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  • NEW YORK, April 18- High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial Inc, which has been pursuing an initial public offering, has received a letter of inquiry from the New York attorney general amid a wider probe of the industry, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57B Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Independent power producer Calpine said Friday will sell six power plants in the Southeast to LS Power for $1.57 billion.

  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court said the emissions-related provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency standard are permissible. The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. Previously, the USDA and the nation's pork industry tracked PED with voluntary reports from the labs.

  • Utah jobless rate increased slightly in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling. The Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that the state's jobless rate for March was 4.1 percent, up from 3.9 percent the month before.

  • NEW YORK, April 10- A U.S. judge has issued final dismissals of lawsuits accusing Lululemon Athletica Inc and various company officials of defrauding shareholders by concealing defects in yoga pants.

  • Va.'s jobless rate rises to 5 pct in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose slightly to 5 percent in March. Virginia had seen its jobless rate decline for seven consecutive months, reaching its lowest rate in February since November 2008.

  • Miss. jobless rate rises in March as payrolls fall Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in March as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. A separate survey shows state employer payrolls fell for the fourth straight month, suggesting that Mississippi's stronger economic growth in late 2013 may be softening.

  • Colorado adds 3,300 jobs from February to March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado added jobs for the 29th straight month in March, and as the good economic news mounts, more people are seeking work, the state's chief economist said Friday. Employers also are optimistic, according to a business confidence index released Thursday by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.

  • Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever.

  • Iowa's unemployment rate climbs to 4.5 percent Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in February. Iowa's rate compares to a national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    COLCHESTER, Vt.— A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

  • Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard- educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

  • Oklahoma-based Sonic plans expansion over 10 years Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent, the company said.

  • Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now online Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

  • In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly guarded satellite FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- Mexican sugar producers pose no threat to the U.S. sugar industry, their lawyer said on Friday, rejecting a charge that Mexican sugar is being dumped in the United States and unfairly benefits from government subsidies.

  • Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March. The data released Friday indicates Pennsylvania's labor force— or the number of people working or searching for work— rose last month by 12,000..

  • Texas jobless rate falls to 5.5 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— The strength of the Texas economy combined with a growing labor force contributed to a 5.5 percent March unemployment rate, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The latest seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Texas compares to a 6.7 percent nationwide jobless rate during March.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/ 2- year recovery.

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