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  • John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said in a statement. The H5N2 strain has cost poultry producers around 48 million birds since early March, according to USDA figures, hitting Iowa egg producers and Minnesota turkey growers especially hard. As part of the USDA's plans, federal and state biologists will collect around 41,000 samples from...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Stockton University says developer Glenn Straub isn't serious about buying Atlantic City's former Showboat casino, and its president said Thursday the institution will seek a new buyer for it. Thursday was the deadline for Straub's $26 million purchase to close, but he sued Stockton on Wednesday, asking for the deadline to be extended while...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. It also seeks to resolve environmental and economic damage claims by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...

  • TORONTO, July 2- June auto sales in Canada grew for both General Motors Canada and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada, bolstered by healthy demand for pickup trucks, the companies said on Thursday. GM Canada said a 15 percent lift in June sales came from gains across its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands. Total sales for Cadillac and Chevrolet brands rose 13...

  • A bomb threat believed to be a hoax Wednesday night prompted WestJet to divert a Vancouver- to- Toronto flight to Calgary. A flight on Tuesday from Toronto landed at Saskatoon following a threat. A flight from Edmonton to Toronto was diverted to Winnipeg on Monday because of an unspecified threat.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— News from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the robbery and assault occurred at about 6 a.m. Thursday along the city's waterfront. San Francisco police were first called to the pier at about...

  • NEW YORK— "Magic Mike XXL" is narrowly outstripping "Terminator Genisys" at the holiday weekend box office. The Channing Tatum male-stripper sequel earned $9.3 million on its opening day Wednesday, according to Warner Bros. The two films are vying to unseat " Jurassic World" over the July Fourth weekend.

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta failed to persuade a U.S. judge to overturn his insider trading conviction for passing tips about the bank's financial results and a crucial investment from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan on Thursday rejected Gupta's argument that his tips...

  • State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the $500,000 settlement with Per Se on Thursday. Schneiderman says Per Se added a 20 percent service charge for private banquets. But he says Per Se funneled the money back to restaurant operations instead.

  • The Food and Drug Administration cleared the twice-a-day pill from Vertex Pharmaceuticals for a variation of cystic fibrosis that affects about 8,500 people in the U.S. who are 12 years and older. Robert Giusti of New York University's Langone Medical Center noted that half of all U.S. cystic fibrosis patients have the form targeted by Orkambi, which occurs...

  • NEW YORK— Whole Foods Market has apologized to its shoppers for pricing issues in blog posts and emails, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats. Last week, New York's Department of Consumer Affairs said it was expanding its investigation after finding...

  • *Corn highest since Dec. 30 as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans rebound from Wednesday declines. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • *IMF warns Greece needs debt extension. July 2- U.S. stocks turned negative after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a further large debt writeoff, and weak U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook. "The market seems to be paying more attention to what may happen with Greece as well as whether or not wage growth will pick up," said Omar Aguilar,...

  • TORONTO, July 2- General Motors Canada said on Thursday that June auto sales increased 15 percent over the same period last year, as dealers delivered 24,226 vehicles during the month. Gains came from the automaker's four Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands, and sales of its Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado and GMC Canyon and Sierra led the industry pickup...

  • BOSTON— The brutal winter had only a "transitory, and ultimately minor" effect on the state's overall economy, according to economists who said Thursday that Massachusetts is in many ways experiencing its strongest expansion since the late 1990 s. A series of winter storms from late January through early March pummeled Massachusetts with record snowfall.

  • Ford Motor Co. says there is a flaw in the body control module software in the vehicles. The Focus vehicles were made in Michigan as far back as June 2014, while the C-Maxes were made in Michigan starting in April 2014 and the Escapes were built in Louisville starting in April 2014. About 375,000 of the cars were sold in the U.S., 52,000 in Canada and 5,000 in Mexico.

  • July 2- Unpaid internships are legal when they are closely tied to interns' educations, a U.S. appeals court in Manhattan said on Thursday in reversing decisions that Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc and The Hearst Corp broke the law by not paying interns. The lower courts erred in finding the interns should have been treated as employees because the companies...

  • July 2- BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of the payouts and reaction from officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas:. LOUISIANA: The hardest state because of its proximity to the spill will receive more...