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  • NEW YORK, Nov 16- Almost every year for more than a decade, tour group operator Carson Zhang guided a delegation of about two dozen Chinese government officials from Guangdong province's Forestry Administration for a two-week trip through the national parks of California, Tennessee, and Georgia. Along with presentations about forest fires and trail...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- Farmland values in the southern U.S. Midwest and Delta region rose almost 15 percent during the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite lower farm income, as grain prices fell, the Federal Bank of St. Louis said on Friday. The St. Louis district covers Arkansas, eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, and parts of Kentucky,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- Senate Republicans will charge ahead early in 2015 with a bill to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a move that would back President Barack Obama into a corner and set the tone for how the party taking control of Congress will govern the next two years. The $8 billion project would deliver heavy Canadian oil sands...

  • Nov 5- Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by market value, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as a cool summer reduced demand. The company, which also operates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, said the results were also hurt by lower income from international operations and higher fuel costs. The company sells power to 7.2 million...

  • DALLAS, Nov 5- Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. The vote in the city of 123,000 was highly symbolic because hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is widely used in Texas, the top...

  • Members under the Medicaid health plans increased 28 percent to 2.3 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, driven by additions in Florida, Kentucky and Georgia under the federal health insurance program for lower-income people, Wellcare said. Medicaid expansion has also helped other insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc, Centene Corp and Cigna Corp..

  • The pro-reform camp drew in more than $1.4 million in contributions, with more than $1 million coming from Arnold, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. Pension costs and debt were significant factors in the bankruptcies of Detroit, and of Stockton and San Bernardino in California, where bankruptcy judges have said public pensions are no longer...

  • Members under the Medicaid health plans rose 28 percent to 2.3 million as Florida, Kentucky and Georgia added more to the federal health insurance program for lower-income people. The expansion of Medicaid also helped other insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc, Centene Corp and Cigna Corp.. WellCare's medical benefit expenses rose 40 percent to $3...

  • Texas town passes ban on fracking in its birthplace Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    DALLAS, Nov 5- Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. But several similar measures failed in cities and counties in Ohio and California. Fracking was pioneered in Texas at the Barnett shale...

  • DALLAS, Nov 4- Voters appeared to back a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas town of Denton, which could become the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom. Fracking was pioneered in Texas at the Barnett shale formation where Denton is located. The Ohio cities included Athens, Gates Mills,...

  • McConnell projected to win re-election: NBC News Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 8:23 PM ET
    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, November 1, 2014.

    McConnell, the current Senate minority leader, was challenged by Democratic rival Alison Lundergan Grimes.

  • 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.

  • Nov 3- Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups. First-term Democrat Mark Begich has stood behind actions by President Obama' s Environmental Protection Agency, including a decision to limit development of the massive Pebble Mine project in the state because it...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- U.S. Supreme Court justices raised doubts on Monday about an appeals court ruling that revived securities class-action claims against Omnicare Inc over whether the top U.S. provider of pharmacy services to the elderly misled investors prior to a public stock offering. Several justices appeared to agree that the May 2013 ruling by the...

  • NASHUA, New Hampshire, Nov 2- Long viewed as an ally by Wall Street, likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton has increasingly been taking banks and big business to task while on the campaign trail for Democrats across the country. It comes days before Tuesday's midterm elections and as Clinton ramps up her political activity ahead of a probable White...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- A push to reform Phoenix's retirement system has become the latest front in a battle between union-backed groups and a Texas hedge fund billionaire over the future of America's public pensions. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of it anonymous out-of-state money, has been flowing to backers of a November 4 ballot initiative in Phoenix...

  • Current polling suggests Republicans will take control of the Senate and hold onto the House. If Republicans take control of the Senate, McConnell has said he may use high-pressure tactics to challenge Obama, such as attaching riders to rein in the EPA via must-pass spending bills that only require a simple majority to pass. As McConnell mulls using riders to...

  • LONDON, Oct 27- Thanks to shale, energy-producing states have been the strongest economic performers in the United States over the past decade, sharply improving their position compared with the energy-consuming states. Only 13 of the 50 states produced more energy than they consumed in 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available,...