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Japan Exports Jump More Than Forecast, Paring Record Deficit
Japan's exports rose more than forecast in December, reaching the highest level in six years and paring a record annual trade deficit caused by energy purchases and a surge in imports before April's sales-tax increase.
Japan exports grow most in year, signaling steady recovery from recession  Reuters
Japan Trade Deficit Halves in December  Wall Street Journal
5 methods unmanned drones could affect the American food provide
WASHINGTON (AP) - Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides.When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be probable," says Roger Johnson, president of the National ...
5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply  New York Times
Agriculture Sector Benefits from Low Oil, Gas Prices
Fuel prices have been trending downward, while the average price of a barrel of oil is now less than $50. This has raised some international economic concerns, but in the United States, it has meant cheap gas for consumers, as well as a godsend for the ...
Agricultural sector to reap instant additional benefits from fuel prices drop  The Westside Story
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices  Washington Post
Axis Capital to Merge With Rival Bermuda Reinsurer PartnerRe
Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (AXS:US) agreed to merge with PartnerRe Ltd. (PRE:US), combining two Bermuda-based reinsurers with a total market value of almost $11 billion amid accelerating consolidation in the industry.
AXIS Capital and PartnerRe to Merge  Wall Street Journal
AXIS Capital Provides Information on Expected Fourth Quarter 2014 Results  MarketWatch
Rising wholesale prices could push gasoline costs back up
Gasoline prices have continued to fall, but the reprieve may soon be coming to an end. lRelated California gas prices headed higher as spring approaches · Autos · California gas prices headed higher as spring approaches.
Rising wholesale rates could push gasoline expenses back up  National Review
Increasing wholesale costs could push gasoline charges back up  National Gazette
Crude Oil Prices Falling But Wholesale Trade Will Increase Gas Prices
The price of crude oil is continuing its global fall, as prices per barrel plummet to 5 or 6 year lows. Prices of gasoline at the pump have also been continuing to fall since Q4 last year too.
World commodities
Why oil prices keep falling � and throwing the world into turmoil  Malaysia Chronicle
Cost of chicken wings before Super Bowl is highest in three years leading up to ...
Expect to pay a lot more for one of America's most popular Super Bowl snacks. Chicken wing prices are higher right now than they've been the past three years leading up to the big game.
Restaurant to serve $4900 Super Bowl wing special  New York Post
Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl ...  Fast Casual
FAA Issues Safety Alert To Airlines, E-Cigs In Checked Bags Pose Fire Risk
January 25, 2015 - As the popularity of e-cigarettes increases, the FAA wants airlines to ensure passengers don't put their e-cigarettes in checked baggage, when they can pose a fire hazard in the cargo compartment.
FAA warns e-cigarettes a fire danger in checked airline baggage  Boston Globe
US FAA warns e-cigarettes a fire danger in checked airline bags  Livemint
Swiss private banks fight for survival
A tram drives past the building of Swiss bank UBS at the Paradeplatz in Zurich January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann. Connect; Tweet; RSS; Follow; Email; Print; Share.
Foreign Exchange: Swiss Miss  Business Insider
Michigan union membership drops to 14.5 percent
Michigan's union membership declined 7.6 percent in 2014, the first full year that the state's right-to-work law was in place, to 14.5 percent.
The state of the unions: Membership is up, but density still drops  Washington Post (blog)
Union membership in state below 15%  Livingston Daily