SYDNEY, Nov 30- Currency markets got off to a nondescript start on Monday thanks to an uneventful weekend, but the prospect of further policy easing this week by the European Central Bank is likely to keep the euro on the defensive. The common currency was just a shade under $1.0600 in early Asian trade, little changed from where it was late last week.» Read More
FARGO, N.D.-- The North Dakota Soybean Council is hosting a group from the Philippines for a day. The guests on Monday are touring a greenhouse, feed mill and commodity trade room at North Dakota State University, as well as the Northern Crops Institute. The council says the goal is to promote soybeans grown in North Dakota.
BERLIN-- Berlin police say they're investigating an apparent arson attack on a car belonging to Greece's military attache in the German capital. Police said the car was spotted ablaze early Monday in downtown Berlin.
A big unknown is whether the governor will include expanding Medicaid eligibility as called for under the federal health care reform law in his own budget. Sandoval last week said he is reserving his decision on Medicaid until after the elections and state revenue projections are made later this year.
NEW YORK-- Shareholders of Chinese biodiesel and copper products company Gushan Environmental Energy Ltd. have agreed to take the company private by selling its outstanding shares to Trillion Energy Holdings Ltd., Gushan said in a statement Monday. Trillion, a British Virgin Islands company, is owned by Jianqiu Yu, Gushan's chairman and principal executive.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices compared with last week. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state was $3.62 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. The national average Monday was $3.79, down 3 cents from a week ago.
NEW YORK-- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to outline its latest fare hike proposals on its rails, bridges and subways. The proposals include increasing the base subway and bus fare and weekly and monthly MetroCards. They also call for eliminating the 7 percent MetroCard bonus.
TOPEKA, Kan.-- Several Kansas food companies have been working to boost their export opportunities. The Kansas Department of Agriculture says in a release Friday that five Kansas food companies participated in a forum this month in Chicago where to develop business with representatives from 30 countries.
MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Public meetings are planned this week in Vermont on a sticky issue _ a proposed change to the state's grading system for maple syrup. The change would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada. Vermont's syrup would go from Grade A Fancy to "Golden Delicate."
BERLIN-- There were cheers around Germany when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last year, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a swift end to nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas-- When the federal government began seizing private land along the U.S.- Mexico border to build a towering fence, Teofilo Flores was offered $1,650 for a slice of his backyard. And another nearby farmer pocketed $1 million in exchange for his cooperation.
NEWARK, N.J.-- New Jersey Transit officials may soon decide whether they will stop providing free rides for some employees and retirees. NJ Transit says the move could bring in an additional $1.6 million annually. Similar measures have been approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Delaware River Port Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University is getting more than $476,000 in federal funding for a mental and behavioral health training program.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.-- A small but important fish for the Chesapeake Bay is the focus of a public meeting in Virginia. The Atlantic States Fisheries Commission is scheduled to hear from the public Monday night in Newport News on the future of the Atlantic menhaden. But a debate has been raging about that fishery based in Reedville and conducted by Omega Protein.
ATHENS, Greece-- Greece's finance minister says talks with the country's bailout creditors over austerity measures are unlikely to have concluded in time for this week's European Union summit meeting, as originally hoped.
Americans Alvin Roth of Harvard University and a visiting professor at Stanford University and Lloyd Shapley, professor emeritus at the University of California Los Angeles. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the pair for "the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design."
Bank stocks rose broadly after Citigroup delivered a strong earnings report. Companies that rely on consumer spending, like Lowe's, TJX Cos. and Yum Brands, rose after the government reported that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in the U.S. last month.
NEW YORK-- Morgan Stanley is being accused of discriminating against black homeowners and violating federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to originate mortgages that were likely to go unrepaid.
NEW YORK-- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after a strong report on retail sales. Just after the opening bell on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average is up 26 points at 13,355. The Standard& Poor's 500 index is up three at 1,431. And the Nasdaq composite index is up 10 at 3,054..
MENLO PARK, Calif.-- The Food and Drug Administration will review Depomed Inc.' s potential treatment for menopausal hot flashes and may decide its fate by next spring. Depomed, based in Menlo Park, Calif., said Monday that the FDA accepted Serada for a standard review and aims to complete its evaluation by May 31.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Consol Energy Inc. lost ground Monday after the coal and gas producer said it will post a third-quarter loss, due mostly to the idling of some mines. The company didn't give a specific outlook, but said that the idling of some mines are took its toll on results for the quarter that ended last month.