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  • Among the states affected are Florida and Oklahoma, which have been among the leaders in executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.. Drug scarcity is also an obstacle for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming. Ohio, which has executed 53 inmates since...

  • CHICAGO, May 17- Leading U.S. agricultural lenders, including some commercial banks and the Farm Credit System, could be impacted by the souring farm economy, in part because growth in their loan portfolios in recent years has been heavily rooted in farmland appreciation, a report released on Tuesday by Fitch Ratings said. But while such institutions could see...

  • SAN DIEGO— A campaign to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation's most populous state. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in California is now about $5.50. "I think everybody in California has a...

  • Monsanto shares rallied as much as 12 percent on Thursday on new reports that Bayer AG and BASF SE were interested in the St. Louis- based company, highlighting the drive for more marriages in the sector. Bloomberg News reported Bayer was exploring a bid for Monsanto, while financial news website Street Insider reported that BASF was looking at a Monsanto...

  • May 11- Health Insurer Aetna Inc on Wednesday said it plans to continue its Obamacare health insurance business next year in the 15 states where it now participates, and may expand to a few additional states. "We have submitted rates in all 15 states where we are participating and have no plans at this point to withdraw from any of them," said company spokesman Walt...

  • NEW YORK, May 10- At quick glance, public pensions should be running from hedge funds. Then, this February, the $15 billion Illinois State Board of Investment said it would reduce its target allocation from 10 percent to just 3 percent. Henry Garrido, a worker union leader and NYCERS trustee, cited the industry's high fees and poor performance in scoring a...

  • You might not hear that from Washington, where the latest job report for April showed factories added 4,000 positions and other measures suggest the sector has stopped contracting. The fallout is most visible on the U.S. campaign trail, where Donald Trump has ridden the wave of anger about losing jobs to become the presumptive nominee for Republican party.

  • LONDON, May 9- The Federal Reserve's debate over whether to raise U.S. interest rates in June may be decided in the coming week, as investors look for any cracks in China and evidence of a solid start to the second quarter in the United States. For much of the past year, China has been at the centre of financial market turmoil, sometimes offering reassurance but mostly...

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- A slowdown in U.S. hiring coupled with a jump in wages last month dovetails with what the Federal Reserve expected as the economy approaches full employment and is not likely to alter its interest rate hike trajectory. The Labor Department reported on Friday that 160,000 jobs were added in April, short of the 215,000 expected by economists and...

  • IRLBACH, Germany, May 4- Global pesticides, seeds and fertiliser companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology that helps maximise harvests while reducing the use of crop chemicals. "If our only goal is to sell as much inputs as possible by the litres of chemicals, I think we would have a real problem going...

  • *Co adjusts 2016 Medicaid MBR view, keeps Medicare view. The amount WellCare spent on medical claims out of the premiums it earned, a key measure of costs known as medical benefits ratio, decreased in both the company's Medicaid and Medicare businesses. The drop in WellCare's MBR also eased concerns after some hospitals reported an increase in Medicare volumes,...

  • May 3- U.S. health insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc reported a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street estimates, helped by higher Medicaid enrollments, and the company also raised its profit forecast for the year. Insurers are benefiting from increased number of patients, aided by an expansion of Medicaid, a federal health insurance program for lower-income...

  • NEW YORK, May 2- Johnson& Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company's talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Following a three-week trial in Missouri state court, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict in favor of plaintiff Gloria...

  • NEW YORK, May 2- Johnson& Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company's talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict is the second straight trial loss for the company, which is facing approximately 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of not adequately warning...

  • NEW YORK, May 2- An energy market rout has ravaged fortunes from Texas to North Dakota and hit thousands of small investors, but some tycoons are still coining it in thanks to a piece of financial engineering that has tilted the playing field in their favor. U.S. pipeline billionaire Kelcy Warren, for example, has pocketed over $300 million in cash payouts from his...

  • NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks posted their largest weekly drop in more than two months on Friday as earnings reports continued to weigh, but the S&P 500 and Dow managed to close up for April after strong showings mid-month. Apple shares were down for the tenth session in the last 11 and closed the week down 11.3 percent, the largest such decline since January 2013.

  • April 29- Wall Street was lower for a second day on Friday as investors assessed corporate earnings and data showed that U.S. inflation barely rose in March as consumer spending remains tepid. Apple was down 1.3 percent at $93.61 a day after billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC he no longer has a position in the company. "Today's fall is just noise after the...

  • *Apple, Twitter weigh on global tech stocks. NEW YORK, April 27- Disappointing results from Apple and Twitter hurt world technology stocks on Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar weakened ahead of a policy announcement by the Federal Reserve, pushing oil prices to 2016 highs. Wall Street was lower in early trading ahead of the Fed decision.

  • April 27- For advocates, it is all about protecting a fundamental right of Americans to farm their land. For opponents, it is about big business, pollution and puppy mills. "All eyes are on Oklahoma," said Joe Maxwell, political director for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which opposes the proposal.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...