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  • WASHINGTON, June 24- A battle in Congress that could shut down the U.S. Export-Import Bank next week is already causing headaches for small exporters as they try to stop customers from defecting to foreign competitors and as export financing starts to freeze up. After being beaten to a landfill gas deal last year by a South Korean firm with export credit agency...

  • Ohio decides to renew prison food contract with Aramark Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio on Tuesday renewed a contract to feed the state's 50,000 prison inmates with a company whose early troubles getting the job done led to criticism over privatizing the service. Aramark thanked the prison system and its staff for the continued commitment. "We are very proud of our employees who serve nourishing meals to 50,000 offenders every...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans Tuesday proposed cuts to community health centers, national service, and grants to help children from low- and moderate-income families attend preschool as they unveiled the largest domestic appropriations bill, a $153 billion measure that's sure to attract a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The author of the bill, Roy...

  • Ohio mayor, candidate aiding traffic camera probe Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The fourth-term mayor in Ohio's capital city and the Democratic nominee to replace him both say they are assisting with a federal traffic camera bribery investigation, but insist they aren't linked to any wrongdoing. Federal authorities said Friday a former Redflex chief executive pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy involving getting or...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A proposal by Ohio lawmakers would do away with taxes on feminine care products. Greta Johnson, an Akron Democrat, said at a news conference that women spend $6 to $10 of taxable dollars every month on the products, and it's time to help them save money on the essential purchases. Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey already...

  • Justices in Ohio hear arguments in slots challenge Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    John Kasich to legalize video lottery terminals at seven Ohio horse tracks and share proceeds with casino operators running the facilities asked the state Supreme Court Tuesday to allow a lawsuit against the move to go forward. The group argues slots aren't a constitutional form of gambling and lottery proceeds in Ohio must go to education.

  • June 22- Carpenter Co, Leggett& Platt Inc, Mohawk Inc and three other makers of polyurethane foam agreed to pay as much as $128.5 million to settle lawsuits accusing them of conspiring to fix prices. The preliminary settlements with so-called indirect purchasers were disclosed on Friday in the federal court in Toledo, Ohio, and require court approval.

  • *Gold drops, oil ends up. Gold prices fell as global equities jumped. Greece is running out of cash to repay a 1.6 billion euro International Monetary Fund loan due at the end of the month unless it secures new financing from international creditors.

  • NEW YORK, June 22- U.S. stocks ended higher on Monday, with the Nasdaq closing at a record as hopes grew that a deal would be reached to prevent Greece from defaulting on loans. Equities have been largely driven by the situation in Greece of late, with investors concerned that if the country defaults on its loans, it may have to leave the euro or the European Union,...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A state program intended to strengthen disaster response is adding a credentialing system to make it easier for certain private-sector partners to deliver supplies and medication in restricted areas during emergencies. "You don't want that to get clogged at a checkpoint because of some questions of whether or not someone should have access,"...

  • Fifth Third Bancorp cutting up to 100 branches Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fifth Third Bancorp plans to close or consolidate about 100 branches and has abandoned plans for 30 new ones. The changes will cost the company between $75 million and $85 million in impairment charges during the second quarter. As of March 31, the Cincinnati company had 1,303 full-service banking centers and 2,637 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana,...

  • On Monday, the National Association of Realtors is expected to report strong growth in existing home sales for May. On Wednesday, Lennar, the No. 2 U.S. homebuilder is expected to report that it had a strong second quarter. Construction materials supplier Vulcan Materials has risen 35.8 percent so far this year and home improvement and building products firm...

  • NEW YORK— Medical device maker Medtronic said Friday it expanded its stock repurchase authorization, raised its quarterly dividend, and completed two acquisitions for about $200 million total. Medtronic PLC raised its quarterly dividend to 38 cents from 30.5 cents. Medtronic paid $93 million to buy CardioInsight Technologies, a Cleveland company that...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 2 to 857 Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:03 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 857.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 631 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St lower a day after indexes rally Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 9:55 AM ET

    June 19- U.S. stocks turned lower after a mixed opening on Friday, a day after Wall Street rallied and the Nasdaq Composite index broke its last standing milestone from the dot-com era as it set a record intraday high. On Thursday, Wall Street was boosted by strong data, which pointed to signs that the U.S. economy was recovering after growth came to a halt earlier in...

  • June 19- U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Friday, a day after the Nasdaq Composite index broke its last standing milestone from the dot-com era as it set a record intraday high. Wall Street was boosted by Thursday's strong data, which pointed to signs that the U.S. economy was recovering after growth came to a halt earlier in the year.

  • June 19- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Friday, a day after the Nasdaq Composite index broke its last standing milestone from the dot-com era as it set a record intraday high. *San Francisco Fed president John Williams is due to speak before the National Bureau of Economic Research East Asian Seminar on Economics in San Francisco, while Cleveland...

  • MASSENA, New York— A cruise ship taking European tourists to Ontario, Canada, crashed into a wall while entering a lock on the St. The U.S. Coast Guard said the Saint Laurent was headed from Montreal to Toronto when it hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock near the Canadian border Thursday night. The impact punched a hole in the ship's hull, causing it to take on water, said...

  • LOS ANGELES— Her male colleagues jokingly call her a forewoman, and Ami Rasmussen jokes right back that she's really a fivewoman because when it comes to building trains she can do the work of five men. Rasmussen, in work clothes and holding a gigantic wrench, is featured prominently in the photo art exhibition "Women Can Build" currently at Los Angeles' historic...