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  • CINCINNATI— Low temperatures and school closings have resulted in blood supply shortages in southwest Ohio, health officials say. The Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati said seven of its scheduled blood drives were canceled last week as frigid weather closed local schools and businesses, the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama warned the nation's governors Monday that a looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would have a direct impact on their states' economies, as well as on security throughout the U.S. Obama was hosting the governors at the White House days before the agency's $40 billion budget is set to run out because of a...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 23- Across the U.S. Many rent payments- which vary from a few thousand dollars for a tiny farm to millions for a major operation- are due on March 1, just weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated net farm income, which peaked at $129 billion in 2013, could slide by almost a third this year to $74 billion. In Iowa, the nation's top corn and soybean...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 22- The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is the U.S. arm of...

  • WASHINGTON— Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. Governors in both parties meeting in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling 61,793 vehicles because the front, passenger-side air bag may be disabled if a lightweight adult sits in the seat. The recall affects some Range Rovers from the 2013 through 2015 model years and Range Rover Sports from 2014 through 2015.. The company says it will start notifying owners in April, and they...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 21- U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened on its 20th day, with workers at the nation's largest refinery walking off jobs and joining picket lines on Saturday as the United Steelworkers union pushes for a new contract that improves wages and safety. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union...

  • Mercedes recalls more than 147,000 vehicles to fix seal Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 147,000 sedans and station wagons made over the past few years to fix a problem with an engine compartment seal that could spark a fire. The recall mostly affects E350 sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years. Mercedes-Benz will start the recall next month.

  • Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 1:04 PM ET

    The United Steelworkers union said Saturday that workers at the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, started their strike at midnight Friday. The union said in a statement that it expanded the strike that started Feb. 1 at refineries largely in Texas and California because the industry has refused to "meaningfully...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 21- The U.S. refinery strike widened as workers at the nation's largest refinery walked off their jobs at 12 a.m. CST on Saturday, according to the United Steelworkers union. Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union notified Motiva Enterprises of a strike by its members at the company's...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 20- The U.S. refinery strike was widening on Friday night as workers at the nation's largest refinery gave notice of a walkout beginning at 12 a.m. on Saturday, the United Steelworkers union said. The USW is also giving notices of strikes to begin in 24 hours at Motiva's refineries in Convent and Norco, Louisiana, and the Shell Oil Co. chemical plant in...

  • WASHINGTON— Pay little attention to the official agenda for this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association. And for none is the scrutiny more heightened than for New Jersey Gov. Christie aides, making the rounds in a luxury Washington hotel on Friday, sought to project a sense of calm in the face of news that some longtime backers, both in New Jersey...

  • TOKYO— Honda is adjusting production at two North American factories from Feb. 24 through March 2, cutting production by 5,000 cars due to a disruption in parts shipments caused by a protracted labor dispute at West Coast ports. Tokyo- based Honda Motor Co. spokeswoman Misato Fukushima said Friday that two Ohio plants and one plant in Canada returned to normal...

  • Remy International posts 4Q profit Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    PENDLETON, Ind. _ Remy International Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $11.7 million. Remy International shares have risen slightly more than 9 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Remy International, Earnings Report.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 18- The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 passed its 18th day on Wednesday but talks between union and oil company representatives over safety and pay restarted after a gap of a week and went into the night, according to a union text message. The USW has issued no new strike notices since Feb. 6, when workers at plants in Whiting, Indiana, and...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 18- The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 entered its 18th day on Wednesday as union and oil company representatives renewed face-to-face negotiations over safety and pay, after a week's hiatus. The USW has issued no new strike notices since Feb. 6, when workers at plants in Whiting, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio, were told to walk off their jobs...

  • Florida has highest number of enrollees under health law Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:24 PM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal statistics released Wednesday. Florida's enrollment win comes despite significant Republican opposition in the state and a much smaller...

  • *Reports adjusted profit $0.86/ share vs estimate of $0.88. Feb 18- Duke Energy Corp said it could reach a settlement with the U.S. government in the "next several days" over a federal grand jury probe into a coal ash spill in North Carolina's Dan River last February. A pipe break at a retired Duke coal plant triggered the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history,...

  • U.S. refinery strike enters 18th day as talks restart Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Feb 18- The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 entered its 18th day on Tuesday as union and oil company representatives prepared to renew face-to-face negotiations over pay and safety on Wednesday, after a week's hiatus. No new strike notices have been issued by the USW since Feb. 6 when workers at plants in Whiting, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio,...