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  • Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    New Mexico, Nevada, Louisiana and Arizona round out the bottom five states. Tennessee was one of five states that showed the biggest improvements in the last year, moving from 39th to 36th. In education, a focus of major reform in Tennessee the last few years, the state improved from 42nd to 37th.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Lake Tahoe Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel& Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

  • Former NM governor Anaya settles SEC fraud charges Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:03 PM ET

    The SEC announced Wednesday that Anaya was one of four people charged with concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company, Natural Blue Resources Inc.. The SEC said Anaya has cooperated extensively with the investigation.

  • Senate backs 2 nominees to serve on energy panel Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate approved two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday under an unusual political deal in which a FERC staff member will eventually be promoted to lead the commission.

  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Bob Goodlatte, R- Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

  • US rig count rose 1 to 1,875 Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,875.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas gained two rigs each. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had unchanged rig counts.

  • Los Alamos to get new supercomputer Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:20 PM ET

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Thursday that it is contracting with Cray Inc. to help develop the supercomputer, called Trinity. Trinity will be used by Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories and will be housed at Los Alamos' Metropolis Computing Center.

  • US students in middle of pack on financial knowhow Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key— but complex— financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips.

  • CHICAGO, July 8- Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by Foster Farms to include products believed to have been sent to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 25- A bill that would impose insurance requirements on ridesharing companies in California passed a state Senate committee 9-1 on Wednesday, although with somewhat lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill.

  • NEW YORK, June 24- The rapid growth of electronic cigarette sales poses a rising but under-appreciated risk to holders of as much as $96 billion of bonds tied to payments tobacco companies make to U.S. states from a sweeping legal settlement in 1998..

  • Federal Reserve advanced in the Senate on Tuesday, along with two other nominees to the U.S. central bank, setting the table for their expected confirmation later this week.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 10- Google Inc said on Tuesday it is acquiring satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash, the Internet company's second high-profile acquisition of an aerospace company this year. Google said that Skybox's satellites will provide images for Google's online mapping service.

  • Tesla expands search for U.S. battery factory -CEO Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    DETROIT, June 3- Tesla Motors Inc is now looking at three sites, instead of two, to begin construction for its lithium-ion battery plant in the United States, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday.

  • May 23- Parsley Energy Inc's shares rose as much as 21.5 percent in their U.S. market debut, valuing the oil and natural gas producer at about $2.51 billion. The company's initial public offering raised $925 million after its upsized offering of 50 million Class A shares was priced $18.50 per share, slightly above the top end of its expected price range of $15- $18.

  • Drought relief: Are victory gardens in our future? Friday, 23 May 2014 | 10:20 AM ET
    Dried and cracked earth on an unplanted field at a farm on near Mendota, Calif.

    As drought bakes nearly half the country, an expert says we may have to return to the days of WWII to ease the pain.

  • U.S. Plains crop land prices soften in quarter - KC Fed Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO, May 15- Crop land prices in the central Plains were steady to weaker in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter as lower grain prices weighed on the outlook for farm income this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, May 9- Nuevo Midstream LLC has hired Barclays PLC to explore a sale of the U.S. natural gas pipeline infrastructure company that could fetch more than $2.5 billion, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • May 7- Viper Energy Partners LP, an affiliate of oil and gas company Diamondback Energy Inc, filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock.