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  • 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.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • Argentina seeks charges in US firm's plant closing Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— The government of Argentina will seek criminal charges against representatives of a U.S.-based global printing company that abruptly shuttered its plant in the South American country, the president said Thursday.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- Farmland prices in the U.S. Plains and Corn Belt states were steady to higher in the second quarter despite lower grain profits as crop prices fell, according to Federal Reserve Bank quarterly surveys issued on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Crude oil prices fell more than $2 a barrel on both sides of the Atlantic on Thursday, sunk by weak economic data hinting at softening oil demand and by ample supplies. The U.S. crude contract retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded U.S. Oil Fund saw high-volume trading.

  • Aug 14- Farmland prices in the U.S. Corn Belt rose during the second quarter of 2014, bouncing back from a dip in the first quarter, despite outlooks for lower grain profits as crop prices fall, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said on Thursday.

  • *Sugar traders shrug off Brazil harvest slowdown. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 14- ICE raw sugar futures dropped to a six-month low on Thursday as global oversupply and heavy stocks offset a slowdown in the pace of harvesting in top producer Brazil. "Supplies are good, and physical demand is very slack," said Sterling Smith, a futures specialist with Citigroup in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. crude prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Thursday and retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded U.S. Oil Fund saw high-volume trading. U.S. crude fell about 60 cents to a then session low of $96.03 between 10:50 and 10:51 a.m. EDT. By 1:09 p.m. EDT, it was down $1.54 at $96.05 a barrel, having fallen to $95.89 earlier.

  • Illinois unemployment rate falls again in July Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent, the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate and a six-year low, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security. Illinois state officials celebrated the news on Thursday, which Gov. Pat Quinn called a "momentous" day.

  • Yelp Inc. to expand in Chicago, bringing 300 jobs Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    CHICAGO— San Francisco- based Yelp Inc. plans to open a new office at Chicago's Merchandise Mart next year. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the planned expansion Thursday.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- New-crop U.S. soybean futures on Thursday rebounded from a contract low set earlier in the session, while new-crop corn topped a one-week high in a recovery from recent losses. "Light short covering in thin trade is taking place," said Karl Setzer, grain solutions team leader for MaxYield Cooperative in Iowa.

  • Aug 14- U.S. cropland prices in the central Plains and southern Midwest were stable in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter even though farm income was lower due to falling crop prices, according to Federal Reserve Bank quarterly surveys issued on Thursday.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.28 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.50 cents higher at $3.7325 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3150 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 6.50 cents to $10.5325 a bushel.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday after conciliatory comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns about the country's tense situation with Ukraine and overshadowed signs of weakness in the European economy.

  • *Chinese academic took "huge rewards" from Qualcomm- Xinhua. BEIJING, Aug 14- Qualcomm Inc, under investigation for possible monopolistic practices in China, said it had no direct financial links with an antitrust expert sacked from a government advisory post after state media reported he had received payments from the firm.

  • Ex-CEO of red-light firm faces corruption charges Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    CHICAGO— A former executive of a Phoenix- based company was indicted on public corruption charges Wednesday in an ongoing federal investigation in Chicago of one of the nation's largest red-light camera programs.