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US home price gains slow in October from September

U.S. home prices rose in October from the previous year at the fastest pace in almost eight years. But price gains slowed in most U.S. cities from September to October, suggesting the increases are leveling off. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller ...

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Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation

Add one more item to the list of chores that Larry Hasheider has to do on his 1,700-acre farm: defending his business to the American public. There’s a lot of conversation about traditional agriculture recently, and much of it is ...

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Global retirement crisis looms

A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and ...

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Signed contracts to buy US homes level off

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes in November was essentially unchanged from October, suggesting sales are stabilizing after several months of declines. The National Association of Realtors said Dec. 30 that its seasonally adjusted pending ...

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Federal judge allows Idaho wolf derby to proceed

A federal judge Dec. 27 allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren’t required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy ...

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INL improves control rooms for small nuke plants

A flashing red light is all it takes to catch the eye of an operator in a nuclear power plant control room. Quickly recognizing that light – and the problem it highlights – is of utmost importance: It could be ...

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North Dakota develops honeybee protection plan

North Dakota, which has long led the nation in honey production, has developed guidelines for farmers, ranchers, landowners and beekeepers to better protect honeybees and help reverse the effects of a mysterious disorder that has vastly eroded the insects’ population ...

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Federal survey shows risks to children on farms

Young children face an increased risk of injury on farms even though the overall number of youth hurt in agricultural accidents continues to decline, according to new federal data. An estimated 14,000 people younger than 20 were hurt on farms ...

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US homebuilder confidence surges in December

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence bounced back strongly in December, a sign that construction and industry hiring may pick up in coming months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Dec. 17 climbed to 58. That was up ...

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Suit against oil company seeks class action status

Attorneys for a major oil drilling business say a federal lawsuit accusing the company of failing to pay overtime to workers in the North Dakota oil patch should be thrown out, according to court documents filed Dec. 18. Chris Elliott, ...

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