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  • Reinsurance Group 3rd-quarter results disappoint Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Reinsurance Group of America Inc.' s net income rose 7 percent in the third quarter, but the company said its operating income declined, mostly because of higher-than-expected claims in the U.S. and Australia.

  • Drought conditions ease in key Midwest farm states Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    The benefit of recent downpours was more pronounced in states such as Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer. Thursday's update showed that 63.9 percent of Iowa still is in extreme or exceptional drought _ the worst two classifications _ in what marked an improvement of nearly 12 percentage points from a week earlier.

  • Mo. insurance department fields 26K complaints Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri's Insurance Department says it has recovered $7.7 million so far this year for consumers with complaints about their insurance companies or coverage.

  • Fifth Third 3Q net income falls on charges Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • NYPD chief: Terror suspect arrived on student visa Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 6:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the 21- year-old arrested on charges that he plotted to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan came to the U.S. on a student visa. Authorities tracked him using Facebook and other social media, but the account was taken down Wednesday.

  • Centene stock jumps as insurer vows Kentucky exit Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    Shares of Centene Corp. soared Wednesday after the health insurer said it will end a contract to administer Medicaid coverage in Kentucky that had hampered its performance. A Centene official said in a brief statement that they "do not believe there is a viable path to a sustainable managed care program in Kentucky."

  • Medicaid provider to terminate contract with Ky. Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A Medicaid managed care provider in Kentucky is seeking to terminate its contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after only a year, a move that would cut some 200 jobs in Lexington. Kentucky has three other Medicaid contractors.

  • Infant formula maker sued after baby's death Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    BELLEVILLE, Ill.-- The families of a three babies sickened by a rare bacterial infection, including a 10- day-old Missouri infant who died, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Illinois- based manufacturer of a powdered baby formula that they believe is responsible.

  • Vikings to host Steelers in London next year Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- The NFL is doubling down on London. The league announced Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at London's Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29, 2013. This is the first time the NFL will play two regular-season games in London in the same season.

  • Browns sale to Haslam approved; Holmgren to leave Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition. Haslam was introduced as the Browns' new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner.

  • Division series' TV ratings down from last year Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Television ratings for baseball's division series are down from last year. Its two division series broadcasts _ Game 2 of Detroit- Oakland and Game 3 of St. Louis- Washington _ averaged a network-record 1.2 million viewers, whereas two afternoon games on TBS last season averaged nearly twice that. TBS is a unit of Time Warner Inc..

  • Missouri adds 2,500 jobs in September Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 12:55 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri payrolls increased by 2,500 in September as the state's unemployment rate declined to 6.9 percent, the lowest mark since late 2008.. The state Department of Economic Development released the report Tuesday.

  • Bus tour wraps up for Missouri tobacco tax measure Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:20 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Backers of a proposal to increase Missouri's lowest-in-the nation cigarette taxes wrapped up a statewide bus tour Friday at the state Capitol. Missouri voters next month are considering an initiative that would raise the state cigarette tax to 90 cents per pack while also increasing taxes on other tobacco products.

  • DIARY-U.S. Treasuries, Monday, Oct. 15 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:57 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Dudley speaks before a National Association for Business Economics conference in New York, 8 a.m.. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, October 2012" before a group of business and government leaders in Roanoke, Virginia, 12:45 p.m..

  • TEXT-Fitch cuts 9 classes of ML-CFC 2006-1 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:33 PM ET

    Oct 12- Fitch Ratings downgrades nine classes and affirms five classes of ML-CFC Commercial Mortgage Trust, series 2006-1. A detailed list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release. As of the September 2012 distribution date, the pool's aggregate principal balance has decreased 38.2% to $1.32 billion from $2.14 billion at issuance.

  • *Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. Treasuries prices advanced on Friday as data showed muted underlying U.S. inflation, with investors looking ahead to a key European Union leaders' summit, a possible bailout request from Spain and more data in the coming week.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co's independent brokerage business has expanded in Florida and Oregon with veteran adviser teams that joined the company from rival firms UBS Wealth Management Americas and Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms Fidelity Security Life Insurance Co Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBBpi' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Fidelity Security Life Insurance Co.. Based in Kansas City, Mo., FSL primarily writes group accident and health insurance but also offers life insurance and annuity contracts.

  • TREASURIES-Prices up on muted inflation; Spain eyed Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    *Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. Treasuries prices rose on Friday as data showed muted underlying U.S. inflation, with investors looking ahead to a key European summit, a possible bailout request from Spain and more data in the week ahead. Some analysts said Spain could put off asking for help.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms Shelter Life Insurance Co ratings Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Shelter Life Insurance Co.. SLIC is a member of Shelter Insurance Group.