Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Order filing and settling charges against Lansing Trade Group, LLC (Lansing), a commodity merchandising firm with headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, for the attempted manipulation of the price of certain wheat futures and options contracts that were traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and for aiding and abetting the attempted manipulation of the cash price for yellow corn from Columbus, Ohio (Columbus Corn).

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Minority- and women-owned firms awarded contracts worth $109 million

The team building the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, Arizona’s largest single highway project ever, has awarded more than $100 million in contracts to local small businesses run by socially and economically disadvantaged groups, including minorities and women.

The $109 million already exceeds the Arizona Department of Transportation’s goal for Connect 202 Partners, the developer building the 22-mile freeway, to award $108 million in construction and professional services contracts to disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) firms.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith with misleading customers about how it handled their orders. Merrill Lynch agreed to settle the charges, admit wrongdoing, and pay a $42 million penalty.

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Patent highlights 228-year history and strength of American intellectual property system

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago by George Washington on July 31, 1790, and issued to Samuel Hopkins for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer.

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Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) has issued an Order filing and settling charges against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMC) for attempted manipulation of the ISDAFIX benchmark and requiring JPMC to pay a $65 million civil monetary penalty.

The CFTC Order finds that over a five-year period, beginning in at least January 2007 and continuing through January 2012 (the Relevant Period), JPMC made false reports and attempted to manipulate the U.S. Dollar International Swaps and Derivatives Association Fix (USD ISDAFIX), a leading global benchmark referenced in a range of interest rate products, to benefit its derivatives positions, including positions involving cash-settled options on interest rate swaps.

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The BHP Board has approved US$2.9 billion (BHP share; US$3.4 billion 100 per cent)1 in capital expenditure for the South Flank project in the central Pilbara, Western Australia.

BHP President Operations, Minerals Australia, Mike Henry, said the South Flank project will fully replace production from the 80 Mtpa (100 per cent basis) Yandi mine which is reaching the end of its economic life.

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