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  • *Caterpillar falls after broker downgrade. *Microsoft drags down S&P 500. It was an okay jobs report, but there's worry about China going into the weekend, "said John Augustine, chief investment officer, Huntington Trust in Columbus, Ohio.

  • *Caterpillar falls after broker downgrade. *Microsoft drags down S&P 500. It was an okay jobs report, but there's worry about China going into the weekend, "said John Augustine, chief investment officer, Huntington Trust in Columbus, Ohio.

  • *Caterpillar falls after broker downgrade. Sept 4- U.S. stocks were down in afternoon trading on Friday as a mixed August jobs report did little to quell investor uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve will increase rates by mid-September. "With this jobs report, in which below-expectation job creation in August is offset by several factors- including a...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 4- Canada's top court ruled on Friday that a group of Ecuadorean villagers could pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp in the Canadian province of Ontario. The villagers are now going after Chevron's assets in Canada, Brazil and Argentina. The villagers can now continue with a 2012 lawsuit against Chevron's Canadian...

  • *Caterpillar falls after broker downgrade. Sept 4- U.S. stocks fell in late morning trading on Friday as a mixed August jobs report did little to quell investor anxiety over the timing an interest rate increase. "With this jobs report, in which below-expectation job creation in August is offset by several factors- including a lower unemployment rate, prior...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 3- U.S. wheat futures sank to multi-year lows on Thursday, weighed down by ample supplies and weak demand for U.S. exports, traders said. The Chicago Board of Trade reported heavy deliveries against expiring wheat and corn contracts on Wednesday evening, reflecting the easy availability of supplies on the cash market. Egypt's government buyer...

  • *Chicago, Paris wheat fall to fresh contract lows. CHICAGO, Sept 3- U.S. wheat futures sank to multiyear lows on Thursday, weighed down by ample supplies and weak demand for U.S. exports, traders said. Egypt's government buyer is holding an import tender on Thursday and traders are waiting to see if Black Sea origins continue their clean sweep of sales this season.

  • After a series of fiery crashes, The Associated Press conducted a survey of nearly a dozen big cities that, collectively, see thousands of tank cars each week, revealing a patchwork of preparedness. The AP surveyed emergency management departments in Chicago; Philadelphia; Seattle; Cleveland; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; Sacramento,...

  • More than 15 apartment complexes have also opened in Williston in the past year, leading Schlumberger and others to sign long-term apartment rental agreements to house some employees, further negating need for hotel stays. So far this year, Williston's 2,108 hotel rooms have been, on average, 55 percent full, said Amy Krueger, executive director of the Williston...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday offered $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more...

  • Sept 1- A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived three lawsuits in which the City of Miami accused Wells Fargo& Co, Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc of predatory mortgage lending to black and Hispanic borrowers. District Judge William Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida dismissed Miami's lawsuits. "It is clear that the harm the city claims to have...

  • The oil tank cars- a year ago sought-after to haul crude from North Dakota to New Jersey- now stand idle as a result of two converging trends: the reversal in U.S. shale oil production and the completion of new pipelines. Big rail lines, such as Berkshire Hathaway- owned BNSF Railways or Union Pacific are losing what used to be their fastest-growing source of new...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    The reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from politicians in agriculture-rich states and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dakota's oil-producing region. "There had been some uncertainties but it has gradually gotten better," said Josh Mardikian, grain...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- The White House on Friday said the Justice Department is considering its options after a U.S. district court blocked a federal clean water rule from going into effect in certain states. "The administration strongly disagrees with this ruling," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a briefing. The U.S. District court in North Dakota granted...

  • The U.S. District court in North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction against the so-called Waters of the United States rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May. North Dakota and 12 other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government in June, charging that the rule constituted an improper...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— U.S. prosecutors say the sentence for a man convicted in North Dakota of leading a Jamaican lottery scam should reflect the "severe mental anguish" he caused his victims. Authorities say Sanjay Williams, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, was a "lead broker" who bought and sold "sucker lists" of potential victims. The case began when an FBI agent from North Dakota...

  • GRAND FORKS, N.D.— The University of North Dakota aviation program notched a milestone earlier this month when three pilots from the school navigated an unmanned aircraft at a public airport. The test at a remote airfield near Lakota, in northeastern North Dakota, is part of a project that will test radio systems on the drone. The site is working with the Federal...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota regulators approved the ownership transfer Monday of an unfinished $300 million wind farm project in the southeastern part of the state to a Minneapolis utility. The Public Service Commission approved the transfer of the Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown from Edina, Minnesota- based Geronimo Energy to Xcel Energy.