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  • April 18- The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision— but declined to say how much longer.

  • 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.

  • Ohio prison food vendor fined $142,000 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    Philadelphia- based Aramark Correctional Services did not meet staffing requirements several times this year at three prisons, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.

  • April 17- With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. Retail beef and pork prices reached all-time highs last month, according to Bill Hahn, agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

  • 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.

  • Environmental groups slam Pa. smog proposal as lax Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    The Sierra Club, the American Lung Association and other groups say that proposed emissions limits for coal-fired power plants are too lax. The biggest plants would be allowed to release more than 130,000 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides annually— 40 percent more than they do now, according to an analysis by the Sierra Club.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Two U.S. senators on Wednesday pushed the Federal Reserve to write tough new rules to limit Wall Street's role in commodity markets, stepping up pressure for a clampdown on some of the country's largest banks.

  • Ohio's new top utility regulator is sworn in Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    John Kasich has sworn in a former state budget director and lawmaker as Ohio's top utility regulator. The Republican governor swore in Thomas Johnson as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday. Johnson, of suburban Columbus, replaces Todd Snitchler, who decided not to seek reappointment when his term expired April 10.

  • Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided. Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.

  • *European shares rebound, Wall Street rallies, Yahoo shines. Wall Street rallied for a third straight day. The relief rippled through Asian markets then spread to Europe and Wall Street.

  • 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.

  • *Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. *Brent oil falls as investors weigh Libya, Ukraine.

  • April 15- Associated Materials Group Inc, a maker of home-building products, said on Tuesday it had decided to withdraw its plans for an initial public offering. Last July, the company, owned by buyout firm Hellman& Friedman LLC, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an IPO of up to $100 million.

  • *Coca-Cola and Johnson& Johnson rally after results. *Tesla and Netflix slide, but Twitter jumps after deal. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stocks ended a volatile session higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in such blue-chip names as Coca-Cola and Johnson& Johnson, though persistent weakness in momentum names limited the Nasdaq's advance.

  • In the meantime, though, fund managers are buying Diebold Corp, the automated teller machine maker whose stock has underperformed bigger rival NCR Corp since 2009, on signs it may post better returns than NCR this year.

  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    But Congress will have to act fast. Foxx's warnings this week echo ones by President Barack Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer's end then "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."

  • New owners offer buyouts to Pittsburgh Heinz staff Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.

  • DSW buys stake in Canada's Town Shoes for $62M Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— DSW will spend about $62 million to establish an operating base in Canada, acquiring a 44 percent stake in the footwear and accessories retailer Town Shoes. The Columbus, Ohio, company said Tuesday that it will have the right to purchase the rest of Town Shoes after four years.

  • WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania, April 15- The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier.

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