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  • *Trade thin ahead of the long weekend break in U.S. and Britain. NEW YORK, May 26- Oil prices rebounded to rise more than 1 percent on Friday, but Brent crude ended the week nearly 3 percent lower after an OPEC- led decision to extend production curbs did not go as far as many investors had hoped. Trading was light after Thursday's heavy sell-off and ahead of the long...

  • *Prices rebound after dive on disappointment over OPEC decision. NEW YORK, May 26- Oil prices rebounded to rise more than 1 percent on Friday, but ended the week nearly 3 percent lower after an OPEC- led decision to extend production curbs did not go as far as many investors had hoped. Crude prices plunged 5 percent after the decision as some market participants had...

  • HOUSTON— The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by seven this week to 908.. Colorado added five rigs while Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Patti Upton, who founded the multimillion-dollar home fragrance company Aromatique thanks to a popular homemade mix of pine cones, oils and spices she concocted to help a friend's shop "smell like Christmas," has died at her Arkansas home. The married mother and grandmother died Tuesday after a brief illness at her home in the lakeside city of...

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices tumbled 5 percent on Thursday as the extension of output curbs by OPEC and other producing countries disappointed investors who had hoped for larger cuts, leading to the biggest daily percentage slide in crude prices since early March. At Thursday's meeting in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some...

  • *OPEC agrees to extend output cuts for nine months. NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices fell about 4 percent on Thursday, on track for their biggest daily drop in three weeks, after OPEC's decision to extend production curbs fell short of expectations of deeper or longer cuts. As expected, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, along with other non- OPEC...

  • JUNCTION CITY, Kan.— A Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of precooked sausage products that might contain metal. The Food Safety and Inspection Service says the recall includes more than 8,000 cases of 16.6- ounce packages of "Eckrich Smok-y Cheddar Breakfast sausage, Naturally Hardwood Smoked." The products were distributed in...

  • Alabama: Grayson Hall, Regions Financial Corp., $8 million. Arizona: Richard C. Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., $14 million. Arkansas: Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., $22.4 million.

  • In his first detailed budget submission to Congress on Tuesday, Trump requested major reductions to programs that help poor families afford groceries and poor and disabled people get healthcare. Some Republicans in Congress cheered Trump's budget. They're really deep, deep cuts, "said Republican Representative Hal Rogers, whose eastern Kentucky district...

  • In his first detailed budget submission to Congress on Tuesday, Trump requested major reductions to programs that help poor families afford groceries and poor and disabled people get healthcare. Some Republicans in Congress cheered Trump's budget. They're really deep, deep cuts, "said Republican Representative Hal Rogers, whose eastern Kentucky district...

  • *OPEC seen set to prolong oil output cuts. NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices settled a bit higher on Tuesday as expectations of an extension to OPEC- led supply cuts overshadowed a White House proposal to sell half of U.S. petroleum reserves. OPEC and other producing countries including Russia have cut output about 1.8 million barrels per day in the first half of 2017..

  • *OPEC set to prolong oil cuts as delegates predict smooth meeting. NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices inched up on Tuesday in volatile trading as expectations of an extension to OPEC- led supply cuts and another drop in U.S. crude inventories overshadowed a White House proposal to sell half the country's petroleum reserves. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Tuesday that it's expanding its military leave-of-absence policy by offering differential pay to all eligible employees who are on military assignments lasting more than three days. The Bentonville, Arkansas- based company said in a news release that the differential pay will cover the duration of military...

  • BEIJING, May 23- As a controversial U.S. investment visa scheme comes under fresh criticism, Sam Walls of Little Rock, Arkansas, faces a different problem as he courts wealthy Chinese. Walls, who is 47 and does not speak Mandarin, spent three months in China last year promoting the project, often travelling by high-speed rail between Beijing and Shanghai.

  • BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ America's Car-Mart Inc. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $5.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. America's Car-Mart shares have decreased 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming each gained two, while New Mexico and Ohio each added one. Colorado declined by two rigs and Alaska lost one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • A significant number of the job gains occurred in nine states, led by Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Arkansas, Colorado and Oregon reported the lowest unemployment rates since 1976. Colorado's rate, at 2.3 percent, was the nation's lowest. Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota each had jobless rates below 3 percent.

  • NEW YORK— Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not. Yet without him, friends and foes agree, the GOP's current control of Washington and statehouses nationwide may not have been possible. "The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club.

  • NEW YORK— The Latest on the death of media guru and political strategist Roger Ailes:. Bill O'Reilly is warmly remembering former Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes, who died after a fall at his home on May 10. Authorities in Florida are saying Roger Ailes died of bleeding on the brain caused by an earlier fall at home.

  • CHICAGO, May 18- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales at established U.S. stores, as investments to bring more customers into the discount retailer paid off and a bigger push into e-commerce boosted online purchases, sending its shares flirting near a 52- week high. Wal-Mart and analysts said the company is...