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  • DAVENPORT, Iowa, Dec 18- Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster for his coffee mug. By no coincidence, it covers the face of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the White House in 2016.. Carol Crain, a volunteer at the Scott County Republican headquarters in downtown Davenport, says Republicans "are...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- President Barack Obama's nominee to head the U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, incoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in opening remarks that he expected the Senate would not vote on the nominations this year and that incoming committee members may also have questions for Lee. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, also pressed Lee on a report...

  • "We are definitely in growth mode," said Lee Eilers, the chief executive at Marion Mixers, an Iowa maker of giant mixing machines used in the production of everything from pancake mix to dishwasher soap. The firm has added three welders this year, bringing its head count to 44, and Eilers plans to hire six more people in 2015, although he said there are enough...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...

  • Two of the world's biggest seed makers, Syngenta AG and Dow AgroSciences, are responding with tightly controlled U.S. launches of new GMO seeds, telling farmers where they can plant new corn and soybean varieties and how can the use them. Beijing is taking longer than in the past to approve new GMO crops, and Chinese ports in November 2013 began rejecting U.S....

  • *Soybeans lower on bright South American crop prospects. *Wheat follows corn, soy lower. Soybeans and wheat also declined.

  • Nov 24- Merck& Co Inc on Monday said it would buy worldwide commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp's experimental vaccine meant to prevent infection with the Ebola virus. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia account for all but 15 of the deaths. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- Keith Higgins, who runs the office that reviews public companies' books at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported stock holdings worth between about $2 million and $6 million last year and the sale of stocks throughout 2014, according to SEC disclosures viewed by Reuters. Since the beginning of the year, he has reported about 60...

  • Nov 19- U.S. Bank, sued by the government last year for allegedly aiding a massive fraud at brokerage Peregrine Financial, must face claims for nearly $36 million in restitution to Peregrine's victims, a federal judge in Iowa ruled. U.S. Bank, part of Minneapolis- based U.S. Bancorp, was sued last year by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allegedly...

  • The White House last week announced Antonio Weiss, a top official at investment bank Lazard, as Obama's choice to be the Treasury's under secretary for domestic finance. An aide to Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said the lawmaker opposes Weiss because of Lazard's work advising on recent high-profile inversions. Congress is only in session for a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate on Monday scrambled to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes for Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- Farmland prices in the U.S. "The downturn in crop prices of the past two years finally extinguished the trend of rising farmland values that had prevailed in the District since the fourth quarter of 2009," the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said, reporting land prices fell 2 percent from the second quarter but were unchanged from a year ago.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- U.S. farmland prices in the central Corn Belt states eased slightly in the July-September quarter, but stayed steady on year-ago levels as values held up despite the downturn in grain prices that accelerated with this year's record harvest, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said on Thursday. "Declines from a year ago in' good' agricultural land...

  • *Soybeans climb 3.7 pct as soymeal trades above $400 a ton. At the Chicago Board of Trade, January soybeans settled up 38-1/ 4 cents at $10.64 a bushel, after reaching $10.73-1/ 2, the contract's highest level since Aug. 15. Technical buying in soybeans accelerated as the January contract surpassed its Oct. 30 high of $10.59-1/ 4, and December soymeal pushed through...

  • The Iowa- based agricultural seed and chemical unit of DuPont this autumn harvested its first test crops of GMO corn in China in six years after lengthy efforts to win government approval for the new field trials. The company is pressing ahead while Monsanto Co is retreating from efforts to grow GMO crops in China amid mounting frustrations within the U.S. seed...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate has brightened prospects for an effort to fight frivolous patent litigation, although the path to success is far from clear, sources close to the lobbying effort said on Wednesday. That legislation, backed by technology companies like Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc, stalled in the Senate amid...

  • Recap: Election 2014—Waking up to a GOP Congress Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 10:37 AM ET
    On November 4, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections with the control of the U.S. Senate in question.

    The Republican Party won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, in a night that turned out to be a historic defeat for Democrats.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.