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  • Craft beer demand sparks surge in US hop production Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 | 5:54 AM ET
    Brewery worker examining beer in beaker. Craft breweries continue to grow.

    Demand from craft beer brewers led to an 11 percent increase in U.S. hop production in 2015 compared to the previous year.

  • Mercury is building up in fog on the West Coast Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 5:21 PM ET
    Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory in the industrial province of Hebei, China.

    It is not a direct threat to humans, but high levels of mercury in fog, could pose threats to animals and food supplies.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- Yields on U.S. If data over the next few months comes in solid, it'll clear the way for the Fed to keep hiking, "said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York. Shorter-dated yields rose sharply after Fed Chair Janet Yellen made clear that the move was a tentative beginning to a "gradual" tightening cycle, and that in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Companies that share data with the U.S. government for cyber security purposes will get more protection from consumer lawsuits under a measure piggybacked onto a massive federal spending bill unveiled in Congress on Wednesday. The cyber-security proposal, widely supported by the business community, amounts to Congress's first major...

  • Wild weather leaves West snowy, East Coast roasting Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | 10:15 AM ET
    A pedestrian walks during snowfall in Denver, Dec. 13, 2015.

    Heavy snow, downpours, twisters and record-breaking warmth — the country saw it all over the weekend. NBC News reports.

  • USDA to tighten regulation of biotech wheat trials Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    "Using permits for field trials of GE wheat provides an additional level of safeguarding based on, and consistent with the biology of wheat," USDA said in a report accompanying its notice. "It became clear to us following the GE wheat incident in Oregon that the detection of regulated GE wheat where it was not authorized, had great potential to disrupt wheat markets...

  • *Boston College had said Monday 30 students were taken ill. Dec 8- Boston College said on Tuesday eighty students fell sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant this weekend, but the company said the outbreak appeared to be limited to one outlet and not caused by E. coli. Boston College had said on Monday that thirty students had taken ill after...

  • Dec 8- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said an incident in which thirty Boston College students fell sick after eating at one of the burrito chain's restaurants, was likely caused by norovirus, not E. coli. If the incident in Boston does turn out to be linked to norovirus, then that would not be as serious as E. coli, Maxim Group analyst Stephen Anderson told Reuters.

  • Dec 8- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Tuesday that an incident in which a number of Boston College students were sickened after eating at one of the burrito chain's restaurants in Boston appeared to be an isolated event. "There are no reports of illness from any other restaurants, and the pattern here looks like norovirus isolated to one restaurant," Chipotle...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 4- The E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc has expanded into nine U.S. states, authorities said on Friday, and the burrito chain said its sales have been hammered as it issued a warning for the fourth quarter. Investigators on Friday added Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania to the list of states reporting illness.

  • Investigators added Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania to the list of states reporting illness on Friday. The other affected states are California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Washington. The seven new cases came from California, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 3- Yields on U.S. Treasuries jumped on Thursday, following rising European yields, after the latest round of stimulus from the European Central Bank disappointed investors and U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made more comments that fueled expectations of an interest rate hike this month.

  • *Jobless claims fall more than expected. Nov 25- The major U.S. indexes were virtually unchanged at the close of a quiet trading day on Wednesday with gains in healthcare and consumer stocks after data showed U.S. modest economic growth. "The news this morning was a little better than worse, so the market went up," said Peter Costa, president of Empire Executions Inc,...

  • Nov 25- Wall Street stocks were slightly higher in light trading on Wednesday, with the biggest gains in healthcare and consumer stocks as the latest data showed a modestly growing U.S. economy. "With market valuations where they're at right now, there's potential downside if the next data point or global political event is negative," said Jeff Morris, head of U.S....

  • Nov 25- Wall Street held onto meager gains in subdued trading on Wednesday, underpinned by healthcare and consumer stocks after a flood of data suggested the U.S. economy was growing modestly. Worries about the fallout from the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which weighed on stocks on Tuesday, eased as traders looked forward to Thursday's Thanksgiving...

  • Nov 25- Wall Street was slightly higher in quiet trading on Wednesday morning, led by healthcare and consumer stocks after a flood of data that suggested that the U.S. economy was growing modestly. Worries about the fallout from the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which weighed on stocks on Tuesday, eased as traders looked forward to Thursday's...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 24- Investigators looking into the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurants face "significant challenges" in finding the source of the sickness, a U.S. food safety detective said. "There are still significant challenges to getting trace back," to the source of the outbreak said Matthew Wise, team lead for the U.S. Centers for Disease...

  • We're entering a 'short supply' of Christmas trees Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Christmas trees being harvested in Oregon, one of the largest state producers of trees.

    U.S. Christmas tree inventories are said to be tight after years of oversupply, and entering a "short supply" period.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 23- The new chief executive of Canpotex Ltd expects the Canadian potash trader to decide around late 2016 where to expand West Coast terminal capacity, a move that could give it a faster route to Chinese buyers in a highly competitive market. Options include building a C $775 million terminal at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, which would...

  • Nov 23- Same-restaurant sales at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, hit by an E.coli outbreak at its restaurants, look set to decline for the first time since the burrito chain was spun off from McDonald's Corp in 2006.. The company on Friday said the outbreak, initially limited to restaurants in Washington state and Oregon, had spread to four additional states:...