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  • The most popular form of program credits hit two-month highs on Friday on the EPA news, traders said.. The so-called D6 credits sunk to 68 cents last month as EPA considered cost-cutting measures, but prices have rebounded in recent weeks and approached 90 cents on Friday, traders said. Pruitt said the EPA would not pursue another idea floated by EPA leadership...

  • Prosecutors at the Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia have filed 36 lawsuits and other legal actions against companies they say falsely promise debt relief, charging more than $95 million in illegal fees in recent years. But they say the Education Department and its contracted loan servicing companies fail to steer borrowers...

  • Whether she becomes a doctor depends on whether Congress finds an alternative to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump phased out last month. "It's mostly a tragedy of wasted talent and resources," said Mark Kuczewski, who leads the medical education department at Loyola University's medical school, where Arreola is...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec. delivery was up. 60 cent at $4.3340 a bushel; Dec corn down 1 cent 3.48 a bushel; December oats higher 3.40 cents at $2.73 a bushel while Nov. soybeans was 1.60 cents higher at $9.8820 a bushel. October live cattle was up. 38 cent at $1.1158 a pound; October feeder cattle...

  • CHICAGO— The new company hired to run the Illinois Lottery projects it will increase annual sales to $4 billion, generating more than $1 billion per year for schools and other projects by the end of the 10- year deal, according to a contract obtained by The Associated Press. Northstar Lottery Group will remain on the job until Camelot takes over on Jan 2.

  • *Soybeans supported by export demand, Brazil risks. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Oct 20- Chicago soybeans inched higher on Friday as signs of healthy export demand and lingering concern about Brazil's planting season kept a floor under the market. The most-active soybean contracton the Chicago Board of Trade was up 0.3 percent at $9.89-1/ 4 a bushel by 1119 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON— Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The Senate methodically worked through a pack of amendments, with Republicans rebuffing Democrats'...

  • HONG KONG— Hong Kong's last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall, joining other world exchanges in going fully automated. The bourse's operator, Hong Kong Exchanges& Clearing, says it will close the trading hall by the end of the month and turn the space into a showcase for the city's...

  • "There is no better place to do business than Canada," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an Oct. 13 letter to Amazon's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, seen by Reuters. New Jersey proposed $7 billion in potential credits against state and city taxes if Amazon locates in Newark and sticks to hiring commitments, according to a news release from the governor's office...

  • Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures settled up 2-1/ 4 cents at $9.86-1/ 2 per bushel. CBOT December wheat ended up 2-3/ 4 cents at $4.32-3/ 4 a bushel and December corn finished up 1/ 2 cent at $3.49 a bushel. Soybeans drew support after the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed through its daily reporting system that private exporters sold 384,000...

  • --Connecticut glossed over its deepening financial problems and Hartford's potential municipal bankruptcy to push the Stamford and Hartford areas as ideal sites. --The Canadian cities of Toronto, Edmonton and Ottawa, as well as Hamilton, Halifax, Montreal, Sault Ste. Marie, Vancouver, and Windsor submitted bids, according to Reuters' reporting and local media...

  • Oct 19- A public contest ending Thursday to bid over housing Amazon.com Inc's second headquarters has drawn pitches from governors and a prime minister, marketing campaigns and offers of tax credits worth at least as much as $7 billion. "There is no better place to do business than Canada," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an Oct. 13 letter to Amazon's Chief...

  • DALLAS— Shares of United Airlines dropped more than 12 percent on Thursday— their biggest one-day percentage decline in eight years— after a contentious conference call that caused analysts to question whether United executives are making progress on their turnaround plan. CEO Oscar Munoz appealed for patience. Munoz was named CEO in September 2015.

  • The two-level store in Manhattan's Herald Square, not far from the Macy's flagship, is about one-third the size of Target's average store. The Herald Square store is among 12 mostly small-format stores opening this week in urban markets like Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. While all retailers need to worry about online growth and the expansion of Amazon,...

  • "We have dug ourselves in a hole from a competitive perspective," Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz said in response to a grilling on the call with media and investors. The Chicago- based airline said it expects passenger revenue per available seat mile, a closely-watched measurement of an airline's performance, to decline by 1 percent to 3 percent in the...

  • NEW YORK— In a story Oct. 18 about lending to women-owned businesses, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bank surpassed its goal for loans to women-owned companies in 2013. NEW YORK— Getting a bank loan is still a struggle for many women who own businesses. Kirsten Curry has had three rejections in the past six months and is waiting to hear from a...

  • BOSTON— Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they've been brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the different ways they're showcasing...

  • WASHINGTON— Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon's second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer:. Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. For the right city, winning Amazon's second headquarters could help it attain the rarefied status of "tech hub," with the prospect of...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 1.20 cents at $4.3120 a bushel; Dec corn up 1.60 cents 3.5020 a bushel; December oats unchanged at $2.6760 a bushel while Nov. soybeans was 1.60 cents higher at $9.86 a bushel. October live cattle was up. 23 cent at $1.1170 a pound; October feeder...

  • Oct 19- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is near a deal to give department store chain Lord& Taylor dedicated space on its walmart.com website, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Retailers including Amazon.com Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd offer dedicated space to brands on their website. Lord& Taylor will continue to operate its own website, but shoppers at...