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  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • COLUMN-Two-year degrees can really pay off Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 20- Steven Polasck of Corpus Christi, Texas, liked math and science in high school. He considered attending a four-year college but ultimately decided to use his strengths to get a two-year degree in instrumentation from Texas State Technical College. "I went to work on the Monday after graduation," said Polasck, 27, who monitors and fixes systems...

  • Bird flu confirmed on second farm in Ontario, Canada Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 PM ET

    TORONTO, April 18- Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Saturday. Canadian authorities earlier this month confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in U.S....

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 34 to 954 Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:50 PM ET

    Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 734 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas plummeted by 15 rigs; Oklahoma was down six;...

  • A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and motorcycle toys with excessive amounts of lead. They were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from April 2011 to March 2015.

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs...

  • Home BancShares meets 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    CONWAY, Ark. _ Home BancShares Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $31.1 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 47 cents per share. Home BancShares shares have risen 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    EPA officials say the rule would protect public health, fight climate change and lower electricity costs by 8 percent by 2030.. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., sent a letter urging the governors of all 50 states to defy the EPA by refusing to submit the compliance plans. Opponents also are getting support from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law...

  • Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philadelphia VA Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs facility in Philadelphia have led to mismanagement and delays in handling veterans' disability and pensions claims, according to a government audit released Wednesday. In a blistering 79- page report, the VA's inspector general cites a litany of problems, all part of a rush to...

  • Delek said it would buy 33.7 million Alon USA shares, valuing each share at $16.985, which is a premium of more than 8 percent to the stock's Tuesday close. Alon USA's shares were up 5 percent at $16.50 in trading after the bell on Tuesday, while Delek's shares rose 3.2 percent to $39.10. For a year after that, Delek can acquire up to 49.99 percent of Alon USA at its...

  • April 14- A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted an injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to tighten oversight of its sale of guns with high-capacity magazines. District Judge Leonard Stark that would have required a vote at Wal-Mart's annual meeting in June. The church's proposal would have...

  • Delek said on Tuesday it would buy 33.7 million Alon USA shares and that the deal value was based on Delek's closing price of $37.90 on Tuesday. Delek said it would pay $200 million in cash, 6 million in stock and issue Alon Israel an unsecured $145 million promissory note maturing in January 2021. Delek has refineries in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas while...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. The Iowa farm is in Buena Vista County housing some 27,000 turkeys, said Iowa...

  • JB Hunt beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $91.9 million. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 72 cents per share. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.54 billion.

  • CHICAGO, April 13- A flock of 200,000 hens in Wisconsin is the first commercial U.S. chicken operation to become infected with a lethal strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, widening the impact of a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The chickens were at an egg-laying facility in Jefferson County, Wisconsin,...

  • Bank of the Ozarks beats Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bank of the Ozarks Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $39.9 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 45 cents per share. Bank of the Ozarks shares have declined roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed the first case of a lethal strain of bird flu in a commercial chicken flock, widening the impact of a virus that has already killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The H5N2 flu strain infected a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, between Madison...

  • A dangerous bird-flu strain that has already hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has now been identified in a Wisconsin chicken flock, marking the first case of the virus in a commercial chicken farm in the U.S. and its first appearance in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The USDA said tests confirmed that a flock of about 200,000...

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/ Ipsos poll found on Thursday. Indiana's Republican governor, Mike Pence, triggered a firestorm in his state this month by...

  • CHICAGO, April 8- A U.S. outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu accelerated on Wednesday with the infection of a sixth turkey flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state, in less than a week. The infected flock of 310,000 turkeys was the ninth case of the H5N2 flu in Minnesota in just over a month and the biggest flock yet to be confirmed with the...