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  • NEW YORK, July 30- The U.S. dollar pared gains against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after a Federal Reserve statement disappointed expectations that the central bank would take a more hawkish bias on monetary policy.

  • Archer Daniels Midland settles EPA allegations Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at facilities where it stored fuels and oil in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

  • GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    The Senate voted 54-42 to end debate on the bill, six short of the 60 votes needed to advance it. The White House says President Barack Obama supports the legislation.

  • Member of 'swatting' ring pleads guilty in Texas Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    DALLAS— Prosecutors in Dallas say a member of a "swatting" ring that made hoax 911 calls has pleaded guilty to computer-related conspiracy and retaliation counts. Jason Allen Neff of Omaha, Nebraska, faces up to five years in federal prison in a plea deal over the investigation since 2006..

  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time' Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:14 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.

  • Processing issue delays bar exam submissions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    The Florida- based software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said the processing problem created a six-hour backlog that had been cleared by early Wednesday morning.

  • Panera 2Q profit drops 3.6 percent Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Panera Bread Co. on Tuesday reported earnings that decreased by 3.6 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations. The St. Louis- based company said net income dropped to $49.2 million, or $1.82 per share, from $51 million, or $1.74 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • Express Scripts 2Q profit falls 5.1 percent Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:26 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Express Scripts Holding Co. on Tuesday reported net income that decreased by 5.1 percent in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The St. Louis- based company said earnings dropped to $515.2 million from $543 million.

  • Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers.

  • Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    EASTON, Pa.— Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well. Crayola, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Missouri- based Hallmark Cards Inc., noted Orlando is a top family destination.

  • Lottery ticket would aid Missouri veterans Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    Several states already allocate some lottery revenue to veterans, including three of Missouri's neighbors— Kansas, Iowa and Illinois— along with Texas and West Virginia.

  • Arch Coal posts bigger 2Q loss Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened partly because of nagging rail disruptions and weaker prices for coal used in making steel, though cost controls helped the coal producer's latest earnings surpass analysts' expectations.

  • *BP the biggest foreign investor in Russia with Rosneft stake. LONDON, July 29- Oil and gas producer BP reported a sharp rise in second quarter profits on Tuesday but warned that further Western sanctions on Russia could harm its business there and its relationship with Russian state oil company Rosneft.

  • Monsanto Co., Dow Chemical and other GMO crop backers last summer kicked off an interactive website, called GMO Answers, as the centerpiece of a broad effort to win over consumers.

  • Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    VILLA PARK, Ill.— In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and takes home $435 per paycheck.

  • The so-called "Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List," or SSI List, was announced by President Barack Obama on July 16 as the United States stepped up pressure on Russia over its support for separatist rebels in war-torn Ukraine.

  • DETROIT, July 28- U.S. and Canadian dealers on Monday began ordering 2015 Ford Motor Co F-150 pickup trucks, which are lighter than earlier models, priced higher and include additional standard features, the company said. The XL base price will be $26,615 including destination charges, and the XLT will begin at $31,890.

  • Express Scripts expansion could mean 1,500 jobs Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    Jay Nixon helped Express Scripts mark the $56 million expansion project at a ceremony on Monday. "Express Scripts is a company that is proud to be born and raised in Missouri and we look forward to continuing our growth here," said George Paz, chairman and chief executive officer.

  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 4:46 AM ET

    VILLA PARK, Ill.— Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15- an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. "People are just fed up," said Cindy Enriquez, 20, of Phoenix.

  • Freight broker to open office in St. Louis Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A national freight brokerage firm plans to open a new office in St. Louis that could employ 95 people within the next five years. With the addition of the Missouri office, the company will have locations in 14 states and employ more than 2,800 people.