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  • SYDNEY, April 1- A half-decade after insulating Australia from the worst of the global financial crisis, the mining state of Western Australia is for the first time being forced to defer much-needed royalties as iron ore prices plummet. Western Australia- five times the size of Texas- counts on royalties from mining companies for tens of thousands of jobs and...

  • A look at microbrewery laws being considered nationwide Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:42 AM ET

    Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday that allows microbreweries to make up to 6.2 million gallons of beer per year, removing the old limit of 1.2 million gallons. That is an issue for Arizona- based Four Peaks Brewing Company, a growing player in the industry. Wyoming lawmakers passed legislation in February allowing microbreweries to expand annual production from...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas...

  • SAN DIEGO— With the American Pharmacists Association taking a stance this week, the medical community is now united in its opposition to playing any role in capital punishment killings. "What happens in the course of an execution can be extremely ugly and excruciatingly painful," said Cheryl Pilate, a Kansas City, Missouri, attorney who has represented two...

  • Willbros reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Willbros Group Inc. on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $36 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 5 cents per share. Willbros expects full-year revenue in the range of $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Intercontinental Exchange Inc's NYSE Arca had a technical glitch on Tuesday that resulted in some of the most popular exchange-traded funds being temporarily unavailable for trading and some investors paying more for stocks than they otherwise may have. ETFs have exploded in popularity over the past decade, making up 25-30 percent of all...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A watchdog group is accusing four potential 2016 presidential candidates of skirting federal campaign finance rules while traveling and raising money as if they were off and running. In complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, the Campaign Legal Center says Florida Republican Jeb Bush, Maryland Democrat Martin...

  • Quest Resource reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

    FRISCO, Texas _ Quest Resource Holding Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $1.8 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Frisco, Texas- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents. Keywords: Quest Resource, Earnings Report.

  • President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The Senate and House of Representatives, voting along party lines, approved a resolution this month that would have stopped enactment of the rules.

  • NY joins 4 states in suing subscriptions companies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York has joined four other states in suing companies they say sell magazine and newspaper subscriptions at inflated prices and without the permission of the publishers. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's illegal in his state to trade on the name of reputable publications, use deceptive advertising and trick consumers into...

  • UPDATE 1-Refiner Delek in talks to buy Alon Israel Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    Alon USA's refineries in Texas, California and Louisiana have an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of about 217,000 barrels per day. Financial terms were not mentioned by either Alon USA of Delek in their regulatory filings disclosing the merger talks. As of Monday's close, Alon USA had a market capitalization of $1.11 billion and Delek was valued at...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said Tuesday it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands. Wyoming and North Dakota believe the move is unlawful in part because it interferes with their own...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. consumer confidence rebounded strongly in March amid optimism over the labor market, a hopeful sign that a recent sharp slowdown in economic activity will be temporary. A combination of harsh winter weather, a now-settled labor dispute at the country's busy West Coast ports, softer global demand and a strong dollar dampened growth early...

  • Priced out: New housing froth discourages buyers Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Justin Thornton and Jennifer Castillo are finding high prices, multiple bidders and little inventory in their search for a Washington, DC home.

    Prices in the nation's top 20 housing markets were 4.6 percent higher in January than in January 2014. Is housing overheating again?

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • Berkshire Hathaway buys 2 small Virginia newspapers Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:58 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Warren Buffett's company has added two small Virginia newspapers to its collection of more than two dozen small and medium-sized newspapers. Berkshire Hathaway Media Group said Tuesday that it had acquired The Martinsville Bulletin in Martinsville and the Franklin News-Post in Rocky Mount from Haskell Newspapers. Berkshire Hathaway owns 31...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. single-family home prices rose in January from a year earlier and the year-on-year growth increased for a second straight month, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. Denver and Miami reported the highest year-over-year gains, with prices increasing by 8.4 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, over the last 12 months.

  • US home prices rise modestly, weigh on affordability Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers. "Home prices are rising roughly twice as fast as wages, putting pressure on potential homebuyers and heightening the risk that any uptick in interest rates could be a major setback," said...

  • The policy adopted by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting Monday makes an ethical stand against providing such drugs, saying they run contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. "Now there is unanimity among all health professions in the United States who represent anybody who might be asked to be involved in...

  • But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. "It's a recipe for disaster," said James Perham, president of Extreme Transportation Corp., an automobile-hauling company near San Diego that filed a complaint with regulators about Michelin tires after seven blowouts caused an estimated $20,000 to...