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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill in northwestern North Dakota reached the Missouri River, the state's environmental chief said Friday, adding that officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies because it was so diluted. Blacktail Creek and the Little Muddy River were...

  • $2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 PM ET

    But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. "It's crazy," says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech University who studies oil and gasoline prices. U.S. crude oil traded Friday just below $46 a barrel and the average price for a gallon of gas was $2.04.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 23- Regional railroad Kansas City Southern reported a higher quarterly net profit that came in well above Wall Street expectations, driven mainly by higher freight volumes, and said it expected to benefit from a growing U.S. economy in 2015.. The company said "while there is significant volatility in the energy markets" it expects to see volume growth...

  • Kansas City Southern beats 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 8:19 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Kansas City Southern on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $141 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.23 per share. Kansas City Southern shares have dropped almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure. Prices rose 3.3 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier, real estate data firm Zillow said Friday. Rental prices have risen 52...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations. Obama needs the Republican-controlled Congress to completely normalize relations with Cuba, and Republicans such as Florida...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalize trade and travel. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who led the American delegation, said re-establishing diplomatic...

  • Kellow named next CEO of coal-mining Peabody Energy Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Coal-mining Peabody Energy Corp. soon will have a new chief executive. The St. Louis- based company announced Thursday that Peabody's chief operating officer, Glenn Kellow, will succeed CEO Greg Boyce on May 4. Its U.S. operations include mines in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.

  • "It is unclear at this point whether or not this move up in the trend reflects issues seasonally adjusting the data around the holidays or if it represents a more meaningful deterioration in the labor market," said Daniel Silver, an economist at JP Morgan in New York. State-level data for the week ending Jan. 10 showed an increase in claims in the oil-producing...

  • Enterprise Financial Services posts 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:27 AM ET

    CLAYTON, Mo. _ Enterprise Financial Services Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Analysts expected $32.4 million, according to Zacks.

  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:18 AM ET

    HAVANA— The United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement, but sharp differences over the role of human rights in their new relationship. "Cuba has never responded to pressure," Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, responded.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • Reports: Google planning to sell wireless phone service Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:35 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday. If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk losing...

  • HAVANA, Jan 21- The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities. He also urged Congress to start work on ending the embargo but critics at home say Obama first needs to win...

  • Missouri governor urges 'healing and hope' after Ferguson Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:34 AM ET

    Jay Nixon implored lawmakers to embrace policies that "foster healing and hope" Wednesday as he delivered his first State of the State address since the unrest that erupted over the fatal police shooting of a black 18- year-old in Ferguson. "The legacy of Ferguson will be determined by what we do next to foster healing and hope and the changes we make to strengthen...

  • ST. LOUIS— The discovery of two lab-confirmed tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis offers fresh proof the endangered species descending from the dinosaur era is reproducing, the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday. The two larval sturgeons, found during Missouri Department of Conservation sampling last June, mark the first time the...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri Republican proposed expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income military veterans and their families Tuesday as a slimmed down alternative to a broader Medicaid expansion that has been opposed by many of his GOP colleagues. Ryan Silvey would expand Medicaid coverage for veterans and their families making up to 138 percent of...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge caused Monett's wastewater system to fail and...