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  • Scotts Miracle-Gro to buy pest control company Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said Monday that it plans to buy Action Pest Control Inc., a Midwest company that helps rid homes and businesses of bedbugs, termites and other pests. Scotts Miracle-Gro, based in Marysville, Ohio, already has a pest control service in Florida. Shares of Scotts Miracle-Gro added 39 cents to $56.52 in afternoon trading Monday.

  • ITT enrollment falls less than feared, stock soars Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    CARMEL, Ind.— ITT Educational Services Inc. shares skyrocketed Friday after the for-profit education company said that enrollment fell less than expected at its schools in recent months. It filed that paperwork with the SEC Thursday, clearing the way for the update. The Carmel, Indiana, company also said Friday that its cash balances improved 21.3 percent from...

  • Delay in Illinois fracking permitting spurs suit Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. It comes as the state faces a Nov. 15 deadline for sorting out the rules for how developers would deploy high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," under an Illinois law approved last year. Energy resources "just have been a godsend to that part of the state," Rod Taylor, a southern...

  • Nation's travel security chief Pistole to retire Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— John Pistole announced Thursday he is stepping down as chief of the Transportation Security Administration after 4 1/ 2 turbulent years in which the agency sought to balance passenger privacy against safety and stay a step ahead of terrorists looking for cunning new ways to smuggle bombs aboard planes. Pistole warned last month that an al-Qaida...

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

    But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. "Anything that gives women more control over the timing of fertility is going to be helpful to professional women," said Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the...

  • Indiana police: Megabus crashes, 18 injured Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis on Tuesday after striking a crashed car, leaving 18 people with mostly minor injuries, police said. The bus, operated by Megabus, was traveling from Atlanta to Chicago, said Sean Hughes, spokesman for the line's parent company, Coach USA North America.

  • Democratic ads off the air in Kentucky Senate race Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    FLORENCE, Ky.— The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, a severe blow to Alison Lundergan Grimes in her challenge to Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The committee's decision in Kentucky was in strong contrast to its activities in other states with pivotal Senate races. Democrats continued to...

  • Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. "Anything that gives women more control over the timing of fertility is going to be helpful to professional women," said Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the...

  • Angie's List plans $40M Indianapolis expansion Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— The consumer review service Angie's List plans a $40 million expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters, adding 1,000 new jobs to its workforce over the next few years, officials announced Tuesday. Angie's List plans to expand its headquarters staff from about 500 employees in 2011 to about 2,800 by the end of 2019, the company said in a news...

  • Indiana police: Tour bus crashes, several injured Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis on Tuesday after apparently swerving to avoid an earlier crash, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others, officials said. The bus, operated by the Megabus line, was traveling from Atlanta to Chicago, said Sean Hughes, a spokesman for the...

  • Purdue expert: Holiday spending to climb 4 percent Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:03 AM ET

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.— Holiday spending this year should rise about 4 percent over 2013 levels, but it won't be all good news for all retailers, a Purdue University expert said. The growth this year, if it occurs, would be a marked increase over the 2.8 percent sales growth last year over the previous year, Purdue professor of retail management Richard Feinberg said.

  • Fort Wayne GM plant seeks tax break for upgrade Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    FORT WAYNE, Ind.— General Motors' Fort Wayne truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said Monday. Executives at the Fort Wayne plant are trying to make a case to company leaders for such an investment in new space and equipment, spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said.

  • *Some storage sites expected to be full by 2016. SEOUL, Oct 13- Among the usual commercials for beer, noodles and cars on South Korean TV, one item stands in marked contrast. It plans to cram those sites with more fuel than they were originally intended to hold while it looks for a permanent solution, suggesting little has been learned from the Fukushima disaster in...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he's getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds. Gillispie, who is waiting to see if he will face a new criminal trial, has...

  • Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations. Already, hog supplies are on the rise, with 5.46 million baby pigs born between June and August in Iowa, the nation's leading producer— the highest quarterly total in 20 years...

  • USDA ups expected record corn, soybean harvest Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    It's the third consecutive month the USDA has increased its estimate of the corn harvest as favorable weather helped the crops develop. Twenty-two states expect a record high corn yield for 2014, and 10 states will set a benchmark for number of ears, including Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio. Soybean farmers will see records fall, too, as 12 states will set new...

  • Nursing home chain to pay $38M in US settlement Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said Friday. The federal government accused the company of substandard care, between 2007 and 2013, in 33 of its skilled nursing homes in...

  • Indianapolis airport debuts customer service robot Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— A new customer service robot has started roaming around the passenger terminal of Indianapolis International Airport. Guest services director Brian Eckstein drove the robot remotely, with the camera lens on the iPad giving him a wide view of its surroundings and the travelers on the terminal's ground floor. "I'd rather ask a human a question,...