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  • SEATTLE, Jan 18- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, a major supplier to aircraft maker Boeing Co, is considering outsourcing up to 85 U.S. supply chain jobs, possibly to a company overseas, according to three people familiar with the plan. The Wichita, Kansas- based maker of aerospace components, which builds 42 Boeing 737 fuselages a month, notified a group of workers...

  • TULSA, Okla.— A subsidiary of Magellan Midstream Partners will complete $16 million in upgrades to pipelines and pay a $2 million fine as part of a federal settlement following pipeline ruptures in three states. Federal officials said in a statement Thursday that the first incident occurred in February 2011, when a pipeline carrying petroleum ruptured north...

  • Donald Trump's pick for the Treasury Department says that the incoming administration won't increase the government's budget deficit in an upcoming overhaul of the tax code. Steven Mnuchin told the Senate Finance Committee that the incoming Trump administration wants to make sure that "tax reform doesn't increase the size of the deficit" and wants to cuts...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans. Nineteen Republican governors were successful in defying the Affordable...

  • Sam Brownback having eroded, fellow Republicans in the GOP- controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it. But he and his allies are fighting political headwinds, considering voters ousted two dozen conservatives from the Legislature, giving both Democrats and GOP moderates more power. Plus, Kansas is one of several GOP- led states facing budget...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- A pickup in manufacturing, "widespread" reports of labor shortages and improving business investment set the stage for the Federal Reserve's December rate hike amid signs of steady economic growth across the country, the Fed reported Wednesday in its latest Beige Book compendium of economic conditions. Manufacturers in "most" of the Federal...

  • WASHINGTON— Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department. The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. Elanor Starmer, administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, says the rules are...

  • NEW YORK— Moody's Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Moody's— along with the other two major rating agencies, Standard& Poor's and Fitch— were widely criticized for giving low-risk ratings to the risky mortgage...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 522 rigs sought oil and 136 explored for natural gas this week. Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania fell by one each. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • West Des Moines- based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in chocolate coating has the potential for contamination and the candy's manufacturer, Palmer Candy Co., announced a recall of some of its products. It includes chocolate almond bark, chocolate almond pretzels, dazzled peanut brittle, holiday candy trays and others fully listed on the FDA recall...

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    Freezing rain predicted for many parts of the central Plains and mid-Atlantic US this weekend, drivers warned to stay off the roads, USA Today reports.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 13- U.S. soybean futures rose on Friday on follow-through buying on the U.S. Agriculture Department's surprise cut to its domestic production estimate and ending stocks on Thursday, traders said. said Jason Britt, president at Central States Commodities. At 11:01 a.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures for March delivery were up 7-3/ 4 cents...

  • WASHINGTON— Secretary Tom Vilsack left the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and before President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his replacement. Vilsack, who has led USDA for eight years and was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary, told employees in an email that Friday is his final day. Pat Roberts, the Republican...

  • *USDA trims estimates for U.S. soybean crop yields, stocks. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Jan 13- Chicago grain and soybean futures edged lower on Friday as a day-earlier rally sparked by some lower-than-expected U.S. government crop estimates stalled in the face of hefty global supplies. CBOT's soft red winter wheat benchmark was down 0.2 percent at $4.25-1/ 4 a bushel but its...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Jan 12- Chicago wheat futures fell for a third session on Thursday as favorable weather forecasts in U.S. and Black Sea growing belts kept prices under pressure ahead of a raft of U.S. government crop data later in the day. The USDA will release reports on U.S. grain stocks, U.S. annual crop production, U.S. winter wheat seeding and world supply and...

  • The secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not approve or reject the merger but will face the issue of industry consolidation. How Trump responds on those issues- and who he picks to lead the USDA- could determine whether he is able to maintain the strong rural support he demonstrated in the Nov. 8 election. Trump has also met with Elsa Murano,...

  • *Chicago wheat eases, trades near last session's one-week low Corn falls for 3rd day ahead of key U.S. reports, soybeans down. SINGAPORE, Jan 12- Chicago wheat futures slid for a third session on Thursday, trading near one-week lows as the market faced pressure from forecasts of favorable weather in the U.S. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract had...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 12- U.S. wheat held steady on Thursday, lingering near a one-week low, as forecasts for crop friendly weather continued to weigh on prices ahead of a widely watched U.S. Department of Agriculture report later in the session. *The most active wheat futures contract on the Chicago Board of Trade was little changed at $4.19 a bushel, having closed down 1.9...

  • *Corn, soy sag on risk-avoidance before USDA data. *USDA to release key reports Thursday at 11 a.m. CDT. As of 12:05 p.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade March wheat was down 10-1/ 2 cents at $4.16-1/ 4 per bushel after dipping to $4.12, its lowest in a week.

  • Investigators say Tipton and his associates used that knowledge to buy winning tickets worth millions of dollars in Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Kansas and Iowa between 2005 and 2011.. Tipton's friend, Texas businessman Robert Rhodes, pleaded guilty Monday to his role in unsuccessfully trying to claim a $14.5 million Hot Lotto ticket that Tipton bought in...