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  • Coal struggle endures with W.Va. mine layoff plans Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— From Boone County banker Lee Milam's experience, each round of coal mine layoffs that hits southern West Virginia stifles his community's already-fragile economy. Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October.

  • GRAINS-U.S. wheat gains on strong export prospects Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    *Corn on track for sixth straight weekly loss. Corn and soybeans fell as the weather forecast turned wetter for some of the drier areas of the U.S.

  • Aug 1- Harley-Davidson Inc is recalling more than 3,000 motorcycles to fix an ignition switch issue that can cause the bikes to stall and crash, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said on Friday. This is the second big recall Harley-Davidson has been forced to make this summer, typically the company's peak selling season.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was up 13.75 cents to $5.44 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.75 cents lower at $3.5525 a bushel; Dec oats were 2.5 cents lower at $3.28 a bushel; while Nov soybeans lost 18 cents to $10.64 a bushel.

  • *Ohio refinery to undergo turnaround in 4 Q. Aug 1- PBF Energy Inc is taking some crude by rail at its Ohio refinery via a third party, but the company may build its own offloading facility there, Chief Executive Officer Tom Nimbley told analysts on Friday.

  • Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems. States affected are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 1- Chicago said its budget deficit was on track to shrink to just below $300 million in 2015, but a state-mandated increase in pension payments would expand gaps in the future.

  • BEIJING, Aug 1- U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares were mostly under water on Friday after a sudden slump on Wall Street spilled over globally, though a surprisingly strong pick up in manufacturing helped Chinese markets hold at seven-month highs.

  • Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilities.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares pared losses on Friday as data showing a surprisingly strong pick up in Chinese manufacturing helped take some of the sting out of a slump on Wall Street.

  • *Gold melts to a 6- week low, oil hits 4- month trough. SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares stumbled on Friday after a month-end swoon on Wall Street, though some were hoping China would offer better news on manufacturing and help steady investor sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent.

  • CHICAGO, July 31- A salmonella outbreak linked to California- based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

  • Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Ronald Avers said one buyer of boneless chuck roast at the Shop' n Save store in Belleville just east of St. Louis later bit into one of the needles, and a needle slipped into a steak stuck another customer.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil tumbled more than $2 on Thursday, going below $98 a barrel, hitting the lowest level since March on news of a potentially lengthy shutdown at a Kansas oil refinery, while Brent also slipped amid signs of robust OPEC oil production.

  • AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    That's what$ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The Bay Area saw a record number of houses and condos going for $1 million and above in the spring, pushing the median selling price into the cool million-dollar range for the first time in June, real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick said Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Famed oil trader Andy Hall's more than $3 billion hedge fund was up nearly 20 percent at the half-year mark, sharply outpacing its rivals in one of the best performances of its seven-year history, data obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

  • *Corn, soy, wheat all post monthly losses. "The beans firmed up due to some speculators taking advantage of the weakness earlier in light of the very strong demand we are seeing," said Terry Reilly, an analyst at Futures International in Chicago. Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for August delivery settled up 4 cents at $12.24-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    The decision allows only a narrow set of Medicaid patients to be treated with the $1,000- per-pill drug known as Sovaldi, made by Gilead Sciences Inc.. They say treating all Medicaid patients with the liver-wasting disease would cost almost as much as last year's entire drug bill.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil tumbled more than $2 on Thursday, going below $98 a barrel, hitting the lowest level since March on news of a potentially lengthy shutdown at a Kansas oil refinery, while Brent also slipped amid signs of robust OPEC oil production.