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  • NEW YORK, July 14- Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether General Motors made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

  • *USDA pegs old-crop U.S. corn, soy stocks above estimates. And the USDA, in a monthly report, raised its forecast for the soybean harvest by 4.5 percent to 3.8 billion bushels. The USDA raised its outlook for U.S. corn inventories at the end of August by 8 percent from June to 1.246 billion bushels, topping analysts' estimates for 1.232 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, July 11- The United States government forecast on Friday abundant U.S. and world grain, soybean and cotton supplies in the coming year, consistent with the recent steep decline in prices. Corn also fell to the lowest on an active-month basis since August 2010 before finding support near the $4 per bushel level and turning slightly higher.

  • CHICAGO, July 11- U.S. farmland values have remained strong this summer despite falling crop prices, but that could change heading into the busy annual auction season at year's end, auctioneers say. "I'm surprised how strong land values have been," said Randy Hertz of Hertz Farm Management in Nevada, Iowa.

  • July 11- Two members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, including Chairman Ron Wyden, on Friday asked Gilead Sciences Inc to defend the more than $80,000 cost of its breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C, citing the expense to federal healthcare programs.

  • July 11- Two members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, including Chairman Ron Wyden, on Friday asked Gilead Sciences Inc to defend the more than $80,000 cost of its breakthrough new treatment for hepatitis C, citing the expense to federal healthcare programs.

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology this week said Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are at levels associated with a weak El Nino, but the threshold for the weather event has not yet been breached. El Nino could bring dry weather to Australia, which is already struggling with a drought, and it could also curb its wheat, sugar and cotton production.

  • CHICAGO, July 9- The cost to produce a BLT, America's favorite summer sandwich, hit a record high of $1.65 in May and will continue to take a bigger bite out of wallets in the coming months, given a pig virus that has ramped up bacon prices and drought-stricken salad crops in California.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 union jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan. "This is a bad business decision for United Airlines," Carlson said.

  • July 7- United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move. United Airlines would shift these jobs from its payroll and hire other companies to provide the employees, under the outsourcing plan.

  • NEW YORK, July 3- American Express Co is set to face off against the U.S. government and 17 states in a trial that begins on Monday over claims that it stifles competition from credit card providers that charge lower processing fees.

  • She and her brother, Mo Hailong, who also goes by the name Robert Mo, worked together and with several others from China to steal the valuable corn seed from Iowa and Illinois, according to law enforcement officials. Mo Yun was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles, while Mo Hailong was indicted and arrested in December.

  • She and her brother, Mo Hailong, worked together and with others to steal the valuable corn seed from Iowa and Illinois, according to law enforcement officials. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

  • CHICAGO, June 30- Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the mid- and upper- Mississippi River and force the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Near-record rains caused extensive flooding last week in parts of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.

  • *Chicago Board of Trade grain and soy futures tumbled on Monday keeping farmers uninterested in selling crops after the U.S. Agriculture Department forecast a record autumn harvest and larger-than-expected existing supplies. *USDA said the corn crop was rated 75 percent good to excellent as of June 29, up 1 percentage point from a week earlier.

  • June 30- Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the upper Mississippi River, forcing the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

  • *Corn bids held mostly steady amid a more active pace of farmer sales. Corn futures are hovering near a four-month low and growers increased sales this week to protect against further losses in price.

  • *Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade surged on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported higher-than-expected old-crop export sales. *A processor in Decatur, Illinois, increased its soybean basis bid by 10 cents a bushel while a river elevator in Davenport, Iowa, dropped its bid by 2 cents.

  • *Earnings jump 49 pct to $11.4 mln. June 26- Winnebago Industries Inc, the largest U.S. motorhome maker, reported its strongest quarterly revenue since 2005 as Americans spend more on big-ticket items in an improving economy. Winnebago's net income jumped 49 percent to $11.4 million, or 42 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK, June 23- For years, some U.S. states and cities failed to put enough money into their retirement systems, leaving an estimated $1 trillion gap in public pension funds across the country. But in two of the states with the biggest pension problems, New Jersey and Illinois, recent reforms allow lawsuits to seek to compel full contributions.