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  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.30 a bushel; May corn was 4.25 cents higher at $3. 89¼ a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.79 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 12 cents to $9. 85¾ a bushel. June live cattle rose 1.78 cents to $1.5225 a pound; May feeder cattle was 2.1...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • March 21- A tentative agreement has been reached in a labor dispute at a Honeywell International Inc uranium conversion plant in Illinois, potentially ending a work stoppage that began last August, federal mediators and the company said on Saturday. Production and maintenance employees at the Metropolis, Illinois, plant who are members of United...

  • March 21- A tentative agreement has been reached in a labor dispute at a Honeywell International Inc uranium conversion plant in Illinois, potentially ending a work stoppage that began last August, federal mediators said on Saturday. Production and maintenance employees at the Metropolis, Illinois, plant who are members of United Steelworkers Local 7 -669...

  • CHICAGO— Illinois' Democratic attorney general on Friday delivered a blow to Gov. One proposal would allow voters to create "right-to-work zones" in Illinois counties where union membership and dues would be voluntary. Before crowds across Illinois in recent weeks, the multimillionaire businessman has argued unions have too much power and that overly...

  • March 20- A federal judge rejected Bank of America Corp's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which Cook County, Illinois, accused the lender of targeting black and Hispanic borrowers in the Chicago area with subprime mortgages. District Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago said Cook County could pursue allegations that the bank steered minority borrowers into an...

  • *Gold up 2 pct on week after hitting 4- month low. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 20- Gold prices hit two-week highs on Friday and were poised for their biggest weekly jump since mid-January, after the U.S. Spot gold was up 1.2 percent at $1,184.55 an ounce by 1:55 p.m. EDT after hitting $1,187.80, and U.S. gold futures for April delivery closed up $15.60 an ounce at $1,184.60.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.12 a bushel; May corn was 4.5 cents higher at $3.78 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.73 a bushel; while May soybeans surged 16.25 cents to $9.78 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 12 cent to $1.5010 a pound; May feeder cattle was. 08 cent...

  • Hawaii property where "Magnum, P.I." filmed sold Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    An attorney for President Barack Obama's close friend Marty Nesbitt said Thursday that his client bought the property. The 3- acre property is in Waimanalo, next to the town of Kailua where the Obama family has spent the winter holidays in recent years. He is currently the chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation, which will build the president's future library.

  • The grants, announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year— twice its cost in 2008.. The food stamp program has long been the center of political wrangling in Washington, with elective officials debating it virtually endlessly.

  • The meat enters through Hong Kong, Deputy U.S. How much U.S. beef is being transshipped through Hong Kong into China is not known, trade officials said. But the volume that comes in from the United States alone is more than all the beef consumed in Hong Kong, they said.

  • LAS VEGAS— No one said it was going to be easy, and the bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment's debt-heavy operations arm has been anything but as it appears to be growing even more complex and lengthier than expected. With some $18 billion in debt and tens of thousands of employees scattered around some 38 hotels and casinos, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co....

  • *Kuwait says OPEC must keep output steady. NEW YORK, March 19- Oil prices tumbled on Thursday as a rebounding dollar and Kuwait's stance that OPEC had no choice but to keep producing in an oversupplied market undercut the previous day's rally. "It's dollar play all over again today," said Phil Flynn, analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago.

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Planting is expected to start early in the northern U.S. "I would expect planting to go a little better in the upper Midwest this spring than it will in the Ohio River Valley," Brad Rippey, a meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told reporters at a spring outlook presentation. In the southern Midwest, including the southern tips of...

  • CHICAGO— A federal jury found the former owner of a now-shuttered Chicago hospital and two former top administrators guilty on Thursday of taking part in a scheme to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to doctors in exchange for referring patients on Medicare and Medicaid to the struggling facility. Edward J. Novak, the onetime owner of Sacred Heart...

  • Atlantic City rejected by voters on new Monopoly games Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    Atlantic City is where the Monopoly board game began, but voters in a global contest to pick cities for new editions of the 80- year-old game have turned their attention elsewhere. According to results released Thursday— the 80th birthday of Monopoly— Atlantic City, whose streets provided the names for the game's squares when it was created in 1935, did not make...

  • California opposition to oil-by-rail mounts Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:03 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 19- A chorus of local governments across California opposed to crude oil trains grew louder this week in light of recent derailments, with a total of 14 cities and towns now trying to block the trains from running through their communities. Five northern California cities- Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, Martinez and Davis- have voiced their...

  • Bruce Rauner, indomitable in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, general counsel Jason Barclay directs departments under the Republican...

  • BOSTON— New Bedford is all-in as it vies for the state's final gambling license. Monday had been the most recent deadline, but the New Bedford and Somerset developers had appealed for more time. "We're ready to go in New Bedford."

  • *Kuwait says OPEC has no choice but to keep output steady. NEW YORK, March 19- Oil prices fell on Thursday as a rebounding dollar and Kuwait's stance that OPEC had no choice but to keep producing in an oversupplied market undercut a rally from the previous day. "It's dollar play all over again today," said Phil Flynn, analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago.