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  • ST. LOUIS, Sept 23- Protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white former policeman who killed a black man could impede the city's bid to attract Amazon.com' s second headquarters, academics and business executives said. "There is no good timing for something like this and it will have an impact," said Didi Caldwell, founding principal with Global Location...

  • A 50- state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 21 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year. The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 22- Illinois will sell $6 billion of bonds in October to shrink the state's unpaid bill backlog that hit a record $16 billion this week, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget said on Friday. In October, Illinois will sell $4.5 billion of general obligation bonds through a team of senior underwriters consisting of Barclays Capital, Bank of...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 22- Illinois will sell $6 billion of bonds in October to shrink the state's unpaid bill backlog that hit a record $16 billion this week, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget said on Friday. In October, Illinois will sell $4.5 billion of general obligation bonds through a team of senior underwriters consisting of Barclays Capital, Bank of...

  • The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- Oil prices ended nearly 1 percent higher on Friday, close to their highest levels in months, as major producers meeting in Vienna said they may wait until January before deciding whether to extend output curbs beyond the first quarter. Other ministers said a decision on extending cuts could be taken in November when OPEC holds its next formal...

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 22- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's new "queso" cheese sauce is going over better on Wall Street than on Twitter, where one person called it a "crime against cheese." Since Sept. 12, "we have witnessed shorts covering/trimming exposure, despite the mixed reviews of the recent queso offering," said Matthew Unterman, director at S3 Partners, a financial...

  • Chicago Board of Trade December wheat set a one-month high but turned lower. As of 12:41 p.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans were up 15-1/ 4 cents at $9.86 per bushel, the contract's highest since Aug. 10. CBOT December corn was up 4-1/ 2 cents at $3.54-3/ 4 a bushel while December wheat was down 1-1/ 2 cents at $4.51 after climbing to $4.55, its highest since...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 22- U.S. ethanol makers, taking advantage of low corn prices, are ramping up production and expanding capacity to try to squeeze less-efficient competitors out of an overcrowded market. "There's only two speeds- there's full throttle or off," said Randall Doyal, chief executive officer of Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Minnesota. Since 2007, nearly every...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- A long stretch of low volatility for U.S. stocks has made betting on continued calm a popular and lucrative trade, but traders and strategists warn that risks to the trade have mounted, while the potential for profits has shrunk. U.S. equity market volatility- the daily fluctuations in stock prices- has hovered near record lows for much of this year.

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 2.40 cents at $4.5360 a bushel; Dec corn gained 5.40 cents 3.5540 a bushel; December oats rose. 20 cent at $2.4940 a bushel while Nov. soybeans advanced 18.60 cents to $9.8460 a bushel. October live cattle rose 2.57 cents at $1.1075 a pound; September...

  • Arkansas board votes to bar dicamba use after April 15, 2018. CHICAGO, Sept 21- Arkansas on Thursday moved just one step away from barring sprayings next summer of an herbicide linked to widespread U.S. crop damage, setting the stage for a potential legal showdown between the state and chemical maker Monsanto Co.. In July, Arkansas banned dicamba use for 120 days.

  • *Wheat was supported as excessive rains in Argentina have threatened yield prospects, while Australia's crop has suffered from persistent dryness in the east. *The USDA reported export sales of U.S. soybeans in the latest week at more than 2.3 million tonnes, topping a range of trade estimates for 1.2 million to 1.5 million tonnes. *USDA said private exporters...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- Pop quiz: What percentage of long-term stock market returns are thanks to the humble dividend? Dividend Equity, according to data provided by Chicago- based research shop Morningstar. "The biggest thing is to look for funds that balance quality with yield," said Adam McCullough, a passive strategies analyst at Morningstar.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 21- Chicago wheat futures posted a one-month high Thursday on technically driven trade while U.S. soybean and corn futures eked out modest advances as traders waited for the harvest to expand in the Midwest. Chicago Board of Trade December what settled up 2-3/ 4 cents at $4.52-1/ 2 per bushel after reaching $4.54-1/ 2, its highest since Aug. 16.

  • *Fed seen as more hawkish than market anticipated. NEW YORK, Sept 21- The U.S. "The meeting was definitely more hawkish than what the market was anticipating," said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president in fixed income trading at D.A.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 21- Chicago wheat futures eked out a one-month high Thursday on technically driven trade while U.S. soybean and corn futures were little changed as traders waited for the harvest to expand in the Midwest. As of 11:43 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade December what was up 3-1/ 4 cents at $4.53 per bushel after reaching $4.53-3/ 4, its highest since Aug. 16.

  • Credit reporting company Equifax corporate offices are pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, September 8, 2017.

    CEO Richard Smith will testify before the Senate Banking Committee about the Equifax security breach.

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 2.80 cents at $4.5120 a bushel; Dec corn was unchanged at 3.50 a bushel; December oats rose 4.80 cents at $2.4920 a bushel while Nov. soybeans fell 7 cents to $9.66 a bushel. October live cattle fell. 27 cent at $1.0818 a pound; September feeder cattle...

  • NEW YORK— StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project on Thursday announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday...