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  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • DuPont, Monsanto agree to settle patent lawsuits Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    Terms of the deal announced Tuesday by DuPont Co. and Monsanto Co. were not announced. St. Louis- based Monsanto had claimed that DuPont had infringed upon certain Monsanto patents for determining a seed's genetics. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, DuPont had alleged that Monsanto had infringed upon certain DuPont seed-processing patents.

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to put inmates to death. Instead, it will try to obtain pentobarbital or Sodium Pentothal, the powerful sedative also known as sodium thiopental that was used in lethal...

  • Ameren Missouri plans $135M in energy efficiency Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's largest electric company said Monday that it plans to invest $135 million in energy efficiency programs for customers over a three-year period. The St. Louis- based utility serves about 1.2 million electric customers, mostly in the St. Louis region or eastern and central Missouri. Its proposal, which was filed Monday with the...

  • Superfund site still passing tests decades later Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    AMAZONIA, Mo.— Tests show that a former northwest Missouri landfill that once was among the country's most polluted spots poses little risk today, 20 years after cleanup work was completed at the site. Wheeling Disposal began operating a landfill in the 1970 s in a rural area near Amazonia, The St. Joseph News-Press reported. A cap made of plastic, clay and soil was...

  • Express Scripts said Monday that it will no longer cover Sovaldi and Harvoni— two Gilead Sciences drugs that cost more than $80,000 each for a full course of treatment— or Johnson& Johnson's Olysio starting Jan. 1, except under limited circumstances. Instead, it will make AbbVie Inc.' s Viekira Pak, approved only Friday, the preferred treatment for patients who have...

  • Dec 21- On December 13, as thousands of protesters mobbed the New York streets, Yuseff Hamm, an NYPD police officer, was monitoring the demonstrations from a mobile command unit near the Brooklyn Bridge. Nor had he ever seen anything like what happened one week later, on Saturday: a lone gunman, hours after warning on Instagram that he planned an attack in retribution...

  • Dec 20- More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in...

  • The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations across the United States in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Police made some arrests in the demonstration on private property at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of...

  • Dec 18- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes. The U.S. Treasury Department said it expects to ease its sanction rules for banking in Cuba in the coming weeks.

  • NEW YORK/ ST. LOUIS, Dec 18- U.S. authorities sued MoneyGram International Inc's former chief compliance officer on Thursday, seeking a $1 million civil penalty and to hold him personally responsible for failing to stop fraudulent telemarketers from using the money-transfer firm's services. The lawsuit against Thomas Haider was filed in U.S. District Court in...

  • *Investors buy record share at $16 bln TIPS auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street shares rose a day after the U.S.

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • Massachusetts couple sues Whole Foods, ranch Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    BOSTON— A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8- year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat. Melissa and Andrew Kaye, of Braintree, said in their suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston that the grass-fed beef they bought at...

  • On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a "Staff Pick"— a designation that one of Kickstarter's 98 employees can give a project based on his or her personal tastes. Shelley Harper scoured Google, read blog posts and...

  • Lethal injection drug bill clears Ohio Legislature Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal the state House is poised to vote on Wednesday. Problems finding supplies of lethal drugs have created a de facto moratorium on executions in Ohio, which a decade ago was one of the country's busiest death penalty states. Ohio executed just one...

  • Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world. Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values after receiving an award from The Robert F....

  • Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:49 PM ET

    Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values as she accepted an award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice& Human Rights at a New York gala. During her speech, she declared, "yes, black lives matter," a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone on monetary policy, while a slide in oil prices pushed the Russian rouble to new lows and boosted the safe-haven yen. "That the FOMC sounds dovish either in the statement or the press conference is certainly a risk to the...