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  • WASHINGTON— Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month— the first proof, his campaign...

  • Feb 11- MoneyGram International Inc will pay $13 million to settle an investigation by U.S. states that focused on complaints from consumers who said that scam artists duped them into wiring funds to them through the money transfer service. The settlement with attorneys general in 49 states and Washington, D.C., will provide for the return of funds to some...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- A campaign advisor and longtime employee of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been appointed his social media director, the campaign said on Thursday. Dan Scavino, who was executive vice president and general manager at the Trump Organization, the Republican frontrunner's real estate company, from 2003 to 2013, has worked...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa utilities regulators are meeting for the fourth day to consider whether to allow a Texas company to bury 346 miles of crude oil pipe under Iowa farmland and whether to give the company authority to force unwilling landowners to sign easements using eminent domain laws. The three-member Iowa Utilities Board is considering a hazardous...

  • HNI posts 4Q profit 20 Hours Ago

    MUSCATINE, Iowa _ HNI Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $32.2 million. The Muscatine, Iowa-based company said it had profit of 71 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $105.4 million, or $2.32 per share.

  • WEST DEMOINES, Iowa _ American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $33.8 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $445.7 million.

  • Carly Fiorina ends 2016 Republican bid for President Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 3:20 PM ET

    DES MOINES— Former technology executive Carly Fiorina exited the 2016 Republican presidential race Wednesday, after winning praise for her debate prowess but struggling to build a winning coalition in a crowded GOP field. She promoted herself as an outsider with business experience and argued that as the lone woman in the GOP field she was best positioned to...

  • *USDA projects record-large world wheat ending stocks. Most-active wheat futures at the Chicago Board of Trade traded as low at $4.55 a bushel, the lowest level since the summer of 2010, before closing down 1 cent at $4.57-1/ 2. Corn futures ended down 1-1/ 4 cents at $3.61 after the most-active contract touched its lowest price since Jan. 15.

  • Crop prospects are also improving in South America, which competes with the United States for export business, after weekend rains eased concerns about dryness in Argentina, the world's top exporter of soyoil and soymeal and the No. 3 soybean supplier. Traders will probably resume monitoring South American yields and demand once the USDA issues monthly crop...

  • President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that laid out his priorities for fighting Islamic State, raising taxes on wealthy Americans and helping the poor. The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the...

  • President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor. The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the Republican-controlled...

  • NEW YORK— Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business. ITC stockholders will own about 27 percent of Fortis' common stock. Fortis said that it will apply for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange and will continue to list on the...

  • Falling electricity demand due to increased energy efficiency has spurred a spate of mergers in the United States, with utilities looking to cut their exposure to volatile power prices in unregulated markets. ITC shareholders will get $45 per share- $22.57 in cash and 0.7520 Fortis shares for each share they hold- a 14 percent premium to the stock's closing...

  • President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor. The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the Republican-controlled...

  • *Argentina crops benefit during critical weekend. CHICAGO, Feb 8- U.S. soybean futures slid to seven-week lows on Monday after weekend rains across major exporter Argentina reduced the likelihood that dry weather would curb yields. Soybean traders focused on Argentina after storms brought moisture to dry fields during a key time for crop development.

  • Steinem, Albright rip women Sanders backers Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 9:24 AM ET
    Madeleine Albright

    Hillary Clinton’s older feminist supporters have a message for young women not backing her candidacy: Shame on you, The NY Times reports.

  • MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb 7- Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge as Donald Trump's chief rival in New Hampshire and giving hope to three rivals desperate for a strong showing. While Rubio recovered later in the debate, the timing of his performance was...

  • In a contentious debate three days ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump also battled with rival Jeb Bush over the use of eminent domain to seize private property and called for a compassionate approach to those who might lose their health insurance if Republicans repealed Obamacare. Polls show Trump leading...

  • MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb 6- Republican presidential contenders led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went on the attack against fast-rising rival Marco Rubio in Saturday's presidential debate, accusing the first-term U.S. senator from Florida of being too inexperienced for the White House and walking away from comprehensive immigration reform.

  • MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb 6- Republican presidential contenders led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went on the attack against fast-rising rival Marco Rubio in Saturday's presidential debate, accusing the first-term U.S. senator from Florida of being too inexperienced for the White House and walking away from comprehensive immigration reform.