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RPT-UPDATE 2-China factory sector jolts by shrinking in January
BEIJING, Feb 1 (Reuters) - China's factory sector unexpectedly shrank for the first time in nearly 2-1/2 years in January and firms see more gloom ahead, an official survey showed, raising expectations that policymakers will take more action to forestall a ...
China Stimulus Pressure Builds as Factories in Contraction Zone  Bloomberg
MarketsFast Asia Open - China manufacturing dampens mood  Financial Times
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Louisiana Squeezed as Oil Prices Drop
CUT OFF, La. - �The first thing you hear is, 'Can you cut 10 percent?' � explained Jimmy Lafont, whose towboat operation is one of the countless oil-field service companies spread across south Louisiana.
Goodrich scales back in TMS  McComb Enterprise Journal
Goodrich Petroleum cuts oil drilling in Miss., La.  Jackson Clarion Ledger
Will health care insurance plans affect your tax refund?
This tax filing season will be the first year that taxpayers deal with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The controversial law strives to make health care more affordable to lower-income households, but it may also unexpectedly lower tax ...
Obamacare Enrollment Deadline is 2 Weeks Away: Feb. 15  Times of San Diego
Will the Supreme Court Help the GOP Repeal Obamacare?  The Fiscal Times
Union asks refinery workers to strike after talks break down
HOUSTON � The United Steelworkers Union called for its refinery workers to stage their largest walkout in more 30 years Sunday, saying its negotiations with Shell Oil Co.
Union asks refinery workers to strike as talks hit impasse  The Augusta Chronicle
Steelworkers Union Calls For Strike At 9 Refineries In California, Texas  CBS Local
New rules to be looked at for payday loans by federal regulators
Federal regulators are aiming at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says state laws governing the $46 billion payday lending industry often fall short, and that fuller ...
Feds Seek to Protect Consumers from Sneaky Payday Loans  Modern Readers
Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers  Salt Lake Tribune
Super Bowl ad: McDonald's to accept hugs, selfies as payment for some meals
Would you be willing to sing for your supper? What about do a silly dance, give a hug or blow a kiss? If so, McDonald's may just hand you your Big Mac and fries gratis, starting next week.
American McDonald's stores now accept love as payment  Stuff.co.nz
McDonald's Super Bowl 2015 Commercial: Customers Pay With Lovin' ...  Just Jared
Railways reduce shipping load on drop in oil prices
The collapse in oil prices that has hammered producer profits is also casting doubt on the business case for moving crude by rail.
Oil price slump tough on state government but not as bad as in the '80s  The New Orleans Advocate
Venezuela Oil Barrel Falls to New 5 Year Low  Latin American Herald Tribune
15-story Dallas office tower imploded
DALLAS - A 15-story office building near downtown Dallas was reduced to a pile of twisted steel and dust Sunday morning. Demolition crews used 500-pounds of explosives to implode the former Affiliated Computer Services/Xerox building along highway ...
15-story office building near downtown Dallas imploded, making way for ...  The Republic
US Probes Moody's Rating Agency: Report
US authorities are investigating the credit rating agency Moody's over its glowing assessments of mortgage deals in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-US Justice Dept probing Moody's for mortgage deal ...  Reuters
Justice Department investigating Moody's Investors Service: sources  MarketWatch
CRH on the road to buying Tarmac after cement merger
CRH has claimed victory in a long-running battle to take control of a �6.5bn (�4.9bn) group of assets up for grabs as a result of the merger of cement giants Lafarge and Holcim.
UPDATE 2-CRH to buy Lafarge, Holcim assets for 6.5 bln euros  Reuters
CRH �6.5bn deal to acquire many Lafarge and Holcim assets  Irish Times