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  • A line of children's booster seats with potentially faulty safety straps are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include several types of gas ranges with defects that can cause burn or fire hazards. FOR MORE: Call Vivint at 759-8189 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or online at www.vivint.com and click on "Product Recall."

  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The project includes a new 450,000- square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the current production facility in Bowling Green. "The Corvette is one of Kentucky's most-cherished icons,"...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that employers have a duty to protect workers in their 401 plans from mutual funds that are too expensive or perform poorly. The high court ruled on a class-action lawsuit against Edison International. St. Louis lawyer Jerome Schlichter, who has made a cause of suing 401 plans to get them to shape up, brought the...

  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. We're going to continue and finish up the bill this week, "Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., and Obama's most...

  • Missouri lawmakers pass multiple tax code changes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:57 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— The Missouri Legislature's tumultuous final week prevented action on some omnibus tax legislation. Several smaller measures received final approval or were sent to the governor, though, before action in the Senate ground to a halt after a vote on a contentious right-to-work bill. Requires the Department of Revenue to notify sellers of...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • European cable and mobile phone operator Altice, controlled by founder Patrick Drahi, is fixing its sights on the U.S. market starting with a $9.1 billion deal for St. Louis- based Suddenlink. Such companies say their costs, per subscriber, are higher than those of cable giants such as Comcast. Comcast's own $45 billion quest for No. 2 rival Time Warner Cable was...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $4.5 million for violations of state law that included paying for elective abortions when the women were not eligible under their policies, marking the largest insurance penalty in state history. Hutchings said Aetna is reviewing claims of those potentially...

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The third of four key U.S. congressional committees on Tuesday approved funding for 12 additional Boeing Co fighter jets in fiscal 2016, increasing the prospects that the company will keep its St. Louis production line running past the end of 2017.. The committee followed the lead of the House and Senate armed services committees, which each...

  • NEW YORK— Safety regulators say Missouri- based Kaldi's Coffee is recalling 700,000 disposable coffee cup sleeves because they pose a fire hazard. The paper sleeves fit 12- and 16- ounce cups, and they were distributed for free with hot drink orders at Kaldi's Coffee stores between February 2014 and March 2015. The sleeves are black and have "Kaldi's Coffee" and...

  • Sector Snap: Taser and Digital Ally fall Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is showcasing a new wearable camera for police officers, and shares of rival body camera makers Digital Ally and Taser slumped. Panasonic's Arbitrator Body-Worn Camera weighs 4.6 ounces, is water-resistant and has eight hours of battery life. Panasonic announced the new camera on Wednesday and began showing it...

  • Dog food company recalls product over salmonella fears Monday, 18 May 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    The Food& Drug Administration said last week that California- based OC Raw Dog has recalled its Turkey& Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation. The products were distributed in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and Pennsylvania. The FDA says pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting.

  • Fueled by the popularity of the folksy online tutorials that their mother, Jenny Doan, churned out, Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton now employs 184 people and ships up to 5,000 orders a day to customers around the world, including to 50 countries in April. "It's not what me and my business buddies all thought I would be working on some day," said Alan Doan during...

  • May 15- As seed and chemical maker Monsanto Co. woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, Monsanto also is trying to win over consumers in key international markets, rolling out social media and marketing campaigns. U.S.-based Monsanto said it has recently launched interactive consumer-oriented websites in China, France, India, Argentina and Brazil, in...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri lawmakers concluded a tumultuous annual session Friday, ending their work ahead of a deadline while failing to pass a bill rewriting the state's deadly force standards for police in response to last summer's fatal shooting in Ferguson. The House quit about 10 minutes early, and the Senate nearly three hours ahead of the mandatory 6...

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Prices for prime crop land in the central Corn Belt held up better than other regions in the first quarter, but the outlook for low grain prices looked likely to pressure land values and farm incomes further in coming months, according to Federal Reserve quarterly surveys of farm bankers issued on Thursday. But it said a jump in farmland values in...

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Wholesale U.S. choice-grade beef hit an all-time high on Thursday, spurred by supermarkets stocking up on tight supplies for the May 25 Memorial Day holiday, the kickoff of the summer grilling season, traders and analysts said. Thursday morning's wholesale price for choice beef hit $264.52 per hundredweight, topping the previous record of...

  • CARACAS/ NEW YORK, May 14- A growing number of U.S. companies say they can't cope with Venezuela's sinking bolivar currency, prompting some of them to remove their operations in the South American nation from their consolidated financial reports. The restructuring moves can shield the financial results of parent companies such as batteries and razors maker...

  • Oak on the tongue: Bourbon boom drives demand for USA oak Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    OAKVILLE, Calif.— Napa Valley vintner David Duncan has been known to stick his head in an American white oak barrel to get a full hit of the vanilla-laden, fresh-baked cookie smell the emanates from the wood. In fact, his Silver Oak winery— which produces classic cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley— is so wedded to using only American oak to...