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  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of her husband and two children who had sought refuge inside the big-box store destroyed during the devastating 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. District Judge Douglas Harpool threw out Edie Howard Housel's wrongful-death case Thursday at Home Depot's...

  • NEW YORK, July 22- General Electric Co on Friday reported weak demand for new oil, gas and transportation equipment, raising concerns about its full-year performance and sending its shares down as much as 2.8 percent. Still GE, long considered a bellwether for the U.S. economy, posted adjusted second-quarter earnings of 51 cents a share that topped analysts'...

  • July 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc executives and directors persuaded a federal appeals court on Friday to reject shareholder claims that they permitted and then covered up pervasive bribery by officials at the world's largest retailer's Mexico unit. By a 3-0 vote, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld a lower court dismissal of a federal lawsuit...

  • NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. antitrust officials on Thursday moved to block an unprecedented consolidation of the national health insurance market, filing suit against Anthem Inc's proposed purchase of Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc's planned acquisition of Humana Inc.. The deals would hurt consumers in the different markets served by the four companies, from medical...

  • July 21- ExxonMobil Corp said on Thursday it would buy InterOil Corp for more than $2.5 billion in stock, adding a gas field to expand exports from Papua New Guinea and better positioning it to meet Asian demand for liquified natural gas. Oil majors are targeting Papua New Guinea for growth as the quality of its gas, low costs and proximity to Asia's big LNG...

  • ST. LOUIS _ Cass Information Systems Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $5.9 million. On a per-share basis, the St. Louis- based company said it had profit of 52 cents. Keywords: Cass Information Systems, Earnings Report.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ DST Systems Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $53 million. DST Systems shares have risen almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: DST Systems, Earnings Report.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ Great Southern Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $12.5 million. Great Southern Bancorp shares have decreased 15 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Great Southern Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • ST. LOUIS— The restaurant chain Panera filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that a former executive who left to go to work for pizza chain Papa John's took trade secrets with him. The lawsuit against former Panera executive Michael Nettles and Louisville, Kentucky- based Papa John's International says Nettles worked for four years as a vice president in Panera's...

  • *Wall Street drifts lower on mixed earnings reports. NEW YORK, July 19- The recent rally in global equity prices faltered on Tuesday as investors pondered some disappointing earnings reports and signs that Britain's decision to leave the EU could hurt other economies, while the U.S. dollar climbed to a four-month high. The U.S. dollar rose on a combination of...

  • *Oil steady above $47, latest Libya hitch supports. NEW YORK, July 19- Global equity prices ticked lower on Tuesday as investors took stock of some disappointing U.S. earnings reports and signs that Britain's decision to leave the EU could hurt other economies, while the U.S. dollar rallied to a four-month high. The U.S. dollar rose on a combination of economic news...

  • CHICAGO, July 19- U.S regional railroad Kansas City Southern on Tuesday reported a higher-than-expected second-quarter profit, helped by cost cutting, but its freight volumes were flat and revenue fell more than analysts had forecast. Kansas City Southern reported a 13 percent decrease in operating expenses to $348.6 million from $399 million.

  • NEW YORK— Monsanto on Tuesday rejected a second and richer takeover bid from Bayer. Monsanto Co., a seed company, called the revised offer inadequate, as it did the initial bid. "The revised all-cash offer is a compelling opportunity and represents immediate and certain value for Monsanto shareholders amid recent weak business performance and Monsanto's...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Kansas City Southern on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $120.1 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.04 per share. Kansas City Southern shares have risen 28 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 6 percent.

  • ST. LOUIS _ Belden Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $41.8 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.26 per share. Belden expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.50 to $5.70 per share, with revenue ranging from $2.35 billion to $2.38 billion.

  • *Corn, soybeans as USDA keeps rating steady. LONDON, July 19- Chicago corn and soybean futures were lower on Tuesday after a weekly report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated crops remain in very good condition. "Corn and soybeans are in correction mode as the USDA crop report is showing no deterioration in the condition of both crops," said Kaname...

  • *Soybeans, corn fall as USDA keeps rating steady. Chicago Board of Trade most-active corn contract fell 1 percent to $3.59-3/ 4 a bushel by 0311 GMT, having gained 1.4 percent in the previous session. "Corn and soybeans are in correction mode as the USDA crop report is showing no deterioration in the condition of both crops," said Kaname Gokon at brokerage Okato Shoji...

  • SYDNEY, July 19- U.S. corn futures fell nearly 1 percent on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged the condition of the U.S. crop at above market expectations, though concerns over unfavourible weather provided a floor to losses. *USDA rated 76 percent of the corn crop as good to excellent, unchanged from a week earlier. *USDA rated 71 percent of the...

  • July 18- Murray Energy Corp, one of the largest privately held U.S. coal miners, is working with investment banks to renegotiate terms of its credit agreements in a bid to stave off bankruptcy, people familiar with the talks said on Monday. Covenants under some of the agreements became more restrictive in the third quarter this year, Standard& Poor's Ratings...

  • CHICAGO, July 18- U.S. corn futures firmed on Monday as forecasts for scorching heat this week in the Midwest, where the crop is pollinating, fueled concerns about yield prospects, traders said. At the Chicago Board of Trade, most-active December corn settled up 5 cents at $3.63-1/ 4 per bushel. November soybeans ended up 9 cents at $10.66-1/ 4 a bushel and September...