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ConAgra ordered to pay $179M for explosion

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Feb. 12 (UPI) — A federal judge in East St. Louis, Ill., ruled ConAgra must pay $179 million to three men burned in a 2010 grain…

CEO departures increased in January

CHICAGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — The number of U.S. chief executive officers leaving their jobs increased in January, led by healthcare and hospital executives, an employment firm said Friday. Outplacement…

Lending rises in China

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Lending is on the rise in China as the economy rebounds from a seven-quarter trend of slower growth, the People’s Bank of China said. Lending…

Google chairman to sell 3.2M shares

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Google Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell 3.2 million of his 7.6 million shares of the U.S. search engine, a filing with federal regulators…

YouTube banned for month in Egypt

CAIRO, Feb. 9 (UPI) — An Egyptian court banished YouTube for a month after the website refused to take down a video considered anti-Islamic. The ban applies to any website…

Stock indexes climb early

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes climbed Friday after the U.S. Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit shrank $19.5 billion from 2011 to 2012. The annual…

ISU researchers receive $5 million grant to enhance soybean resistance to sudden death syndrome

AMES, Iowa – Researchers at Iowa State University will use a grant totaling more than $5 million to strengthen the genetic resistance of soybeans to sudden death syndrome, a disease…

Markets close lower

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) — U.S. markets dropped Thursday following declines in Asia and Europe and a report that showed U.S. unemployment benefit claims higher than expected. The Labor…

India growth forecast discouraging

NEW DELHI, Feb. 7 (UPI) — India’s economic growth in the current fiscal year ending March 31 is expected to hit a decade low of 5 percent, the government said.…

SGO gets another demining project

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., Feb. 5 (UPI) — Sterling Global Operations has received another U.S. military contract for demining and battle area clearance services in Afghanistan. Under the $30 million award,…

Markets close mixed

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) — U.S. markets closed mixed Wednesday with investors seeking a comfort zone after a four-week winning streak. Stocks have moved up and down through the…

Gold adds $5 Wednesday

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) — The price of gold rose modestly in New York Wednesday, as equities finished the session mixed on Wall Street. On the Comex division of…

High-tech pen buzzes to point out mistakes

BERLIN, Feb. 5 (UPI) — A German company says it is developing a pen that vibrates to tell users if they’ve made a spelling mistake while writing. The device from…

Software hints at Apple Internet radio

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Hidden “radio” buttons in Apple’s iOS 6.1 operating system suggest an Apple radio service intended to compete with Pandora and Spotify, Apple watchers say.…

Justice Dept. files $5B suit against S&P

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) — California has sued credit rating firm Standard & Poor’s, alleging it issued ratings that cost the state’s public pension funds about $1 billion. State…

CBO projects slow growth in 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — The Congressional Budget Office says U.S. economic growth “will remain slow” in 2013 due in part to budgetary changes “scheduled to occur under current law.”…

B&W continues U.S. nuclear support

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. military has awarded $510 million in contracts to Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group Inc. for components and services to defense projects.…

Stock indexes close higher

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) — The Dow Jones industrial average closed higher Tuesday, following an equities rebound in Europe. By close of trading on Wall Street, the Dow added…

Grains mixed Tuesday

CHICAGO, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Grain futures prices were mixed on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday with the dollar index flat on the International Exchange. Corn was off 4…

Resistant weeds said threat to U.S. crops

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) — A U.S. health advocacy group Monday urged limiting the use of herbicides on genetically engineered crops, saying the technology is unsustainable. The Center for Science…

SciTechTalk: BlackBerry rolls the dice

By JIM ALGAR Research in Motion, desperate to turn around its flagging fortunes, has laid the chips on the table for it final wager in the form of two new…

Factory orders up 1.8 percent in December

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) — U.S. factory orders for manufactured goods rose in December, but fell short of gains economists had expected, the Census Bureau said Monday. New orders were…

Government goes after S&P

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. government has plans to file charges against credit rating firm Standard & Poor’s for misleading bond ratings, sources told The Wall Street…

Economic Outlook: The status quo

By ANTHONY HALL Asking how Tim Geithner did as the U.S. treasury secretary, one week after he has stepped down, is a question of tone and detail. In the first…

Markets retreat Monday

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) — The Dow Jones industrial average ducked under 14,000 Monday after closing above the psychological benchmark Friday. Friday marked the Dow’s highest close since Oct.12,…

Grains close mixed in Chicago

CHICAGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Grain futures prices were mixed on the Chicago Board of Trade Monday on a light trading day. Corn was 1 1/4 to off 1 3/4,…

U.S., Mexico reach tomato trade accord

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — The United States and Mexico have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a cross-border tomato trade war, officials in both countries said. The deal was…

Facebook makes foray into gift-card arena

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) — Facebook has announced it will sell gift cards redeemable in the real world at retailers such as Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora and…

FTC moves on mobile privacy guidelines

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said software developers for mobile devices should adopt stronger policies to safeguard the privacy of individuals. In a non-binding staff…

Panel floats high-end investor exchange

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — An advisory panel to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recommended Friday a stock exchange be created exclusively for high-end investors. The panel, the advisory…

Etch A Sketch creator dies

BRYAN, Ohio, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Andre Cassagnes, the French inventor who created the Etch A Sketch drawing toy in the 1950s, has died, a company official says. He was…

Home foreclosures down in December

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 3 (UPI) — Home foreclosures across the United States declined in December, extending a critical component of the housing recovery, a mortgage tracking firm said. The 19.5…

250,000 Twitter accounts breached

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Twitter said this week’s security breach involving 250,000 of the social website’s accounts was similar to other attacks on U.S. companies. Twitter said the…

Dow Jones breaks 14,000 points

Dow Jones breaks 14,000 points

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) — The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 14,000 mark for the first time in more than five years Friday on reports about U.S.…

Wheat drags down other grains on CBOT

CHICAGO, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Grain futures prices were mostly lower on the Chicago Board of Trade despite a soaring euro and less than ideal weather in Argentina. Corn was…

Burger King cuts ties with U.K. supplier

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Fast food restaurant Burger King said it has terminated its relationship with a European supplier after finding trace amounts of horse meat in beef…

Mortgage rates climb in week

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose in the week that ended Thursday, with the incline defining a new trend, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said.…

Market rally stalls after weak jobs report

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed lower Thursday after the Labor Department said first-time unemployment benefit claims rose in the week that ended Saturday. With a…

Oil settles lower, gas higher

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The price of crude oil held above $97 per barrel overnight in New York, dropping slightly on the prospects of softer demand. NYMEX West…

Report: IRS picks up hiring pace

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is hiring new workers more quickly, in part because of automation and improved control of the process, an audit found.…