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California Drought Bad Tidings for Rice Harvest

California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers. The $5 billion industry exports rice to more than 100 countries and specializes in premium grains used in risotto, paella and …

19 Lawsuits Filed Against NW Indiana Cardiologists

Nineteen new lawsuits and a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office have been filed against three northwestern Indiana cardiologists and a hospital, alleging that open-heart surgeries and other procedures were performed unnecessary, lawyers said. The lawsuits were filed either …

Feds Charge Iowa Man in $2.7M Illinois Insurance Fraud Case

Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested on charges of fraud and money …

Healthcare Overhaul Boosts Earnings at Insurer WellPoint

Indianapolis, Ind.-based WellPoint raised its 2014 earnings forecast again and trumped third-quarter expectations as the overhaul of the healthcare system adds millions to the nation’s health insurance rolls, and at a lower cost than was expected at the nation’s second …

Mississippi to Test Guardrails After Texas Jury Finding

State transportation officials are investigating where faulty guardrails have been installed along Mississippi roadways. Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipments of its ET-Plus guardrails after Texas jury ordered to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistleblower says the …

Mississippi City Opposes Ridesharing Firm Uber

Officials in Oxford, Mississippi are trying to stop the ridesharing company Uber from operating in the city. Uber Technologies Inc. provides a smartphone app that allows people to order rides in privately driven cars instead of taxis. Uber drivers use …

Politics of Ebola Response Tricky for Christie, Cuomo

Two ambitious governors — one Republican, one Democrat — known for their no-nonsense, take-charge style in a calamity have set off a furor with their aggressive handling of the Ebola crisis, and how it plays out could shape their political …

NTSB: Southwest Pilot Took Controls From Co-Pilot Before NYC Crash

The co-pilot of a Southwest Airlines Co. plane that crash landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in July 2013 said the captain put her hand on his as he was controlling the throttles and reduced the plane’s power. Only after …

Judge: Sailors Can Sue California Company Over Fukushima Exposure

U.S. Navy personnel who were exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima plant during earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in 2011 can sue the power station’s operator in California, a court ruled. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino in San …

EEOC Challenges Employee Wellness Penalties in Suit Against Honeywell

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc. to stop the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to undergo testing under its corporate wellness program. The lawsuit is the third case since August filed by …

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