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  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- Five Federal Reserve banks renewed their calls in July for the central bank to raise the rate it charges commercial banks for emergency loans, minutes from the Fed's discount rate meeting last month showed. Ahead of the Fed's July 28-29 policy-setting meeting, directors of the Cleveland, Dallas, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Richmond Fed...

  • The lawsuits were filed between last month and Monday by Ashley Madison users in California, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota. "Needless to say, this dumping of sensitive personal and financial information is bound to have catastrophic effects on the lives of the website's users," according to a lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of an anonymous Los...

  • St. Louis' governing board advances minimum-wage boost Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— St. Louis' governing board on Tuesday advanced a compromise measure that would ease the city's minimum wage up to $11 by 2018.. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen had begun its special meeting by considering a plan that would have boosted the local minimum wage to $13 by 2020. But the board, by a 15-6 vote, eventually signed off on the more modest plan— after hours...

  • WASHINGTON— Even as anxious investors send stock prices plunging, many Americans are sounding a rather different note:. For now, the panic on Wall Street does not appear to have spread very far. "I'm certainly not panicking or looking for tall buildings," said Vincent Signorotti, 62, a San Diego- based executive for a company that builds geothermal plants in Southern...

  • Great Recession steels Main Street investors Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— For many investors, lessons of the Great Recession are fresh. The Associated Press talked with investors across the country about how the market's drop this year has affected their spending and investing. John Londoff Jr. cozied up to his computer Monday to check on the market at his family's Chevrolet dealership outside St. Louis and declared it was...

  • *Corn, wheat futures advance into positive territory. CHICAGO, Aug 24- U.S. soybean futures dropped to their lowest levels in over six years on Monday and soyoil touched a nine-year low as concerns about China's faltering economy fueled selloffs in commodities and equities markets. Soybeans have dropped in six out of the last seven sessions on worries that signs...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Three New York hospitals and a health care management company have agreed to an $8 million settlement with state and federal authorities to resolve allegations they illegally billed Medicaid, the state's attorney general announced Monday. St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and Benedictine Hospital in...

  • ST. LOUIS— Budweiser has long been known as the "King of Beers," and Anheuser-Busch is taking exception to a craft brewer declaring itself holder of the "Queen of Beer" crown. She Beverage Co. of Lancaster, California, applied in December to register "The Queen of Beer" phrase with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.