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  • It opened its first flagship store in New York City's chic Soho neighborhood in 2006. With the addition this week of a new location in Wayne, New Jersey, the company- owned by the world's fourth-largest fashion retailer, Fast Retailing Co- now operates 26 U.S. stores.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Brent turned lower and U.S. crude extended losses on Wednesday after a government report showed crude stocks rose sharply in the United States last week and as a strong dollar continued to create headwinds for dollar-denominated commodities.

  • Sept 17- Nucor Corp shares rose to a six-year high on Wednesday after the steelmaker said it would report higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings. Nucor said it expected to post a third-quarter profit of 70 cents to 75 cents per share.

  • Illinois panel delays decision on fracking rules Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.

  • *OPEC could trim 2015 output to 29.5 mln bpd- Badri. Brent was down 42 cents at $98.63 a barrel by 1457 GMT, after closing up $2.40 in the previous session, the biggest daily gain since Sept. 3. "It looks like we've got extra oil hanging around- that was the initial shock of the number," said Phil Flynn, an analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Wednesday, 17 Sep 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 $4.9625 a bushel; Dec corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.4125 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5075 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.85 a bushel.

  • HJ Heinz to make jarred baby food in Pittsburgh Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the baby food will be shipped to Canada.

  • Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Barcelona was awarded 5 million euro as top finisher. Four others were awarded 1 million euros each: the metropolitan area of Kirklees, England, and the cities of Stockholm; Warsaw, Poland; and Athens, Greece.

  • Laments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled.

  • Truck firm faces paying millions in Amtrak crash Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.7 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that faulted one of its drivers for a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens.

  • Beanie Babies creator's sentence debated in court Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

  • 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners unveiled Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— CHICAGO— A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

  • Penn. editor, Conn. newspaper get diversity award Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:49 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Philadelphia Daily News Editor Michael Days and the New Haven Register received the 13th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership at the Associated Press Media Editors-American Society of News Editors conference on Tuesday.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 29 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of September monetary policy meeting- 0730 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Central Bank Deputy Governor Martin Floden speaks on the topic "The economic situation and my views on monetary policy"- 0900 GMT.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors. WASHINGTON— American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. IPOs, according to research by Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida.

  • DETROIT, Sept 16- An expert witness hand-picked by the federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case will testify on the feasibility of the city's debt adjustment plan without restrictions, the judge ruled on Tuesday.

  • *Washington Prime to buy Glimcher realty. NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday and the S&P notched its best performance in a month after a report shifted investor expectations for the Federal Reserve's policy statement due on Wednesday.

  • *OPEC to cut output target in November meeting- Badri. *Russia to send troops to Crimea amid NATO exercises in Ukraine. NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. crude futures rose by more than $2 and Brent by more than $1 on Tuesday on the prospect of an OPEC production cut as well as on a weakening dollar and news that Libya had curbed output after rockets hit an area near a refinery.

  • *Russia to send troops to Crimea amid NATO exercises in Ukraine. NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. crude futures rose more by more than $2 and Brent by more than $1 on Tuesday on the prospect of an OPEC production cut as well as on a weakening dollar and news that Libya had curbed output after rockets hit an area near a refinery.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- U.S. lawmakers are considering proposals to deal with a rising number of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to slash their tax bills.