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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- Ending a 40- year old ban on U.S. crude oil exports would not raise domestic gasoline prices because it would put more petroleum onto global markets, where fuel prices are primarily set, a study by The Aspen Institute said on Tuesday. As the U.S. oil boom of the last six years builds an excess of light crude along the Gulf Coast refining hub, calls have...

  • GMO labeling measure attracts big money in Oregon Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    They have reported spending $7.2 million, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office. Among the largest contributions: $1.6 million from Monsanto; $1.4 million from PepsiCo Inc., and $870,000 from Kraft Foods. Some of their highest donors include the Portland- based nonprofit Center for Food Safety, which donates $1.1 million and...

  • List of new cities for Dallas flights Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    Southwest Airlines and Virgin America began long-haul flying from Dallas Love Field on Monday, as soon as a federal law restricting such flights expired. —Southwest: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington. Starting Nov. 2, Southwest will add Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Orange County and San Diego, California;...

  • Mesa County considers ATVs on county roads Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.— Mesa County commissioners are considering allowing all-terrain vehicles on county roads after supporters said it would be a great tourist attraction and provide an economic boost. Ron Pollard, owner of RV and ATV rental business Funshares in Grand Junction, approached Mesa County commissioners in July. Mesa County Commissioner Rose...

  • Company plans $4B plastic factory in North Dakota Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said. William Gilliam, the chief executive officer of Badlands NGL LLC, Gov. John Hoeven announced the project Monday at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

  • Southwest poised will increase flights in Dallas Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    Some facts and figures about Southwest Airlines' expansion at Dallas Love Field:. —New destinations: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Washington starting Monday; Atlanta; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Orange County and San Diego, California; Nashville; New York; and Phoenix, starting Nov. 2. —Southwest expects to operate about 160...

  • Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations. Already, hog supplies are on the rise, with 5.46 million baby pigs born between June and August in Iowa, the nation's leading producer— the highest quarterly total in 20 years...

  • Oct 10- Willis North America, a unit of global risk adviser Willis Group Holdings, appointed Mary Davis as vice president and client advocate in its national senior living practice. She joins from insurance brokerage Lockton Cos, where she was vice president. Davis will report to John Atkinson, managing partner, Willis North America.

  • US rig count up 8 to 1,930 Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:56 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 eight this week to 1,930.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming each increased by two and Kansas, Texas and Utah each gained one. North Dakota lost seven rigs,...

  • Seed money: 'Ganjapreneurs' compete for investors Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    "The Marijuana Show" allows for pot-entrepreneurs to compete for rare investment opportunities for their start-up ideas.

  • TORONTO/ ST. LOUIS, Oct 10- U.S. investors in Canada's medical marijuana industry are betting they won't fall under the scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement officers- but it's a risky bet. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has already been tracking investments made in state-sanctioned marijuana business in the United States. "We really like the Canada model, which is...

  • In Colorado Senate race, Gardner outraises Udall Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    Gardner has $3.3 million available as of Sept. 30, while Udall's campaign Thursday said it had $1.9 million cash on hand as of that date. Gardner outraised Udall, $4.3 million to $4 million during the third quarter of the year. Udall's campaign said it has more than double the field staff and volunteers of the prior successful Democratic Senate campaign in 2010,...

  • Wary candidates fear boomerangs in jobless debate Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    Less than an hour later, another GOP candidate from the same state gets attacked for it. For example, Georgia Republican Senate nominee David Perdue doesn't miss a chance to blame President Barack Obama and a Democratic-led Senate for the nation's slow economic recovery. "This president sold us a bill of goods," Perdue told a raucous crowd at the Georgia state...

  • Rival gun measures on ballot in Washington state Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. Supporters of the initiative to expand background checks have received large donations from wealthy figures, including Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and have spent millions, far outpacing...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Bill Gross, in his first public appearance since his shocking departure from Pimco, said there will be more flexibility in managing less money at Janus Capital Group Inc, but said he was disappointed over being forced to leave Pimco. Gross told Weil during the 30- minute webcast: "I think in terms of Janus Capital, like any successful marriage, we sort of...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- Bill Gross, in his first conference call and webcast since his shock departure from Pimco, told existing and potential clients on Thursday that there will be more flexibility in running less money at Janus Capital Group Inc.. "I think in terms of Janus Capital, like any successful marriage, we sort of chose each other," Gross said to Janus Chief...

  • Oct 8- Encana Corp said it would sell some of its natural gas assets in southern and central Alberta for about C $605 million as it focuses on more lucrative oil and natural gas liquids. The Clearwater deal comes just days after Encana agreed to buy Athlon Energy Inc for $5.93 billion to gain control of its oil-rich lands in Texas's Permian Basin.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- A pioneering cannabis drug developed by British firm GW Pharmaceuticals for treating spasticity in multiple sclerosis has been rejected as not cost-effective in the company's home market. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which determines if medicines are worth using on England's state health service, said on Wednesday...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 7- Before hiring star bond fund manager Bill Gross last month, Janus Capital Group Inc Chief Executive Dick Weil took care to check with the bond chief he already had, Gibson Smith. The two will operate two distinct business units, with Gross operating out of a Newport Beach, California office, which Smith called " Janus West." Smith works from Janus...

  • Flash-storage player SolidFire raises $82 million Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    SolidFire and rivals such as Pure Storage are taking on companies such as EMC and NetApp that built their reputations on disk-based storage. Greenspring Associates, an Owings Mill, Maryland- based fund, led the financing round with Silicon Valley Bank and an unnamed sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors NEA, Novak Biddle, Samsung Ventures and Valhalla...