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  • ST. LOUIS-- Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc.' s shares plunged Thursday after the toy retailer posted a third-quarter loss and said it would close up to 60 stores. The St. Louis- based company, which sells make-it-yourself teddy bears and other dolls, has struggled for some time with weak sales.

  • ST. LOUIS-- The worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's now struggling in the dry conditions. Drought Monitor update released Thursday shows that more than roughly 62 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The United Mine Workers of America is suing Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. in southern West Virginia over pension and health-care benefits for bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.' s active and retired miners.

  • *SAN FRANCISCO FED PRESIDENT JOHN WILLIAMS, Oct. 15 ``In no way has our commitment to price stability wavered.''.

  • *Boeing climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, supported by a slight pickup in manufacturing and a surge in new home sales, while Boeing gave the Dow a boost after raising its full-year forecast.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- The euro fell on Wednesday on signs that the euro zone is heading for a deeper recession than previously feared, but global shares were little changed after Tuesday's steep fall.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Arch Coal Inc., one of the world's biggest coal producers, is scheduled to report earnings for the third quarter before the market opens on Friday. Arch's latest earnings may reflect its June announcement that it was laying off about 750 workers in the Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia coalfields.

  • NEW YORK-- The CEO of Patriot Coal is stepping aside less than five months after taking the job. Irl Engelhardt, a long-time executive at Peabody where he served as chairman and director of one of the world's largest coal producers, took over this year just weeks before the troubled Peabody spin-off sought bankruptcy protection.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Panera Bread Co. rose Wednesday, after the restaurant operator reported that its third-quarter profit jumped 27 percent, on strong demand for its soups and sandwiches, and the company raised its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings outlook.

  • JACKSON, Miss.-- Roberts Broadcasting has sold Jackson television WRBJ-TV to religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network. Media Venture Partners, which the bankrupt Roberts hired to sell its stations in Jackson, Columbia, S.C., and Evansville, Ind., says the station will begin showing Trinity's Christian programming.

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Shares of Panera Bread rose 5 percent in aftermarket trading on Tuesday after the company reported third-quarter net income rose 27 percent on strong demand for its soups and sandwiches. Net income rose to $36.5 million, or $1.24 per share. For the fourth quarter, the company now expects earnings of $1.72 to $1.74 per share, up from $1.66 to $1.70 per share.

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts. DuPont and United Tech are by no means the only big U.S. companies to begin cutting jobs.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A Medicaid managed care provider has filed a lawsuit against Kentucky, alleging that state officials provided incorrect information that led to $120 million in losses in the first 11 months of its contract. The Medicaid provider had announced last week that it would exercise its right to end the contract effective July 5, 2013.

  • Centene Corp. said Tuesday it is suing Kentucky, a state that has generated heavy losses for the Medicaid coverage provider, as it reported an 87 percent plunge in third-quarter earnings. Centene said it filed a lawsuit against Kentucky over the state's "failure to completely and accurately disclose material information."

  • Peabody Energy Corp.' s shares fell in trading Tuesday after a Goldman Sachs analyst downgraded his rating on the coal company after a recent rally in its stock price.

  • Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines. And, in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- Drive through the coalfields of Central Appalachia, and signs of the siege are everywhere. Only a few generations ago, coal miners were literally at war with their employers, spilling and shedding blood on West Virginia's Blair Mountain in a historic battle for union representation and fair treatment.

  • WASHINGTON-- The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Peabody Energy Corp., the world's biggest private-sector coal company, is expected to post lower earnings compared to a year ago, when it reports second-quarter results before the stock market opens Monday.