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U.S. Farmers Disappointed by Restrictions in Proposed Drone Rules

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:34pm
U.S. farmers hoping to use drones to locate lost livestock or monitor trouble spots in their fields were disappointed by what they say are overly restrictive commercial drone rules proposed Sunday by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Florida eclipses California with highest number of consumers buying health insurance in US

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:33pm
Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health insurance in both the state and federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
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Investigators appear at Long Island engineering firm in Superstorm Sandy insurance probe

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:33pm
The New York attorney general's office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a Long Island engineering firm that has been accused in civil lawsuits of submitting bogus inspection reports on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
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NVR Sets New $300 Million Stock Buyback Program

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:23pm
NVR Inc. announced a new $300 million stock repurchase program.
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Gold Climbs Back From a Nearly 7-week Low After FOMC Minutes

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:13pm
Gold futures settled at their lowest level in nearly 7 weeks on Wednesday, but climbed back up after the release of minutes from the January Federal Reserve meeting.
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Fed Minutes Show No Rush To Hike Rates

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:00pm
More Federal Reserve officials were leaning toward keeping rates at zero "for a longer time," than wanted an earlier move, according to minutes from the January meeting released Wednesday that suggested the majority is in no real hurry to hike interest rates.
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Federal Reserve Discusses Tools, Strategies for Rate Hike, Meeting Minutes Show

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:46pm
At its January meeting, after concluding the U.S. economy is recovering at a “solid pace,” the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting board strategized about specific tools for smoothly initiating an interest rate hike, and the importance of communicating those tools and guidance on policy normalization to the public.
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Coalition to push for marijuana legalization in New Jersey, starting with educating public

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:18pm
Marijuana should be decriminalized in New Jersey because existing laws waste police resources, unfairly target minorities and leave millions of dollars in potential tax revenue unrealized by relegating it to the black market, a coalition said Wednesday in announcing a public education initiative.
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Media companies shares down at 1 p.m.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:18pm
Shares of some top media companies are down at 1 p.m.: Comcast Corp. fell $.64 or 1.1 percent, to $58.16.
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UMass reverses decision to bar Iranian students from some science, engineering programs

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:18pm
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has reversed its decision to ban Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in engineering and science.
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Oscar spotlight draws attention to movie industry's failure to reflect a diverse America

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:18pm
It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong'o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called "dark beauty." Nyong'o, who so dazzled Hollywood and the Oscar-viewing public through awards season, spoke tenderly of receiving a letter from a girl who had been about to lighten her skin before Nyong'o's success, she said, "saved me." The letter struck Nyong'o because she recognized herself in that girl: "I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful.
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Fed minutes: Officials unsure about right time, conditions for eventual rate increase.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:16pm
Federal Reserve policymakers do not appear ready to start raising interest rates anytime soon, with officials expressing concerns about inflation and lingering problems in the labor market.
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Gold companies shares down at 1 p.m.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:48pm
Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.04 or .3 percent, to $11.99.
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Tools and Appliances companies shares mixed at 1 p.m.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:48pm
Shares of some top tools and appliances companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: General Electric Co. rose $.05 or .2 percent, to $25.22.
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Lockheed: Tech Investments Cut Costs of F-35 Jets

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:42pm
Lockheed Martin Corp said a series of manufacturing changes and technology investments were already driving down the cost of the F-35 fighter jet, and the savings were set to triple in the ninth batch of jets to be produced.
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Another batch of century-old baseball cards goes up for sale in Maine

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:35pm
The second batch of century-old baseball cards from the so-called "Portland trove" is going up for sale.
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Key events in influence-peddling scandal that led to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:18pm
Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor after fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid ethics questions.
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Blast hits Southern California Exxon Mobil refinery; 2 minor injuries reported

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:18pm
Southern California authorities say an explosion has occurred at an Exxon Mobil refinery in the city of Torrance, triggering a very large smokestack flare to burn off flammable product.
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SEC Halts Alleged Pyramid Scheme

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:56pm
Two operators of a pyramid and Ponzi scheme in Colorado that promises 700% returns to investors have been charged and had their operation halted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Connecticut dentist charged in death of patient getting 20 teeth pulled, implants installed

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:48pm
A Connecticut dentist has been charged in the death of a patient who was having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed.
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