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  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1630 GMT /11:30 AM ET Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions. U.S. regulator seeks nationwide recall of Takata air bags. WASHINGTON- The U.S. auto...

  • Project to show Native American link to Route 66 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Greasy diners, big-finned Cadillacs, mom-and-pop souvenir shops, dusty trading posts and the promise of the West were undoubtedly part of the recipe that made historic Route 66— America's Mother Road— famous. Tribes are now teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for Route 66 travelers, one that aims to...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was off 10 cents to $5.41 a bushel; Mar corn was 9 cents lower at 3.76 a bushel; Mar oats fell 2.75 cents to $3.3025 a bushel; while Jan soybeans declined 18.50 cents to $10.0475 a bushel. Feb live cattle rose. 23 cent to $1.7230 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was. 17 cent lower at...

  • UPDATE 3-Lowe's raises fiscal-year profit, sales forecasts Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    Nov 19- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No. 2 U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday raised its fiscal-year profit and sales forecasts as an improving job market encourages home owners to increase spending on renovations. Lowe's raised its full-year profit forecast to $2.68 per share from $2.63. Wall Street was expecting $55.78 billion.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 18- Gold climbed nearly 1 percent on Tuesday, briefly breaking above $1,200 an ounce, as the dollar fell against the euro due partly to better-than-expected German investor sentiment data. "When we start to get closer to the end of the year, a lot of investors are starting to look for investments that are undervalued, and gold at below $1,200 looks...

  • Medtronic meets Street; Covidien deal on track Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
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    Medtronic posted a profit that was in line with expectations and said its $42.9 billion purchase of hospital products maker Covidien remains on track.

  • Nov 18- Medtronic Inc posted a quarterly profit that was in line with analyst expectations, helped by sales of new heart devices, and said its $42.9 billion purchase of hospital products maker Covidien Plc remains on track to close early next year. But Medtronic executives said they remain fully committed to buying Dublin- based Covidien and are focused on...

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.5375 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.25 cents lower at $3.8825 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3950 a bushel; while Jan soybeans lost 8.25 cents to $10.28 a bushel. Feb live cattle was unchanged at $1.7210 pound; Jan feeder cattle...

  • *Baker Hughes rallies, Halliburton tumbles after deal. Shares of Baker Hughes, up 8.9 percent, and Allergan, up 5.3 percent, gave the S&P 500 its biggest boost after Halliburton said it would buy Baker Hughes and Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. "It shows the strength of the overall market that you could have this recession news out of Japan, and yet have the...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 17- An experimental heart failure medicine from Novartis that previously showed it reduced death and hospitalizations also curtailed worsening of symptoms, need for additional therapy and emergency room visits, adding to evidence that it will become the drug of choice once approved. The Novartis drug, expected to become a multibillion-dollar...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 17- After years of uncertainty, a nearly decade-long study showed that Merck& Co's cholesterol drug Zetia lowered the risk of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk heart patients when used with an effective statin. Christopher Cannon, lead investigator of the 18,144- patient Improve-It study presented at the American Heart Association...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 17- Regeneron Corp's experimental drug alirocumab helped 10 times as many high-risk patients unable to tolerate widely-used statins get their "bad" LDL cholesterol down to target levels than Merck& Co's Zetia, according to data from a clinical trial presented on Monday. Alirocumab, developed along with French drugmaker Sanofi, belongs to a new...

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 9 cents to $5.5375 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.75 cents lower at 3.9050 a bushel; Dec oats fell 2.50 cents to $3.39 a bushel; while Jan soybeans advanced 13.75 cents to $10.3625 a bushel. Dec live cattle rose. 83 cent to $1.7210 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 1.35 cents...

  • Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A major study lifts a cloud around Zetia and Vytorin, blockbuster drugs for lowering cholesterol. Merck& Co.' s ezetimibe, which went on sale in 2002, lowers cholesterol in a different way. The drug won Food and Drug Administration approval for lowering LDL, but some studies suggested that might not translate to fewer heart attacks and strokes.

  • US to screen travelers from Mali for Ebola Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Travelers from Mali will be subject to the same screening and monitoring that was ordered for people arriving from three other Ebola-affected countries, U.S. health officials said Sunday. Mali is not suffering widespread Ebola illnesses. Starting Monday, anyone arriving in the United States from Mali will undergo the same screening procedures that...

  • Heart stents may require longer blood thinner use Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Patrick O'Gara, clinical cardiology chief at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and president of the American College of Cardiology. Laura Mauri, at the request of the federal Food and Drug Administration. Results were discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Chicago and published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 27 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi will be at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels- 1400 GMT. CHICAGO- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gives welcome and opening remarks before the "Annual Agriculture Conference: Farm Income's Impact on the Midwest" at the...

  • About 2,500 United flight attendants to quit early Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    CHICAGO— United Airlines says 2,500 flight attendants have accepted payments of up to $100,000 to leave, about 400 more than expected. United Continental Holdings Inc. said Friday in a memo to employees that the departures will start Nov. 30, but the company was still reviewing its staffing needs through 2016.. Shares of United Continental fell 66 cents to close...

  • UPDATE 2-Virgin America soars in market debut Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    Nov 14- Shares of Virgin America Inc, a low-cost airline partly owned by Richard Branson, soared almost 30 percent in their market debut, underscoring the buoyant mood in an industry that is emerging from a long spell of turbulence. At the high, the stock was trading 8.08 times 2013 earnings per share, compared with Southwest Airlines Co's multiple of 37.43 and...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said on Friday they were planning protests at 1,600 Walmart stores nationwide on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. The arrests on Thursday followed several hours of protest by a number of Walmart workers in California, according to Our Walmart and The...