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  • US rig count up 6 to 1,931 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by six this week to 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs; Kansas, New Mexico and North Dakota each increased by two; and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania were up one apiece.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 12- Cargill Inc, the top U.S. grain exporter, said it had sued Syngenta Seeds Inc in a Louisiana state court on Friday for damages stemming from rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China.

  • COLUMN-Who cares about the lead market?: Andy Home Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 12- On Tuesday this week base metals prices tumbled. Shanghai traders led the bear charge, which spilled over into London, where the subsequent sell-off was accelerated by technical traders of all shapes and sizes.

  • Maritime official says port congestion a problem Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    We refer to it in the business as the first mile or the last mile whether it's an import or an export, " U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen said while visiting the South Carolina Ports Authority. The Federal Maritime Commission begins a series of meetings in Los Angeles next week to discuss the problem with industry leaders.

  • FEMA wants at least $5.8M in Sandy aid repaid Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after the storm, according to program officials and data obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. As of early September, FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success. DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

  • Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    As Congress finishes work on a must-pass spending bill set for votes next week, the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eager to send a message on immigration, and stand firm against a government lending bank.

  • Gillian Anderson onscreen soon in 'Streetcar' Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK— If you can't get to London in time to catch Gillian Anderson is constant motion onstage in "A Streetcar Named Desire," her orbit is about to get larger.

  • Venezuela's PDVSA: Let's make a deal on Citgo Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM ET
    Caracas, Venezuela.

    Venezuela's state-run oil company is seeking offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum in a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion.

  • *Mitsui's iron ore ops profitable even if prices fall 20-30 pct. TOKYO, Sept 10- Japanese trading house Mitsui& Co may miss the current year's profit target of $1.1 billion for its metals business due to the slump in iron ore, warned a senior executive, who said prices may fall to as low as $80 a tonne before rebounding.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA is seeking preliminary offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp by the end of September, a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

  • Rule delays deposits for domestic violence victims Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi regulators have approved a plan to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days as a way to help victims move away from abusers even if they don't have enough money to pay deposits.

  • Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Officials in five states in which marriage bans were struck down by federal courts have rushed their appeals to the Supreme Court, in time for consideration by the justices when they meet in private on Sept. 29.

  • Industry group touts benefits of oil, gas boom Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 2:55 PM ET
    A worker walks toward a part of a Consol Energy Horizontal Gas Drilling Rig exploring the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, PA.

    The U.S. energy renaissance's effects are being felt broadly, said the industry's main trade group.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- Republican leaders in the House of Representatives edged closer on Tuesday to an agreement for a short-term extension of the U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican who has been a key opponent of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, now supports a short-term extension of the bank's mandate, opening the door the door to a temporary reprieve for the export lender, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday.

  • House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans moved Tuesday to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

  • Maritime panel to hold sessions on port congestion Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero, Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano and Gov. Nikki Haley were among those who spoke before the South Carolina International Trade Conference. A second is set for Baltimore next month with a later session to be held in the Southeast, perhaps in Charleston, and in New Orleans.

  • US to spend $328 million on conservation easements Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.

  • Sept 7- The British government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review appeals court rulings against BP Plc over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that produced one of the largest class actions in American history.