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Japan Trade Deficit Halves in December
A forklift carries a container at a transit station in Tokyo in December. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency. By. Mitsuru Obe. Mitsuru Obe.
Japan logs record trade deficit in 2014 on weakening yen  Washington Post
Japan exports signal regular restoration from economic downturn  National Review
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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 ...
Georgia sheriff's department eager to use drones  San Francisco Chronicle
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices
The recent plunge in fuel prices have been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.
Agriculture Sector Benefits from Low Oil, Gas Prices  Modern Readers
Agricultural sector to reap instant additional benefits from fuel prices drop  The Westside Story
Axis to Merge With PartnerRe to Create $11 Billion Reinsurer
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
Reinsurers Axis Capital, PartnerRe To Merge In $11 Bln All-stock Deal  RTT News
Increasing wholesale rates could push gasoline expenses back up
Gasoline prices have continued to fall, but the reprieve may well quickly be coming to an end.lRelated HomeCalifornia gas rates headed greater as spring approachesSee all related8 Market analyst Trilby Lundberg stated Sunday that the lowest fuel prices.
Deep Drop in Gasoline Rates Diminishing, Lundberg Says  WPX News
Rising wholesale prices could push gasoline costs back up  Los Angeles Times
30-Year Mortgage Rate Hits 20-Month Low, Freddie Mac Survey Reveals
Mortgage interest rates, which many experts are expecting to gradually increase throughout the course of the year, continued their downward path this week and once again hit their lowest levels since May 2013, according to the latest data from Freddie Mac.
Mortgage Rate Preview: Will 30-Year Rates Fall Because Of Greece, Fed?  The Mortgage Reports (blog)
Senior House Republican says housing finance reform "huge priority"  Reuters
Oil Slides to Near 6-Year Low; Saudi Arabia Holds Firm Despite Supply Glut
Oil fell to the lowest level in almost six years as signs that Saudi Arabia's new king will maintain its production policy and rising U.S.
For Saudis, Falling Demand for Oil Is the Biggest Concern  Businessweek
Crude Oil Prices Falling But Wholesale Trade Will Increase Gas Prices  American Live Wire
Light-Rail Train Hits Pedestrian In St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A man is hospitalized after being struck by a light-rail train in St. Paul. The Green Line train hit the man shortly after 10:00 p.m.
Official: Man on tracks illegally when Green Line train hit him  National Gazette
Chuck Schumer urges FAA to add runway lights at NY airports
Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing the feds to install new runway lighting systems at New York airports to protect against planes from colliding.
Schumer: Runway Lighting Technology At Area Airports Stalled Before Takeoff  CBS Local
Runway safety lights long overdue at NYC airports, Schumer says  Newsday
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