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  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • Clifford spoke on a visit to Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that have cost Midwest producers over 2 million turkeys and chickens since early March. He said the fact that the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus has already appeared as far east as southern Ontario means there's an uncomfortable risk of it spreading to the East Coast where much of the U.S....

  • Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    Now they're preparing for the worst, said Donna Carver, extension veterinarian at North Carolina State University. The highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain has turned up since December in commercial poultry farms, backyard flocks wild birds in the Pacific and Central flyways, but it's done the most damage in the heavily traveled Mississippi Flyway,...

  • 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...

  • Court: Wal-Mart can exclude gun sales proposal from proxy Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.— A federal appeals court has ruled that Wal-Mart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns. The appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday reversed a 2014 ruling ordering Wal-Mart to include the proposal from Trinity Wall Street Church in New York. The Episcopal parish wants shareholders to vote...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- JPMorgan Chase& Co is concerned about loans that finance some leveraged buyouts, and is scaling back from what is a booming area, even as its overall loan portfolio grows, a top executive said in an interview. Loans that fund smaller leveraged buyouts, where companies often do not have the size or financial resources to weather a business downturn,...

  • 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...

  • April 14- A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Wal-Mart Stores Inc will not be required to let shareholders vote at its annual meeting on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns. The proposal by Trinity Church, a historic church in downtown Manhattan, would have required Wal-Mart's board to more closely examine the sale of...

  • WILMINGTON, Del, April 14- The number of bankruptcies among publicly traded U.S. companies has climbed to the highest first-quarter level for five years, according to a Reuters analysis of data from research firm bankruptcompanynews.com. The $34 billion in assets held by the 26 companies is the second highest for a first quarter in the past decade.

  • CLEVELAND— A woman accused of holding her 2- year-old son over a railing at a Cleveland zoo when he fell into a cheetah exhibit has been charged with child endangering. Michelle Schwab, of Delaware, Ohio, was charged Monday in Cleveland Municipal Court. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo says the toddler's parents jumped in and pulled him to safety after he fell into the...

  • Here's the best new reason to wash your car often Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    The message came Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which closed a five-year investigation into rusting pipes that carry brake fluid in about 5 million older Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC pickups and SUVs, without seeking a recall. NHTSA's finding that the GM trucks weren't defective came even though it received 3,645...

  • The company listed assets of $100 million to $500 million and liabilities of $500 million to $1 billion in its petition in the Delaware bankruptcy court. EveryWare which was formed through the merger of Anchor Hocking LLC and Oneida Ltd in March 2012, markets and distributes products such as bakeware, storageware and cookware in the United States, Canada,...

  • *FedEx to buy Dutch peer TNT; Informatica to go private. *Canada to sell its GM stake to Goldman Sachs. "If the move is gradual it shouldn't impact stocks too much, as companies will have a chance to hedge against the impact, but a sharp rise will have an impact," said Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • *Strength in U.S. dollar seen a concern for profits. *European shares ended sharply higher on potential M&A. NEW YORK, April 7- The U.S. dollar rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday, resuming a recent upward trend and weighing on Wall Street stocks as investors fretted the currency's strength would hurt multinational corporate profits.

  • FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, April 2- German chemicals firm BASF said on Thursday it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries. According to the court filings, it accused Umicore of selling battery technology, certain lithium metal oxide cathode materials, that...

  • LONDON, April 1- More than 1 million barrels of crude oil move by train across the United States every day, according to data published for the first time by the government on Tuesday. The volume of crude shipped by rail has increased more than 50- fold in five years, from just 630,000 barrels in January 2010 to 33.7 million barrels in January 2015, the Energy...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Billionaire investor George Soros and Indian entrepreneur Purnendu Chatterjee on Tuesday won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit in which cargo carrier TradeWinds Airlines Inc sought to have them pay a $54.9 million judgment it could not collect. District Judge John Keenan in Manhattan said TradeWinds and its former parent Coreolis Holdings...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Fidelity Investments, a major investor in DuPont, has put pressure on activist fund Trian Fund Management LP and the chemical conglomerate to reach a settlement in what it sees as a detrimental proxy fight, according to people close to the matter. Fidelity, whose 2.5 percent stake makes it DuPont's sixth largest shareholder, has not publicly...

  • WILMINGTON, Del, March 27- A lender to bankrupt RadioShack Corp told a U.S. judge on Friday it was prepared to present a new offer that was a "significant improvement" over a rival proposal that was selected as a winning bidder at an auction this week. RadioShack's advisers declared that Standard General had outbid Salus, RadioShack's largest creditor, at a four-day...

  • DETROIT, March 27- Ford Motor Co Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields made $18.6 million in salary and other compensation last year, below the $23.2 million that predecessor Alan Mulally received in 2013, the company said on Friday. Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its CEO, Sergio Marchionne, received 31.3 million euros. General Motors Co has...