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  • BISMARCK, North Dakota, Sept 23- Hess Corp and other major North Dakota oil producers told the state's top energy regulators on Tuesday that existing field practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are safe, and tighter standards could do more harm than good.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 23- Backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank may push again for a long-term extension of its charter as early as November after a nine-month renewal left the bank's future undecided.

  • Auto insurer to market Blue Cross health coverage Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans and State Farm announced Tuesday they're joining forces for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law.

  • PARIS, Sept 23- French oil major Total has agreed to sell its 25 percent stake in Cardinal Gas Services, a gas transport company operating in Ohio's Utica shale gas basin, to a group of Korean companies for up to $450 million.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

  • Spirit Airlines is hiking holiday bag fees Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    DALLAS— If you are visiting family over Christmas and you're flying on Spirit Airlines, be ready to fork over a couple more dollars to check a bag. Checking a first bag on Spirit normally costs $21 to $100, depending on whether you pay while booking your ticket or wait until you get to the airport gate.

  • SAN ANTONIO, Sept 22- Privately owned SpaceX started construction in south Texas on Monday for what the company said will be the first private commercial orbital launch facility in the world.

  • Sept 22- The foreign-owned operator of a northern Indiana toll road filed for bankruptcy on Sunday as traffic fell short of the projections that underpinned the 2006 groundbreaking deal to privatize the highway.

  • Plosser, a leading Fed 'hawk,' to retire in March Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Charles Plosser, a leading inflation "hawk" at the Federal Reserve, announced Monday that he plans to retire March 1. Plosser, who has been president of the Fed's Philadelphia regional bank since August 2006, has been a leader of the officials known as hawks for their concerns that a continuation of low-interest rate policies could ignite inflation.

  • Texas independence MUST happen Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    The Scotland vote on independence was a wake-up call for the world, says Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller.

  • RadioShack, major vendor holding discussions Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— RadioShack is in talks with a major vendor about modifying a commercial agreement as the electronics retailer teeters close to bankruptcy protection. Earlier this month, RadioShack Corp. warned that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Shares of RadioShack rose 3 cents to reach 94 cents in premarket trading.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 22- The fast-changing nature of crude oil flows in the Americas means only one of three Citgo refineries in the United States will generate keen interest among buyers as Venezuela's cash-strapped state-run PDVSA looks to sell its U.S. unit, and it may fetch less money than hoped, experts say.

  • SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas— The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday.

  • Siemens to acquire Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 9:45 PM ET

    HOUSTON— German electronics and engineering company Siemens AG has reached a deal to acquire oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion. Under the deal announced early Monday in Germany, Siemens will pay $83 per common share of Dresser-Rand Group Inc., $3.09 more than the company's closing share price on Friday.

  • BERLIN/ PARIS, Sept 21- Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe's economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela Merkel.

  • Will more pensions dump hedge funds? Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    The California Public Employees' Retirement System building in Sacramento, Calif.

    More pension funds consider divesting from hedge funds, due to poor performance and high costs. NYT reports.

  • Oklahoma City oil producer unveils new formation Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer.

  • Manufacturing in Ohio seeing slow, steady growth Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    While manufacturing alone no longer dominates the state's economy, its fortunes and the fate of its political leaders still rise and fall with the health of the industries that have shaped Ohio. After a decade that saw nearly four out of every 10 manufacturing jobs disappear, employment in manufacturing has grown each year in Ohio since Republican Gov.

  • Ex-employees say Home Depot left data vulnerable Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    Home Depot cashier at a Miami store.

    The risks were clear to computer experts inside Home Depot: The chain, they warned for years, might be easy prey for hackers. NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 19- Exxon Mobil said on Friday it will wind down drilling in Russia's Arctic in the face of U.S. sanctions targeting Western cooperation with Moscow's oil sector, after the Obama administration granted a brief extension to safely mothball its operations. Washington extended sanctions on Russia last week over its aggression in Ukraine.