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  • OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ Compass Minerals International Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $13.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- A professional racecar driver is in talks to settle a U.S. regulator's lawsuit accusing him of participating in a deceptive payday lending scheme, as federal prosecutors decide whether to bring criminal charges, according to court filings. Lawyers for Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European circuits, said in a filing on Friday in Las Vegas...

  • NEW YORK— Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18- year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down. Some 2,000 people with disabilities— elated...

  • Brownback says more Kansas budget cuts coming Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    Sam Brownback says his budget director will outline spending cuts next week to help prevent a deficit. Brownback said Friday that budget director Shawn Sullivan's duties also have been expanded so that he'll examine what the governor called "back office" operations across state government to see whether savings can be found. Sam Brownback expects to outline...

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas- based company said it's evaluating enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga, Alabama. Company products were linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas,...

  • They think of him as Kenyan-American, "said EJ Hogendoorn, deputy program director for Africa at the International Crisis Group. Obama's link to Kenya is a father he barely knew, but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son's presidency. A White House initiative to support young men of color who face similar circumstances has become a project dear to...

  • House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. Maine and Connecticut have also passed laws requiring the labeling, but those measures don't take effect unless neighboring states...

  • WASHINGTON— States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. "The reality is, biotechnology has time and time again proved safe," the bill's sponsor, Kansas Republican Rep.

  • Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming. But is that enough to spend $350 or more, especially when it requires wearing a watch again while still carrying an iPhone around? Apple hasn't released Apple Watch sales figures, but the company's quarterly financial report...

  • AMC Entertainment says CEO Lopez stepping down Aug. 6 Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— AMC Entertainment Holdings, the second-largest movie theater chain in the U.S., says president and CEO Gerry Lopez will leave the company in August. Class A shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. dropped $1.01, or 3.1 percent, to $31.89 Tuesday. AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. has 347 movie theaters with almost 5,000 screens in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League, said the heat wave in May and June caused Oregon's prominent soft white winter...

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- Oklahoma is expanding restrictions on drilling activities to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes that has damaged homes and raised concerns about the future of the energy industry in the state. Oklahoma and several other states in the central United States have experienced a sharp increase in earthquakes since 2009, which scientists...

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Blue Bell's chief executive told shareholders this week that Texas billionaire Sid Bass will lend the company up to $125 million, and that the investment is essential for the popular ice-cream maker to remain in business, according to a published report. Texas- based Blue Bell on Tuesday announced that Bass would become an investor, but no terms...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Kansas City's minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour over about four and a half years under an ordinance that council members approved Thursday, although there are questions whether it could withstand a legal challenge. Andrew Kling, the spokesman for Communities Creating Opportunity, a faith-based community organizing nonprofit in Kansas...

  • Mars Inc. to expand candy-making plant in Kansas Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company's first new plant in 35 years. The deal, which the company disclosed in advance of a Topeka economic development meeting, comes a little more than a year after the New Jersey- based company opened its $270 million...

  • "Reports continued to reflect decreases in oil and natural gas drilling activity in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas," the Fed said. "Reports of capital spending declines continued in Cleveland, Atlanta, and Dallas, resulting in some labor cutbacks in Atlanta and Dallas." It said heavy machinery manufacturers in Chicago noted weak demand from the oil...

  • MINNEAPOLIS, July 10- It is too early to tell how a recent round of tax hikes and a minimum wage increase will play out in Minnesota, a state where liberal and conservative forces have often swapped control and policies. Instead, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton's Minnesota could become a touchstone in the national debate over how to bolster the middle class- an...

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. A $230 per share offer would be at a premium of nearly...