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-- Wheat prices are surging on questions about how much damage dry weather may have done to the winter wheat crop in parts of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.


BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.


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Portugal edges toward bailout after govt quits (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:33 PM)

Treasurys dip on signs of stabilizing job market (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:32 PM)

Oil settles slightly lower (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:32 PM)

Bernanke to hold news conferences 4 times a year (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:32 PM)

What's behind our conflicted feelings on nukes? (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:26 PM)

Oil settles lower, below $106 per barrel (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:25 PM)

Business events scheduled for the coming week (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:25 PM)

Euro climbs despite possible Portugal bailout (AP, March 24, 2011; 3:23 PM)

Box Office Preview: Wimpy kid vs. some tough babes (AP, March 24, 2011; 2:29 PM)

Stocks rise after earnings continue to impress (AP, March 24, 2011; 2:24 PM)

PG-13 version of `King's Speech' to be released (AP, March 24, 2011; 2:11 PM)

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:59 PM)

Business events scheduled for Friday (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:58 PM)

Best Buy plans to get small as sales fall (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:04 PM)

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:04 PM)

FedEx orders 4 Boeing 777s, for a total of 17 (AP, March 24, 2011; 12:48 PM)

Walgreen to spend about $429M for drugstore.com (AP, March 24, 2011; 12:46 PM)

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance (AP, March 24, 2011; 12:25 PM)

Union expects GM to bring back laid-off workers (AP, March 24, 2011; 12:05 PM)

Halbreich named chairman of Sun-Times Media (AP, March 24, 2011; 11:56 AM)

Applications for unemployment aid drop slightly (AP, March 24, 2011; 11:09 AM)

Durable goods orders fall 0.9 percent in February (AP, March 24, 2011; 11:09 AM)

ConAgra Foods 3Q net income drops on rising costs (AP, March 24, 2011; 11:06 AM)

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year (AP, March 24, 2011; 10:53 AM)

Police disperse demonstrators at EU protests (AP, March 24, 2011; 10:52 AM)

Glance: A closer look at Best Buy's 4Q results (AP, March 24, 2011; 10:17 AM)

Egypt stock market resumes decline after reopening (AP, March 24, 2011; 9:01 AM)

Anxiety in Japan over radiation in tap water (AP, March 24, 2011; 8:27 AM)

Watchmakers compete for the young, old and rich (AP, March 24, 2011; 7:47 AM)

EPA pursues Michigan's largest coal-fired plant (AP, March 24, 2011; 7:40 AM)

IMAX to open 75 more theaters in China (AP, March 24, 2011; 7:31 AM)

Judge puts ex-Cowboy Eugene Lockhart behind bars (AP, March 24, 2011; 6:25 AM)

Prius factory to restart, Honda extends shutdown (AP, March 24, 2011; 4:39 AM)

IMAX to open 75 more theaters in China (AP, March 24, 2011; 2:49 AM)

Oil hovers above $105 amid Middle East conflict (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:38 AM)

Asia stocks inch higher despite world woes (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:31 AM)

Toyota to curb N. America production after quake (AP, March 24, 2011; 1:03 AM)

NZ economy expands in 4Q, quake to hit 2011 growth (AP, March 24, 2011; 12:48 AM)

Judge could put ex-Cowboy Lockhart behind bars (AP, March 24, 2011; 12:27 AM)

Showtime deal with Netflix shows emerging rivalry (AP, March 23, 2011; 9:03 PM)

Japan exports rise 9 pct in Feb. on China demand (AP, March 23, 2011; 9:00 PM)

Rebel Libyan finance minister admits mistakes (AP, March 23, 2011; 8:59 PM)

HP's board purge cleared but pay packages scolded (AP, March 23, 2011; 8:56 PM)

'Battle L.A.' fights its way to No. 1 overseas (AP, March 23, 2011; 8:51 PM)

Hawaii to spend $3M in wake of Japan tourism fall (AP, March 23, 2011; 8:39 PM)

'Color' app shares with people around you (AP, March 23, 2011; 8:21 PM)

New home sales slowest in at least a half-century (AP, March 23, 2011; 6:44 PM)

Portugal's PM quits after debt-cutting plan nixed (AP, March 23, 2011; 6:25 PM)

Caterpillar affirms 2011 outlook, predicts growth (AP, March 23, 2011; 6:07 PM)

Review: Foursquare a fun complement to city jaunts (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:53 PM)

Business Highlights (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:51 PM)

Europe debt market tensions worsen ahead of summit (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:41 PM)

General Mills 3Q net income climbs on snack sales (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:36 PM)

Starbucks growth strategy: new places, products (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:34 PM)

Portugal's PM quits after debt-cutting plan nixed (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:29 PM)

Treasurys dip on lower than expected Fed buying (AP, March 23, 2011; 5:23 PM)

How the major stock indexes fared Wednesday (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:50 PM)

Bank of America, Cree, Xoma are big movers (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:48 PM)

Boeing: US gets the tanker it wanted, nothing more (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:40 PM)

Investors flock to Japanese stocks after quake (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:39 PM)

FedEx and pilots approve labor agreement (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:35 PM)

In blow for BofA, Fed rejects its dividend plan (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:28 PM)

LaHood visits Honolulu to discuss rail project (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:23 PM)

Oil settles above $105 (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:15 PM)

Silver, gold gain on fast-changing global events (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:08 PM)

Caterpillar may sell part of logistics subsidiary (AP, March 23, 2011; 3:47 PM)

Dollar gains against euro ahead of Portugal vote (AP, March 23, 2011; 3:31 PM)

Disney shareholders re-elect Steve Jobs to board (AP, March 23, 2011; 3:19 PM)

AutoNation's Jackson made $6.8 million in 2010 (AP, March 23, 2011; 3:11 PM)

Colgate to buy Sanex from Unilever for $940M (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:42 PM)

Bernanke says bank overhaul will help small banks (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:38 PM)

Exxon Mobil: Japanese fuel terminal reopens (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:29 PM)

SAfrica's MTN launches mobile insurance program (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:20 PM)

Gas prices state by state (AP, March 23, 2011; 1:33 PM)

UK budget seeks to promote faltering growth (AP, March 23, 2011; 1:10 PM)

Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good (AP, March 23, 2011; 12:33 PM)

Dubai World finalizes debt deal with creditors (AP, March 23, 2011; 12:15 PM)

Egypt exchange plunges on reopening after uprising (AP, March 23, 2011; 12:11 PM)

GSK scraps plans to market prostate-cancer drug (AP, March 23, 2011; 12:01 PM)

Mediaset 2010 earns up 29 percent (AP, March 23, 2011; 11:18 AM)

Italy puts 1 year moratorium on nuclear (AP, March 23, 2011; 10:23 AM)

Best Buy to sell access to new wireless network (AP, March 23, 2011; 10:00 AM)

Japan disaster likely to be world's costliest (AP, March 23, 2011; 8:56 AM)

Uneasy tourists shun Japan amid radiation fears (AP, March 23, 2011; 7:46 AM)

UN: Global 2011 wheat production to rise 3.4 pct (AP, March 23, 2011; 7:09 AM)

Dubai port firm profits rise 22 percent in 2010 (AP, March 23, 2011; 6:54 AM)

Unicredit Q4 earns down 13 percent (AP, March 23, 2011; 4:27 AM)

Japan disasters to cost up to $309 billion (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:24 AM)

Oil near $105 as traders eye Middle East upheaval (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:12 AM)

Tokyo: Tap water not safe for infants (AP, March 23, 2011; 2:07 AM)

Asia stocks mixed amid uncertainty in Japan, Libya (AP, March 23, 2011; 1:32 AM)

Tribune Co. judge indicates state lawsuits OK (AP, March 22, 2011; 7:40 PM)

GM to sell preferred shares of Ally for $1 billion (AP, March 22, 2011; 7:33 PM)

UAW chief says Ford CEO's pay excessive (AP, March 22, 2011; 7:21 PM)

Discover posts 1Q profit as payment habits improve (AP, March 22, 2011; 7:06 PM)

Walgreen fiscal 2Q profit climbs but shares tumble (AP, March 22, 2011; 6:54 PM)

New homes are becoming a bad deal in weak markets (AP, March 22, 2011; 6:45 PM)

Business Highlights (AP, March 22, 2011; 6:16 PM)

ESPN adding 125 jobs at Connecticut headquarters (AP, March 22, 2011; 6:05 PM)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs to be deposed (AP, March 22, 2011; 6:00 PM)

Stern sues Sirius over bonus pay for subscribers (AP, March 22, 2011; 5:58 PM)

Former Pfizer CEO saw 2010 compensation swell (AP, March 22, 2011; 5:48 PM)

Walgreen, Sprint, Netflix are big movers (AP, March 22, 2011; 5:15 PM)

Treasurys flat as fears ease over Japan's crisis (AP, March 22, 2011; 5:15 PM)

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