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  • BUENOS AIRES, March 25- Argentine growers have harvested about 5 percent of this year's soy, with high yields in the central farm belt compensating for flood damage in northern fields and keeping the country on track for a record crop, analysts said on Wednesday. Strong soybean demand from China and global demand for soymeal livestock feed has kept a floor under...

  • Heinz Co, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. The deal deepens Buffett's hold on leading U.S. food brands, as well as that of 3 G founder Jorge Paulo Lemann, Brazil's richest man.

  • Heinz-Kraft deal: The stories behind the brands Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America's oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Pearle Bixby Wait started mixing powdered gelatin with fruit flavors and sugar. The result was sold to the Genesee Pure Food Company in 1899, and within a few years, advertisements in The Ladies Home...

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.2350 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.9275 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.82 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.86 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 65 cent to $1.5240 a pound; May feeder cattle was. 37...

  • HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 AM ET

    The combination of the two companies— each more than a century old— was engineered by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3 G Capital, which teamed up just two years ago to buy Heinz. Still, the early plans outlined by Kraft and Heinz executives in a conference call Wednesday focused largely on the savings that would be achieved...

  • Oprah Winfrey selling furniture, paintings in auction Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 5:16 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Oprah Winfrey will sell paintings, furniture, designer clothing and other items from her Chicago residence at auction next month. The auction house says proceeds will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. The 61- year-old Winfrey announced earlier this month that she plans to close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she...

  • Ted Lieu, D- Calif., wants to know when Olympus Corp. first learned of the problems and about its plans to redesign and replace the specialized medical scopes, according a letter sent Monday. Similar outbreaks involving tainted medical scopes previously sickened dozens of patients at hospitals in suburban Chicago and Seattle. In the meantime, FDA regulators...

  • That pay gap may not sound big— it's smaller than in many other professions— but over a long career, it adds up to more than $150,000, said study author Ulrike Muench, a professor and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. Five key points about nursing and the new study, published in Tuesday's Journal of the American Medical Association:.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.34 a bushel; May corn was. 75 cent higher at $3.91 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.815 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 7.5 cents to $9.76 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 60 cent to $1.5240 a pound; May feeder cattle was 1.17 cents...

  • In Maryland, key liberal groups are assailing a well-regarded Senate candidate for his earlier refusal to rule out bipartisan deals that could combine tax increases with cuts in the projected growth of Medicare and Social Security. The Maryland target is seven-term Rep. Now the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Van Hollen has held other party...

  • CHICAGO, March 23- U.S. pork and beef inventories in February hit record highs for the month, showing ongoing export challenges compounded by ramped up hog production, analysts said following the Department of Agriculture's latest monthly cold storage report. Excess meat supply means grocers will have to significantly cut product prices to consumers for the...

  • March 23- Tenet Healthcare Corp on Monday said it would become the largest U.S. provider of outpatient surgery services through a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International and expects to fully own the company within five years. Tenet, the third-largest U.S. hospital operator, said it will pay $425 million to private equity firm Welsh, Carson,...

  • CNBC update: Snow hits Chicago ...again   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    CNBC update: Snow hits Chicago ...again

    The former ATF Director Todd Jones will join the National Football League as special counsel for conduct, and Chicago saw even more snow, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.30 a bushel; May corn was 4.25 cents higher at $3. 89¼ a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.79 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 12 cents to $9. 85¾ a bushel. June live cattle rose 1.78 cents to $1.5225 a pound; May feeder cattle was 2.1...

  • CHICAGO— Illinois' Democratic attorney general on Friday delivered a blow to Gov. One proposal would allow voters to create "right-to-work zones" in Illinois counties where union membership and dues would be voluntary. Before crowds across Illinois in recent weeks, the multimillionaire businessman has argued unions have too much power and that overly...

  • March 20- A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an...

  • *Gold up 2 pct on week after hitting 4- month low. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 20- Gold prices hit two-week highs on Friday and were poised for their biggest weekly jump since mid-January, after the U.S. Spot gold was up 1.2 percent at $1,184.55 an ounce by 1:55 p.m. EDT after hitting $1,187.80, and U.S. gold futures for April delivery closed up $15.60 an ounce at $1,184.60.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.12 a bushel; May corn was 4.5 cents higher at $3.78 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.73 a bushel; while May soybeans surged 16.25 cents to $9.78 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 12 cent to $1.5010 a pound; May feeder cattle was. 08 cent...

  • Hawaii property where "Magnum, P.I." filmed sold Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    An attorney for President Barack Obama's close friend Marty Nesbitt said Thursday that his client bought the property. The 3- acre property is in Waimanalo, next to the town of Kailua where the Obama family has spent the winter holidays in recent years. He is currently the chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation, which will build the president's future library.

  • The meat enters through Hong Kong, Deputy U.S. How much U.S. beef is being transshipped through Hong Kong into China is not known, trade officials said. But the volume that comes in from the United States alone is more than all the beef consumed in Hong Kong, they said.