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  • *Iran seeking to boost output to pre-nuclear sanction levels. NEW YORK, Sept 7- U.S. crude prices soared nearly 3 percent on Wednesday in post settlement trading after U.S. inventory data showed what might be the largest weekly stock draw in over three decades. Nationwide crude inventories plunged by 12.1 million barrels in the week to Sept 2, according to data...

  • Sept 7- U.S. crude stocks surprisingly plunged more than 12 million barrels last week, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Wednesday, boosting the price of oil. There's apprehension of crude restocking as we exit the gasoline season and we exit strong demand, "said Gene McGillian, senior analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford,...

  • ATLANTA, Ga., Sept 7- In 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released estimates of how many people in the country die every year from antibiotic resistant infections: 23,000. The agency estimates that an additional 15,000 die annually from Clostridium difficile, an infection linked to long-term antibiotic use. The estimates, the agency...

  • RICHMOND, Va., Sept 7- Josiah Cooper-Pope, born 15 weeks premature, did fine in the neonatal intensive care unit for the first 10 days of his life. His mother, Shala Bowser, said nurses at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, told her that Josiah had an infection and that she should prepare for the worst. The shock of her son's death came back to her when, after being...

  • *Russia, Saudi Arabia sign pact, may limit output in future. *Oil diplomacy continues as OPEC sec-gen visits Iran. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non- OPEC producers, like Russia, will hold informal talks in Algeria on Sept. 26-28.

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2- Hurricane Hermine tore a path of destruction across Florida on Friday, knocking out power for 253,000 customers, flooding low-lying areas and raising concerns about the spread of the Zika virus from pools of standing water left behind. The first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in more than a decade, Hermine came ashore early on Friday near...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- U.S. employment growth likely moderated in August after two straight months of hefty gains, but was probably still strong enough to push the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year. The Labor Department will release its closely watched employment report on Friday and readings in line with expectations would reinforce views...

  • District Judge Alvin Thompson in New Haven, Connecticut, after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud in March, prosecutors said. Thompson also ordered Hamilton, 46, of Norwalk, to spend four months in home confinement during a year of supervised release that will follow his prison term and to pay a $131,958 fine, a spokesman for U.S.

  • The Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in Hamden, Connecticut, as well as the USDA office in Leetown, West Virginia, would reopen on Thursday, Herrick said. The closures were triggered by one email message sent to multiple employees at USDA offices in Hamden and Leetown, along with offices in Fort Collins, Colorado; Beltsville,...

  • The USDA closed offices in five states on Tuesday and is working with local and federal authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to determine the seriousness of the threats, department spokesman Matthew Herrick said in an emailed statement on Tuesday night. The Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in Hamden,...

  • Aug 31- A U.S. accident investigator said on Wednesday that its initial checks show that Takata Corp air bag parts and material involved in an Aug. 22 explosion in a truck in Texas were being shipped properly. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said that the agency's hazardous material team made the determination along with the Federal...

  • *Private payrolls increase 177,000 in August. WASHINGTON, Aug 31- U.S. private employers maintained a steady pace of hiring in August and contracts to buy previously owned homes surged in July, suggesting the economy was regaining sufficient momentum for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. "This should give the Fed confidence that the economy...

  • Aug 31- Two U.S. senators on Wednesday called on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the Aug. 22 crash and explosion of a truck carrying Takata Corp air bag parts that killed a woman and injured four others. Takata makes air bag inflators containing ammonium nitrate, which have been linked to at least 14 deaths and more than 150 injuries and...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 30- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said on Tuesday, and police were investigating similar threats to faculty members from at least two universities in eastern states. "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety...

  • Aug 30- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said on Tuesday. "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the USDA was working with the Department of...

  • "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities. As a precaution, USDA has closed offices, " USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said in an emailed statement. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said USDA was working with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the safety of their...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- U.S. consumer spending increased for a fourth straight month in July amid strong demand for automobiles, pointing to a pickup in economic growth that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. Monday's report from the Commerce Department came several days after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for...

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized computers and other material on Friday from Manuel Alfaro, who left his job as executive director of assessment design and development at the College Board in February 2015. The FBI is investigating alleged computer intrusion and theft against an unidentified "victim corporation" involving "confidential or...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- A federal judge on Friday granted a request by Uber Technologies Inc and its chief executive officer to put a passenger's price-fixing lawsuit against them on hold, while they appeal his refusal to let them arbitrate the dispute. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said the defendants had not made a "strong showing" that their appeal would...

  • *China, Dubai among places where coasts expand. OSLO, Aug 25- The Earth has gained coastal land equivalent to the size of Jamaica in the past 30 years with man-made construction outpacing erosion caused by rising sea levels, mapping data showed on Thursday. Expansion of ports off China, construction of luxury resorts off Dubai or land reclamation in the...