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  • CHICAGO, July 30- Cargill Inc, one of the nation's largest beef processors, said on Wednesday it plans to close its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, beef-processing plant on Friday, because the size of the U.S. herd has fallen to its smallest in 63 years.

  • Churchill Downs, Saratoga close to management deal Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— Churchill Downs Inc. is finalizing a deal with the operators of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway to manage the upstate New York gambling facility and another in Colorado, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal would require regulatory approval in New York and Colorado.

  • *Sales growth strong in Europe, but declines in Americas. *Europe business offers narrower range, sells more clogs. BERLIN, July 30- The success of Crocs Inc in Europe, where the U.S. shoemaker has focused on its trademark colorful foam clogs rather than branching into other products, proves the brand has a future despite difficulties at home, its European head said.

  • Tri-state coal interests rally before hearings Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:06 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- More than 17,000 U.S. military personnel and other consumers will receive about $92 million in debt relief as part of a settlement over a lender's alleged improper practices, the U.S. consumer watchdog and 13 states announced on Tuesday.

  • July 29- Amgen Inc on Tuesday said it would cut up to 15 percent of its work force and close plants in a series of moves aimed at reallocating resources as it prepares to introduce new medicines it hopes will drive future growth.

  • July 29- Amgen Inc on Tuesday said it would cut up to 15 percent of its global work force and close plants as part of a series of moves aimed at reallocating resources as it prepares for the eventual launch of medicines it hopes will drive future growth.

  • Biotech drugmaker Amgen laying off at least 2,400 Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations. Amgen also raised its forecasts for its 2014 profit and revenue, driving up its shares.

  • Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers.

  • Soldiers get $92M in debt relief under settlement Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co., more recently doing business as Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC, based in California and Georgia, included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates, New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday.

  • Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. John Kinkaid, a Moffat County, Colorado, commissioner, told the EPA in Denver that the rules would devastate his area, home to a major power plant.

  • Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers.

  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy— and pollution.

  • 5 things to know about coal trade, global warming Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    The Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal would further cut coal's share of electricity generation. In 2013, according to the 2014 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, it grew by 3 percent. The International Energy Agency expects global coal demand to grow 2.3 percent per year through 2018..

  • Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.

  • Correction: Rural Investment Dollars story Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 24 about a new rural investment fund announced by the White House, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Colorado- based CoBank is donating $10 billion to a fund for rural investment projects.

  • AP names new enterprise editor for western US Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Raghu Vadarevu, an editor on The Associated Press' West Desk, has been promoted to West assistant editor for enterprise. The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states.

  • US rig count up 12 to 1,883 Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Louisiana gained six each, Ohio and Oklahoma were up two apiece and Colorado one. Texas lost 10 rigs, Alaska was off four, California and New Mexico were down two each and Kansas and Pennsylvania each dropped one. Arkansas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • Molson Coors Brewing CEO to retire at year's end Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    DENVER— Molson Coors Brewing President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn will retire at the end of the year. The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.

  • Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    DENVER— A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report.