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  • Feb 5- Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the U.S. The hardest hit state was Pennsylvania with over 640,000 customers out Wednesday morning. Other affected states were Maryland, West Virginia, Arkansas, New Jersey, Kentucky, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and New York.

  • Swine virus could shrink pork supply: Tyson Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    Tyson Foods said it expects pork supplies to drop 2-4 percent this fiscal year, raising wholesale prices, as a pig virus spreads.

  • Jan 31- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, said on Friday it expects pork supplies to drop 2 to 4 percent this fiscal year, raising wholesale prices, as a deadly pig virus spreads through the U.S. hog belt. The U.S. hog herd stood at 65.9 million head as of December 2013, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 31- Wal-Mart Stores Inc Friday cut its quarterly profit outlook because of a host of issues, including reduced food stamp benefits and the restructuring of Sam's Club's in the United States and the closing of stores in Brazil and China.

  • *First-quarter earnings/shr $0.72 vs est $0.63. Jan 31- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, reported first-quarter results that beat analysts' expectations, helped by higher chicken and beef sales. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $254 million, or 72 cents per share, from $173 million, or 49 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Jan 22- A unit of Cargill Inc, one of the world's largest privately held companies, has agreed to pay $2.24 million to nearly 3,000 rejected job applicants to settle U.S. Department of Labor charges of hiring discrimination based on race and gender.

  • National Labor Relations Board to Wal-Mart Stores Inc's treatment of striking workers is likely to become a critical symbol of labor unions' attempts to organize the many non-union workplaces in the United States in the face of stiff resistance from management.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- American Airlines will halt year-round, daily nonstop service to 17 cities from Washington's Reagan National Airport as a result of the divestiture of slots required by the U.S. government for American's merger with US Airways, the company said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- American Airlines will halt year-round, daily nonstop service to 17 cities from Washington's Reagan National Airport as a result of the divestiture of slots required by the U.S. government for American's merger with US Airways, the company said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voiced tentative support on Tuesday for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, signaling likely passage and removing one source of potential drama ahead of the 2014 elections.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- As a credit card expert, Curtis Arnold expended a lot of personal capital promoting Target Corp's Red Card, the retailer's store-branded debit card, because of its generous rewards.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- U.S. corn stocks were below expectations in December and 2013/ 14 carryout will be smaller than expected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, causing corn futures prices to jump as much as 5 percent.

  • USDA also showed that recent falling prices caused farmers to turn away from wheat plantings in the U.S. On Friday, USDA raised China's 2013/ 14 corn crop by 6 million tonnes to 217 million, and knocked 2 million tonnes off projected imports to 5 million.

  • CASSELTON, N.D., Dec 31- Tests of air over a small North Dakota town shrouded in smoke from a fiery oil train crash show that the pollution level is dropping and residents who were evacuated might be able to go home soon, authorities said on Tuesday.

  • Dec 30- Vanguard Natural Resources LLC said it would buy natural gas and oil properties in the Pinedale and Jonah fields of southwestern Wyoming for $581 million from a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.. Vanguard Natural shares rose 1 percent to $29.27 in early trading on Monday, while those of oil and gas producer Anadarko were unchanged at $79.45.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with over-spending and unexpected one-off costs, the National Conference of State Legislatures said in a report distributed on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- U.S. natural gas futures ended higher on Monday, with forecasts for the return of cold weather and expectations for more strong withdrawals from inventory driving the front-month contract to its highest since July 2011. "We got some more upside from the weather forecast," said Steve Mosley at The SMC Report in Arkansas.

  • Dec 19- U.S. power company Entergy Corp on Thursday completed the integration of its Gulf Coast service area into the power grid that operates the Midwest power system, relinquishing control after a decade-long struggle with regulators and independent power companies.

  • U.S. consumer bureau sues loan servicer CashCall Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday said it was suing a California- based loan servicer for collecting money consumers did not owe. CashCall Inc, a subsidiary and an affiliate collected money from borrowers who were given high-cost loans that broke consumer protection laws in at least eight states, the bureau said.

  • After a two-year investigation, a executive working for a Chinese conglomerate was arrested on charges of stealing inbred corn seed from production fields in Iowa and Illinois and trying to smuggle it into China, U.S.

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