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  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. Previously, the USDA and the nation's pork industry tracked PED with voluntary reports from the labs.

  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    COLCHESTER, Vt.— A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/ 2- year recovery.

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population. USDA will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, other equipment leaving affected premises.

  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    As part of the deal announced by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina- based home improvement retailer also pledged to adopt a compliance program for dealing with lead paint during the renovation programs offered through its more than 1,700 stores.

  • Tobacco supplier Universal to enter food business Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    Richmond, Va.- based Universal Corp. is opening a new juice and dehydration facility in North Carolina that will initially focus on sweet potatoes. The new subsidiary, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients Inc., expects to invest about $20 million over two years into the facility.

  • President defending health law good for some Dems Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama noted that health insurance enrollments under the new law are higher than expected, and costs are lower.

  • Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines. NEW YORK— Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs, but higher prices actually have been good for business. The average cost of a roundtrip domestic ticket grew to $378.62 from $351.48 in the last five years, when adjusted for inflation.

  • La-Z-Boy cutting 100 jobs in North Carolina Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 PM ET

    MONROE, Mich.— La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business. It will move warehouse and repair functions from those sites to another North Carolina plant, in Hudson.

  • Reynolds brings back Susan Cameron as CEO Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Reynolds American has elected board member and former leader Susan Cameron as president and CEO of the tobacco company. She replaces Daniel Delen who is retiring and resigning from the board. Reynolds American Inc. is the Winston-Salem, N.C.- based parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and several other tobacco companies.

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. And the Congressional Budget Office— the government's fiscal scorekeeper— said it expects only a minimal increase in customers' costs for 2015. Over the next decade, CBO said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated.

  • Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn't have mentors to guide it.

  • Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal charges.

  • April 16- Bank of America Corp posted a first-quarter loss as the No. 2 U.S. bank recorded $6 billion in litigation expenses related to a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other mortgage-related matters.

  • Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative for the 21- year-old says in a statement that Cyrus is canceling her Wednesday performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Tickets for the St. Louis concert are being refunded.

  • House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

  • Tobacco cos. make payments under state settlement Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The nation's top cigarette makers said Tuesday they have made about $6 billion in annual payments as part of a longstanding settlement in which some companies are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The U.S. housing industry has waited three months to find out how Mel Watt will govern taxpayer-owned mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and has been frustrated by his silence.

  • Intel, Oracle, Microsoft and Cisco, known as the four horsemen during the late 1990 s technology boom due to their strong performance and leading market share, have all rallied since the beginning of March even as stocks of many other tech companies have been crushed.

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