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  • AKRON, Ohio— A federal agency has directed the Texas- based company behind a proposed northeastern Ohio natural gas pipeline to investigate an alternative route that would relocate the $2 billion project to less populated areas. The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark...

  • NEW YORK— Firefighters using high-powered water towers worked Friday to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's East Village as authorities reported that two people were unaccounted for. An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19...

  • March 26- Builders FirstSource Inc, a U.S. supplier of residential building products, is in discussions to acquire peer ProBuild Holdings Inc for approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The negotiations between Builders FirstSource and privately held ProBuild are ongoing and may not lead to an...

  • CHICAGO, March 26- A cool April in the U.S. southern Plains and Delta region will slow some planting of corn, soybeans and other crops but below-normal rainfall across the main crop belt should prevent any major planting delays this spring, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. "We'll see delays continue across some southern areas but when you get into...

  • March 26- Private equity firm Platinum Equity LLC is in advanced talks to buy PrimeSource Building Products Inc, the largest distributor of screws and nails in the United States, from Itochu Corp, according to people familiar with the matter. Reuters reported in November that Itochu, a Japanese trading house, had hired investment bank JPMorgan Chase& Co in an...

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million. The Los Ramones pipeline will transport natural gas from Texas to Mexico and is intended to facilitate imports of cheap U.S. gas and lower Mexico's high commercial...

  • Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago. After all, the first tweet, sent by co-founder Jack Dorsey in 2006, simply said "just setting up my...

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • Spark Energy reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Spark Energy Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $11.4 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 80 cents per share. Spark Energy shares have climbed 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Upland Software reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:46 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas _ Upland Software Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $2.7 million in its fourth quarter. Upland Software shares have fallen 21 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Upland Software, Earnings Report.

  • GameStop slumps as exchange rates pressure its outlook Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    GRAPEVINE, Texas— Shares of GameStop Corp. slumped in aftermarket trading Thursday after the video game retailer said the stronger dollar hurt its sales in its fiscal fourth quarter and it gave a disappointing forecast for the current year. GameStop said its sales fell about 6 percent in the three months that ended Jan. 31. GameStop shares lost $1.99, or 5 percent,...

  • Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:07 PM ET

    RadioShack, based in Fort Worth, Texas, says an offer valued at about $160 million from hedge fund Standard General LP was the best bid submitted in an auction that began Monday in New York and was suddenly reconvened in Wilmington, Delaware after midnight Thursday, just hours before the court hearing. RadioShack's bankruptcy plan calls for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S....

  • Former head of Petrobras testifies in Brazilian Congress Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:14 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— The former head of Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras, told a parliamentary investigative committee Thursday that she and other executives were taken by surprise by the 2014 probe that has revealed a kickback scheme believed to be the largest uncovered in the country's history. "I never knew of any bribes at Petrobras," Maria das Gracas Foster...

  • Joplin sues former master developer for fraud Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    JOPLIN, Mo.— The city of Joplin has sued a Texas- based company that it hired to help in recovery efforts from the devastating 2011 tornado, accusing it of fraud and seeking at least $1.5 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court against Wallace Bajjali Development Partners and the company's two partners, one of whom filed...

  • Commercial Metals tops 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:27 AM ET

    IRVING, Texas _ Commercial Metals Co. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $54.5 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. Commercial Metals shares have dropped 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • FED' S BULLARD SAYS BY REMOVING WORD "PATIENT", FOMC CAN RETURN TO MORE STANDARD POLICY DECISION-MAKING, WHERE APPROPRIATE POLICY RATE SET AT EACH MEETING.

  • FED' S BULLARD SAYS EVEN WITH SOME NORMALISATION MONETARY POLICY WILL REMAIN EXCEPTIONALLY ACCOMODATIVE.

  • Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. The Homeland Security Department's now deputy secretary used his post as head of the department's...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • WASHINGTON— Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what's advertised as a brief loan. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Thursday to protect Americans from stumbling into what it calls a "debt trap." "The idea is pretty common sense: If you lend out money, you should first make sure that the borrower can afford to pay it back,"...