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  • *Soybeans steady as China worries ease. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. and European wheat futures slipped to new contract lows on Thursday as a tender by top importer Egypt kept attention firmly on stiff competition in well supplied export markets. Soybeans inched higher as investor worries about China, the world's biggest soybean buyer, abated.

  • WASHINGTON— While U.S. housing and auto sales showed strength over the summer, manufacturers were feeling pressure from China's economic slowdown and the oil industry was squeezed by lower energy prices. One of the Fed's regions— Cleveland— reported only slight growth. The recent stock market turbulence, triggered by worries about China's slowdown, has led...

  • NEW YORK— H&R Block said Wednesday that it plans to buy back up to $1.5 billion of its stock from its shareholders in a process known as a modified Dutch auction. The tax preparer said it will buy stock for between $32.25 per share and $37 per share. Shares of H&R Block, Inc., based in Kansas City, Missouri, rose $2.25, or 6.8 percent, to $35.20 in midday trading Wednesday.

  • The agency also named FAA official Earl Lawrence as director of its UAS Integration Office, an existing position responsible for crafting new commercial drone regulations that are expected early next year. Lawrence, who joined FAA in 2010, previously led the agency's Kansas City- based Small Airplane Directorate, which is charged with regulating small...

  • Isle of Capri Casinos beats 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $3.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 16 cents per share. Isle of Capri Casinos shares have more than doubled since the beginning of the...

  • The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and deaths across California and comes as a number of high-profile, police-involved deaths of young black men has ignited a national debate on police practices. In addition to being arrested and dying in disproportionate numbers, black juvenile males who are arrested are booked into jail at...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Sept 1- Kmart Corp has paid $1.4 million to settle U.S. allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by inducing Medicare beneficiaries to fill prescriptions at its pharmacies, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The government said the accord resolves allegations that Kmart, a unit of Sears Holdings Corp, let...

  • H&R Block reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ H&R Block Inc. on Tuesday reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $99.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 41 cents per share. H&R Block shares have dropped 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard&...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal blast Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 3:13 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday. Brothers David and Jimmy Frantze, who operated the popular JJ's restaurant, were seeking more than $9 million in damages from Time Warner...

  • Aug 26- Tyson Foods Inc, one of the world's largest meat processors, on Wednesday won the reversal of nearly $24 million of damage awards in two class action lawsuits claiming it cheated thousands of hourly workers in two Nebraska plants out of wages. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned an $18.77 million award to workers at a Madison,...

  • Aug 26- Tyson Foods Inc, one of the world's largest meat processors, on Wednesday won the reversal of nearly $24 million of damage awards in two class action lawsuits claiming it cheated thousands of hourly workers in two Nebraska plants out of wages. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned an $18.77 million award to workers at a Madison,...

  • COLUMBIA, Mo.— An oversight by representatives of a business community improvement district in Columbia means a 23- year-old woman might be the only one voting on a proposed sales tax increase needed to make the district successful. The Columbia City Council established the Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District in April at the request of some...

  • Monsanto abandons takeover bid for Swiss rival Syngenta Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of nearly $47 billion. A combination with Basel- based Syngenta would have made Monsanto the world's largest producer of farming chemicals, in addition to its market-leading seed business.

  • Dish and Sinclair agree in principle on new contract Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest TV broadcasters in the U.S., said Wednesday they've agreed on the outline of a new contract, one day after Sinclair's channels went dark for Dish customers. Sinclair's channels include affiliates of ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC in markets throughout the country, including Washington DC, Seattle/...

  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • The American Red Cross, a leading trainer of lifeguards, has taken note and added training for extreme shallow water rescues. "We pretty much have an ambulance call every weekend," said Brian Machemer, superintendent of the Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti Township. While no figures are available for overall waterpark injuries, the Red Cross cited U.S....

  • Jack Henry beats Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    MONETT, Mo. _ Jack Henry& Associates Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $60.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 66 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $328.6 million.

  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 17-23 Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.34 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.56 million. 6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.82 million.