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WAIALUA, Hawaii— You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. Kauai and Hawaii counties have moved in the past several months to regulate genetically modified organisms and the pesticides the farms use.
NEW YORK— Independent power producer Calpine said Friday will sell six power plants in the Southeast to LS Power for $1.57 billion.
However, Florida led the nation with the addition of 22,900 jobs in March. Unemployment in some of the state's larger counties was static, as rates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Duval counties remained unchanged.
WASHINGTON, April 17- General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.
Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.33 billion to $912.96 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.
April 17- With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. Retail beef and pork prices reached all-time highs last month, according to Bill Hahn, agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.
Coffee for July delivery jumped 15.25 cents, or 8.1 percent, to $2.04 per pound. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, accounting for about a third of global production, according to the International Coffee Organization. Coffee in Brazil isn't harvested until June.
NEW YORK— A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it.
WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 13,982, due to fewer layoffs in services. Iowa: Down 1,266, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— A late-March surge in car and truck buying helped dealership group AutoNation Inc. overcome subzero temperatures and waves of winter storms earlier in the year to post nearly a 15 percent increase in first-quarter net income.
He told of being plied with drugs and promises of Hollywood fame while also enduring threats and sexual abuse in Hawaii and Los Angeles over several years. Egan and his attorney said at a news conference that the alleged abuse was reported by Egan's mother to the FBI and Los Angeles police and that interviews were conducted.
Minneapolis- based Cargill had been in late-stage talks to buy the business, which spans bean pressing in Abidjan in Ivory Coast to fine chocolate making in Belgium. The combined company would have been big enough to rival Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest industrial chocolate producer.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases. A spokesman for the Seattle- based company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on May 1.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— The former chief financial officer of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's law firm has been charged with conspiracy in the $1.2 billion fraud. South Florida federal prosecutors filed a court document Wednesday charging Irene Shannon in the case.
*Industrial output up 0.7 in March. WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. industrial production rose at a faster-than-expected clip in March, the latest sign the economy was gaining momentum.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the mission. The prime computer has been working fine, but NASA wants to get a new backup installed outside the station as soon as possible.
CSX Corp. stock declined more than 3 percent to $27.36 in afternoon trading Wednesday. Ward said the Chicago area's cold, snowy winter was especially problematic because all the major freight railroads connect in Chicago and commuter trains use some of the same rails. There is already a long-term plan in place to improve rail traffic through Chicago.
WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. housing starts rose but below market expectations and building permits fell in March, pointing to underlying weakness in the housing market that could persist despite improving weather.
BEIJING— Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States.
OMAHA, Neb.— Harsh winter weather slowed CSX railroad and contributed to a 14 percent drop in first-quarter profit, even as freight volume grew modestly. On Tuesday, the railroad based in Jacksonville, Fla., reported net income of $398 million, or 40 cents per share, in the quarter ending March 31. That's down from $462 million, or 45 cents per share, a year ago.