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  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. Well before the vote, the measure was known to be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate— and for good measure faced a promised Obama veto.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 10- Retail giant Wal-Mart joined a group of volunteers counting corn ears and soybean pods in fields in the United States recently in a clear sign traditional crop tours are expanding their appeal from farmers and traders to all those with a stake in the U.S. food chain.

  • Big River Steel gets extension in suit over mill Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    Nucor, which operates its own steel mill in Mississippi County, had opposed the request for an extension, saying any delay in the case will make it more difficult to stop the project. "With each passing day, more resources are poured into the construction of the facility," attorneys for Nucor wrote in a court filing.

  • Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Secretary of State Mark Martin on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to keep off the ballot a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all of the state's 75 counties, saying ballots are already being printed with the measure on them.

  • Cargill rejects calls to move Arkansas hog farm Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    Minnesota- based food processor Cargill said Monday that it has no intention to shutter or relocate an Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the nearby Buffalo River.

  • Congress coming back, must act to avoid shutdown Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after their summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Democratic and Republican leaders promise action to prevent a government shutdown while holding votes aimed at defining the parties for the fall campaign.

  • Obama to delay action on immigration reform Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 11:39 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House Aug. 28, 2014.

    President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections.

  • Obama defends decision to delay immigration action Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    Two White House officials said Obama concluded that circumventing Congress through executive actions on immigration during the campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad overhaul.

  • Congress' task: Act fast on spending, return home Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task— act fast to keep the U.S. government open and then race home to campaign. Jeff Sessions, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Obama can use force against the militants in Iraq or Syria based on the military doctrine that if someone "is attacking you or your ally you can respond."

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Hutchinson, Cotton to support minimum wage jump Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    If approved, the proposal would move Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017.. Tom Cotton, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said Friday in an interview on KHTE-FM. "As Arkansas' next U.S. senator, I'm going to make sure that we have a healthy economy, not the kind of minimum-wage economy that Barack Obama and Mark Pryor have created."

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said dozens were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Las Vegas. Sit-ins were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 3- The percentage of Americans regarded as "food insecure"- lacking access to enough food for a healthy life- has edged down in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

  • Fewer U.S. households lacking enough food - USDA Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 10:21 AM ET

    Although the prevalence of sporadic food insecurity has fallen, the number of households with very low food security is persistent, USDA said, even as the U.S. economy has moved on from a severe recession that ended in 2009 and the job market has slowly recovered.

  • Christie tests overseas diplomacy with Mexico trip Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    Chris Christie is multitasking in Mexico, officially talking trade as he gets some foreign policy schooling should he decide to run for president in 2016.. Christie spends his first day meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne, and Sandra Fuentes, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, who helped to plan the trip.

  • US home prices rose at slower pace in July Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonality, such as increased buying that occurs in warm weather.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Some hedge funds seem to have missed out on this week's big rally in U.S. natural gas, cutting bullish bets on the fuel before prices hit six-week highs, government data suggested on Friday.

  • Obama weighing delay in action on immigration Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:09 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House Aug. 28, 2014.

    President Obama is considering a delay of his most controversial proposals to revamp immigration laws until after the midterm elections in November.