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  • April 22- General Motors said on Friday it would temporarily close four North American plants, as it assess the potential impact on its supply chain from the recent earthquakes in Japan. Operations at Spring Hill, Tennessee; the Flex Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario; Lordstown, Ohio; and Fairfax, Kansas, will be shut for two weeks beginning on April 25.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Sprint Corp said on Friday it has extended LTE Plus, a network improvement that offers customers its fastest network and higher data speeds to New York City and 190 other markets. Overland Park, Kansas- based Sprint has been giving customers half-off discounts to switch to its service and cutting costs to the tune of $2.5 billion by slashing jobs...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday approved a reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, nearly three years after the legislative authority for the country's commodities and swaps regulator expired. The head of the CFTC, Timothy Massad, praised the committee for clearing the way for the full Senate to...

  • File photo of a tornado in Milsap, Texas.

    Texas and Oklahoma were bracing Monday for a second round of severe storms and hail the size of tennis balls, reports NBC News.

  • March 30- SandRidge Energy Inc confirmed on Wednesday it has hired advisers to evaluate options including a bankruptcy filing, in what could be the most high-profile reorganization yet in U.S. shale oil industry. The company, battered by a 60 percent slide in oil prices since mid-2014, said in a regulatory filing there was substantial doubt about its financial...

  • March 30- SandRidge Energy Inc said on Wednesday it had engaged advisers to evaluate options including a private restructuring or reorganization under Chapter 11.. Oklahoma City- based SandRidge, which reported results on Tuesday after delaying the filing, had about $3.63 billion in total debt as of Dec. 31. SandRidge, which produces oil and gas from shale...

  • Activist Erin Brockovich uses a computer model to display the growing environmental hot spots as she speaks during an Oklahoma Earthquake Town Hall Meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma February 23, 2016.

    The U.S. Geological Survey released data on man-made earthquakes related to wastewater injection from oil and gas drilling.

  • March 28- Xingyuan Ding is a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles, one of America's most exclusive public universities. In applying to schools, the 20- year-old from China took the SAT college entrance exam four times. He had an advantage on his final try: a booklet compiled by a Shanghai test-preparation school he attended.

  • HOUSTON, March 28- Earthquakes caused by human activity will now be included in the U.S. Geological Survey's seismic risk maps, the agency said on Monday after a sharp rise in temblors linked to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is at the greatest risk for hazards associated with induced seismicity, the USGS said,...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- Credit Suisse Group AG has agreed to pay more than $29 million to resolve a U.S. regulator's claims that it sold toxic mortgage-backed securities to credit unions that later failed, according to court papers filed on Thursday. The deal, disclosed in a filing in federal court in Manhattan, resolves one of several lawsuits by the National Credit...

  • NEW YORK, March 24- Credit Suisse Group AG has agreed to pay more than $29 million to resolve a U.S. regulator's claims that it sold toxic mortgage-backed securities to credit unions that later failed, according to court papers filed on Thursday. The deal, disclosed in a filing in federal court in Manhattan, resolves one of several lawsuits by the National Credit...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 24- Even as General Mills Inc and other companies vow to keep fighting mandatory labeling of genetically modified food ingredients, they have begun rolling out these disclosures across the United States to comply a new Vermont law. The moves come as U.S. lawmakers are unlikely to derail Vermont's law requiring labels on foods made with...

  • SYDNEY, March 23- U.S. wheat futures edged higher for a fourth consecutive session on Wednesday, drawing support from concerns about potential yield losses due to cold weather across key growing regions of the United States. *The most active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade rose 0.1 percent to $4.67-1/ 4 a bushel, having closed marginally higher on...

  • CHICAGO, March 22- U.S. grain prices were mostly higher on Tuesday, with soybeans rising to their highest since October, on technical buying and worries that cold temperatures could damage crops in the southwestern portion of the Great Plains wheat belt. "The gains are nice to see but they could be limited for the time being," Zaner Group analyst Ted Seifried said.

  • CHICAGO, March 22- U.S. grain prices were mostly higher on Tuesday, with soybeans rising to the highest levels since December, on technical buying and worries that cold temperatures could damage crops in the southwestern portion of the Great Plains wheat belt. "The gains are nice to see but they could be limited for the time being," Zaner Group analyst Ted Seifried...

  • *Soybeans higher, supported by harvest rain in Brazil. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, March 22- Chicago wheat futures rose for a third consecutive session on Tuesday as the risk that freezing weekend weather had damaged some U.S. winter wheat continued to support prices. The soybean market was also higher as rain was expected to disrupt harvesting in major producer Brazil.

  • *Chicago wheat up 1.6 pct in three sessions of gains. SINGAPORE, March 22- Chicago wheat futures rose 0.8 percent on Tuesday, gaining for a third consecutive session on expectations that extremely cold weather over the weekend in parts of the southern U.S. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract had climbed 0.8 percent to $4.70 a bushel by 0300 GMT,...

  • SYDNEY, March 22- U.S. wheat futures rose for a third consecutive session on Tuesday, drawing support from concerns of potential widespread yield losses after extreme cold weather struck the U.S. *The most active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade climbed 0.43 percent to $4.68-1/ 2 a bushel, after closing up 0.76 percent on Monday. *As much as 20 percent of...

  • SINGAPORE, March 21- Chicago wheat futures rose more than 1 percent on Monday, with the market underpinned as extremely cold weather threatened to curb yields of the U.S. hard red winter crop. The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade climbed as much as 1.4 percent to $4.69-1/ 2 a bushel, having closed up 0.1 percent on Friday.

  • SYDNEY, March 21- U.S. wheat rose as much as 1 percent on Friday as cold weather across key producing regions in the United States stoked concerns about production losses. *The most active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade climbed 0.7 percent to $4.66-1/ 4 a bushel, having closed up 0.1 percent on Friday. *Wheat was drawing support as extreme cold weather...