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  • July 24- Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc. *Agreed with Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc., part of Boehringer Ingelheim Group of companies, to acquire their generic injectables manufacturing site in Bedford, Ohio. *No incremental consideration is payable in relation to Hikma acquiring Ben Venue manufacturing site.

  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims.

  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle' Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • $148 million metal research center set for Detroit Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    The public-private partnership includes companies, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and research institutions. The institute will contribute to economic development in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky over the next five years, according to officials.

  • Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for.

  • Rival candidate wants probe of DeWine bid process Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's rival in the fall election said Tuesday that federal authorities should investigate DeWine's handling of lucrative collections contracts in the wake of a newspaper investigation.

  • Group says Ohio casinos, racinos employ over 7,000 Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The American Gaming Association says Ohio's commercial casinos and racinos employed more than 7,000 workers who received a total of $225 million in wages benefits and tips last year. The Washington- based trade association says the four casinos and four racinos operating in Ohio in 2013 generated $351 million in tax revenue.

  • July 22- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a 24 percent jump in quarterly profit, beating market estimates for the sixth straight quarter, as the company's premium and services revenue surged after it expanded in Florida, Ohio and California.

  • Express says Michael Weiss will retire as CEO Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Clothing and accessories chain Express Inc. said Monday that Michael Weiss will retire as CEO on Jan. 30. David Kornberg, the Columbus, Ohio, company's president, will replace Weiss. Weiss was the CEO of Express from 1997 to 2004, and he returned to the company in July 2007.

  • Groups sue over steel plant's air emissions permit Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    The Sierra Club and several other groups are challenging the May ruling by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which changed the permit for a Dearborn plant owned by Severstal. Severstal was awarded an air permit in 2006 to increase production and to install a new blast furnace and additional air pollution control equipment.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- Major global stock markets declined and bond prices rallied on Monday as worries over the Gaza Strip and Ukraine overshadowed optimism over corporate earnings.

  • Russia's Severstal selling US plants for $2.3B Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Steel Dynamics Inc. said Monday that it will pay about $1.63 billion for Severstal Columbus, which is located in northeast Mississippi.

  • Ohio gas prices up slightly to start work week Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:19 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio gas prices are up slightly to start the work week but remain below the national average. The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.49 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 2 cents more than a week ago— and 28 cents lower than a month ago in Ohio.

  • Activists balk at plea deal in P&G protest case Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— Efforts to reach a plea deal stalled Monday in the case of Greenpeace activists who staged an eye-catching protest at Procter& Gamble's headquarters in Cincinnati.

  • Ohio pushes to end sediment dumping into Lake Erie Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio— There's enough sand, soil and mud scooped out of Toledo's and Cleveland's harbors each year to fill the Indians' ballpark to the top of its upper deck. All the silt dredged to keep open the shipping channel in Toledo is dumped into Lake Erie while the sediment from Cleveland goes into disposal facilities that are filling up fast.

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • Tea party groups' suit against IRS moves forward Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    In her ruling Thursday, Judge Susan Dlott allowed two of the tea party groups' claims— including that the IRS discriminated and retaliated against them based on their views in violation of their free speech rights— to survive to trial.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Cliffs cuts number of board nominees Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    At the same time, proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis& Co. recommended Cliffs' shareholders support at least most of the nominees from Casablanca. Casablanca owns about 5.2 percent of Cliffs' stock, and it has pushed the company to cut costs and spin off some of its international assets.