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  • June 30- Devon Energy Corp said it would sell its remaining non-core gas-rich properties to peer Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 billion to focus on more lucrative oil assets and cut debt.

  • June 27- A long-running battle over coal-fired energy in Kansas continued Friday as the Sierra Club environmental group filed a legal challenge to the state's issuance of a permit intended to give a green light to a controversial new power plant.

  • *USDA quarterly hogs report on Friday. CHICAGO, June 26- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday hit their highest level ever in anticipation of strong prices for market-ready, or cash, cattle led by record-high beef values, traders said. Last week, cash cattle in Texas and Kansas fetched $150 per hundredweight, and $148 to $150 in Nebraska.

  • NEW YORK, June 24- U.S. equities hit another record high on Tuesday after encouraging data on consumer confidence and new home sales, while sterling fell after the head of the Bank of England stirred doubts about how soon interest rates would rise.

  • *Consumer confidence at highest since Jan 2008. NEW YORK, June 24- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday as some strong data wasn't enough to solidly lift indexes in the wake of a recent rally, though the Nasdaq index was boosted by gains in technology and biotech shares.

  • *Soybeans firm on bargain buying, exports. *Corn following wheat higher after hitting four-month low. Wheat futures rose on support from short-covering as well as disappointing harvest yields in key hard red winter wheat-growing areas of the U.S.

  • TORONTO, June 16- Canada's Bombardier Inc said on Monday that it has laid off more than 100 staff and let go 110 contract workers in the United States and Mexico due to delays in the flight test program for its all-new Learjet 85 business jet.

  • These states are Nevada, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Indiana, Florida, Connecticut, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and New York, sources familiar with the probes told Reuters. GM has turned over thousands of emails and other documents to help in the probe, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Friday, citing sources.

  • Size of income tax drop surprises U.S. states -study Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 12- Most U.S. states were surprised by the size of the drop in their personal income tax collections this April, even though they had expected a decline, according to a report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 11- A shock primary election defeat for Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, left his political party in chaos on Wednesday as financial markets worried the shakeup might renew budget fights that in the past have caused government shutdowns and near credit defaults.

  • NEW YORK, May 29- ICAP Energy and Gasteam America LP plan to announce on Thursday that they have formed a strategic business alliance to complement their respective liquified petroleum gas operations, according to a news release obtained by Reuters.

  • May 25- Some of the leading U.S. producers of electronic cigarettes are moving their manufacturing to the United States from China in response to growing concern about quality and the prospect of tighter federal regulations.

  • Drought relief: Are victory gardens in our future? Friday, 23 May 2014 | 10:20 AM ET
    Dried and cracked earth on an unplanted field at a farm on near Mendota, Calif.

    As drought bakes nearly half the country, an expert says we may have to return to the days of WWII to ease the pain.

  • May 21- Exxon Mobil Corp said it acquired additional properties in the Permian Basin of Texas in an asset swap deal with LINN Energy LLC. Exxon will transfer its portion of the Hugoton gas field in Kansas and Oklahoma to LINN as part of the deal. Exxon said its unit XTO Energy Inc will manage the newly acquired 26,000 acres.

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- A proposal to make the U.S. Internal Revenue Service hire private companies to collect unpaid taxes is dividing Senate Democrats, with some warning it could lead to harassment of low-income people, but others saying it would boost tax revenue.

  • U.S. Plains crop land prices soften in quarter - KC Fed Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO, May 15- Crop land prices in the central Plains were steady to weaker in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter as lower grain prices weighed on the outlook for farm income this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday.

  • *Corn follows wheat up; slow U.S. planting pace lends support. Corn followed wheat higher but soybeans fell for a second straight session as large South American soy harvests eased concerns about tightening supplies of old-crop U.S. soybeans. At the Chicago Board of Trade, most-active July wheat settled up 10 cents at $7.39 a bushel.

  • *Corn follows wheat up; slow U.S. planting pace lends support. Corn followed wheat higher but soybeans fell for a second straight session as large South American soy harvests eased concerns about tightening supplies of old-crop U.S. soybeans. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:35 p.m. CDT, most-active July wheat was up 12-1/ 2 cents at $7.41-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • May 6- Western Refining Inc and HollyFrontier Corp said they expect refining margins to grow in coming quarters due to lower crude costs. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery into Midland, Texas, which Western Refining and HollyFrontier access easily, is lower than the price for the benchmark crude in Cushing, Oklahoma.

  • New Jersey has now fallen into single-A category with two of the three major Wall Street credit rating agencies. Standard& Poor's Ratings Services cut New Jersey to A+ last month, citing budget tricks, the state's sizable imbalance, "bullish" revenue assumptions and pressure from growing pension obligations.