BC-Noon Oil

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $104.67 per barrel at 12 p.m. Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.

Tech stocks slump after Google, IBM disappoint

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Stocks are drifting lower on Wall Street in midday trading, led by a decline in the technology sector after Google and IBM reported disappointing earnings.

Strong weekend expected for beach tourism

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

This Easter weekend should be a strong one for tourism along the Grand Strand, the heart of South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry.

NJ unemployment rate inches up to 7.2 percent

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Preliminary data show New Jersey's unemployment rate inched up to 7.2 in March from 7.1 the previous month as the state lost 1,300 jobs.

Bullock proposes $45 million in oil patch grants

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.

Tobacco supplier Universal to enter food business

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The world's leading supplier and processor of leaf tobacco is venturing beyond the cash crop into the food business.

2 ex-Anglo Irish Bank directors convicted of fraud

| |Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty Thursday of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal — the first convictions to stem from a banking crisis that brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy.

Grain lower, cattle and pork lower

|Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.