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SEC considering action against S&P over ratings

Standard & Poor's said Wednesday that regulators have told the rating agency they are considering taking civil enforcement action against it over ratings it gave to six deals in 2011 involving securities tied to commercial mortgages.

S&P 500 ekes out record high as earnings roll in

The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies.

US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

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Geopolitical tensions seen keeping oil prices high

The price of oil fell slightly Tuesday but experts see geopolitical tensions preventing any significant short-term declines.

Chinese aim for big Asian carp catch in Mississippi

Moon River Foods said Tuesday that it would invest $3 million and hire up to 100 people to harvest Asian carp, filleting and packaging them at a plant in Mississippi.

Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for ignition switches

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.

US stocks climb as earnings reports roll in

Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday.

McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

Stocks slip to start the week

The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil.

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2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

BizBeat: Former BBQ restaurateur opening daycare

Michael Ferguson, who owned Michael’s Unforgettable BBQ for several years at 2113 Schotthill Woods Road, is starting an unlikely follow-up to that business in the same location: a Christian daycare center.

BizBeat: Furniture store celebrates new storefront, inventory

Bescheinen Family Furniture of Loose Creek is holding a grand opening sale and ribbon-cutting in conjunction with its newly renovated storefront.

BizBeat: State earmarks $24M for small businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) released a new quarterly report showing that Missouri has designated nearly $24 million to grow small businesses.

Midwest Block & Brick buys Tulsa company

Midwest Block & Brick acquired a Chandler Materials company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jefferson City business licenses issued in May, June 2014

Jefferson City issued 27 business licenses for the months of May and June.

Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

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Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame

The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline.

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Pets’ amenities rising trend for homebuilders

These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.

Subaru sued over claims of dangerous auto defects

A federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey against carmaker Subaru says some of its vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they’re being driven.

US regulators close small bank in Georgia

Regulators have closed a small lender in Georgia, bringing U.S. bank failures this year to 13 after 24 closures in all of 2013.