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  • *Soybeans down on rainy weather, China demand concern. CHICAGO, Aug 18- U.S. soybean futures fell 1.5 percent on Tuesday, pressured by concerns about cooling demand from top importer China and forecasts for rain in the U.S. Corn firmed as a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a slight decline in the crop's condition, while wheat futures declined on...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- In July 2013, California urogynecologist Andrew Cassidenti received an email from an entrepreneur named Otto Fisher, who had a proposition. In a phone call, Fisher said he needed doctors to operate at outpatient centers in California and Las Vegas. Fisher said he could guarantee Cassidenti $2,500 for every surgery the doctor performed, "whether...

  • Corn firm on spreading, lower crop ratings. Corn firmed as a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed a slight decline in the crop's condition, while wheat futures declined on weak demand and plentiful global supplies. Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans fell 13-3/ 4 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $9.03-1/ 4 a bushel by 10:50 a.m. CDT after earlier coming...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- Bay-Li, Car-Li and Hay-Li have had a rough day. "Absolutely, they know they are spoiled," says owner Stephanie Patterson of Wooster, Ohio, who feeds her little canine friends Merrick-brand culinary creations. " Merrick's " French Country Cafe" recipe features a blend of duck, carrots, Yukon Gold potatoes and garden peas.

  • *Soybeans curbed by weather, China uncertainty. *Wheat eases as big French crop adds to global supply. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Aug 18- Chicago soybeans eased on Tuesday, pressured by forecasts for rain in the U.S.

  • WASHINGTON— Americans for Prosperity, one of the biggest outside groups backed by billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch, this week begins a $1.4 million television advertising campaign against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, now a leading Democratic candidate for Senate. "We had such devastation and job loss in the state of Ohio when Ted...

  • *Corn recoups losses as U.S. crop ratings decline. SINGAPORE, Aug 18- Chicago corn futures rose on Tuesday, recouping losses from the previous session as a decline in the U.S. crop condition and expectations of stronger exports after falls last week supported the market. Chicago Board of Trade December corn climbed 0.5 percent to $3.76-1/ 4 a bushel by 0232 GMT, after...

  • SYDNEY, Aug 18- U.S. corn rose more than 0.5 percent on Tuesday as prices drew support from a widely watched crop tour of Ohio, though forecasts for favourable weather curbed gains. *Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans rose 0.1 percent to $9.18 a bushel, having closed down 0.22 percent on Wednesday. *The USDA pegs 69 percent of the corn crop at good to excellent,...

  • *Weather pressure more than offsets USDA acreage update. "A lot of people are questioning whether USDA was correct in their assessment about the crops, and time will tell," said Jim Gerlach, president of A/C Trading in Fowler, Indiana. "Most people think the crop is going to be worse than what USDA said in the east, and maybe at, or better than, what they were saying in the...

  • Aug 17- Pump and valve maker Pentair Plc agreed to buy fastening products maker Erico Global Co for $1.8 billion in cash, weeks after activist investor Nelson Peltz asked the company to bulk up through deals. Peltz's Trian Fund Management reported a 7.2 percent stake in Pentair in June, becoming the company's third largest shareholder. Pentair Chief Executive...

  • Officials with Right to Rise USA say they will buy time in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina TV markets and on cable television in the three states. Ads are scheduled to begin in Iowa and New Hampshire on Sept. 15, in South Carolina a week later and then run continuously through the end of the year. "We believe Jeb Bush has the strongest record of conservative...

  • OSHA says in a statement Thursday that an investigation found numerous hazards at a processing plant in Winesburg owned by North Carolina- based Case Farms Processing Inc. The statement says the plant is an "outrageously dangerous place to work" and that a company plant in nearby Canton also is being investigated. OSHA says Case was aware of dangers in...

  • Mystery money pays for pro-Republican television ads Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Opportunity News Media wants you to know it's OK to be a Republican, and it is spending $3 million to say so in the presidential battleground states of Ohio and Colorado. Add in campaign finance regulations that are still evolving in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United, and it's easier than ever for all kinds of...

  • "The EPA is supposed to help prevent environmental catastrophes, not cause them," said Rep. "But, sadly, President Obama' s EPA has been too busy threatening American jobs with radical regulations instead of focusing on what should be their core mission." EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater as they...

  • A torrent of $44 billion in high-yield debt and share sales in the first half of this year has slowed to a trickle with oil now at just above $42 a barrel, 30 percent below its June levels and 60 percent down from June 2014, and a more pessimistic view taking hold that global oversupply could keep oil cheap for years. "The capital markets showed up in force in the first...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- Goldman Sachs has sold its controversial Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy, Murray said on Thursday, concluding the Wall Street firm's divestment of physical commodity assets. Murray did not provide terms and a Goldman Sachs spokesman declined to comment on the sale price. In recent years, Goldman Sachs and Morgan...

  • Goldman Sachs sells Colombia coal unit to Murray Energy Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 7:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 13- Goldman Sachs has sold its controversial Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy, Murray said on Thursday, concluding the Wall Street giant's divestment of physical commodity assets. Ohio- based coal giant Murray Energy has acquired Colombia Natural Resources, which includes two surface mines, three undeveloped mines...

  • States from Alabama to West Virginia that oppose the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan filed for the stay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and asked for a ruling by Sept. 8, one year before states need to submit compliance plans to the EPA. "This rule is the most far-reaching energy regulation in the nation's history, and the EPA simply does not...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- Retail gasoline prices in Midwest states have jumped as much as 33 cents in a week and could top $3 a gallon as soon as next week as the impact of an unexpected shutdown of a key unit at the region's biggest refinery shows up at the pump, motorist advocacy group AAA said on Thursday. While national prices for regular gasoline have been flat this week and...

  • United Steelworkers union president Leo Gerard said: " Washington has been asleep at the switch in dealing with China" and called for action against " China's predatory practices" before more U.S. jobs were lost. That state's Republican and Democratic senators both criticized China's devaluation and linked it to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks, even...