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  • Aug 26- Tyson Foods Inc, one of the world's largest meat processors, on Wednesday won the reversal of nearly $24 million of damage awards in two class action lawsuits claiming it cheated thousands of hourly workers in two Nebraska plants out of wages. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned an $18.77 million award to workers at a Madison,...

  • Aug 26- Tyson Foods Inc, one of the world's largest meat processors, on Wednesday won the reversal of nearly $24 million of damage awards in two class action lawsuits claiming it cheated thousands of hourly workers in two Nebraska plants out of wages. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned an $18.77 million award to workers at a Madison,...

  • Monsanto abandons takeover bid for Swiss rival Syngenta Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of nearly $47 billion. A combination with Basel- based Syngenta would have made Monsanto the world's largest producer of farming chemicals, in addition to its market-leading seed business.

  • Dish and Sinclair agree in principle on new contract Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest TV broadcasters in the U.S., said Wednesday they've agreed on the outline of a new contract, one day after Sinclair's channels went dark for Dish customers. Sinclair's channels include affiliates of ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC in markets throughout the country, including Washington DC, Seattle/...

  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • WASHINGTON— Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating— at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills. But take a look at other gauges of Americans' financial health, and a more nuanced picture emerges:.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 17-23 Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.34 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.56 million. 6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.82 million.

  • St. Louis' governing board advances minimum-wage boost Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— St. Louis' governing board on Tuesday advanced a compromise measure that would ease the city's minimum wage up to $11 by 2018.. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen had begun its special meeting by considering a plan that would have boosted the local minimum wage to $13 by 2020. But the board, by a 15-6 vote, eventually signed off on the more modest plan— after hours...

  • WASHINGTON— Even as anxious investors send stock prices plunging, many Americans are sounding a rather different note:. For now, the panic on Wall Street does not appear to have spread very far. "I'm certainly not panicking or looking for tall buildings," said Vincent Signorotti, 62, a San Diego- based executive for a company that builds geothermal plants in Southern...

  • Great Recession steels Main Street investors Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— For many investors, lessons of the Great Recession are fresh. The Associated Press talked with investors across the country about how the market's drop this year has affected their spending and investing. John Londoff Jr. cozied up to his computer Monday to check on the market at his family's Chevrolet dealership outside St. Louis and declared it was...

  • ST. LOUIS— Budweiser has long been known as the "King of Beers," and Anheuser-Busch is taking exception to a craft brewer declaring itself holder of the "Queen of Beer" crown. She Beverage Co. of Lancaster, California, applied in December to register "The Queen of Beer" phrase with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 12:42 AM ET

    The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. The plan was produced by Environmental Restoration LLC, a private contractor working for the EPA. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said Saturday she could not immediately answer questions about the matter.

  • LONDON— The spectacular breach at adultery site Ashley Madison gave rise to sordid tales of horrified spouses rushing to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, frantic phone calls to lawyers and torrid confrontations with spouses. Even the true number of people affected by the breach has been clouded by uncertainty over how many of the roughly 39...

  • Aug 21- The rout in U.S. stocks continued for the fourth straight day on Friday, with all three major indices down more than 1 percent, as fears of a China- led global slowdown were heightened after grim data overnight. The Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P were poised for their sharpest weekly fall since November 2011. The Nasdaq was on track for its steepest...

  • NEW YORK— The release of the names and personal information of millions of potentially cheating spouses around the world will undoubtedly have disastrous consequences for many couples, but Ashley Madison members might think twice before suing over the website's hacking. "I'd be surprised if you get a lot of traction here," says Scott Vernick, a partner and head...

  • DETROIT— A June collision between a Volkswagen SUV and a deer in which a side air bag inflated with too much force has triggered a federal investigation and raised questions about the safety of newer air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. In the June 7 crash near St. Louis, the left side air bag inflated in a 2015 VW Tiguan, blowing apart a metal canister.

  • Target promotes CFO to new role Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Target is making more executive changes, promoting its Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan to the newly created role of chief operating officer. Cathy Smith, a seasoned retail executive, was named to replace Mulligan as CFO. Monday's changes come nearly two months after the Minneapolis retailer said that Kathyrn Tesija, an executive vice president...

  • NEW YORK/ BEIJING, Aug 17- Recent news from China makes depressing reading for commodities producers, with a slowing economy, tumbling stock prices and a currency devaluation all signaling weaker demand. China's a place where everyone looks and says,' what if, "' said Jordan Fife, a merchant with BioUrja Trading LLC in Houston. State-run grain trader China National...

  • Second-quarter surveys released on Thursday by the Federal Reserve banks of Kansas City and St. Louis also suggested the value of cropland would decline further in the third quarter. The St. Louis survey used an index for income that registered 31 for the second quarter and 35 for the third. "Our trade area is primarily cash grain, and the lower grain prices will...

  • *U.S. shares follow Europe, Asia higher. NEW YORK, Aug 13- Shares revived and bond yields rose in major markets on Thursday after China's central bank reassured investors there was no reason for its currency to keep falling. Despite the calming markets, the yuan weakened for a third day and some forecast further declines in the face of a weak economy, even as People's...