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  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Aug 21- A clutch of states including California, New York and Illinois will share in a mini-bonanza from the $16.65 billion settlement agreed by Bank of America Corp on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Aug 21- A clutch of states including California, New York and Illinois will share in a mini-bonanza from the $16.65 billion settlement agreed by Bank of America Corp on Thursday.

  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Appearing thin but smiling, a Texas doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said on Thursday he was "thrilled to be alive" as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 21- Gold slid 1.4 percent to its lowest in two months on Thursday, extending losses to a fifth session, as fears about an early interest rate hike by the U.S.

  • ATLANTA, Aug 21- Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital, one of their doctors said on Thursday.

  • Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the iconic American snack cake Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history. The company said Wednesday it plans to close the Schiller Park bakery in October.

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 4.25 cents higher at $5.5425 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.50 cents higher at $3.71 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3950 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 2 cents to $10.40 a bushel.

  • Card cheat who used invisible ink gets casino ban Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    NEW LONDON, Conn.— A New Jersey man has been banned from Connecticut's casinos after pleading guilty to using invisible ink to mark cards at one. Bruce Koloshi of Summit, New Jersey, was sentenced Wednesday to the 10 months he served since his arrest last September at Mohegan Sun.

  • Aug 21- Baxter International Inc said a more potent version of its flagship blood disorder drug Advate met the main goal in a late-stage study.

  • United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The move comes as American Airlines goes the other way, eliminating hot meals on most flights less than 1,000 miles starting Sept. 1.

  • Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping. Sears, controlled by billionaire hedge fund investor Edward Lampert, lost $573 million, or $5.39 per share, for the period ended Aug. 2.

  • Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:36 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they— and their money— are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

  • 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.