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  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 23- Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs. The company, located on North Dakota's eastern edge, six hours from Williston, currently does...

  • North Dakota oil rig count drops below 100 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:22 PM ET

    There were 98 rigs drilling in North Dakota on Wednesday. North Dakota is the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas. North Dakota has been producing about 1.2 million barrels of oil daily.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Two years ago, North Dakota was so flush with money from the energy boom that lawmakers spent over $1 million to spruce up the cafe at the state Capitol. The price of North Dakota sweet crude has fallen by nearly half from a year ago to about $47 a barrel. On Tuesday, only 100 rigs were drilling in the state's oil patch, barely half the number a year ago and the...

  • *Google up as CFO to move from Morgan Stanley. *Whiting Petroleum shares tumble after share, note offering. NEW YORK, March 24- U.S. stocks fell for a second straight session on Tuesday, with equities maintaining a tight range that corresponded with currency fluctuations as traders focused on the dollar's strength and its possible effect on corporate earnings.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St drifts lower; Google buoys Nasdaq Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 3:18 PM ET

    *Google up as CFO to move from Morgan Stanley. Declines on the Nasdaq were held in check by a boost from Google, up 2.3 percent to $578.24. Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer is leaving the bank to join Google.

  • *Google up as CFO to move from Morgan Stanley. The Nasdaq outperformed other major indexes, boosted by a 2.6 percent gain in Google shares to $579.94. Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer is leaving the bank to join Google.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St little changed; Google boosts Nasdaq Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    *Google up 2 pct as CFO to move in from Morgan Stanley. The Nasdaq outperformed other major indexes, boosted by a 2 percent gain in Google shares. Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer is leaving the bank to join Google.

  • *Google up 1 pct as CFO to move in from Morgan Stanley. *Whiting Petroleum shares tumble after share, note offering. Traders are "focusing on the effect on the dollar" after recent data, said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of data Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    *Whiting Petroleum shares tumble after share, note offering. Shortly after the opening bell on Wall Street, Markit's preliminary gauge of factory activity this month is due. *Whiting Petroleum Corp fell 13 percent in premarket trading after North Dakota's largest oil producer announced an offering of 35 million shares and a $1.75 billion mix of notes and...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 23- Whiting Petroleum Corp, the largest North Dakota oil producer, said on Monday it would sell 35 million shares of common stock to help pare debt from its December buyout of rival Kodiak Oil& Gas. In offering stock, Whiting follows the path of fellow North Dakota producer Oasis Petroleum Inc, which last month said it would issue 25 million...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 23- Whiting Petroleum Corp, the largest North Dakota oil producer, said on Monday it would sell 35 million shares of common stock to help cull its $5.63 billion debt load. JPMorgan is running the company's stock offering. Shares of Whiting fell 9 percent to $34.88 in after-hours trading after the offering was announced.

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on the east bank of the Mississippi River on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. "They dropped the hoses and got out" when the flames started rising, said Charles Pedersen, emergency manager for Jo Daviess...

  • US drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. "Everybody gets a little more imaginative, because they need to," says Hans-Christian Freitag, vice president of technology for the drilling services company Baker...

  • LONDON, March 23- Hedge funds have turned super-bearish about U.S. oil prices as concerns about running out of storage trump the drop in the number of rigs drilling new wells. Money managers had amassed a record number of short positions in futures and options contracts linked to WTI by the end of March 17, equivalent to 209 million barrels of oil, according to the...

  • Roar of bombers replaced by drone buzz in North Dakota Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 12:05 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz. North Dakota is one six sites around the country testing unmanned aircraft, for which some Americans have lingering concerns about...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 56 this week to 1,069 amid slumping oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 825 rigs were seeking oil and 242 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 36 rigs and Louisiana 18. New...