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*Copper's fall compounds concerns over China slowdown. LONDON, March 12- Brent crude eased towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as investors weighed prospects for shrinking fuel demand in the world's two biggest oil consumers and on plans for a test oil release from U.S. strategic reserves.
MOSCOW, March 12- Russian mobile phone operator Vimpelcom has become the latest company to come under scrutiny over its operations in Uzbekistan, an authoritarian country where rival MTS had its assets confiscated.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Gas prices held steady over the past week in West Virginia. AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state was about $3.55. This week's prices range from $3.40 a gallon in Parkersburg to $3.61 in Wheeling.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- More than half of the people living in North Dakota and South Dakota who have completed an application and are eligible to sign up for health care coverage under the nation's new marketplace have yet to select a plan, despite an imminent deadline that could lead to a penalty if missed.
SANTA FE, N.M.-- The Obama administration reports about 15,000 New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance plans through a federal online marketplace during its first five months of operation. The enrollment figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed about 3,400 people signed up during February.
District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan came in one of the highest-profile cases brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in response to the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The SEC had sought to recoup $1.15 million from Tourre, including a $910,000 fine plus ill-gotten gains and interest.
LANSING, Mich.-- Michigan residents have steadily traded their land line phone service for cellphones over the past decade, and now state lawmakers are looking at making it easier for phone companies to quit offering the traditional service.
California leads the nation in enrollments, accounting for roughly 20 percent of all sign-ups across the country. Nationally, about 4.2 million people have enrolled in individual insurance plans under President Barack Obama's health care reforms, according to the data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HONOLULU-- Hawaii lawmakers have proposed that manufacturers of electronics goods must recycle 50 percent of the pounds of products that each company sells in the state. The bill was heard in the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee on Tuesday. Chris Lee, the committee's chairman.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Federal officials say close to 79,000 Ohioans have picked health plans in the new insurance marketplace created by President Barack Obama's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report Tuesday with the latest enrollment numbers covering Oct. 1 through March 1.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the nation, nearly one in four, and a GOP governor, Rick Perry, who has vociferously opposed the program. Perry also has refused to expand Medicaid, despite federal dollars offered to do so.
CHICAGO-- Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.59 a bushel; May corn was 2 cents lower at 4.8125 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.2450 a bushel; while May soybeans was 33.50 cents lower at 13.7950 a bushel.
FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Nearly 55,000 people have signed up for private health insurance through Kentucky's state health insurance marketplace, according to the latest figures from the federal government. The federal government originally estimated Kentucky would have signed up 122,000 by now.
NEW YORK-- New York City's finances have been helped by strong revenue growth, but ongoing structural deficits and labor contracts that still have to be renewed are a concern, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report issued Tuesday.
MOSCOW, March 12- President Vladimir Putin's engagement in Ukraine threatens to divert Russia's central bank from its goals of inflation-targeting and freeing up the rouble currency, undermining the credibility it has built up.
SEATTLE-- The average age of people signing up for health insurance through the state of Washington exchange has dropped a little since the state began ramping up its marketing to those under 35, according to numbers released Tuesday by the federal government.
BATON ROUGE, La.-- Nearly 46,000 Louisiana residents signed up for private insurance coverage through the federally-run marketplace by last month's end, a steadily-growing enrollment rate that still falls short of an Obama administration target. By March 1, Louisiana had 45,561 people who selected a marketplace plan, an addition of about 12,700 enrollees.
DETROIT-- About 145,000 Michigan residents have selected private insurance plans under the federal health care law, according to figures released Tuesday by President Barack Obama's administration.
PHOENIX-- The federal government says nearly 58,000 Arizonans have picked insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange in the first five months of open enrollment. The figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show enrollments as of March 1.
The figure represents an 8,000- plus increase from last month's estimate of nearly 25,000, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal agency reports that more than 4.2 million people from across the country had selected health plans from October through March 1.