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  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website, performed so poorly it prompted a public apology from Gov. Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Others, like Maryland and...

  • Arkansas trots to No. 2 turkey-producing state Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Arkansas has trotted into second place among turkey-producing states after North Carolina's gobbler population fell sharply as U.S. turkey numbers hit a 28- year low. Arkansas saw its turkey population rise from 28 million to 29 million in the same span, while Indiana, the nation's No. 4 turkey-producing state, gained 1.5 million birds to 19...

  • Turkey production down, wholesale prices up Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Turkey production is at its lowest level in nearly three decades and wholesale prices are at an all-time high, but Thanksgiving cooks probably won't see much difference in the price they pay at the stores for their frozen birds. It was bad, "said John Zimmerman, a farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, who produces about 300,000 turkeys a year.

  • MNsure leader says system off to successful start Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's health insurance exchange MNsure got off to a successful relaunch Saturday and quickly started enrolling people in coverage for 2015, its executive director said. Scott Leitz said he and his fellow MNsure officials were pleased there had been no apparent issues with the website since it went live as scheduled at 8 a.m. for its second...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 27 Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi will be at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels- 1400 GMT. CHICAGO- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gives welcome and opening remarks before the "Annual Agriculture Conference: Farm Income's Impact on the Midwest" at the...

  • *Baker Hughes confirms merger talks with Halliburton. *Geron jumps on licensing deal with Johnson& Johnson. NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, with the S&P on track for a fourth straight weekly advance, after data on retail sales and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.

  • *Baker Hughes confirms merger talks with Halliburton. *Geron jumps on licensing deal with Johnson& Johnson. NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stock index were set to open little changed on Friday, with the S&P on track for a fourth straight weekly advance, after data on retail sales and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The U.S. State Department must halt plans to expand an oil sands pipeline route from Canada to Wisconsin until possible environmental harm has been closely studied, several green groups said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. An Enbridge Inc proposal for its Line 3 pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin is part of a $7.5 billion upgrade on its system...

  • NEW YORK/ CALGARY, Nov 12- BNSF Railroad, the Warren Buffett-owned firm that has benefited most from the North Dakota shale boom, has told some customers that they can't add new oil tank-cars to its system until next year, according to two people familiar with the matter. Preventing shippers from putting more rail cars onto the network may help prevent overloading...

  • The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for a wide swath of the northern U.S. from northern Idaho to northern Michigan with predictions of more than a foot of snow in many areas and temperatures dipping 20 to 30 degrees below normal. The storm is expected to hamper travel by closing roads with heavy snow and winds and causing...

  • Early snow falls on northern U.S., cold sweeping south Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for a wide swath of the northern U.S. from northern Idaho to northern Michigan with predictions of more than a foot of snow in many areas and temperatures dipping 20 to 30 degrees below normal. A cold front associated with the storm will dump rain on the lower Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and as...

  • *Corn, wheat, soybeans post weekly losses. CHICAGO, Nov 7- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures dropped for the fourth day in a row on Friday as U.S. exporters struggled to compete in an export market laden with supplies from around the globe, traders said. Corn prices also fell, with investors staking out positions ahead of a U.S. Agriculture Department report that was...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- Bank of America Corp and US Bancorp have reached a $69 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over their roles as trustees for securities backed by risky mortgages from Washington Mutual Inc, which failed in 2008.. Both defendants denied liability, and Bank of America would make the $69 million cash payment on behalf of itself and US Bancorp,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- Bank of America Corp and US Bancorp have reached a $69 million settlement of litigation over their roles as trustees for securities backed by home loans from Washington Mutual Inc, which failed in 2008.. Both defendants denied liability, and Bank of America would make the $69 million cash payment on behalf of itself and US Bancorp, the papers show.

  • Nov 7- General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes, cut its full-year sales and profit growth forecast, blaming weak demand in the United States and slowing growth in its key emerging markets. General Mills' sales in recent quarters have been hit by intense competition from private-label brands and new breakfast options such as...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The controversial patent assertion company MPHJ Technology Investments has reached an agreement with U.S. authorities barring it from using phony legal threats to demand patent licensing fees from small businesses, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday. "A patent is not a license to engage in deception," said Jessica Rich, director of...

  • *Stocks rise as Republicans take control of U.S. Senate. NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. Benchmark yields approached the 3-1/ 2 week highs set earlier this week as Wall Street opened higher partly on news that Republicans took over control of the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's elections.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared conflicted on how to decide which process struggling homeowners need to follow if they want to back out of mortgages from lenders they accuse of failing to follow a federal "truth in lending" law. The nine justices are weighing an appeal filed by an Eagan, Minnesota couple, Larry and Cheryle Jesinoski, over...

  • 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...

  • Oct 30- Mosaic Co on Thursday forecast record-high global phosphate and potash shipments in 2015 despite concerns that weak crop prices would reduce farmers' fertilizer purchases. Corn and wheat prices plunged this autumn to multiyear lows amid a huge but delayed U.S. harvest. Dan Basse, president of research company AgResource said on Wednesday in Winnipeg...