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  • July 11- Two members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, including Chairman Ron Wyden, on Friday asked Gilead Sciences Inc to defend the more than $80,000 cost of its breakthrough new treatment for hepatitis C, citing the expense to federal healthcare programs.

  • Whoops! Police say tow truck tried to snag cop car Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    Authorities said Thursday they arrested the owner of Whoops Towing as he tried to haul off an undercover police car in Oregon.

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. "A couple of years from now, we might say this was the beginning of the trend," said Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • Washington's blueberry crop growing to 45,000 tons Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Washington blueberry growers expect to harvest 90 million pounds— 45,000 tons— of blueberries this summer. The Washington Blueberry Commission says that's 10 million pounds more than last year and ranks the state fourth in the nation in blueberry production behind Michigan, Oregon and Georgia.

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Dave Camp, R- Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen.

  • Despite concerns by some that the measure does not do enough to protect privacy, the committee voted 12-3 to advance the measure authored by its chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, their offices said. The Senate bill still faces hurdles before becoming law.

  • June 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to California's landmark low-carbon fuel standard, in a blow to out-of-state ethanol and gasoline producers that say the rule unfairly discriminates against their products.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Bumble Bee Foods is preparing a sale process that could value North America's largest producer and marketer of canned tuna and sardines at as much as $1.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • *U.S.-listed shares of Barclays fall on fraud lawsuit. *GoPro shares jump over 30 percent in first day after IPO. NEW YORK, June 26- U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Thursday after the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said interest-rate increases should come sooner rather than later.

  • *U.S.-listed shares of Barclays fall on fraud lawsuit. Financial stocks were among the day's top decliners after New York State's attorney general filed a securities fraud lawsuit against Barclays, accusing the British bank of giving an unfair edge in the United States to high-frequency trading clients.

  • Del Taco is owned by private equity firms that include Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners, Charlesbank Capital Partners and Leonard Green& Partners. The owners are working with Piper Jaffray and Goldman Sachs Group Inc on the sale process, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is private.

  • U.S. fast-food chain Del Taco explores sale -sources Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    The majority of them are in West Coast states including California and Oregon. Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners led a new equity infusion into privately held Del Taco in 2010, with existing investors Charlesbank Capital Partners and Leonard Green& Partners also contributing new capital to the recapitalization.

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- The U.S. Senate's chief tax law writer on Tuesday vowed to work on overhauling the federal tax code by August 2015, citing a move by Medtronic Inc to shift its tax home base to Ireland as a spur to congressional action.

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- The U.S. Senate's chief tax law writer on Tuesday vowed to work on overhauling the federal tax code by August 2015, citing a move by Medtronic Inc to shift its tax home base to Ireland as a spur to congressional action.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The threat of U.S. tax revenue losses from Medtronic Inc's plan to buy rival Covidien Plc and move its base to Ireland is stoking concerns from lawmakers and the Obama administration about corporate tax "inversion" deals.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The threat of U.S. tax revenue losses from Medtronic Inc's plan to buy rival Covidien Plc and move its base to Ireland is stoking concerns from lawmakers and the Obama administration about corporate tax "inversion" deals.

  • *Sunni Islamists strengthen grip on northern Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq fueled concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from OPEC's second-largest producer.

  • *Sunni Islamists intensify grip on northern Iraq. NEW YORK, June 16- Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday as advances by Sunni insurgents in Iraq fueled concerns over a potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC producer.

  • Size of income tax drop surprises U.S. states -study Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 12- Most U.S. states were surprised by the size of the drop in their personal income tax collections this April, even though they had expected a decline, according to a report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government on Thursday.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY, June 12- An Oklahoma company that sells a blanket to protect children from gunfire has seen its business grow after a spate of U.S. school shootings has left parents and educators on edge.