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  • AUSTIN, Texas— When Ted Cruz kicked off his White House bid at Liberty University, he told the crowd "y'all can probably relate" to the $100,000- plus in student loan debt he ran up in college and paid off only a few years ago. While working previously as a private lawyer in Houston, Cruz helped represent a lender who went to the Supreme Court to keep an Arizona man from...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- A burst of frenetic buying sent U.S. corn and soybean futures sharply higher on Wednesday after months of sluggishness, rewarding farmers with prices they thought were unattainable just weeks ago due to massive crop inventories. The buying represents a "fund-money freight train," said Angie Setzer, vice president of grain for Citizens LLC.

  • CBOT May wheat jumped 13-1/ 2 cents to $4.86-1/ 4 per bushel, its highest since Feb. 4. Soybeans for May delivery surged about 3 percent, or 31-1/ 4 cents, to $9.85-1/ 2 per bushel, the highest since Aug. 10. Rains this month in Argentina slowed the soybean harvest and delayed export shipments, prompting some traders to extend long soybean bets.

  • CBOT May wheat jumped 11-1/ 4 cents to $4.84 per bushel, its highest since Feb. 2. Soybeans for May delivery gained 2.1 percent, or 20-1/ 4 cents, to $9.74-1/ 2 per bushel, highest since Aug. 11. CBOT May corn rose 2 cents at $3.83 per bushel as of 12:05 p.m. CDT, below their five-month high of $3.86 reached earlier in the session.

  • April 18- Costco Wholesale Corp is considering building a poultry-processing plant in Nebraska, according to a local development council, a move that would give the retailer tighter control over its chicken supplies. The facility, if built in Nebraska's Dodge County, would create 1,100 jobs, work with local chicken farmers and invest $180 million in the region,...

  • *USDA trims domestic soybean inventories. "It's a report with no new bullish news and it's a market that's mature here at the top," said Don Roose, president of Iowa- based broker U.S. Commodities. Most-active May corn gained 6 cents to $3.62-3/ 4 a bushel, and May wheat rose 5-1/ 4 cents to $4.52-1/ 2 a bushel at the CBOT.

  • *USDA trims domestic soybean inventories. "It's a report with no new bullish news and it's a market that's mature here at the top," said Don Roose, president of Iowa- based broker U.S. Commodities. May soybeans at the Chicago Board of Trade were up 0.1 percent at $9.29 a bushel by 11:50 a.m. CDT after rising to a peak of $9.37-1/ 4, the highest for the most-active contract...

  • ARLINGTON, Iowa, April 11- Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn seeds. Along with other farmers in this vast agricultural region, he has upped his vigilance ever since Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S....

  • CHICAGO, April 5- U.S. soybean futures on Tuesday extended a setback from the nearly eight-month highs reached a day earlier, as wet weather fueled projections that farmers will plant more fields with the oilseed than previously expected. South and Midwest could prompt growers to switch 1 million to 2 million acres of land to soybeans that they had initially...

  • CHICAGO, April 5- U.S. soybean futures on Tuesday extended a setback from the nearly eight-month highs reached a day earlier, as wet weather fuelled projections that farmers will plant more fields with the oilseed than previously expected. Rainy, cool conditions in the southern and Midwestern United States could prompt growers to switch 1 million to 2 million...

  • *USDA delays national crop progress report until Tuesday. "The large acreage increases, even if they are a bit overstated, are still going to be a big problem for the corn market," said Tomm Pfitzenmaier, analyst for Summit Commodity Brokerage in Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade most-active May soybeans ended down 4-3/ 4 cents to $9.13-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected two corporate challenges in class action cases, refusing to hear bids by Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Wells Fargo& Co to throw out large judgments against them. Wal-Mart had sought to get rid of a $187 million class action judgment over the retailer's treatment of workers in Pennsylvania.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Wal-Mart Stores Inc's bid to throw out a more than $150 million class action judgment over the retailers' treatment of workers in Pennsylvania. The case affects about 187,000 Wal-Mart employees who worked in Pennsylvania between 1998 and 2006.. The Pennsylvania court mostly upheld a 2007 lower...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers could plant more soybean acres than suggested in the government's acreage forecast issued on Thursday as recent gains in the futures market tempted them to alter their corn-heavy seeding plans, growers and analysts said. "That might make a difference," said Art Bunting, a farmer in Illinois who had planned on devoting 60 percent...

  • Hagie, a leading U.S. crop sprayer manufacturer, employs about 400 people at its Clarion, Iowa manufacturing facility. "It is notable that Hagie basically put itself on sale, because they had a financial advisor involved," said Jim Corridore, analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. NCP, Inc, a Des Moines, Iowa investment bank was the exclusive financial advisor to...

  • On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that corn planting progress is significantly lagging average pace in the southern Mississippi Delta states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Louisiana's 36 percent falls far short of the 61 percent average and Mississippi has only been able to plant 5 percent of the corn crop compared to an...

  • March 28- On the morning of Saturday, March 5, students gathered at test centers around the United States to take the SAT, the all-important college entrance exam. The day was momentous- not simply for the test-takers but also for the College Board, the not-for-profit that owns the exam. In Asia, test-preparation companies were eager for information.

  • WASHINGTON, March 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a loss to Tyson Foods Inc over the company's challenge to an almost $5.8 million class action judgment in a case won by workers at an Iowa pork-processing facility who contend they were underpaid. The narrow ruling, written by conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, turned in part on a 1946 Supreme Court...

  • WASHINGTON, March 22- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a loss to Tyson Foods Inc over the company's challenge to an almost $5.8 million class action judgment in a case won by workers at an Iowa pork-processing facility who contend they were underpaid. The court, in a 6-2 ruling, upheld an appeals court ruling in favor of the workers. It was one of three closely...

  • Republican presidential debate scheduled for next week in Utah has been canceled, host Fox News said on Wednesday, after party front-runner Donald Trump told the network he would not participate. Fox News, part of the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc broadcast media and entertainment company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, had announced the debate, to be held in...