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  • *Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. stocks ended a holiday-shortened week with mostly modest gains on Thursday, though the S&P 500 notched its biggest weekly advance since July as Morgan Stanley and General Electric rallied after strong results.

  • April 17- With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. Retail beef and pork prices reached all-time highs last month, according to Bill Hahn, agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    As part of the deal announced by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina- based home improvement retailer also pledged to adopt a compliance program for dealing with lead paint during the renovation programs offered through its more than 1,700 stores.

  • Post Holdings to buy Michael Foods for $2.45B Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

  • April 16- Bank of America Corp's financial crisis hangover is lasting longer than expected, leading some investors to wonder if the massive litigation expenses being incurred have become a recurring cost of doing business instead of being dismissed as one-time items.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Citigroup Inc, which aspires "to become the world's digital bank", will not webcast its annual meeting next week in St. Louis. Of the top six U.S. banks, only Citigroup and Wells Fargo& Co do not allow investors to listen to live audio from their annual meetings.

  • April 16- Bank of America Corp's mortgage pain is lasting longer than expected, leading some investors to wonder if the massive expenses being incurred have become a recurring cost of doing business instead of being dismissed as one-time items.

  • Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided. Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.

  • Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative for the 21- year-old says in a statement that Cyrus is canceling her Wednesday performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Tickets for the St. Louis concert are being refunded.

  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. Farmers in other key corn-producing states— Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana— were equally idle, the USDA says.

  • 2 mine workers killed in Missouri accident Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday at a lime mine operated by the Mississippi Lime Co. near the town of Ste. Genevieve, about 60 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis- based Mississippi Lime Co. makes calcium products and calcium-based solutions.

  • Audit faults Mo. program for contamination cleanup Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich raised concerns Thursday about a state tax incentive for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites, saying that poor oversight has allowed conflicts of interest and higher-than-necessary costs.

  • NEW YORK, April 9- Short- and medium-term U.S. People are readjusting now, "said Brian Rehling, chief fixed income strategist with Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Panera CEO looks to fix 'mosh pit' ordering system Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Panera CEO Ron Shaich realizes that ordering at his chain can be chaotic. The confusion is a problem for Panera Bread Co., which has seen its sales growth slow as customers go elsewhere.

  • Missouri authorizes $2M for unaccredited school Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri lawmakers authorized up to $2 million of state aid Tuesday to help a financially strapped, unaccredited St. Louis- area school system remain open through the remainder of the school year.

  • Boeing said that it would shut the production line in Southern California three months earlier than anticipated, in mid-2015 instead of late 2015, a decision that affects about 2,200 workers there.

  • End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

  • Koster's order halts business for auction house Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Monday that his office has obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting a suburban St. Louis auction house from doing business, citing complaints from dozens of customers about missed payments for auctioned items.

  • April 7- Specialty pharmaceuticals company Mallinckrodt Plc will buy drugmaker Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc for about $5.6 billion to gain access to its lucrative drug to treat multiple sclerosis, Acthar Gel.

  • Laclede buys Energen's gas utility for $1.28B Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The Laclede Group Inc. is acquiring Alabama Gas Corp., the natural gas utility business of Energen, for about $1.28 billion in cash. For Energen Corp., the sale pushes it closer to becoming a pure exploration and production company. Energen shares added 17 cents to reach $81.69.

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