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  • July 23- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as sales fell in every region except North America. The company posted second-quarter earnings of $179 million, or $2.25 a share, down from $198 million, or $2.44 a share, a year earlier.

  • Shire to spend about $225M on drug collaboration Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    The drugmaker Shire plans to spend about $225 million in a joint effort with a privately held, U.S. firm to develop a potential treatment for the rare and life-threatening genetic disorder Hunter syndrome.

  • Commercial jets push Boeing profits up 52 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Increased production of passenger jets helped push up Boeing's profit by 52 percent in the second quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations. The Chicago- based company said net income increased to $1.65 billion, or $2.24 per share, from $1.09 billion, or $1.41 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool- giant sausage-shaped storage bags- to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc..

  • July 23- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday reported a lower quarterly profit as sales fell in every region except North America. The world's largest maker of home appliances posted a second-quarter profit of $179 million, or $2.25 a share, down from $198 million, or $2.44 a share, a year earlier.

  • SHANGHAI, July 23- Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands, including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp, over allegations the firm supplied old and rotten meat.

  • Government drafting birth control accommodation Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 22- Canada's largest pipeline company Enbridge Inc may build a 140,000 barrel per day unit train unloading terminal in Pontiac, Illinois, to relieve congestion on its crude oil export network.

  • Discover Financial's 2Q profit jumps 7 percent Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Discover Financial Services' net income grew 7 percent in the second quarter as credit card spending and overall loans increased from a year ago. The results beat Wall Street's expectations.

  • July 22- McDonald's Corp feels "a bit deceived" by the audit it received for Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a China supplier that was shut down this week after a TV report showed workers mishandling meat, Chief Executive Don Thompson said on Tuesday.

  • Exxon Mobil says it'll follow new anti-bias rules Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:04 PM ET

    IRVING, Texas— Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it will comply with the new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, while still sidestepping the question of whether it will formalize that by changing the language of its corporate policy.

  • Ackman goes after Herbalife's nutrition clubs Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Activist investor Bill Ackman fired his latest salvo at the weight loss and nutritional supplements company Herbalife on Tuesday, alleging that one of the business models used by its distributors is evidence that the company operates as an illegal pyramid scheme.

  • Illinois governor signs bill for $1.1 billion of bonds Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 22- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed legislation to fund state-wide transportation projects with $1.1 billion of bonds. However, according to Abdon Pallasch, the state's assistant budget director, no bond sales are currently planned for the rest of 2014..

  • July 22- U.S. motorcycle maker Harley Davidson Inc came late to the offshoring game. For Harley-Davidson, they turned a happy debut into a near-debacle, as its second-quarter earnings released on Tuesday showed.

  • July 22- McDonald's Corp Chief Executive Don Thompson said the company feels "a bit deceived" by the audit it received for China supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, which was shut down after a television report showed workers mishandling meat and mixing fresh meat with product past its expiration date.

  • Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    Mo Yun, a 42- year-old who was charged in this month with conspiring to steal trade secrets, was allowed to post $250,000 bond, must wear a GPS monitor and stay in a home in the Des Moines area between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Travelers Cos Inc to pay more than $500 million to satisfy asbestos-related claims stemming from the insurer's coverage of insulation maker Johns-Manville Corp, a policyholder that spent six years in bankruptcy during the 1980 s.

  • ND wants specifics on backlogged grain shipments Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide details of its backlog of grain shipments, saying farmers need detailed information with fall harvest fast approaching. But Sen John Hoeven, R- N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., and Rep.

  • Grain higher, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.30 a bushel; Sept corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.6525 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.25 a bushel; while Nov soybeans was 1.50 cents higher at $10.72 a bushel.

  • McDonald's profit slips; US sales decline Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill.— McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag. The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, hasn't managed to raise the figure since October. A stronger performance in the unit encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa helped offset a decline in Europe.