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  • April 17- Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits. Wal-Mart had not requested any city plumbing permits for the Pico Rivera store, the workers and city officials said. He declined to comment further on Wal-Mart's actions.

  • April 17- A section of the Mississippi River was closed on Friday following a diesel spill from a pipeline belonging to Phillips 66, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The diesel fuel was released into the Cahokia Canal that empties into the Mississippi River and the fuel reached the river, a company spokesman said. Oil spill response contractors have mobilized...

  • NEW YORK— New Yorkers may soon be able to count calories burned and miles traveled while pedaling Citi Bikes, the popular bicycle-sharing program with a troubled history that is undergoing a major overhaul under new leadership. The new CEO of the Brooklyn- based company that owns Citi Bike says a revamped smartphone app will soon offer such detailed fitness...

  • LAS VEGAS— The bankrupt operating division of casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp. wants more time to file its reorganization plan to get out from under about $18 billion in debt. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. lawyers filed a motion this week asking a bankruptcy judge in Chicago to allow the company six more months to file its own plan exclusively.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. transportation officials said on Friday. U.S. officials have been wrestling with how to make oil train deliveries safer ever since a runaway shipment...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— A man removed from a California- bound Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Omaha has been sentenced. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nebraska says 24- year-old Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, of Oswego, Illinois, was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised released and ordered to pay $4,400 in restitution to Southwest Airlines.

  • At a Glance: Internet TV options Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

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  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. officials said on Friday. Shippers must account for who handled crude oil involved in any mishap and what the operator knows about the possible...

  • WASHINGTON— An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just...

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.9075 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents lower at $3.83 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6350 a bushel; while July soybeans was 3 cents higher at 9.72 a bushel. June live cattle was. 15 cents higher $1.5215 a pound; August feeder...

  • CHICAGO— Lawyer: Chicago Public Schools chief requests leave amid federal probe over no-bid contract.

  • CHICAGO— A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Manchester, New Hampshire was removed after allegedly poking a snoring passenger with a pen. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said in a statement the man was not injured in the incident. He was able to continue on the flight to New Hampshire, which was scheduled to leave Chicago's Midway...

  • *Netflix and Philip Morris rally after results. *Etsy, Virtu shares surge in IPOs. Weighing on the S&P 500 were Apple and General Electric, which is expected to report its first-quarter results on Friday before the start of trading.

  • Edsal Manufacturing Co. Inc., expects to begin hiring in Gary, including a large number of minimum-wage jobs, in a matter of weeks, according to the Chicago- based company's executive vice president Mitch Liss. The company, which makes commercial-grade steel shelving and storage systems, will move into the historic Chicago Steel Building in Gary.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 16- Gold steadied around $1,200 an ounce on Thursday, paring losses as the U.S. dollar extended gains, while weak demand for physical metal added pressure and uncertainty over the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike underpinned prices. Spot gold was down 0.05 percent at $1,200.66 an ounce by 2:26 p.m. EDT, having traded from $1,194.56 to...

  • *OPEC March output surges 810,000 bpd on Saudi, Iraq boost. NEW YORK, April 16- Crude oil prices jumped to fresh 2015 peaks on Thursday, turning higher on news that a tribal group made up of former Al Qaeda militants took control of a major southern oil terminal in Yemen. "The report on Al Qaeda forces taking over facilities in Yemen sent prices up," said Phil Flynn, analyst...

  • *Soybeans firm on better-than-expected U.S. export sales. *Corn flat in choppy, range-bound trade. Corn and soybeans firmed in choppy trade.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock higher Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 1.75 cents higher at $4.9075 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.8325 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6650 a bushel; while July soybeans was unchanged at 9.6775 a bushel. June live cattle was. 28 cents higher $1.5195 a pound;...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- The U.S. dollar hit its lowest level against the euro in a week on Thursday after traders concluded that recent weakness in U.S. economic data could delay the first Federal Reserve rate hike. A Fed hike is expected to boost the dollar by driving investment flows into the United States. "This is more dollar weakness, driven by the market coming around...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- U.S. Treasury yields fell slightly on Thursday as weak housing data added to concerns over slowing U.S. economic growth, while the standoff between Greece and its creditors also added a safety bid to the debt. "We turned a little bit on the housing data, which was weaker than expected, and it's getting harder to blame the weather," said market...