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  • In its monthly crop production report, USDA also raised its domestic corn production outlook as record yields in areas outside the major producing states boosted the size of the overall harvest. USDA pegged the corn harvest at 14.280 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 171.8 bushels per acre. USDA said it expected record yields in Alabama, Georgia,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. Agriculture Department on Thursday bumped up its domestic corn production outlook as record yields in areas outside the major producing states boosted the size of the overall harvest. In its monthly crop production report, USDA pegged the corn harvest at 14.280 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 171.8 bushels per acre.

  • In its monthly crop production report, USDA pegged the corn harvest at 14.280 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 171.8 bushels per acre. USDA said it expected record yields in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee, all of which are outside the main crop belt. USDA also raised its...

  • Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

    Sandberg shuttled around the capital to talk with dozens of lawmakers and made numerous promises about how the company would change, the NYT reports.

  • NEW YORK— A top Facebook executive says ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should "absolutely" be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads were targeting. Previously, Facebook declined to make the ads public. While Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, now favors the release, she didn't say...

  • Republican lawmakers from high-tax states such as New York, California and New Jersey, along with labor unions and business groups like Realtors, are pressing the Trump administration to reconsider plans to eliminate the deduction. With Republicans splintered, the future of the $6 trillion tax overhaul plan is threatened by GOP defections, even as the...

  • Republican lawmakers from high-tax states such as New York, California and New Jersey, labor unions and business groups like Realtors are pressing the Trump administration to reconsider plans to eliminate the deduction, wary of the financial pinch their constituents could feel. With Republicans splintered, the future of the $6 trillion plan is threatened...

  • Pedestrians walk past a Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) mural in Caracas, Venezuela.

    The fifth largest U.S. buyer of Venezuelan crude, PBF Energy, has halted direct purchases from state-run oil company PDVSA.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 11- The fifth largest U.S. buyer of Venezuelan crude, PBF Energy Inc, has halted direct purchases from state-run oil company PDVSA, according to four sources, deepening a rift amid sanctions on the OPEC- member country. Venezuela relies on oil for over 90 percent of export revenue and U.S. refiners are among its largest cash-paying customers.

  • WASHINGTON— A prestigious scientific organization on Wednesday called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes. A report by the National Academies of Sciences also urged better training for emergency workers and questioned the validity of recent train speed...

  • Gottlieb has won mostly positive reviews since taking over as FDA commissioner in May. The top post at the FDA has always been difficult to fill, Gottlieb noted, and there have been long stretches where the agency has operated under an acting commissioner. Gottlieb once served as senior adviser to FDA commissioner Mark McClellan, who left the agency in 2004 after...

  • Gottlieb has won mostly positive reviews since taking over as FDA commissioner in May. The top post at the FDA has always been difficult to fill, Gottlieb noted, and there have been long stretches where the agency has operated under an acting commissioner. Gottlieb once served as senior adviser to FDA commissioner Mark McClellan, who left the agency in 2004 after...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- The U.S. Small Business Administration said on Tuesday it had approved just 13 disaster loans for homes in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, nearly three weeks after the storm devastated the U.S. territory and its power grid. "Infrastructure issues in Puerto Rico contributed to the slow submission of disaster loan applications," SBA...

  • Industrial conglomerate General Electric skidded after announcing more changes in its leadership. Companies that distribute or sell prescription drugs continued to slide following speculation that Amazon plans to get into that business, something the company has not confirmed. "There really is not much leeway there," said Mona Mahajan, U.S. investment...

  • *Local data shows 600,000 homes in Texas, Florida to repair. Oct 9- There are 600,000 homes in Texas and Florida alone that need re-roofed or repaired and results over the next month will give some sign of how much the resulting squeeze on building materials will benefit suppliers over the next year. "Prior storm events suggest prices can increase 10 percent or more...

  • *Local data shows 600,000 homes in Texas, Florida to repair. Oct 9- There are 600,000 homes in Texas and Florida alone that need re-roofed or repaired and results over the next month will give some sign of how much the resulting squeeze on building materials will benefit suppliers over the next year. "Prior storm events suggest prices can increase 10 percent or more...

  • *Saudi Arabia expected to support oil prices ahead of Aramco IPO. SINGAPORE, Oct 9- Oil prices stabilised on Monday, after a 2 percent slide on Friday, as the number of rigs drilling for new oil in the United States dipped and on expectations that Saudi Arabia would continue to restrain its output to support the market. Trading activity was low on Monday due to the...

  • *Saudi Arabia expected to support oil prices ahead of Aramco IPO. SINGAPORE, Oct 9- Oil prices edged up on Monday, after a 2 percent slide on Friday, as the number of rigs drilling for new oil in the United States dipped and on expectations that Saudi Arabia would continue to restrain its output to support the market. Meanwhile, oil ports, producers and refiners in...

  • *Saudi Arabia expected to support oil prices ahead of Aramco IPO. SINGAPORE, Oct 9- Oil prices edged up on Monday, after a 2 percent slide on Friday, on expectations that Saudi Arabia would continue to restrain its output in order to support prices, and as the amount of rigs drilling for new oil in the United States dipped. Oil ports, producers and refiners in Louisiana,...

  • BILOXI/ PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct 8- Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months, dropped to 35 miles per hour as it moved through...