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  • NEW YORK— Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef. McDonald's Corp. had been testing fresh beef at more than 400 restaurants in Dallas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, for about a year. The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, has about 14,000 locations in the U.S.

  • *CBOT corn, wheat ease in subdued trade ahead of USDA report. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, March 30- Chicago soybeans fell for a second session in row on Thursday, hitting a five-month low as expectations of an increase in U.S. plantings and a bumper South American crop weighed on the market. Friday's USDA planting and stocks reports could increase supply pressure by showing a...

  • Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers in Miami, Florida.

    A judge granted a bid by Chipotle Mexican Grill to undo a class action suit by manager trainees in six states who say they were unlawfully denied overtime pay.

  • NEW HAMPTON, N.Y.— Through smoke and sparks and staccato banging from his anvil, John Lundemo forges swooping swords that look like they should be pulled from a stone, swung by a samurai or thrust on "Game of Thrones." The 60- year-old has carved out a niche making pricey blades that are inspired by history but liberally mix in elements of East and West, high art and...

  • ZAGREB- The central bank governors of Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Montenegro will participate in a conference focused on benefits the euro could have on the local economies 2100 GMT. FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret will deliver speech on German banking sector at Frankfurt School of Finance&...

  • ZAGREB- The central bank governors of Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Montenegro will participate in a conference focused on benefits the euro could have on the local economies 2100 GMT. FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Executive Board member Andreas Dombret will deliver speech on German banking sector at Frankfurt School of Finance&...

  • District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan said the former Chipotle "apprentices" from New York, Illinois and four other states had varying duties depending on where they worked and could not show they were all eligible for overtime pay. The company's victory on Wednesday came as it faced a larger 2014 lawsuit filed in federal court in Colorado by 10,000 hourly...

  • March 29- The southern Michigan headquarters of food producer Kellogg Co were evacuated and nearly two dozen people were transported to hospital for treatment due to a Freon leak on Wednesday, fire and company officials said. The leak occurred on the fifth floor of Kellogg's headquarters in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan, some 120 miles west of Detroit at...

  • *Westinghouse secures $800 mln in debtor-in-possession financing. WILMINGTON, DEL./ TOKYO, March 29- Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, hit by billions of dollars of cost overruns at four nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S. The four reactors are part of two projects known as V.C....

  • *Financials falter, day after leading market rally. March 29- The benchmark S&P 500 eked out a gain on Wednesday as strength in the energy and consumer sectors offset declines in financial shares and investors began looking ahead to first-quarter earnings season. Investors have been assessing what the Republicans' failure to pass a healthcare bill means for...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— As courtroom twists go, this one is practically unheard-of: On the brink of bringing Texas' attorney general, Ken Paxton, to trial on felony securities fraud charges, the government's prosecutors are threatening to bail out of the case unless they get paid. Whether one of the biggest criminal cases in Texas finally goes before a jury is now in limbo...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 29- Gold edged up on Wednesday, hovering below Monday's one-month high as uncertainty about Brexit talks, French elections and U.S. "There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the Trump reflation trade after the failure last week to overhaul Obamacare, and uncertainty in Europe with French elections coming up and the official start today...

  • In recent days, discount sites such as airfarewatchdog.com have highlighted round trips including San Francisco- Copenhagen, Los Angeles- Stockholm and New York- Barcelona for under $400 and New York- Tel Aviv, Chicago- Bangkok and Los Angeles- Manilla for under $650 for travelers who can avoid the peak summer season. "What it boils down to is, be respectful and be...

  • While Trump's plan, released March 16, is far from the final word on the subject, he has called for a $54 billion increase in the Pentagon's budget. He has proposed cuts elsewhere, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commerce Department, and no funding at all for 19 agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts. The formal request that will...

  • NEW YORK— Talks with a Chinese company seeking a stake in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner are over. The Kushner Cos. confirmed Wednesday that negotiations with Anbang Insurance Group to help fund redevelopment of the family's struggling office tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue have ended. Kushner Cos. bought the property in 2007...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was 1.40 cents higher at $4.26 a bushel; May corn was up. 60 cent at $3.5840 a bushel; May oats was down 1.60 cents at $2.3320 a bushel while May soybeans lost. 20 cent to $9.7160 a bushel. April live cattle was. 33 cent higher at $1.2100 a pound; March feeder...

  • *Targets $3 bln boost to free cashflow by 2021. LONDON, March 29- BP has no plan to build new refineries despite growing oil production and will focus on modernising existing plants while expanding its network of filling stations to generate $3 billion in additional cash. Refining of crude oil into fuels such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has for years been the...

  • Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that it will offer the tablets to U.S.-bound passengers in first and business class, along with vouchers for free onboard Wi-Fi starting on April 2. Etihad's hub in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was among the cities affected. The government-owned carrier operates 45 flights a week to six American cities:...

  • CHICAGO, March 29- Global commodities trader Cargill Inc on Wednesday reported a sharply higher quarterly profit led by strong results from its food ingredients and animal protein businesses. The privately held company said adjusted operating earnings rose 50 percent to $715 million in the third quarter ended Feb. 28, from $476 million in the same quarter a...

  • *Wheat extends two-day gains to 1.6 pct. LONDON, March 29- Chicago wheat futures rose on Wednesday, boosted by short covering ahead of a closely watched U.S. plantings report on Friday, while corn and soybeans also edged up. The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.7 percent to $4.27-1/ 2 a bushel by 1122 GMT, having closed up 0.9 percent on...