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  • Jorge Garcia makes the most of 'Hawaii Five-0' Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on "Lost," Jorge Garcia's career has moved along nicely from "Alcatraz" to "Hawaii Five-0" and upcoming big-screen movies. But to think that is to badly misjudge the man and, if you happen to see him decked out on Halloween night, you'll understand why. Specifically a $3,700 "Dragon" jumpsuit— a white...

  • Green Plains tops 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $41.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 89 cents per share. Analysts expected $987.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Buffett's newspaper unit selling marketing firm Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Berkshire Hathaway's media unit is selling its marketing company to a Wisconsin group, so it can focus more on its newspapers. Warren Buffett's company announced the sale of World Marketing Inc. to businessman Robert M. Kraft on Tuesday. World Marketing's clients have included American Airlines, Kraft Foods and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

  • TD Ameritrade optimistic after strong fiscal year Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— TD Ameritrade officials are optimistic about the online brokerage's prospects, but expect low interest rates will continue to limit profit growth in 2015.. TD Ameritrade CEO Fred Tomczyk said Tuesday the company has good momentum after recording its sixth year of double-digit growth in net new client assets and solid trading numbers.

  • Buffett's adviser picked to lead Pampered Chef Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— One of Warren Buffett's key assistants is taking on a new role at Berkshire Hathaway as CEO of the conglomerate's Pampered Chef subsidiary. Berkshire said Monday 30- year-old Tracy Britt Cool will become Pampered Chef's chief executive next month and work with Doris Christopher, who founded the Addison, Illinois, company that sells kitchen gear...

  • The market is taking a breather, "said Jim Farrell, head of Omaha, Nebraska- based Farmers National, the largest U.S. farm management company. There hasn't been a high number of transactions, "said Randal Fransen, incoming president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. "There still isn't much land on the market," said Randy Hertz,...

  • US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday. Bill Aossey Jr., who founded Midamar Corp. in 1974, is charged with conspiring to change labels and...

  • Union Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates. Union Pacific's revenue climbed 11 percent to $6.18 billion from $5.57 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected Union Pacific to report earnings per share of $1.51 on revenue of $6.10 billion.

  • US journalist returns home after Ebola recovery Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said. Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's...

  • Sharp drops in many of the stocks owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in recent weeks hit the sprawling conglomerate's equity portfolio hard. The loss on seven of those holdings alone totals more than $5 billion provided Berkshire's stakes have remained the same since June 30, the last date for which they were disclosed. Berkshire Hathaway did not respond...

  • Norfolk Southern CEO says rail mergers won't work Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern Corp.' s CEO doesn't think railroad mergers are a good idea even if regulators might approve one. CP CEO Hunter Harrison said Tuesday that talks fell apart after several meetings because they couldn't agree on key issues. CP also considered approaching Norfolk Southern, but opted not to after deciding CSX was a better fit.

  • Norfolk Southern railroad 3Q profit up 16 percent Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern Corp. delivered 16 percent higher third-quarter profit as it hauled more freight, but the railroad's results fell short of expectations because coal and pricing remained weak. Norfolk Southern said it is training hundreds more workers to help handle the increase in freight traffic, and it expects to receive nearly 100 more...

  • US journalist leaves hospital after Ebola recovery Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    OMAHA, Nebraska— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at a Nebraska hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said. Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical...

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    A recent test showed Ashoka Mukpo's blood is negative for the virus, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He has been at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there.

  • Journalist feels fortunate to recover from Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— An American video journalist with Ebola says he feels lucky to be recovering from the deadly virus, but it's humbling to think about how many people have died from the disease in West Africa. Mukpo has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6, and doctors have said he could be released by the end of the week if tests confirm he is free of the...

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans' anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were expected to...

  • Werner meets 3Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Werner Enterprises Inc. on Monday reported profit of $26 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 36 cents per share. Analysts expected $543 million, according to Zacks.

  • Canadian Pacific ends CSX deal talks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions. Several reports had surfaced recently that CSX Corp. had rejected a merger offer from Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Both railroads declined to comment on the deal talk, but CSX CEO Michael Ward did say last week that the Surface...