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  • North Dakota's largest city showing its spirits Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Kath and his partners are hoping to capitalize on its location in thriving downtown Fargo, where many new restaurants and shops have opened in recent years, and on a national hunger...

  • Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Employers added jobs in 38 states and cut them in 12. The biggest gains occurred in California, which added 41,500; Texas, which gained 35,200; and Florida, which added 34,400.. Nevada reported the largest job loss, a decline of 7,300, followed by New York, where...

  • 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,...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Nov 21- Halliburton Co's $35 billion takeover of Baker Hughes Inc will create an oilfield services powerhouse in North Dakota with more than half the cementing market and a leading position in fracking, according to data seen by Reuters. The deal, announced on Monday, will help Halliburton better compete with global leader Schlumberger NV, as well...

  • Tribal head to speed North Dakota pipeline talks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota's booming oil production has led to an unmanageable increase in the state's output of natural gas,...

  • Nebraska landowners hope for pipeline decision Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— While a proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast is still in limbo, Nebraska landowners who signed deals with the company that would build it are free to spend what they received— no matter what happens. Roughly 400 of the 515 Nebraska landowners along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have signed easement...

  • Former oil worker files lawsuit about overtime pay Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— A North Dakota oil patch worker says his former employer misclassified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits. Matthew Ross is seeking class action status for his lawsuit against Williston- based Baha Petroleum Consulting Corp., which he filed this week. Mark Larson, a lawyer for Ross, and...

  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, who...

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, failing one vote short of the 60 needed to get the measure to President Barack Obama's desk. "I believe we will have the votes to pass the bill in January when a number of new Senators who support my legislation take office and the new Congress begins.

  • UPDATE 5-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from having to veto legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, including Democratic Senator...

  • Nov 18- Wells Fargo& Co has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle a class action claim that it unlawfully made brokers who left the firm forfeit bonuses that were deferred as part of their retirement plans, court documents show. The brokers, who said they had earned the bonuses by meeting performance goals set by Wells, alleged the forfeiture requirement violated...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL's top supporter in the U.S. Senate frantically lobbied colleagues on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to find enough "yes" votes to approve the oil pipeline from Canada. TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has broad support in Louisiana, an oil-producing state, where Landrieu faces an uphill battle to win a new six-year term in a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds on Tuesday in passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project. "Congress is not- nor should it be- in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project," Senator Angus...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds for passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada on Tuesday after one lawmaker they hoped might be a "yes" said he would vote against the project. With the 100- member Senate one vote short of the needed 60 to pass a version of a bill that sailed through the House of Representatives...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- The biggest product of the U.S. petroleum industry is not oil, gas or condensate but water-- billions and billions of gallons containing dissolved salts, grease and even naturally occurring radioactive materials. The five old oil- and gas-producing states of Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana accounted for almost three quarters of...

  • Winter weather slows harvest across North Dakota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Farmers in North Dakota are continuing to harvest corn and sunflowers as weather permits. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the corn harvest was 85 percent complete, ahead of the 76 percent figure at this time a year ago. The sunflower harvest was 82 percent complete, well ahead of the 60 percent mark of last year.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill clearing the way for the controversial project to President Barack Obama. Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who introduced the bill with Landrieu, was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on Tuesday if there were enough votes to...

  • U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. Backers of the bill in the 100- seat Senate need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster by opponents. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 p.m. ET on the TransCanada Corp pipeline, which would transport...

  • The seven companies cited were Boeing Co, Ford Motor Co, Chevron Corp, Citigroup Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, JPMorgan Chase& Co and General Motors Co.. In reply, Verizon said it paid $422 million in income taxes in 2013. "We do not provide a breakdown between federal vs. state in that total; however, I am confirming for you that the federal portion of that number is...