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  • May 29- Illinois has asked the federal energy regulator to investigate whether Dynegy Inc manipulated a power auction and to block $113 million in expected overcharges from that auction for the coming year, the regulator said on Friday. The charges will hit Illinois consumers who buy electric supply through Ameren Illinois, the local delivery service...

  • CHICAGO, May 29- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Friday that he will reject a fiscal 2016 budget from the Democratic-controlled legislature if it is not balanced. "The people of Illinois deserve better." Illinois has the worst-funded pensions and lowest credit ratings among the 50 states.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency raised its previous targets for the amount of biofuels to be mixed into motor fuel for the three years to 2016. As expected, the proposed goal was short of the aggressive targets set by Congress in a 2007 law. The EPA proposal was a year and a half behind schedule and followed years of uncertainty over the Renewable Fuel...

  • *U.S. first-quarter GDP shrinks at 0.7 pct annual rate. NEW YORK, May 29- U.S. "The PCE core part of the GDP report was a reminder that inflation is still quite weak, and that adds to a bid in the bonds," said market strategist Lou Brien of DRW Trading in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, May 29- Shares of U.S. automakers may finally be able to accelerate. "This is going to be one of the best months ever," said David Kudla, chief investment strategist of Mainstay Capital Management in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Kudla sees May sales approaching $40 billion, not far from the $40.3 billion record in August 2014.

  • Outsized investment returns and strong inflows have seen Wellington's assets under management grow to $939 billion at the end of March from $834 billion at the end of 2013, putting it on track to join the exclusive club of money managers running more than $1 trillion by as early as this year. While smart stock picking has helped, the company's growth has also...

  • CHICAGO— For the first time, a major study shows that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer. Doctors also may have found a way to help predict which patients would respond best to one of these newer treatments, according to research presented at the Chicago meeting.

  • At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out. "The main issue is trying to manage risk, trying to incentivize patrons to keep their reservations," says Northwestern University microeconomic theorist Jeffrey Ely, noting that...

  • As expected, the goal fell short of the amount required by Congress in a 2007 law. The EPA did not cut the ethanol blending target as much as it did in its previous plan. The oil industry has lobbied fiercely against increased blending requirements, and its trade group said on Friday it would go to Congress to push for an overhaul of the policy.

  • *EPA cuts ethanol quotas, raises biodiesel targets. *Soyoil surge lifts soybeans, corn slumps on EPA news. The EPA on Friday unveiled much-anticipated targets for the blending of renewable fuels into motor fuel for the three years to 2016, trimming ethanol quotas for this year and next but raising targets for biomass-based diesel.

  • May 29- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday the agency will invest up to $100 million in grants for fuel pumps at gas stations to distribute higher ethanol blends known as E15 and E85. Most fuel stations in the United States sell basic unleaded gasoline containing about 10 percent ethanol, with additional pumps offering...

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.8875 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.5375 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.40 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 4.50 cents to 9.3050 a bushel. August live cattle was unchanged at $1.5275 a pound; August feeder...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign. The EPA said the standards set by the law cannot be achieved, due partly to limitations on the amount of...

  • BOISE, Idaho— A 1988 Nobel Prize put up for auction by a retired experimental physicist now facing memory loss and potential medical bills has sold for $765,002. The online auction went into overtime Thursday evening until a final bid went unchallenged for half an hour in the competition for the gold medal won by Leon Lederman. "I'm shocked it sold at all," said his...

  • NEW YORK— Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.' s global chief information officer, Tim Theriault, is resigning for personal reasons. The company's portfolio includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare. Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Illinois, had considered moving its headquarters to Switzerland following the buyout.

  • The top 10 highest-paid female CEOs Friday, 29 May 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    Marissa Mayer, the head of Yahoo, was the highest-paid female chief executive in the Equilar/AP pay study. No. 1: Marissa Mayer, Yahoo, $42.1 million, up 69 percent. Yahoo's stock price has climbed 177 percent since the technology company hired Mayer from Google in July 2012.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. A Chicago manufacturing survey fell to 46.2, well below the 53 that economists were anticipating, and a measure of consumer sentiment fell to a six-month low in May. Along with the disappointing economic data, investors continued to watch developments...

  • CHICAGO— An indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep someone from the town where he taught high school silent about "prior misconduct." Legal experts say the fact that prosecutors noted Hastert's tenure in Yorkville, the suburban Chicago town where he...

  • Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with presidential primary voters. "I think some of his ideas are a breath of fresh air," said Corey Brooks, an African-American pastor on the South Side of Chicago, where Paul campaigned on Wednesday. He says the Republican Party's reputation "sucks" in a book released this week that...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 11 Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SOFIA- European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch speaks at the Bulgarian Authorities 2015 IMF/World Bank Constituency Meetings- 1100 GMT. BARCELONA, Spain- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio speaks at the XXXI Reunion Circulo de Economia- 0730 GMT. HARTFORD, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks...