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  • CHICAGO— What was to be a five-hour trip between Chicago and St. Louis turned into a 14- hour ordeal for passengers aboard an Amtrak train due to a truck accident and the derailment of a freight train. The Amtrak train left Chicago late Monday with 150 passengers and returned to the city early Tuesday. According to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department said a...

  • ENFIELD, Conn.— Greeting cards company Hallmark on Tuesday announced plans to close its long-standing distribution center in Enfield by the end of June 2016, a move that will affect 570 employees. Hallmark, known for its greeting cards, ornaments and other products, has operated its East Coast distribution operations in Enfield since 1952. The current 1...

  • July 7- Hostess Brands LLC, the U.S. bakery company whose snack cake brands include Twinkies and Ding Dongs, has pulled itself from the auction block and will instead pursue an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter. In 2013 the Kansas City, Missouri- based company was picked up from bankruptcy by private equity firm Apollo Global...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's tax collection agency soon will need to notify affected businesses when there are changes in sales tax policy once a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Kraus said business owners have complained that the Department of Revenue or courts sometimes change policy on items for which sales tax should be charged.

  • CHICAGO, July 6- U.S. corn and soybean futures dropped on Monday as lighter-than-expected U.S. rainfall eased fears about soggy Midwest crops while worries over Greece and China led investors to shun many commodity markets. Corn prices pulled back from 2015 highs notched last week after heavy Midwest rains raised crop concerns and following a...

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • July 6- In the midst of moving from Atlanta to St. Louis last year, Thomas Nitzsche discovered his parked rental car had been hit by another car, causing $791 in damage. To keep costs low, he had rejected the "collision damage waiver" insurance offered by the rental car company, which can run as much as $45 a day and can include a deductible. It took three months or so for the...

  • WASHINGTON— Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts. In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint. "It was like I hadn't left Harvard," Roland Fryer,...

  • CORDOVA, Md.— Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm— a job he now pays three men to do. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him...

  • Global markets fall sharply after Greek 'no' vote Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 12:37 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shares tumbled Monday after Greece's voters vehemently rejected conditions set by the country's international creditors, deepening doubts over its future in the 19- nation eurozone. In early trading, Britain's FTSE 100 slipped 0.7 percent to 6,543.09, while Germany's DAX lost 1.2 percent to 10,926.13. Iscaro said he expected the European Central...

  • TOKYO— Asian markets mostly fell Monday as investors reacted to Greece's sound rejection of terms set by its international creditors, deepening uncertainties over its status as a member of the 19- nation eurozone. The initial response to Sunday's Greek referendum was negative but not panicked; Greece's debt woes have long overshadowed the markets.

  • CORDOVA, Md.— Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm— a job he now pays three men to do. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. A $230 per share offer would be at a premium of nearly...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to a central Ohio airport after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements. Airport spokesman David Whitaker says the United Express flight bound for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia landed safely at Port Columbus...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar slipped against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after U.S. jobs data lagged expectations, pushing out bets for a Federal Reserve rate hike to 2016, while caution ahead of this weekend's Greek referendum limited losses. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 223,000 last month, the Labor Department said. "The numbers overall were...

  • NEW YORK— A day after splitting the company in two, Energizer said it would issue a dividend and buy back up to 7.5 million shares. The St. Louis company will pay out a 25 cent dividend on September 9 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 19. Energizer Holdings Inc., a company that logged $1.8 billion in revenue last year, now operates...

  • Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    The deal announced Thursday gives St. Louis- based Centene a chance to expand in two hot growth areas for health insurers, the state- and federally-funded Medicaid program for the poor and people with disabilities; and the federally-supported Medicare Advantage program, which has seen its overall enrollment triple over the past decade. Centene said the Health...

  • MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo.— Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County. Ameren hopes to break ground on the 70- acre, nearly 48,000- panel project by October and complete it next year. It would be more than twice the size of Ameren's first utility-scale...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project. Houston- based Clean Line touted the $2.2 billion project as a way to provide low-cost clean energy and jobs to Missouri, but landowners warned it would hurt farming...