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  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 24- U.S. consumers have not turned out in force for the final shopping days before Christmas, suggesting that traditional retailers will just meet industry sales forecasts in a season marked by deep discounts and growing encroachment from online rivals led by Amazon.com Inc.. "The past weekend will not save this holiday season," said Craig Johnson,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- Global oil markets fell again on Wednesday in holiday-thin trade, extending more than a week of see-saw volatility as traders jousted over whether a growing supply glut had been fully priced in. "It's a Christmas flood of oil at a time when refiners and producers usually are letting inventories get lower for end-of-year tax reasons," said Phil...

  • BP appeals rejection of removing spill claims head Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— BP PLC is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to kick out the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill. A 75- page brief submitted Tuesday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals contends, among other things, that Patrick Juneau had secretly drafted court papers filed against BP before he was appointed claims...

  • Unions make push to recruit protected immigrants Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally. "I think we'll see very positive changes" because of the action, said Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International...

  • *Brent seesaws around $60; U.S. crude around $55. Brent seesawed on both sides of $60 and U.S. crude hovered around $55. "It's a Christmas flood of oil at a time when refiners and producers usually are letting inventories get lower for end-of-year tax reasons, but with this flood of supply there's no place to put it," said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in...

  • Crude inventories rose by 7.3 million barrels in the last week, according to Energy Information Administration data, surprising analysts who had expected a decrease of 2.3 million barrels. "It's a very bearish report and plays into the mantra of supply glut and it will be interesting to see if the price can test the lows in the $53 area as the year comes to a close,"...

  • Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle your holiday gift returns Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes. Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. A recent National Retail Federation survey of 60 merchant loss-prevention executives estimated that fraud related to...

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly lower Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at 6.355 cents a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents lower at $4.12 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.09 a bushel; while Mar soybeans were unchanged at $10.4575 a bushel. Feb live cattle was unchanged at $1.6060 a pound; Mar feeder cattle was. 97...

  • Cards Against Humanity buys 6-acre Maine island Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Cards Against Humanity has purchased a 6- acre private island in Maine and is doling out 1- square-foot parcels to participants in its holiday fundraising campaign. The Chicago- based game-maker bought Birch Island in St. George Lake for about $200,000 in October and renamed it Hawaii 2, the Portland Press Herald reported.

  • Los Angeles cracks down on tow truck bandits Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes— tow truck "bandits" who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks. The cluster of cases recently led the city and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which tracks such complaints nationwide, to...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • "The FDA has carefully examined and considered the available scientific evidence relevant to its blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men, including the results of several recently completed scientific studies and recent epidemiologic data," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement. The FDA said the move aligns the policy for...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 23- U.S. farmland rents for 2015 are on track to be down 5 to 10 percent from the top fees of a year ago due to lower grain prices, but landowners remain stubborn about deeper cuts and some are adding clauses to boost revenue if grain prices bounce back. We are still seeing 5-10 percent down from the extreme tops in the really strong markets where cash rents...

  • Crude markets were also supported by expectations for lower U.S. inventories in preliminary data for the week to Dec. 19 due from the American Petroleum Institute. The Commerce Department earlier Tuesday revised up its estimate of U.S. gross domestic product growth in the third quarter to a 5.0 percent annual pace, citing stronger consumer and business...

  • Grain higher, cattle lower, pork higher Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery rose 6.75 cents to $6.325 a bushel; Mar corn was 1.75 cents higher at $4.135 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.0975 a bushel; while Mar soybeans gained 6.25 cents to $10.52 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 10 cent lower at $1.6072 a pound; Mar feeder cattle...

  • US STOCKS-Dow, S&P hit record after GDP data Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    *Q3 GDP revised up to 5 percent annual pace. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stocks advanced on Tuesday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 building on a four-day rally to set new intraday records after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth. "That is a solid number, that is really what you want to see, you want to see it in demand," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO...

  • *Sterling at 16- month lows, bombarded by UK and U.S. data. NEW YORK, Dec 23- The dollar strengthened on Tuesday after a revised third-quarter U.S. gross domestic product report blew past expectations to register the fastest pace of growth in 11 years. At first blush you have to say it was a very good revision, "said Lou Brien, strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago.

  • *Q3 GDP revised up to 5 percent annual pace. NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Tuesday, putting the Dow and S&P 500 on track to extend a four-day rally after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth. "That is a solid number, that is really what you want to see, you want to see it in demand," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO...

  • Dec 23- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a record number of prescriptions filled, sending its shares up 3.6 percent. The combined cost savings for Walgreen and Alliance Boots in the quarter were about $140 million. Net income attributable to Walgreen rose 16 percent to $809 million, or 85...