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â¿¿ EARNS-MONSANTO â¿¿ Monsanto says its net income nearly tripled in the agricultural products company's first quarter as sales of its biotech corn seeds expanded in Latin American countries.

â¿¿ TARGET-ONLINE MATCH â¿¿ Target says its pledge to match prices of select online rivals this past holiday season is now a year-round promise.

â¿¿ JEEP-INVESTIGATION â¿¿ Government clears Jeep Grand Cherokee in probe of fluid leaks and engine fires.

â¿¿ INFANT SLEEPERS-WARNING â¿¿ The government is warning consumers to inspect Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleepers due to risk of exposure to mold for infants who use them.

â¿¿ PREGNANCY-DRUG LAWSUIT â¿¿ Testimony is set to begin in a federal lawsuit filed by four sisters from Pennsylvania who say their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s. The Melnick sisters are suing Eli Lilly in the first of scores of such claims filed around the country to go to trial. Eds: Opening statements scheduled to begin about 9 a.m.

â¿¿ OBIT-TURNER â¿¿ Former McDonald's CEO, who helped create 'Hamburger University,' dies at 80.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA

â¿¿ SKOREA-EARNS-SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS â¿¿ Samsung, the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter as shoppers continue to snap up its smartphones and tablets.

INTERNATIONAL

â¿¿ GERMANY-GREECE â¿¿ Greece's prime minister, meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, stresses that his country is determined to win back credibility in Europe, and is delivering on the reforms and austerity needed to achieve that goal.

â¿¿ GERMANY-ECONOMY â¿¿ German industrial orders drop more than expected in November because of weaker foreign demand, while exports slide by 3.4 percent.

â¿¿ FRANCE-ECONOMY â¿¿ President Francois Hollande says his plans to put France's bloated government on a diet include cutting state aid to companies.

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