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Gold, silver edge lower; grain prices rise sharply

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Corn and wheat futures settled sharply higher Thursday, while gold and silver slipped. Energy prices were little changed. In July contracts, corn rose 15.75 cents to $6.4875 a bushel, an increase of 2.5 percent. Wheat rose 17.50 cents to $7.235 a bushel, also up 2.5 percent. Soybeans rose 18 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $14.0875 a bushel. The price of crude oil fell slightly as the dollar...