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  • 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...

  • JBS USA to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45 billion Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:38 PM ET

    JBS USA, a division of Sao Paulo, Brazil- based JBS, and Cargill said Wednesday they have signed an agreement for the $1.45 billion transaction. JBS USA Pork Chief Operating Officer Martin Dooley says it's a strategic investment in the long-term growth of the company's U.S. pork business. Feed mills in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas are included, along with hog...

  • SAO PAULO, July 1- JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, said on Wednesday its U.S. division would purchase pork assets from Cargill meat solutions for $1.45 billion, free of debt. The announcement follows a deal announced by Brazil- based JBS on June 21 to purchase Moy Park Ltd, the British unit of rival Marfrig Global Foods SA. The Cargill pork purchase includes two...

  • Construction begins on 185-megawatt wind farm in Maine Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:39 PM ET

    SunEdison announced Wednesday it had secured $360 million in financing for the wind farm that is expected to produce 185 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 65,000 homes. When it's finished in late 2016, the 56- turbine farm will bring SunEdison's total wind-generation capacity in Maine to 552 megawatts. Missouri- based SunEdison says it will...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...

  • June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Much weaker business conditions for firms tied to energy are restraining the overall reading," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. "Weaker conditions were particularly evident in Oklahoma and North Dakota, two energy-producing states. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,...

  • The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. Corn and soybean conditions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio have shown deterioration in recent weeks with the heavy rain. Missouri and Illinois have experienced the wettest Junes since the National Weather Service...

  • Emerson Electric will spin off network power business Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Emerson Electric plans to spin off its network power business as a separate publicly-traded company, and will consider options for several other businesses. Emerson Electric is planning a tax-free spinoff of the network power business, which provides thermal management, power, transfer switches, services and infrastructure management for the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 10 Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an event hosted by Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum- 0840 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Paul Fisher speaks at the Financial Times Future of Insurance event- 0840 GMT. VIENNA- European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to give a keynote speech at "Raiffeisen...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • Weather in the fertile grain belt of the United States is critical to prices and the flow of food around the world. Recent storms have dumped double the normal rainfall on much of eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio, MDA Weather Services said. Kent Hamm, a general manager of grain elevators in Illinois, said a buyer in Taiwan contacted him on Friday...

  • Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. So does America Rising, which used that episode in Iowa last year to show prospective clients and donors what it can do.