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  • NEW YORK, June 11- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's shocking defeat isn't likely to have much effect on U.S. financial markets-- unless his departure emboldens Tea Party Republicans to again threaten a government shut-down over the debt ceiling next year, investment strategists said.

  • U.S. lawmakers urge ban on e-cigarettes on airplanes Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 10- E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators said on Tuesday in a letter urging the Department of Transportation to finalize rules proposed almost three years ago.

  • Vilsack, speaking to a roomful of farmers at an industry gathering in Iowa, said they must tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture about outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus effective immediately to help control the spread of the disease.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa, June 4- The impact of a deadly pig virus on U.S. trade is mounting, with 11 countries limiting imports of live hogs and one banning pork imports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's top veterinarian said on Wednesday.

  • The GOP's Dixie dilemma Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 11:30 AM ET
    Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters, Tuesday June 3, 2014, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

    Do Republicans support Thad Cochran in a runoff and risk damaging tea partyer Chris McDaniel, who could wind up their nominee? Politico's Ben White reports.

  • CHICAGO, June 3- Quality Egg LLC and two top executives on Tuesday admitted to selling substandard eggs containing a "poisonous" substance and bribing a federal inspector in a food-safety scandal that sickened tens of thousands, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • NEW YORK, June 3- Standard& Poor's suffered a defeat Tuesday in litigation accusing it of inflating credit ratings prior to the 2008 financial crisis, as a federal judge ruled that lawsuits by 16 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. belong in state courts, not federal court.

  • CHICAGO, June 3- An Iowa company has agreed to plead guilty and pay about $6.8 million in fines for selling contaminated eggs that were linked with making nearly 62,000 people sick in a massive nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010, according to consent agreements filed in federal court.

  • CHICKASAW, Ohio, June 3- Swine veterinarian Bill Minton thought the baby pigs dying at a farm in western Ohio had a bad case of gastro-enteritis and was stumped when lab results came back with no indication of what had killed them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture still has no clear idea about how PEDv entered the United States.

  • WASHINGTON/ ST LOUIS, June 3- Two powerful U.S. congressmen have opened separate inquiries into whether a Department of the Treasury bureau charged with policing money laundering may have flouted federal hiring rules, including regulations that require military veterans be given preference for government jobs.

  • *Wheat heading for largest monthly decline since Sept 2011. Wheat futures have fallen sharply from the more than 10- month high they notched early this month amid a deep drought in the southern U.S. Wheat on a continuous chart was on track to shed about 11.5 percent this month for the worst such performance since September 2011.

  • FACTBOX-Best places to retire, by the numbers Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Dinner for two at Sioux Falls' Minerva's: $62- $120. Dinner for two at Salt Lake City's Pago: $62- $120. Dinner for two at Richmond's Acacia: $62- $120.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer will give a boost to 2014 political candidates from seven U.S. states who work to combat climate change, countering political support from fossil fuel interests.

  • Senate set to vote on $12.3 billion water bill Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 6:55 AM ET
    A garage that floated down a street is still submerged in floodwater June 16, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    Congress is on the cusp of passing its first infrastructure bill of the year.

  • May 21- An Iowa-based egg producer and two of its executives are facing federal criminal charges in connection with a 2010 salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs in the United States, according to federal court documents filed Wednesday.

  • Pig (prices) fly, but maybe not for much longer Friday, 16 May 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    "Right now, the price for a 40-pound pig is over double what it normally is," says one farmer. But that may change soon.

  • *Wheat unchanged, still on track for sharp fall this week. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, May 16- Chicago corn traded nearly flat on Friday, hovering near a seven-week low hit in the previous session as forecasts for improved weather in the U.S. grain belt boosted expectations that farmers will make rapid planting progress.

  • May 15- Negotiators for Alcoa Inc and unionized workers at 10 U.S. plants were "very far part" on several key issues, including wages and healthcare premium increases, with less than 12 hours before the expiration of their labor contract, the United Steelworkers said on Thursday.

  • *Wheat down 7.4 percent during seven days of declines. The current cold conditions that certain parts of the country are experiencing are going to change next week, "said Tom Fritz, an analyst at EFG Group in Chicago.

  • CHICAGO, May 15- Farmland prices in the U.S. Corn Belt softened in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting expectations for lower farm income as grain prices slide, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said on Thursday.