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  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. NEW YORK, Oct 3- Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as disappointing economic data from China and Europe reinforced concerns about slowing growth and a weakening outlook for petroleum demand, even as supportive U.S. data strengthened the dollar.

  • News Summary: Ranchers see more thefts of grass Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    WHERE THE GRASS IS GREENER: Ranchers from Missouri to New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences, leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures or even stealing hay as they contend with the worst drought in decades. IN THE WEEDS: It's not clear just how many grass thefts have happened since most aren't reported.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • Bakers shoe store chain files for Chapter 11 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Bakers Footwear Group on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection citing weak sales and mounting losses. Bakers filed in the Eastern District of Missouri. It plans to continue an existing plan to reorganize the company by selling up to 52 leases to Aldo U.S. Inc., closing other stores and selling off merchandise from closed stores.

  • U.S. Supreme Court weighs federally created floods Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    *Case pits Arkansas commission against U.S. Army Corps. WASHINGTON, Oct 3- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a case about the degree to which the federal government must pay damages when it releases water from a dam that causes temporary flooding for a property owner downstream.

  • *Illumina machine turns around diagnosis in two days in pilot study. Stephen Kingsmore, director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy medical center in Kansas City, Missouri, whose study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

  • Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    VAUGHN, N.M.-- Petty crime and burglaries aren't unusual in New Mexico's isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected: grass.

  • AA jet returns to DFW due to landing-gear warning Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:39 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas-- American Airlines says a jet returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport shortly after takeoff because of a cockpit indicator that showed a problem with the landing gear. Airline spokesman James Faulkner said Tuesday that the landing gear was still working and the plane made a safe landing.

  • Hallmark Cards to close Topeka, Kan., plant Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:34 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Hallmark Cards Inc. will close its Topeka manufacturing plant and shed about 300 jobs as it consolidates its Kansas operations at its remaining facilities in Lawrence and Leavenworth, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Mo. revenues up 6.6 percent through September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri revenues are up 6.6 percent through the first quarter of its budget year. Figures released Tuesday by the Office of Administration show most the growth resulted from a decline in income tax refunds paid to businesses and individuals compared with last year. Missouri's budget year began July 1.

  • US Fidelis president gets 8-year prison term Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:29 PM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- The former president of US Fidelis has been sentenced to eight years in prison on state charges of stealing and fraud. Darain Atkinson was sentenced Monday in St. Charles. The 47- year-old co-founded the auto service contract seller with his 42- year-old brother, Cory Atkinson.

  • Home price changes in each state in August Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
  • Home price changes in 25 largest US metro areas Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET
  • DaVita says federal investigation is complete Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    DENVER-- DaVita Inc. said Tuesday that a federal grand jury investigation into its practices is complete and no action will be taken against the kidney dialysis firm.

  • US Fidelis president gets 8-year state prison term Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- The former president of US Fidelis has been sentenced to eight years in prison on state charges of stealing and fraud. Darain Atkinson was sentenced Monday in St. Charles. The 47- year-old co-founded the auto service contract seller with his 42- year-old brother, Cory Atkinson.

  • The investigation, one of the several involving the company, was initiated in 2005 and covered DaVita's joint ventures, financial relationships with physicians and services provided to patients, and included the administration and billing of DaVita's anemia drug, Epogen.

  • Sign of the times _ baseball autographs go hi tech Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    Jim Nash is such a big Yankees fan that he named his son George Mattingly Nash, combining two of his favorite players: George Herman Ruth and Don Mattingly. Now, power up the computer and get a prize from the likes of R.A. Dickey, Cliff Lee, Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw.

  • Akin claims McCaskill benefited from stimulus Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Republican challenger Todd Akin went on the offensive against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri's Senate race on Monday, claiming that her husband's businesses profited from a federal stimulus act provision that helped finance low-income housing.

  • DOJ drops inquiry against DaVita without charges Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    The investigation initiated by the U.S. Attorney's Office for St. Louis in 2005 covered the company's joint ventures, financial relationships with physicians and services provided to patients, and included the administration and billing of DaVita's anemia drug, Epogen.

  • BRIEF-Department of Justice drops DaVita inquiry Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:02 AM ET

    *Department of Justice drops DaVita inquiry. *Says usao completed its investigation and is not taking any action against. *United States attorney's office for St. Louis informed co that the usao.