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  • NEWARK, N.J.— Federal officials are looking into more laser-pointing incidents at Newark Liberty International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says two flights reported lasers were shone at them Saturday night. Last year the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

  • *Oil down on worries that Iran could add to supply. NEW YORK, March 31- The euro closed out the worst quarter in its 15- year history on Tuesday, slammed by monetary policy changes and worries about Greece, while U.S. stocks retreated a day after posting big gains. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year, while the European Central Bank's...

  • *Corn stocks as of March 1 reached 7.7 billion bushels- USDA. The "double-barrel bearish corn updates" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest corn prices will drop below the 2015 low of about $3.66 a bushel, said Rich Feltes, vice president of research for brokerage RJ O'Brien. The USDA, in a quarterly report, said farmers and grain elevators had 7.7 billion...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Warren Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said he would not raise interest rates significantly if he ran the Federal Reserve. Buffett spoke at an automotive industry conference in New York, along with the chairman of the Berkshire Hathaway automotive dealer group, Larry Van Tuyl.

  • NEW YORK— The bull market slowed to a trot but didn't stop this winter. Stocks have been buffeted since the start of the year by plunging oil prices, a surging dollar and worries about the timing of a potential rate increase by the Federal Reserve. None of that has been enough to keep the market from logging a small gain in the first three months of the year.

  • *Gold eyes third straight quarterly fall. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 31- Gold turned lower on Tuesday, pressured by the firm U.S. dollar and weak oil prices, and with expectations that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates this year pushing bullion toward its second monthly decline. Gold has fallen 3 percent since hitting a three-week high last week above...

  • Have tax questions? Good luck calling the IRS Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 PM ET
    Internal Revenue Service building

    The Internal Revenue Service is ignoring more than 60 percent of calls from taxpayers as the April 15 filing deadline looms.

  • WASHINGTON— Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing policy changes to the federal government's asset forfeiture program as part of an ongoing review. The policy change would restrict the government's ability to seize bank deposits to cases involving the most illegal banking transactions. Under the new policy, Justice Department officials would not...

  • *Corn stocks as of March 1 reached 7.7 billion bushels- USDA. The USDA estimated farmers will plant 89.2 million acres of corn this spring, above analysts' expectations for 88.7 million, and 84.6 million acres of soybeans, below expectations for 85.9 million. Corn stocks as of March 1 were 7.7 billion bushels, above estimates for 7.6 billion.

  • Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace. Obama also announced a fall White House summit on worker rights.

  • USDA: Record soybean acres expected, corn acres to drop Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    The USDA surveyed 84,000 farmers in March to assess their planting intentions for corn, soybeans and other major crops. For example, in Iowa, the nation's leading corn state, the grain costs about $4.23 a bushel to grow when land, machinery and labor costs are factored in, but gets less than $4 a bushel when sold. Corn can still be profitable for farmers who own their...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers were seen cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government data showed on Tuesday. Corn stocks as of March 1 were pegged at 7.745 billion bushels, the second highest reading ever for that time of year and 136 million bushels above the average of market...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers were seen cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government data showed on Tuesday. Corn stocks as of March 1 were pegged at 7.745 billion bushels, the second highest reading ever for that time of year and 136 million bushels above the average of market...

  • *Gold eyes first quarterly rise in three. LONDON, March 31- Gold rebounded on Tuesday as global share markets dropped, but bullion was still heading for its second monthly fall, pressured by a strong dollar and expectations the U.S. Gold has fallen 2.5 percent since hitting a three-week high above $1,200 an ounce last week after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen...

  • RICHMOND, Va., March 31- The Federal Reserve will have a "strong" case to hike interest rates in June, a hawkish U.S. central bank official said on Tuesday, dismissing recently weak economic data as transitory and perhaps due to unseasonable weather. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, who has long called for a prompt tightening of monetary policy, said consumer...

  • LONDON, March 31- After three months dominated by a rising dollar, interest rate cuts by 26 central banks and hefty equity gains, the big winner was the Chinese stock market. Investors who bought Shanghai- listed A shares at the start of the year have registered gains of 17 percent on a total return basis in dollar terms. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank,...

  • That compares with USDA analysts' 2015 outlook last month that corn acres would fall by 1.6 million and soybeans would be down 200,000 acres. USDA also projected total plantings for the nation's eight major field crops- corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats- to be down 3.3 million acres from 2014.. USDA said farmers will plant fewer acres due to...

  • March 30- Ben Bernanke launched a blog on Monday, giving the former Federal Reserve chairman a new pulpit from which to make an old argument: why interest rates need to be so low. Bernanke, who handed the reins of the U.S. central bank to Janet Yellen last year, has been hitting the conference circuit more in recent months ahead of the planned publication of his book...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- The euro slumped against the dollar on Monday on worries over whether Greece would secure aid before it runs out of cash in three weeks, while the greenback gained versus other currencies on the view the Federal Reserve will raise U.S. interest rates this year. Athens sounded upbeat about talks with its creditors to release funds from its 240-...