WASHINGTON, May 22- President Barack Obama's choice to be transportation secretary promised on Wednesday to work with Congress to figure out how to fund U.S. transportation needs during a time of tight budgets and faced lingering Republican anger over recent air traffic controller furloughs.
WASHINGTON, May 22- A Justice Department official insisted on Wednesday that no financial company is too big to jail, in the department's latest effort to backpedal from statements made in March by Attorney General Eric Holder.
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MOORE, Oklahoma, May 21- The damage from Monday's tornado in a suburb of Oklahoma City is likely to exceed that caused by the 2011 twister in Joplin, Missouri, that killed 158 people, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said.
*Corn, wheat prices set April lows as plantings surge. NEW YORK, May 21- Corn prices hit multi-week lows on Tuesday, which pulled wheat lower, after record U.S. corn plantings, while oil and metals markets slipped amid worries the Federal Reserve might cut back its stimulus for the American economy.
NEW YORK, May 21- Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc on Tuesday said a portion of its natural gas pipeline near Moore, Oklahoma, was impacted after a tornado struck the region late Monday. Southern Star next-day gas prices, not typically tracked by Reuters but listed on ICE, traded down 3 cents on the day at $3.99, one of the only losers on the ICE gas price list.
CHICAGO-- United States Cellular Corp., the sixth-largest cellphone carrier in the country, on Friday closed on the sale of some of its Midwestern markets to No. 3 Sprint Nextel Corp. and announced that it's handing over the proceeds to shareholders through a special dividend.
ST. LOUIS, May 17- U.S. authorities have seized two accounts linked to a major operator in the booming Bitcoin digital currency market, Tokyo- based exchange Mt. The price of the volatile currency ballooned in March as a result of the Cyprus bank crisis.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- The Missouri House has made a final offer to senators on a plan authorizing new business incentives and trimming some existing tax credits. The legislation now goes back to the Senate, which would have to pass it before the session ends at 6 p.m. Friday in order for the bill to go to Gov.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri prosecutors want a judge to let them keep closer tabs on the former head of a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly. Attorney General Chris Koster's office said Thursday it has filed a motion in St. Charles County Circuit Court seeking to monitor ex-Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole with a wearable GPS device.
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada regulators have approved Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.' s buyout of rival Ameristar Casinos Inc.. Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has said the acquisition would save it at least $40 million a year and boost earnings. Ameristar's holdings include casinos in Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Mississippi, Indiana and Nevada.
May 16- The New York attorney general's office on Thursday said it was investigating allegations that fast-food operators in the state are underpaying workers in violation of labor laws. The announcement came on the heels of a survey of 500 New York City fast-food employees at chains such as McDonald's Corp, Burger King and Domino's Pizza.
"Signs of moderation in farmland value gains emerged," the bank said of its district, which includes most of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Illinois and Indiana. " The land price trends mirror what was reported on Wednesday by the Kansas City and St Louis Federal reserve banks for the first quarter.
WASHINGTON, May 16- President Barack Obama's energy and environment team took two steps forward on Thursday after the Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as energy secretary and the Senate environment panel cleared Gina McCarthy to get a full Senate vote to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. "Glad to see the Senate work and Dr.
WASHINGTON, May 16- A Democratic-controlled Senate committee backed President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, sending the nomination to the full U.S. Senate for a confirmation vote. The full Senate is expected to vote later on Thursday on whether to confirm nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz as U.S.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- A measure limiting damages people can receive in lawsuits over lead contamination has gained final legislative approval. It would restrict punitive damages against Doe Run Resources Corp. for claims that involve a mining property in St. Francois County as long as the company is making a good faith effort to remediate the site.
*Tornado strikes area of Habitat for Humanity homes. GRANBURY, Texas, May 16- At least six people were killed when a powerful tornado ripped through a neighborhood including a Habitat for Humanity low income housing area in the north Texas town of Granbury on Wednesday, marking the deadliest severe storm outbreak in the United States this year.
DALLAS, May 16- At least six people were killed and seven were missing after as many as 10 tornadoes ripped through north-central Texas Wednesday evening, leaving a trail of destruction from the worst severe storm outbreak in the United States so far this year.
DALLAS, May 16- At least six people were killed and 100 injured when tornadoes ripped through north-central Texas after dark and authorities said the death toll could rise as rescuers search through the rubble of destroyed homes. The worst damage was reported in Granbury, a town of 8,000 people about 35 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth.