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  • Report: Wind power saves $1.2 billion each year Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    The American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity, The Oklahoman reported. "It's very clear that new wind energy being added to the Southwest Power Pool is providing very large net benefits for consumers," said Michael Goggin, the wind...

  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin- based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. When it comes to toilets,...

  • Anti-government protest in Albania's capital Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    TIRANA, Albania— Tens of thousands of Albanians protested on Saturday against their government's economic policies, including tax and energy price increases. The protest, which ended peacefully at mid-afternoon, was held by supporters of the main opposition Democratic Party and its leader, Tirana Mayor Lulzim Basha. The Democratic Party says that Albania's...

  • California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    COARSEGOLD, Calif.— When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state. The National Indian Gaming Commission, which regulates Indian casinos, and a federal judge...

  • NY's poor gain from health insurance changes Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A year into New York's operation of a medical insurance exchange, more than half of the people with new coverage qualified for Medicaid— the federal program for the poor— and many didn't know they were eligible until the push under the Affordable Care Act. Overall, 370,604 people were enrolled with commercial and nonprofit insurers, 525,283 in Medicaid;...

  • Puerto Rico sees slight drop in unemployment rate Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly as the U.S. territory struggles to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate was 14 percent in October, compared to 14.1 percent in September. In October of last year, the rate was 14.9 percent.

  • MINSK, Nov 22- Belarus has cut its 2015 economic growth forecast to 0.2-0.7 percent from the previous 2.0 percent because of the economic slowdown in Russia, state news agency Belta quoted Economy Minister Nikolai Snopkov as saying. In recent years, Belarus has received tens of billions of dollars in loans and rebates for energy prices from Russia, hit this year...

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 22- SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fibre reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with several other carmakers to supply carbon fibre for a wider range of automotive components, its chief executive said. He added the mooted new supply contracts were not as big as the BMW venture. Uncertainty remains over the success of BMW "i"...

  • Flights resume at Detroit airport after ice delays Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    ROMULUS, Mich.— Flights are starting to resume at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing. Conway says one Delta Air Lines plane landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. Icy conditions have caused numerous accidents on Detroit- area roadways, including a multi-vehicle crash on M-14 in western Wayne...

  • Anti-government protest takes place in Albania Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    TIRANA, Albania— Tens of thousands of Albanians are protesting the government's economic policies, claiming they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high unemployment. The protesters are supporters of the main opposition Democratic Party and its leader, Tirana Mayor Lulzim Basha, has accused the governing Socialists of taking the country into...

  • Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy— just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. "This is focused on people who are already in the economy today, who are contributing mightily but are basically operating in the shadows," said Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, a professor at the...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 22- Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia, RIA news agency quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday. The sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis have targeted the delivery of oil technology, goods and services,...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 22- China's latest interest rate cut is set to dent the profitability of domestic lenders, especially mid-sized banks, which are already suffering from higher bad loans and a slowdown in profit growth. The narrowing of interest rate margins will eat into lenders' profitability, with Cinda Securities' chief strategist, Jiahe Chen, predicting it will...

  • UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers. The companies issued a statement Friday announcing they had reached agreement on the financial terms of a transaction under which...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 22- Russia's rouble, which has fallen almost 30 percent against the dollar this year, will continue to decline over the next two years, Interfax news agency quoted former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin as saying on Saturday. The rouble has sunk during an economic downturn, made worse by a fall in global oil prices and sanctions imposed by the West over...

  • Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    ISTANBUL— Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad. Biden announced $135 million in new U.S. aid for Syrian civilians,...

  • AMSTERDAM, Nov 22- Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. The Netherlands is the world's second-largest agricultural exporter after the United States, selling more than 79 billion euros worth of...

  • Egypt to host major economic conference in March Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 4:57 AM ET

    CAIRO— Egypt's prime minister says his government will host a three-day international economic conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh starting March 13 to support the country's economy. Ibrahim Mahlab said Saturday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are partners in organizing the gathering. The two Gulf countries are strong...

  • Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal's Attorney-General's office said Saturday. Socrates, who was Portugal's prime minister from 2005 to 2011, was taken into custody late Friday with three others, according to a...

  • Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    "We alone, I say it openly, we the Senate are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty," said one of them, Sen. In remarks on the Senate floor, according to his office, he was channeling Cicero, the ancient Roman orator. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell want none of that.