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  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Oil production from the United States' biggest shale plays is poised to keep expanding at the same breakneck pace into early next year, according to new U.S. projections released on Monday that highlighted a slow response to tumbling prices. Oil production from the three main plays- the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin- is set to rise by some...

  • Boutrous represented the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, in one of the most anticipated business cases in years. Gibson Dunn is not the only law firm to turn Supreme Court appearances into gold. After the firm Sidley Austin won a Supreme Court patent case for eBay, it earned at least $10 million in unrelated legal fees from the online retailer, say people with...

  • Judge: WMT must let NYC church challenge gun sales Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    Residents shop at Walmart as the store prepares for Black Friday in Los Angeles, Calif., November 24, 2014.

    A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- Farmland values in the southern U.S. Midwest and Delta region rose almost 15 percent during the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite lower farm income, as grain prices fell, the Federal Bank of St. Louis said on Friday. The St. Louis district covers Arkansas, eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, and parts of Kentucky,...

  • *Libya disruptions overshadowed by U.S. supply worries. NEW YORK, Nov 11- Oil prices continued to seek a bottom on Tuesday amid worries about growing U.S. supplies, with benchmark Brent crude hitting a four-year low and nearing a test below the psychologically important $80 a barrel mark. Brent was down $1.36 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $81 a barrel by 1703 GMT, after...

  • Brent was down 70 cents, or almost 1 percent, at $81.64 a barrel by 10:20 a.m. EDT, after falling earlier to $81.23, the lowest since October 2010. U.S. oil's West Texas Intermediate crude futures slid 10 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $77.30 a barrel, after a session low at $76.42. Industry group the American Petroleum Institute was expected to report at 2130 GMT that U.S....

  • BEIJING, Nov 9- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is focusing on food safety as the world's largest retailer aims to boost profitability of its more than 400 stores in China, Wal-Mart Asia chief executive Scott Price told Reuters. In China, Price said Wal-Mart has experienced "a few bumps around the road". China was the only market of Wal-Mart's five largest ones that saw falling...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov 5- The Republican surge in Tuesday's U.S. elections carried Arkansas along with it, threatening to sweep away a bipartisan health insurance plan in the state that is also being studied by other states as an alternative to Obamacare. The program uses federal Medicaid funds from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to help buy health insurance...

  • Recap: Election 2014—Waking up to a GOP Congress Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 10:37 AM ET
    On November 4, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections with the control of the U.S. Senate in question.

    The Republican Party won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, in a night that turned out to be a historic defeat for Democrats.

  • Voters make it clear: Raise the minimum wage Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    Placards during demonstration for higher wages in Chicago.

    Voters in five states approved ballot measures calling for raises in their states' minimum wages, adding to the federal debate.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 4- After the votes are counted for the midterm U.S. elections, cable operators will be among the big winners, nearly doubling ad sales to about $800 million, while the nation's TV station operators will see far more modest increases. In 2010, TV stations benefited from competitive gubernatorial contests in California and New York, the two largest...

  • Oct 31- Corporate America's love affair with China has cooled for lots of reasons, from the slowdown in the Chinese economy to the flurry of crack-downs targeting Western multinationals. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Arkansas presents another example of why U.S. companies may reconsider plans to move production to China: getting out of the country could...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Oil prices closed down 1 percent on Thursday, resuming their downtrend after a two-day climb, as the dollar rallied on bets of a sooner-than-expected U.S. rate hike and traders placed little hope on OPEC cutting output at its November meeting. "We're back to the mantra that the U.S. economy will lead the way to higher rates from hereon, and that's...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Thursday, resuming their downtrend after a two-day climb, as the dollar surged on bets of a sooner-than-expected U.S. interest rate hike and traders appeared resigned that producer group OPEC won't do much to cut output next month. "We're back to the mantra that the U.S. economy will lead the way to higher rates from...

  • LONDON, Oct 27- Thanks to shale, energy-producing states have been the strongest economic performers in the United States over the past decade, sharply improving their position compared with the energy-consuming states. Only 13 of the 50 states produced more energy than they consumed in 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available,...