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  • CHICAGO, Jan 29- Faced with unappealing prices for most major crops, farmers in the southern U.S. The region, stretching from Texas to Nebraska, is traditionally one of the world's leading producers of wheat and cattle. The U.S. Agriculture Department said farmers in Oklahoma planted fewer than 5 million acres of wheat for the first time since 1964..

  • SAN DIEGO, Jan 29- A proposal for an online auction that could shake up the U.S. pricing model for cattle is set to make its public debut on Friday after a test run last week, with the support of a unit of the world's largest meatpacker. Ed Greiman, chair of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee, said he...

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    The Golden Arches will start offering an expanded all-day breakfast menu.

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    Common illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions are causing more of the increase in deaths.

  • *Cuts at Cushing seen as supportive. LONDON, Jan 28- Oil surged as much as 8 percent to above $35 per barrel on Thursday, hitting a three-week high and bouncing sharply away from a 12- year low set this month, as expectations built that major producers may cooperate to cut output. Gains have gathered pace this week on speculation that Russia and OPEC may agree to reduce...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Oil rose towards $34 per barrel on Thursday, hitting a three-week high and bouncing well off a 12- year low set this month, supported by the possibility that major producers may cooperate to cut production. Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries about output curbs to bolster oil prices, the head of...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Oil steadied above $33 per barrel on Thursday, well off a 12- year low set earlier in the month, supported by the possibility that major producers may cooperate to cut production. Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries about output curbs to bolster oil prices, the head of Russia's pipeline monopoly...

  • SEOUL, Jan 28- Crude oil futures fell around 1 percent in Asian trading on Thursday, eroding gains of nearly 3 percent made in the previous session after Russia held out the possibility of cooperating with OPEC to control global oversupply. Saudi Arabia's deputy minister for company affairs at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said on Thursday in...

  • SEOUL, Jan 28- U.S. crude futures dropped more than 1 percent in Asian trading on Thursday, paring gains of nearly 3 percent made in the previous session after Russia held out the possibility of cooperating with OPEC to control global oversupply. U.S. crude had declined 33 cents to $31.97 a barrel by 0112 GMT. Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi...

  • SEOUL, Jan 28- U.S. crude futures fell more than 1 percent in Asian trading on Thursday, paring gains of nearly 3 percent in the previous session, after Russia held out the possibility of cooperating with OPEC to control global oversupply. U.S. crude lost 33 cents at $31.97 a barrel as of 0008 GMT. Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and...

  • SEOUL, Jan 27- Crude oil futures declined on Wednesday, heading back towards $30 a barrel as profit-taking wiped out a chunk of the gains notched up in the previous session on hopes for output cuts. Brent crude had declined 18 cents to $31.62 a barrel by 0611 GMT, after hitting a session low of $31.05 a barrel. U.S. crude fell 46 cents to $30.99 a barrel, recovering...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 27- Three major U.S. shale oil companies have slashed their 2016 capital spending plans more than expected in a bid to survive $30 a barrel oil prices, with one of them saying prices would need to rise more than 20 percent just to turn a profit. The cuts on Monday from Hess Corp, Continental Resources and Noble Energy ranged from 40 percent to 66 percent.

  • SEOUL, Jan 27- Crude oil futures dropped around 2 percent on Wednesday, heading back towards $30 a barrel as profit-taking wiped out a chunk of the gains notched up in the previous session on hopes for output cuts. Brent crude had declined 60 cents to $31.20 a barrel by 0134 GMT, after settling up $1.30, or 4.26 percent, at $31.80 a barrel on Tuesday.

  • SEOUL, Jan 27- U.S. crude oil futures dropped more than 3 percent in Asian trading on Wednesday to test the $30 a barrel level again, as profit taking wiped out most of the gains seen in the previous session linked to hopes for output cuts. U.S. crude lost 88 cents at $30.57 a barrel as of 2321 GMT after hitting a session-low of $30.30 a barrel. "The positive sentiment...

  • *Iraq sees some flexibility for OPEC, non- OPEC deal. NEW YORK, Jan 26- Oil rose more than 5 percent on Tuesday, with Brent going above $32 a barrel, on hopes OPEC and non- OPEC producers were inching closer to a deal to reduce output in the face of one of the biggest supply gluts in decades. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has renewed calls for rival...

  • The price of oil is shown downtown on Jan. 21, 2016, in the oil town of Midland, Texas.

    Lower crude prices are helping lift much of the U.S. economy, but oil-producing regions are getting clobbered.

  • Jan 25- SandRidge Energy Inc is exploring debt restructuring options, according to people familiar with the matter, as the heavily indebted U.S. oil and gas exploration and production company struggles with the fallout from plunging energy prices. Debtwire had reported on Jan. 13, also citing unnamed sources, that SandRidge- which produces oil and gas from shale...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 24- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 14 cents in the past two weeks to its lowest level in seven years, according to a Lundberg survey released on Sunday. Regular grade gas fell to $1.91 per gallon in the Jan. 22 survey from $2.05 on Jan. 8, when the previous survey was taken. In the Lundberg panel of large cities in 48 states, the...

  • Some states dependent on energy revenues are facing strained budgets due to low oil prices, according to an S&P report.

  • *Venezuelan call for OPEC meeting falls on deaf ears. NEW YORK, Jan 21- Oil prices rebounded over $1 a barrel from 12- year lows on Thursday, their biggest daily gain this year, as rallying financial markets gave some bearish traders reason to take profits on record short positions. U.S. crude vaulted back toward $30 per barrel as hopes for easier monetary policy from...