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  • Health care M&A leads global deal surge Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    "Health care has been a sleepy niche of M&A until recently, but the giant has been awakened," says Ken Menges, a senior partner handling M&A at law firm Akin Gump in New York. To a large extent, the deals are being driven by "cost pressure on the entire health care system," as insurers and government health plans increasingly hold down or even reduce reimbursements to drug,...

  • DETROIT, Nov 21- Ford Motor Co said on Friday its 2015 F-150 aluminum-intensive pickup truck, the most important model in its latest lineup, will get 5 to 29 percent better fuel economy than its previous versions. The Chrysler LLC Group's Ram 1500 3- liter V6 with a diesel engine, which it called EcoDiesel, gets 28 mpg on the highway, 20 mpg in city driving and a combined...

  • Survey suggests economy still slow in rural areas Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West improved in November, but the monthly survey of bankers doesn't suggest much growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low grain and energy prices continue to limit the economy in rural areas. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. Members of the Senate meet Thursday to scrutinize the recent, unexpected trend among generic medicines, which are copies of...

  • Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico. A label might say, for example, that the animal was "born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States" or "born, raised and slaughtered in the United States."

  • Combine sharing program aims to boost farm income Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A combine-sharing program touted Wednesday as the first of its kind aims to give farmers a chance to make some money off expensive equipment that sits idle once harvest is finished, and could provide competition next season for custom cutters. The "Farmer to Farmer" program from FarmLink, a Kansas City, Missouri- based agribusiness, will let farmers in...

  • Missouri senators maintain support for Keystone XL Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri's U.S. senators are maintaining their support for the Keystone XL Pipeline after a vote on the project failed, citing economic benefits of the measure that will likely get another chance in the Senate. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is a Democrat and other members of her party voted in favor of the bill, including Missouri's Sen.

  • AP NewsAlert Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 1:31 AM ET

    BONNE TERRE, Mo.— Missouri executes Leon Taylor for killing a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in 1994..

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. "The headline PPI is a little bit stronger, but what I think people are waiting for is whether there is any pass-through to consumers so we'll get to see that this Thursday when CPI comes out," said Dan Heckman, senior fixed income strategist, at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Kansas City.

  • Chinese company, Dairy Farmers plan Kansas plant Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas but the location and other details are not being publicly released. The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers based in Kansas City, is working with the Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group on the project, The Kansas...

  • Solar energy co. SunEdison buying wind power co. Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion. The St. Peters, Missouri- based company and its publicly traded subsidiary, TerraForm Power, said Monday that they are buying First Wind for $1.9 billion now and $510 million in payments if First Wind completes certain projects.

  • Nov 17- Starbucks Corp said on Monday it has been wrongly accused in online petitions of supporting a Grocery Manufacturers Association lawsuit to block Vermont's GMO labeling law. Petitions posted to websites such as Sumofus.org and Care2.com accused Starbucks of teaming with fellow GMA member Monsanto Co to kill GMO labeling in Vermont, which in May...

  • The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • Syngenta faces dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion. It's likely to be in Iowa or Illinois, according to Rick Paul, an attorney representing 13 farmers who filed suit in...

  • Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • 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.

  • 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,...

  • Energy giant CEO's ex-wife to appeal $1B divorce Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— The ex-wife of multibillionaire energy tycoon Harold Hamm plans to appeal a court ruling that awarded her nearly $1 billion in a divorce settlement, according to her attorney. An Oklahoma County judge awarded $995.4 million this week to Sue Ann Hamm, who was married for more than 20 years to Continental Resources Inc. CEO Harold Hamm before she...

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said on Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...