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  • *Chicago Board Of Trade December wheat fell to $4.76-1/ 2 a bushel, matching a contract low touched on Monday and Wednesday, and was trading down 0.4 percent at $4.77-1/ 4 a bushel 0047 GMT. Wheat closed down 1.5 percent on Wednesday. *Wheat under pressure amid abundant supplies and dim U.S. export prospects.

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves." Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. crude futures dipped below $46 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday after a rise in U.S. crude stocks and a stronger dollar weighed on prices, although a rebound on Wall Street put a floor under prices. Public holidays in China and Hong Kong on Thursday are likely to keep markets subdued. *U.S. crude for October delivery fell 30 cents to $45.95...

  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by Sony Pictures, the entertainment arm of Sony Corp, to...

  • PARIS- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin holds a press conference- 0500 GMT. AOMORI, Japan- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi speaks in Aomori- 0130 GMT. MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON— China's slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday. China's troubles have sent the prices of raw materials such as oil and copper into a freefall, pinching Brazil, Russia and other commodity exporters.

  • LOS ANGELES— Lawyers for former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose data was breached last year say they have tentatively reached a settlement with the company. Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Girard wrote that he and fellow lawyers believe the settlement is favorable to employees whose personal, financial and medical information was posted online.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the U.S. government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the U.S. Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. President Barack Obama in Washington this week, as Washington and Riyadh seek...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers. Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman, represented by a Denver law firm called Towards Justice, are seeking to have their lawsuit treated as a class-action case seeking damages for current and former...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 2- Tumbling crude prices have made building new pipelines more important than ever for Canadian oil and gas producers because the fate of some projects hinges on shipping costs, the head of the industry's main lobby group said on Wednesday. The industry hopes new projects giving them expanded access to U.S. and Asian markets, such as...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Bitcoin exchange itBit has hired Daniel Alter as the company's new general counsel and chief compliance officer, the firm announced on Wednesday. "The New York State Public Officers law requires that I have a two-year recusal before I can appear before the New York Department of Financial Services on behalf of the company," said Alter, who left the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 2- Tesla Motors Inc said on Wednesday it would begin delivering its first luxury electric crossovers, the Model X Signature series, on Sept. 29 to customers who have already reserved the sport utility vehicles. The premium-priced special version of the Model X, eagerly awaited since it was announced in early 2012, will be priced between...

  • NEWARK, N.J., Sept 2- A man charged over his alleged role in a more than $100 million insider trading scheme that involved hacking into networks that distribute corporate news releases pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. Arkadiy Dubovoy, who spoke Russian and used an interpreter, entered his plea to securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy charges in a brief...

  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Sept 2- Construction costs for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina will go up almost $700 million in 2007 dollars and completion of the plants will be delayed three years, according to a settlement agreement approved on Wednesday by the South Carolina Public Service Commission. After the vote, SCANA Corp, parent company of the...

  • DETROIT— Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then. In a tweet Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the car will start at $35,000, or about half the starting price of its current Model S sedan. Musk said each trim level of the Model X will be around $5,000 more than the equivalent trim level of the Model...

  • BRASILIA, Sept 2- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff criticized ride-sharing software Uber on Wednesday for increasing unemployment, adding to a chorus of labor concerns about the world's most valuable venture-backed start-up. Rousseff said local authorities must regulate the service, which has led conventional taxi drivers to stage protests and lobby...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 2- Illinois is eyeing a return to the U.S. municipal bond market this year after an absence of more than 15 months, even as the state struggles to address its many fiscal problems. Illinois last sold bonds in May 2014 with a $750 million general obligation bond issue. "If you throw out Puerto Rico, Illinois is by far the worst state in the nation," said Nick...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 2- Coinbase, one of the world's largest U.S.-based bitcoin companies, has launched retail buy and sell operations in Singapore and Canada as part of its push to expand usage of the digital currency globally. Singapore is San-Francisco- based Coinbase's first foray into Asia, said Brian Armstrong, the company's chief executive officer and...

  • Fears the China growth woes could knock the global economy have spread turmoil in world financial markets, toppling the benchmark MSCI Asia Pacific ex- Japan index 16 percent this year. But the turbulence hides opportunities, some funds say, with Credit Suisse estimating net selling in emerging Asia ex- China reached a whopping $19.8 billion in the three months...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Tupperware Brands Corp., up $2.95 to $52. Navistar International Corp., down 75 cents to $16.61.