OMAHA, Neb.-- An index of economic conditions in 10 Midwest and Western states jumped this month after three months of drought-induced doldrums. "Our survey indicates that the negative impacts of the drought are being more than offset by the positives of very strong incomes from high agriculture and energy prices," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was up 36 cents to $92.46 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, which many U.S. refiners use to make gasoline, was up 40 cents to $112.82 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.
Todd Akin raised about $1.6 million for his Senate bid in the months after Republican Party officials sought to distance themselves from his comments on "legitimate rape," according to his filings with the Federal Election Commission.
DENVER-- Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Saunier said of the early Wednesday deaths and blaze at Fero's Bar& Grill. "
NEW YORK-- At the Missouri college where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis enrolled, a classmate said he often remarked that true Muslims don't believe in violence.
TransCanada has reaffirmed its plan to restart the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to the Midwest on Saturday, although rainy weather is hampering the company's on-site work. TransCanada shut down the 2,100- mile pipeline Wednesday after tests showed possible safety issues.
NEW YORK-- Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was a terrible student in his native Bangladesh, and his middle-class parents say he persuaded them to send him off to study in the U.S. as a way of improving his job prospects.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- TransCanada Corp. has temporarily shut down its existing 2,100- mile Keystone pipeline after tests showed possible safety issues, a federal agency said Thursday.
ST. LOUIS-- Reinsurance Group of America Inc.' s net income rose 7 percent in the third quarter, but the company said its operating income declined, mostly because of higher-than-expected claims in the U.S. and Australia.
The benefit of recent downpours was more pronounced in states such as Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer. Thursday's update showed that 63.9 percent of Iowa still is in extreme or exceptional drought _ the worst two classifications _ in what marked an improvement of nearly 12 percentage points from a week earlier.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri's Insurance Department says it has recovered $7.7 million so far this year for consumers with complaints about their insurance companies or coverage.
Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.
NEW YORK-- New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the 21- year-old arrested on charges that he plotted to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan came to the U.S. on a student visa. Authorities tracked him using Facebook and other social media, but the account was taken down Wednesday.
Shares of Centene Corp. soared Wednesday after the health insurer said it will end a contract to administer Medicaid coverage in Kentucky that had hampered its performance. A Centene official said in a brief statement that they "do not believe there is a viable path to a sustainable managed care program in Kentucky."
FRANKFORT, Ky.-- A Medicaid managed care provider in Kentucky is seeking to terminate its contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after only a year, a move that would cut some 200 jobs in Lexington. Kentucky has three other Medicaid contractors.
BELLEVILLE, Ill.-- The families of a three babies sickened by a rare bacterial infection, including a 10- day-old Missouri infant who died, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Illinois- based manufacturer of a powdered baby formula that they believe is responsible.
CHICAGO-- The NFL is doubling down on London. The league announced Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at London's Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29, 2013. This is the first time the NFL will play two regular-season games in London in the same season.
New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition. Haslam was introduced as the Browns' new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner.
NEW YORK-- Television ratings for baseball's division series are down from last year. Its two division series broadcasts _ Game 2 of Detroit- Oakland and Game 3 of St. Louis- Washington _ averaged a network-record 1.2 million viewers, whereas two afternoon games on TBS last season averaged nearly twice that. TBS is a unit of Time Warner Inc..