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  • FACTBOX-Members of U.S. Congress who are leaving office Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Forty-two U.S. representatives and senators have announced plans to leave their seats in Congress in advance of mid-term elections in November, including 24 Republicans and 18 Democrats. The latest to announce his departure was Representative Doc Hastings, a 10- term Republican from Washington state.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Data thefts at U.S. retailers have rekindled enthusiasm in Congress for a single federal law on how customers should be notified about such breaches, but those efforts face the same roadblock as in the past: dozens of overlapping state laws already in place.

  • COLUMN-Living without water in the U.S. West: Kemp Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 10- Water supplies across the western and southwestern United States are becoming severely strained as more people move into areas with limited rainfall and shrinking groundwater.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Barack Obama's administration announced the formation on Wednesday of seven "climate hubs" help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 31- The Obama administration's tricky final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline is several months away, guaranteeing that the project dividing many Democratic voters will be an issue in the midterm elections that could determine control of the U.S. Congress.

  • *Adjusted earnings per share C $1.91 vs estimated C $1.95. TORONTO, Jan 29- Canadian Pacific Railway, the country's second largest railroad, reported a weaker-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, but forecast adjusted earnings would climb at least 30 percent in 2014 as revenue rises.

  • That stops a whole bunch of traffic, "said Hal Reed, chief operating officer for The Andersons Inc, a U.S. grain handler and ethanol producer. Gulf Coast exporters were offering a premium for soybean barges loaded this week along the largely ice-free lower Ohio River and on the Mississippi south of Cairo, Illinois.

  • "After years of a steady rise led by lower than average U.S. yields, strong domestic and international demand for commodities, low interest rates and solid profit margins, we're seeing the rate of price increases leveling off for farmland in some areas we serve," said Mark Jensen, senior vice president at Farm Credit Services of America, an Omaha- based FCS subsidiary and a leading lender to farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 10- U.S. corn stocks were below expectations in December and 2013/ 14 carryout will be smaller than expected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, causing corn futures prices to jump as much as 5 percent.

  • USDA also showed that recent falling prices caused farmers to turn away from wheat plantings in the U.S. On Friday, USDA raised China's 2013/ 14 corn crop by 6 million tonnes to 217 million, and knocked 2 million tonnes off projected imports to 5 million.

  • Temperatures were 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service. Babbitt, Minnesota, was the coldest place in the United States on Monday at minus 37 F, according to the National Weather Service.

  • CHICAGO/ CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures felt in two decades, causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

  • CHICAGO/ CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, with the coldest temperatures in two decades threatening lives, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions.

  • Starting Sunday, the deep freeze will be felt in the northern U.S. plains, including North and South Dakota, and through the Great Lakes region and Ohio Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

  • UPDATE 1-BNSF Railway reopens tracks after train crash Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, had been rerouting trains while the tracks were closed since Monday. Some oil trains were being routed through Sheridan, Wyoming, while some coal and merchandise trains were rerouted from Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Laurel, Montana.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with over-spending and unexpected one-off costs, the National Conference of State Legislatures said in a report distributed on Tuesday.

  • ELK POINT, South Dakota, Dec 17- Lawyers for ABC News asked a South Dakota circuit court judge on Tuesday to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against it over coverage of a beef product dubbed by critics as "pink slime," as the news outlet stood by its reports and cited free speech protections.

  • Dec 16- The fate of a $1.2 billion lawsuit accusing ABC News of damaging a beef producer's profits and reputation through its reports about a controversial product dubbed by critics as "pink slime" might be determined this week.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The U.S. consumer watchdog and several state attorneys general on Monday sued a California- based servicer of online loans, accusing the company of wrongly collecting on loans that were made in violation of state laws.

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