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Grain mostly higher, beef and pork lower

Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

States remind Market Basket of workers' rights

Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials are telling the Market Basket supermarket chain they'll be looking out for the legal rights of any workers fired in a protest over the family-owned company's leadership.

Swiss central bank reports $17.7B half-year profit

Switzerland's central bank posted a profit Thursday of 16.1 billion Swiss francs ($17.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a big turnaround from its loss of 9 billion francs for 2013.

Barge company moving to Gibson

Inland and river barge company Settoon Towing has started construction on a $2.5 million operations center in Gibson.

California company recalls food on botulism fears

An Orange County packaged-food company is voluntarily recalling several products over fears of possible botulism contamination.

Official: Ferries to be back to normal Saturday

Puget Sound ferry service should be back on schedule by Saturday after disruptions caused by maintenance and unexpected repairs, the interim head of Washington State Ferries said Thursday.

Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat

A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year.

Philippine central bank raises interest rate

The Philippine central bank has raised its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to counter inflation.

Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap

The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.

$100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.

LeMond, Blixseth petition high court for rehearing

Attorneys for cycling legend Greg LeMond and developer Tim Blixseth are asking the Montana Supreme Court to reconsider portions of a recent ruling in a long-running property dispute.

Nokia in wireless network deal with Panasonic

Finnish wireless equipment maker Nokia says it has a preliminary agreement to acquire part of the wireless network business of Japan's Panasonic Corp.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent

Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, hovering near their lows for the year.

Conn. unemployment insurance tax stokes complaints

Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.

How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst one-day drop since February, erasing its gain for the year, as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The slide interrupted a prolonged advance in the market which brought the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its latest record high close just one week ago.

Adidas issues profit warning on Russia risks

Sports equipment maker Adidas lowered its full-year profit target on Thursday, citing among other things increasing risk in the Russian market amid mounting political tensions over Ukraine.

Colgate-Palmolive 2Q profit climbs 11 percent

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL) on Thursday reported profit that increased by 11 percent in its second quarter. The results matched analysts' expectations.

In San Francisco real estate, $1M won't buy much

San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

LinkedIn stock jumps after 2Q results

Shares of LinkedIn Corp. jumped Thursday after the professional networking service reported a second-quarter loss but still topped analysts' expectations.

Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online, launching an app Thursday in Zambia.

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