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  • PORTLAND, Maine— The owner of a Maine farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween- themed hayride says he never would've allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to operate. Harvest Hill Farms Inc. owner Peter Bolduc denies knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon. He said Friday he used it to drive around the farm in...

  • TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEWS CONFERENCE DELAYED UNTIL 1600 LOCAL FROM 1330.

  • July 31- Verizon Communications Inc said on Friday there was little progress in negotiations with its wireline unit workers on the U.S. East Coast, ahead of the expiry of the current contracts on Aug. 1. The wireline employees with two trade unions last week voted to go on strike, if needed. Verizon said on Friday it is ready in the event of a work stoppage.

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Budget deficits are projected to persist for Chicago as pension and debt costs gobble up more revenue, according to an annual financial analysis released by the city on Friday. If Illinois fails to enact legislation easing Chicago's payments to its public safety retirement systems, the deficit could be even higher. Chronic structural budget...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- American Eagle gold coin sales surged to the highest in more than two years, U.S. Mint data showed on Friday, after prices tumbled as much as 8 percent to a 5-1/ 2- year low and spurred a buying spree in the United States. Silver prices extended their descent to a six-year low at $14.33 an ounce.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Bank of America is likely to hold a shareholder vote this year to determine whether Chief Executive Brian Moynihan should be allowed to retain his title of chairman of the bank's board, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Bank of America announced just before its annual meeting in May that it would allow shareholders to hold a vote on...

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Prudential Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $47,000 in its fiscal third quarter. Prudential Bancorp shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Prudential Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • What's more, these investments aren't winners; this bias towards in-state politically connected firms costs the typical state pension fund about $225 million in annual decline in fund performance, according to estimates in the study, which is slated to be published in an upcoming Journal of Financial Economics. "We find that state pension funds overweight...

  • July 31- The man who was instrumental in blocking a foreign takeover five years ago of Canada's Potash Corp, the world's No. 2 producer of the crop nutrient potash, says Germany need not fear Potash's move to buy German potash miner K+ S AG. In 2010, Brad Wall, premier of the Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, campaigned against Anglo-Australian miner BHP...

  • *Wall Street closes lower, energy stocks drag. NEW YORK, July 31- The dollar fell and benchmark U.S. Wall Street stock prices closed down, after surrendering early gains from the Employment Cost Index data showing the smallest quarterly increase in 33 years.

  • U.S. stocks closed on Friday with modest losses, as a big drop in energy stocks offsets gains in other parts of the market. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard& Poor's 500 index lost 4.79 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,103.84.

  • 30)@ (Corrects revenue figure in July 30 story to " $112 million" from " $93.8 million" in paragraph 8). July 30 (Reuters)- Indoor cycling fitness chain SoulCycle Inc filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common stock, underscoring the rising popularity of boutique chains that cater to specific workout methods such as spinning, yoga and barre.

  • July 31- Uber Technologies Inc has closed a new round of funding that values the online taxi-hailing company at nearly $51 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Investors in the latest round include Microsoft Corp and the Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman& Co's Times Internet, the report said.

  • July 31- Wall Street ended on a sour note on Friday as a drop in energy stocks eclipsed wage data that supported expectations that the U.S. Exxon Mobil shares dropped 4.58 percent while Chevron lost 4.89 percent after reporting poor quarterly earnings due to weak oil prices. That's what this market has been about since we've been in such a tight trading range this...

  • MARION, N.Y. _ Seneca Foods Corp. on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $2.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Seneca Foods shares have increased 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Seneca Foods, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. LinkedIn Corp., down $23.89 to $203.26. Hanesbrands Inc., down $3.11 to $31.03.

  • MINT AMERICAN EAGLE GOLD COIN SALES IN JULY RISE 124 PCT TO 170,000 OZ, HIGHEST SINCE APRIL 2013.

  • MINT AMERICAN EAGLE SILVER COIN SALES IN JULY RISE 14 PCT TO 5.5 MLN OZ, HIGHEST SINCE JANUARY.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 2- Shareholders in the AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF who sold in late 2014 are probably not the last to pay up for liquidity risk, a growing hazard for some fixed-income investors bracing for the first Federal Reserve interest rate hike in nearly a decade. Fixed-income high yield ETFs have grown to $37 billion in assets, up from about $10...