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  • CORALVILLE, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday projected Illinois' corn yield at a record of 196.96 bushels per acre, up from the tour average of 170.48 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 149.36, according to data provided by the tour.

  • Aug 20- The cleanup of a 5,000- gallon fuel oil spill from a Duke Energy Corp power plant into the Ohio River could stretch into Thursday, Duke said on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a 15- mile section of the river to limited traffic.

  • Hoosier State passenger rail extended 4 months Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line, it said Wednesday.

  • The company, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Hain Celestial Group, has received four reports of illness that may be associated with the products, according to a news release dated Tuesday.

  • *Russia says McDonald's branches breached sanitary rules. MOSCOW, Aug 20- Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.

  • Ohio River reopens as oil spill clean-up progresses Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 20- A 15- mile section of the Ohio River was reopened for limited traffic on Wednesday as clean-up of a 5,000- gallon fuel oil spill continued, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

  • Aug 20- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay an $896,000 civil penalty to the U.S. government for having failed to timely report a transaction that boosted its voting stake in building products company USG Corp.

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5850 a bushel; Dec corn was 5.75 cents lower at $3.6650 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3975 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 8.25 cents to $10.4450 a bushel.

  • Fortune Brands to sell window business for $130M Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fortune Brands Home& Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. Ply Gem, which is based in Cary, North Carolina, said it is buying Simonton to help it grow its windows division and plans to operate the company as a stand-alone business.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- Some doctors really mean it when they say they do not take health insurance. For others, it is more of a nuanced statement. "The burden of getting the forms right and getting all the paperwork is placed on the physician," says Dinah Miller, a psychiatrist who practices in Baltimore and co-authors a blog called Shrink Rap. "

  • Bloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation. "We're asking cities to do so much more," said James Anderson, who leads the government innovation programs at the foundation.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. Yack, who says he can get by on Social Security and his GM pension, is among millions of Americans who could re-enter the U.S. labor force if the economy improves.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- U.S. crude oil lost nearly $2 on Tuesday, falling for a second straight day as a rush of selling ahead of the session close brought the contract to its lowest price since January.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • Aug 19- The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15- mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60- year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months.

  • Senate Democrats demand liquid nicotine rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    FARMINGTON, Conn.— Two Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday announced a drive in Congress to require child-proof bottles of liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., said at a news conference at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Elizabeth Esty, D- Conn., said they are responding to a rising number of poisonings.

  • Attorney general sues State Farm over auto repairs Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.