism.

  • ATLANTA, Sept 8- S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain known for its chicken sandwiches as well as for its president's public opposition to gay marriage, died on Monday at age 93, the company said.

  • Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dies at 93 Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:34 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Chick-fil-A founder and billionaire S. Truett Cathy rose from poverty, building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for the Cathy family's opposition to gay marriage.

  • Activist pleads guilty in Ohio for P&G HQ protest Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— One of nine Greenpeace activists charged in a protest at Procter& Gamble Co. headquarters pleaded guilty Monday to a single felony count. Greenpeace has blamed prosecution "scare tactics" for Long's plea because he didn't want to risk prison time.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 8- In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT/4 PM ET Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    LONDON- The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.

  • Sept 7- When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding revealed plans earlier this year to go public on a U.S. stock exchange, financial advisers like Bob Mecca in Hoffman Estate, Illinois braced themselves for a wave of frantic calls from retail investors wanting to get in on the action.

  • *Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree to ceasefire. NEW YORK, Sept 5- Crude oil futures fell on Friday and ended the week more than 2 percent lower as disappointing jobs data from the United States cast doubt about the strength of economic growth in the world's biggest oil consuming economy.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 5- U.S. employers hired the fewest number of workers in eight months in August and more Americans gave up the hunt for jobs, providing a cautious Federal Reserve with more reasons to wait longer before raising interest rates. Nonfarm payrolls increased 142,000 last month after expanding by 212,000 in July, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 5- Leveraged exchange-traded funds, designed to magnify short-term returns, have fallen out of favor this year as investors who had embraced them are finding costs excessive in a calm market that is not rewarding bets on wild daily swings.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock higher Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 1.25 cents higher at $5.3050 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.50 cents higher at $3.51 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.41 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $10.0750 a bushel.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    If they succeed, they'd pocket a share of federal Medicare and Medicaid savings, ranging from tens of millions to $1 billion or more, depending on the state. The state spending targets would encompass private spending, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, state and local employee insurance plans, and subsidized private coverage under the new health law.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said dozens were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Las Vegas. Sit-ins were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • PARIS/ NEW YORK, Sept 4- Airbus and Boeing both topped 1,000 new jet orders in the first eight months of the year, but Boeing is far ahead after adjusting for cancellations. Chicago- based Boeing also has delivered more planes this year than its European rival, hanging on to the title of world's largest plane maker.

  • United adds larger version of Boeing Dreamliner Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    SEATTLE— United Airlines is showing confidence in Boeing's 787 by taking delivery of the new, larger version of the jet that Boeing calls the Dreamliner. U.S. officials allowed them to fly again after Boeing made design changes around the battery systems.

  • Grain mostly lower, beef and pork higher Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 5.50 cents to $5.3025 a bushel; Dec corn was 5.50 cents lower at 3.4650 a bushel; Dec oats were 1.75 cents higher at $3.41 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 16.75 cents to $10.1075 a bushel.

  • Coalition works to preserve Nashville's Music Row Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    "There's a squeeze going on," said Mike Kopp, president of the Music Industry Coalition, which includes hundreds of music executives, songwriters, musicians and fans. Two nearby universities, Vanderbilt and Belmont, are also expanding.

  • Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.