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  • Monsanto pays $80 million to settle accounting charges

    Monsanto will pay an $80 million penalty and several executives will pay smaller amounts to settle federal allegations that the agribusiness giant misstated its earnings by not properly disclosing the costs of a rebate program…

  • Crude falls

    Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell $1.75 cents — closing at $27.94 a barrel.

  • Gold, silver gain

    The February gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1198.70 an ounce — up $.80. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed at $15.44 an ounce — up 3 cents.

  • Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans…

  • Energy agency says gasoline will average under $2 in 2016

    For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. They can thank the huge glut of oil around…

  • Former Tyco CEO named board chairman of ex-prisoners group

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former business titan convicted more than a decade ago in a notorious corporate fraud case that featured headline-grabbing tales of excessive spending is now board chairman of a New York…

  • Stocks struggle higher, shaking off a midday slump

    The major U.S. stock indexes moved modestly higher in late-afternoon trading Monday after spending much of the day veering between gains and losses. Materials and health care stocks were among the biggest gainers, while energy…

  • Brazil governor wants environmental fund to pay pensions

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio de Janeiro state governor wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund being used to clean up waterways before the upcoming Olympics to cover shortfalls in civil…

  • Canadian Pacific wants vote on Norfolk Southern deal

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Canadian Pacific plans to ask Norfolk Southern shareholders whether they want the two railroads to pursue a merger. Canadian Pacific said Tuesday that it plans to submit a shareholder resolution on…

  • Route 66 in Albuquerque is site of fight over rapid transit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations along historic Route 66 in Albuquerque is drawing opposition from shop owners. Some business owners fear the $119 million…

  • Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal…

  • In Tech: Google ads, Verizon video, domain leadership

    Google is helping to promote the fight against extremism through its own digital advertising network. Anti-extremist ads partially financed by Google recently began appearing in the U.K. as part of a program that helps nonprofit…

  • SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted…

  • With restraint, YouTube rolls out original programming

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael “Burnie” Burns hears a discrepancy. Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers playing ahead of his much smaller…

  • Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint’s water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires’ disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary…