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  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, April 8- Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations.

  • Many 'Obamacare' critics accepted its subsidies Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:07 PM ET

    Among the corporations is a familiar Democratic nemesis, Koch Industries, the giant conglomerate headed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. In a Senate chamber speech, Reid noted that Koch Industries benefited from a temporary provision of the health care law.

  • GOP lawmakers balk when spending cuts turn real Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big spending cuts across a wide swath of programs, including Medicaid, food and farm aid and eliminating subsidies for Amtrak and airline flights to small cities. Easy in theory, hard in practice, "Ryan, the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2012, says of some recent votes.

  • Survey shows drop in Iowa cropland value Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:38 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa— A survey shows the value of Iowa cropland has dropped for the first time since 2009.. The survey from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute showed the value of tillable cropland fell by 5.4 percent in the past six months, according to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

  • US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    A more conservative estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the nation's pig herd has shrunk at least 3 percent to about 63 million pigs since the disease appeared. Already, prices have shot up: A pound of bacon averaged $5.46 in February, 13 percent more than a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • For the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the IRS said late last week that it paid whistleblowers $53.1 million, down from $125.4 million in 2012; $8 million in 2011; and $18.7 million in 2010.. The whistleblower program is aimed at encouraging people who know about tax evasion by companies or individuals to step forward and alert the IRS.

  • Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. The Escapes covered by the recall were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

  • Ow, Canada: US retailers get the cold shoulder Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Sales have been weak, and the retailer lost nearly a billion dollars in Canada for the year. Cracking the Canadian retail market, about one-tenth the size of the United States', looks simple. But Target's difficulties expose the challenges of doing business in Canada that have bedeviled other retailers.

  • Iowa farmland prices fall more than 5 percent -survey Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    CHICAGO, April 2- Farmland values in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, fell 5.4 percent over the past six months, under pressure from lower grain prices, according to a benchmark survey of realtors.

  • *WHAT: USDA prospective plantings report. USDA surprised grain traders at the forum last month by predicting a slight drop for 2014 in overall plantings of major crops compared to 2013, a year when more than 8 million acres in cropland went unseeded due to poor weather, especially in northern states like Minnesota and Iowa.

  • On Wednesday, some of Adelson's allies in Congress, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, plan to propose legislation that would do just that.

  • NEW YORK, March 17- In mid-February, a group of current and former Pimco employees were invited to a private farewell party for Mohamed El-Erian on March 10, to mark his impending departure as chief executive of the world's largest bond fund.

  • Virginia has reported positive samples of the virus in the environment, but not yet in a hog herd, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

  • INDIANAPOLIS, March 10- Dan Kittle has spent more than a decade waiting for this day.

  • U.S. federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Tokyo- based Mt. Gox never recovered, whereas rivals such as Slovenia- based Bitstamp have since resumed operations.

  • U.S. federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Tokyo- based Mt. Gox never recovered, whereas rivals such as Slovenia- based Bitstamp have since resumed operations.

  • INSIGHT-Mt. Gox: a quick rise and even faster fall Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 11:58 PM ET

    Its Tokyo- based chief executive, Mark Karpeles, has said he is working hard to solve the problems that forced the exchange to halt trading this week after suspending withdrawals on Feb. 7. Gox, once the largest bitcoin exchange, has now been surpassed by others, such as Slovenia- based Bitstamp.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Global cocoa prices have rallied to 2-1/ 2- year highs on worries El Nino could return in 2014, while other agricultural commodity markets could also be hit by the spectre of the weather anomaly. El Nino means "boy" in Spanish and was first used by anchovy fishermen in Ecuador and Peru in the 19th century.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 21- The El Nino weather pattern that can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others is increasingly likely to return this year, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. A strong El Nino can wither crops in Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Africa when other parts of the globe such as the U.S.

  • "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

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