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  • *Corn has fallen for 4 out of 5 days due to ideal US weather. SINGAPORE, July 23- Chicago corn lost more ground on Thursday, falling for the fourth out of five sessions, and was trading near a three-week low as benign weather across the U.S. "Corn crops in most places will benefit from the rain but some soggy locations in the east that need to dry out will be further delayed...

  • CHICAGO, July 22- U.S. pork held in freezers marked a record high in the month of June, bolstered by increased hog production following industry efforts to control the deadly pig virus, experts said after the government's monthly cold storage report on Wednesday. And, usually big production creates big stocks, "said independent industry analyst Bob Brown in...

  • WASHINGTON, July 22- President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged lawmakers to renew the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank before leaving for an August break, saying small and large businesses alike have been hurt by the lapse in new loan guarantees and trade insurance. If Congress fails to reauthorize of the Ex-Im Bank, the United States would be the only...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. states tell phone companies: Stop robocalls Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    In a letter to the chief executives of AT&T Inc, CenturyLink Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile USA Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, the attorneys general said a June 18 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission made clear there are no legal barriers to offering the technology. The FCC gave what it called a "green light" for phone companies to offer "do not disturb"...

  • U.S. states tell phone companies: Stop robocalls Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 2:21 PM ET

    In a letter to the chief executives of AT&T Inc, CenturyLink Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile USA Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, the attorneys general said a June 18 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission made clear there are no legal barriers to offering the technology. The FCC gave what it called a "green light" for phone companies to offer "do not disturb"...

  • NEW YORK— It's getting more expensive to be an employer and small business owners say that's making it harder for them to make money. "We're going beyond the point where we can comfortably operate a functioning business and meet the requirements of these laws," says Diana Lamon, who owns a Los Angeles restaurant, Poppy& Rose and a food truck, Peaches' Smokehouse and...

  • Great Southern Bancorp beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ Great Southern Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $12 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 74 cents per share. Great Southern Bancorp shares have risen 5.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Bonduelle in talks with Centerview to buy Green Giant-sources. July 21- French food group Bonduelle SCA is in discussions to team up with Centerview Partners in a bid to acquire General Mills Inc's Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business, according to people familiar with the matter. General Mills and Centerview declined to comment.

  • July 17- As Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges. Monsanto leaders have also been making appearances on national and regional broadcasts to make their case that...

  • *Netflix, eBay, Amazon hit record high. *Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth drag on Dow after results. July 16- Wall Street rose on Thursday, with the Nasdaq up 1 percent near a record high after eBay and Netflix reported strong quarterly results.

  • *Netflix, eBay, Amazon hit record high. *Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth drag on Dow after results. July 16- Wall Street rose sharply on Thursday, with the Nasdaq touching a three-week high and the S&P 500 less than 1 percent from its record high, as bellwether companies such as Citigroup, eBay and Netflix reported strong results.

  • *Many sanctions on Iran likely to stay for months. *UK not recommending insurance trade with Iran yet. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, July 16- International banks and most insurers are likely to steer clear of dealing with Iran for some time, fearing they could face more fines from U.S. regulators despite this week's nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St jumps on strong earnings report Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    *Netflix, eBay hit record highs after results. *Goldman Sachs, UnitedHealth drag on Dow after results. July 16- Wall Street rose sharply on Thursday, with the Nasdaq composite touching a three-week high, as bellwether companies such as Citigroup, eBay and Netflix reported strong results.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Nestle Purina Petcare Co's Beggin' dog treats may fool dogs into thinking they are mostly made of real bacon, but a federal lawsuit claims that humans may be misled too. The proposed class action by Paul Kacocha of Dutchess County, New York, the owner of a West Highland terrier named Sophie, said he and other dog owners paid a premium for popular Beggin'...

  • NEW YORK July 15- Horace Augustine was raised in Oklahoma City by a mother with strong convictions about guns: She didn't want them in her house. Augustine began thinking last year that he should buy a gun for protection, and the shooting last month at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston intensified his conviction.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to July 28 Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers semi-annual testimony on monetary policy before the House Financial Services Committee- 1400 GMT. KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on economic conditions and monetary policy before the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 2015...

  • U.S. House committee approves anti-GMO labeling law Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    July 14- U.S. food companies and other opponents of genetically modified food labeling notched a key victory on Tuesday as the House Agriculture Committee approved a measure banning mandatory labeling as well as local efforts to regulate genetically engineered crops. "This... legislation will ensure that Americans have accurate, consistent information...

  • July 14- Monsanto Co, whose Roundup product is one of the world's most widely used herbicides, said on Tuesday it has arranged for an outside scientific review of a World Health Organization finding that the weed killer's key ingredient probably causes cancer. Monsanto reacted to the finding by demanding a retraction, labeling the findings by a team of...

  • July 14- Monsanto Co, maker of one of the world's most widely used herbicides Roundup, said Tuesday that a panel of scientific experts will review the findings of a World Health Organization cancer research unit that found the key ingredient in Roundup is "probably carcinogenic to humans." But Monsanto immediately called for a retraction and called the findings...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to July 27 Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England's monetary policy member David Miles speaks at the Resolution Foundation on "Weathering the storm: The recent past, present and future of UK monetary policy"- 1700 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivers semi-annual testimony on monetary policy before the House Financial Services Committee- 1400 GMT.