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  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month launched a program to give GPS devices to some parents caught crossing the Mexican border...

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    "Criminal activity is just going to go up more, and drug addiction is going to go up more, and everyone is going to be affected," said Edmund Yazzie, head of the Navajo Nation Council's Law and Order Committee. The split reaction among Navajo leaders reflects divisions on reservations around the country. Bureau of Indian Affairs assistant secretary and member of the...

  • State winners, losers crowned in oil shock Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
    The U.S. flag is displayed at Tesoro's oil refinery in Los Angeles, Calif.

    Oil's drop in price is affecting states across the country in different ways, but Alaska's hit has been the hardest.

  • Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian. Museum specialist Drew Robarge made the announcement Monday in a blog post.

  • 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. Winners range in size from Centennial, Colorado,...

  • That will widen Alaska's budget gap to almost $3.4 billiuon, Fitch said in a Dec. 11 report. States such as Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma and New Mexico are all likely to feel strains next year, Wells Fargo Securities municipal analyst Roy Eappen said in a recent report. Meanwhile, household sentiment in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas where memories...

  • Judge refuses to shut down Lyft in New Mexico Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— A New Mexico judge has refused to bar a ride-hailing service from operating in the state, saying a state regulator's authority is unclear. State District Judge Raymond Ortiz declined Thursday to enforce a cease-and-desist order issued against Lyft by the Public Regulation Commission six months ago, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado together account for almost 98 percent of the total rise in U.S. oil output since the beginning of 2008.. But Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado have collectively contributed almost an extra half million barrels per day compared with January 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Oil production from the United States' biggest shale plays is poised to keep expanding at the same breakneck pace into early next year, according to new U.S. projections released on Monday that highlighted a slow response to tumbling prices. Oil production from the three main plays- the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin- is set to rise by some...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. fund firms are taking extra measures to make sure they don't get stuck holding hard-to-sell bonds in the event that fixed income markets see a massive race to the exits when interest rates start to rise. Over the past few months a growing number of asset managers, including Neuberger Berman, Natixis Global Management and T. Rowe Price have been...

  • Nov 23- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States dropped 10 cents in the past two weeks, hitting a four-year low, according to the latest Lundberg survey released on Sunday. The gasoline price is down about 41 cents a gallon from a year ago and has dropped 88 cents from a 2014 peak of $3.72 in May. The highest price within the survey area within 48 U.S....

  • Canadian crude imports likely to keep falling -NEB Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:44 PM ET

    Canada has the world's third-largest crude reserves behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, most of which are located in the oil sands in northern Alberta. The closure of Shell Canada's Montreal East refinery in Quebec, and Imperial Oil Ltd's refinery in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has also reduced demand for imported crude. NEB data showed that the U.S. shale boom has...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- Farmland values in the central U.S. Plains held mostly steady in the July-September quarter compared to a year ago, with land prices and loan demand generally tracking commodity price trends, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday. The bank's district includes Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, western Missouri, eastern Colorado and...

  • Nov 1- Voters in several U.S. states will decide the fate of $44.7 billion in borrowing and other budget measures on Tuesday, with investors in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market focused mainly on large offerings in California and New York. "Just two states, California and New York, are presenting voters with meaningful bond measures for approval," Peter Hayes,...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Oct 31- A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the...

  • *China Q3 growth slowest since 2009 but less weak vs forecast. Treasuries prices fell on Tuesday as less worrisome data on China and a report on the European Central Bank possibly moving to buy regional corporate bonds allayed some concerns about the global economy and reduced safe-haven bids for low-risk government debt. The ECB story catapulted us down from...

  • Oct 6- Inflation measures remain relatively stable, but the Federal Reserve needs to move to raise interest rates if price pressures increase quickly, a top Fed official said on Monday. "I don't think inflation is a risk today," said Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George in response to a question after delivering a speech in Albuquerque, New...

  • HOUSTON, Oct 2- Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Thursday its board of directors has approved the spin-off of its California oil and natural gas business to its shareholders. Occidental, which has been moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Houston, said about 80 percent of the outstanding shares of California Resources Corp will be distributed to its...