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  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the extendable rack inside the oven can fall out. They were sold at Sears, Pacific Sales and other stores for between $2,500 and $5,000. Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, says customers should stop using the extendable rack and contact the company for a free inspection and repair.

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Citrix Systems jumped 9 percent Wednesday after the cloud computing company, under pressure from a major shareholder, shook up its top leadership and said it was weighing the sale of all or portions of the company. The changes come six weeks after Elliott Management Corp., which has a 7.5 percent stake in Citrix, sent a letter to the board and...

  • MIDDLEBURG, Va. _ Middleburg Financial Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $2.3 million. Middleburg Financial shares have climbed slightly since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Middleburg Financial, Earnings Report.

  • RALEIGH, N.C. _ First Citizens BancShares Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $44.5 million. The Raleigh, North Carolina- based bank said it had earnings of $3.71 per share. Keywords: First Citizens BancShares, Earnings Report.

  • WILLISTON, N.D., July 29- U.S. oil companies, under renewed pressure from falling crude prices, are increasingly tweaking and mixing fracking technologies as they scramble to squeeze more out of wells and eke out profits after rounds of cost-cutting. Shale oil firms need the experiments to payoff now more so than before given that oil prices have resumed their...

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. houses unexpectedly fell in June after five straight months of increase, suggesting some cooling in home resales activity after recent hefty gains. It is important to bear in mind that there is still plenty of fundamental support for the housing market, "said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO...

  • July 29- Thomson Reuters Corp on Wednesday reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit as the company's biggest division that serves banks and financial institutions showed underlying revenue growth for the first time since 2011.. Thomson Reuters shares, which had been down more than 6 percent in 2015 through Tuesday, rose 4.5 percent after the...

  • PARIS, July 29- American fashion designer Alexander Wang is expected to leave the creative leadership of Kering's Balenciaga to focus on developing his eponymous brand, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday. Kering, which published forecast-beating half-year results this week helped by Gucci's rebound, said it was currently in contract...

  • MONTREAL/ FRANKFURT, July 29- Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc denied a report on Wednesday that it is in talks with German engineering group Siemens AG on merging their rail units. The news comes after Siemens earlier this year downplayed the idea that it could combine its rail assets, which include trains, trams and signalling technology, with...

  • BRASILIA, July 29- Finance Minister Joaquim Levy's role as Brazil's dominant economic policymaker is slipping as he tries to push through unpopular austerity measures aimed at saving the country's investment grade rating. To make things worse, Standard& Poor's on Tuesday threatened to strip Brazil of its coveted investment-grade rating, raising pressure...

  • July 29- Health insurer Humana Inc, which earlier this month agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion, on Wednesday reported a rise in a key medical cost metric that missed analyst expectations. Humana's consolidated benefit ratio, or the ratio of its spending on medical claims versus premium revenue it takes in, was 85.2 percent compared with 83.1 percent...

  • July 29- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Herbalife Ltd and its chief executive officer of misrepresenting the weight-loss and nutritional products maker's sales practices as legitimate when the company was "at its core" a pyramid scheme. The judge also said that CEO Michael Johnson's reducing his Herbalife stake by a net 12 percent over...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. crude oil inventories declined far more than expected last week, while gasoline stocks decreased amid robust demand for the motor fuel, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. U.S. crude was up $1.02 at $49 a barrel at 11:13 a.m. EDT, well above its session low of $47.39. Brent crude was up 58 cents at $53.88, having...

  • With soybean yields largely determined in August and questions about the size of planted area, there is still uncertainty about the crop, said Terry Linn, analyst at The Linn Group in Chicago. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans rose 10 cents or 1 percent to $9.84-3/ 4 a bushel at 9:56 a.m. CDT. September corn fell 5 cents or 1.3 percent to $3.70 a bushel, after...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. "You are probably seeing some slight weakness, perhaps they are more optimistic, in a sense, that the Fed is going to go through with a September hike," said Dimitri Delis, fixed income strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago. In mid-morning New York trade, the benchmark 10- year U.S.

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    WEST POINT, Va. _ C&F Financial Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.1 million. The West Point, Virginia- based bank said it had earnings of $1.21 per share. Keywords: C&F Financial, Earnings Report.

  • WESTFIELD, Mass. _ Westfield Financial Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $1.4 million. Westfield Financial shares have decreased slightly since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Westfield Financial, Earnings Report.

  • LOS ANGELES— For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Berloni's stable of stars— all found from shelters— have appeared in Broadway shows, touring companies, special events, the New York City Ballet, movies, television and commercials.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A lawyer for imprisoned former House Speaker Gordon Fox said he has a meeting scheduled for Thursday with staff at the Board of Elections as he tries to sort out his client's campaign account, which Fox pilfered for personal use. But according to numbers released by prosecutors and filed with the Board of Elections, there is an unaccounted-for...