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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/ 2- year recovery. The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and was unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16..

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population. USDA will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, other equipment leaving affected premises.

  • Mont. gov proposes $45 million in oil-patch grants Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch. That's why folks like in Glendive are already working on projects that we can be a part of. "

  • Chobani to expand beyond top-selling Greek yogurt Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    Later this year, the Norwich, N.Y.- based company will also introduce savory dips, Chief Marketing Officer Peter McGuinness said in a phone interview. But competition has been increasing, with General Mills and Danone investing more heavily in their Greek yogurt brands.

  • 'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns Monday to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. Martin Luther King Jr. awakening from a decades-long "coma" into a modern world that both disturbed and disappointed him for its lack of social progress.

  • Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    DETROIT— Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads.

  • Stillwater Mining production up, but VP resigns Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana's largest mining company says its precious metals production rose modestly while recycled metal volumes dropped sharply in the first quarter of 2014.. Stillwater Mining Co. reported that platinum and palladium production from the company's two mines in the Beartooth Mountains increased by more than 3,000 ounces.

  • US senator: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 AM ET

    NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. There were 139 violations since 2004, Blumenthal said, citing data he received from the Federal Railroad Administration.

  • *BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid. April 18- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

  • Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1- cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. The lone "no" vote on the Senate panel was Republican Sen.

  • Grant money increases for Michigan specialty crops Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says $66 million is available nationwide to state departments of agriculture for specialty crops.

  • Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:37 AM ET

    "The bus hit a FedEx truck," the student replied. " The FedEx truck came into us. " The California Highway Patrol released the recordings Thursday as investigators returned to the scene about 100 miles north of Sacramento to reconstruct aspects of the crash.

  • Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery' Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked.

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

  • White House updating online privacy policy Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    "Information you choose to share with the White House may be treated as public information," the new policy says. But it cannot make the same assurances for users who go to third-party White House sites on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, California— Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine says his lack of fashion training is not a problem. So I don't really give a about formal training or going to school, "said Levine in an interview Thursday at an event for his latest Kmart collection. Levine's menswear line for Kmart launched last fall.

  • 64 businesses using NY clean energy training funds Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Andrew Cuomo says a state program designed to boost New York's green energy industry has helped 64 businesses. The governor's office said Thursday that more than $2.2 million in job training grants have been awarded to the companies. More than $500,000 remains available.

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