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  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu into an Iowa egg farm accelerated market concerns over how big of a bite the current outbreak could take from the United States' egg and poultry businesses, sending shares of several leading meat companies' down on Tuesday. Minnesota, the largest turkey-producing state in the country, has been the hardest...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • CHICAGO, April 7- A lethal strain of bird flu has infected an eighth turkey flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey producer, in just over a month, officials said on Tuesday, a day after a team of epidemiologists arrived to investigate how the disease is spreading. Minnesota has detected five cases of the H5N2 flu, which can kill nearly an entire flock of poultry...

  • Senator Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington's dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms. He cast himself as an anti-establishment reformer who could break partisan gridlock and win new converts to the party, saying his fellow Republicans...

  • Senator Rand Paul promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid by saying he would stand up for individual freedoms that are being trampled by "the Washington machine." The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, criticized Republicans in Congress and the...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 7- Senator Rand Paul promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid that he said would highlight the conservative principles of reduced government and spending as he vowed to break up "the Washington machine." That puts him behind former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is considered a top contender...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 7- Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. And the 52- year-old former eye surgeon who harnessed the anti-establishment energy of the Tea Party movement has been raising money for fellow Republicans, at times upsetting the grassroots activists who have made him a...

  • CHICAGO, April 6- Minnesota, the top U.S. turkey producing state, has found two more commercial turkey flocks to be infected with a lethal strain of avian flu, including one in a previously established quarantine zone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. The state in the past month has found that H5N2 flu, which can kill nearly all the birds in a flock...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 2- Indiana and Arkansas revised on Thursday new religious freedom acts that had drawn criticism from rights groups and U.S. companies that assailed them as discriminatory against gays. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, also a Republican, signed a revised religious freedom law that amended one he signed last week. As pressure built against...