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  • Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told Reuters the H5N2 virus- along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu- will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer. The USDA statement marks a shift in tone in the agency's...

  • April 28- Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil executive Harold Hamm, lost an appeal of the couple's divorce case because she had accepted an award of nearly $1 billion, the state Supreme Court said on Tuesday. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled in favor of a motion filed in January by Hamm, chief executive officer of oil company Continental Resources Inc, to...

  • Iron Mountain to buy Recall Holdings for about $2.2 bln Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    April 28- Document and data storage services company Iron Mountain Inc said it will buy Australia- listed data protection services provider Recall Holdings Ltd for about $2.2 billion in cash and stock. Atlanta, Georgia- based Recall rejected an offer of A $7 per share from Boston- based Iron Mountain in December, saying the premium was too low.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • CHICAGO, April 28- United Parcel Service Inc on Tuesday reported higher first-quarter net profit due to price increases and productivity improvements, and reaffirmed its earnings outlook for 2015.. The world's largest package delivery company posted a first-quarter net profit of $1.03 billion, or $1.12 per share, up 10 percent from $911 million, or 98 cents...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- United Parcel Service Inc on Tuesday reported a higher quarterly net profit due to price increases and productivity improvements, and reaffirmed its earnings outlook for 2015.. Earlier this month, its main rival, FedEx Corp, announced it would buy Dutch package delivery firm TNT Express. If FedEx's acquisition of TNT is approved, it would...

  • HOUSTON, April 24- Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for potential antitrust violations related to leasing oil and gas properties, according to a regulatory filing by a new business venture he helps run. "In connection with the formal investigation of Chesapeake in 2012 by the U.S....

  • *Visa, MasterCard rise as China opportunity seen. April 22- U.S. stocks ended stronger on Wednesday as Visa's potential expansion into China and talk of a turnaround at McDonald's helped investors look beyond a mixed bag of quarterly earnings. Visa ended 4.07 percent higher at $68.01 after hitting a record high of $69.98, while MasterCard closed up 3.91 percent...

  • *Brent advances on Yemen, WTI crude choppy. NEW YORK, April 22- Stocks in major markets drifted higher on Wednesday as investors took an optimistic view of the latest batch of U.S. corporate earnings, while U.S. "People are seeing the negative effects of foreign exchange and that's not been drastically worse than expected," said Michael Sansoterra, portfolio manager...

  • *Oil advances on Yemen lingering concern. NEW YORK, April 22- Stocks in major markets were little changed on Wednesday as the latest round of U.S. corporate earnings kept equities in check, while U.S. "We are moving along within a pretty tight range and that will likely continue until you start to see some shift," said Ed Hyland, global investment specialist at JP Morgan...

  • NYC chain store blitz burying mom and pop shops Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 4:40 PM ET
    Starbucks' Cold Brew is coffee steeped using cool water, while traditional iced coffee is made by brewing hot coffee at double-strength and pouring over ice.

    Eye-popping rents and the demise of well-known haunts have some New Yorkers proposing new rent-renewal rights for small businesses.

  • *Rosengren, Lockhart lean toward waiting on rate hikes. SAN FRANCISCO, April 16- Federal Reserve officials on Thursday were again at public odds over when the U.S. central bank should start raising rates, underscoring the difficult task ahead for Fed Chair Janet Yellen as she tries to build consensus for a rate hike sometime later this year. On Thursday, Vice Chair...

  • U.S. House passes estate tax repeal despite veto threat Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:55 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday ignored a White House veto threat and passed legislation to repeal the estate tax that hits inherited assets worth $5.4 million or more. By a mostly partisan 240-179 vote, the Republican-backed bill will be sent to the Senate, where Democrats are expected to use procedural hurdles to try to block...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall St up on earnings, oil surges Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    *Banks, Intel boost Wall Street. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stocks rallied following several strong earnings reports on Wednesday, while European shares hit a 14- year high after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance. Better-than-expected results from banks JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo and earnings from Intel that were broadly in line with...

  • *Bank of America profit rises as costs fall. *Netflix to report after the bell. Intel jumped 4.5 percent to $32.91 after it said late on Tuesday it expects flat revenue for the entire year, despite some weakness in the first quarter.

  • April 15- Delta Air Lines Inc on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit that topped analysts' expectations and said it would reduce international capacity in the fourth quarter where a strong U.S. dollar has weakened demand. While a strong U.S. dollar has dented demand abroad and concerned investors, Delta's unit revenue and capacity guidance painted a...

  • *Chesapeake to receive $25 million and oil-gas leases. *AEP says McClendon had rights to Chesapeake data. The settlement could raise questions about whether EMG, which has invested more than $3 billion in ventures formed by McClendon since 2013, may be separating itself from McClendon, a successful oil and gas executive who co-founded Chesapeake in 1989. He...

  • April 14- Energy& Minerals Group, which has invested billions in oil and gas ventures with former Chesapeake Energy Corp Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, has moved to extricate itself from a lawsuit filed by Chesapeake alleging McClendon stole its trade secrets and used them to build up his new businesses. Houston- based EMG, a private investment firm...

  • April 14- Energy& Minerals Group, which has invested billions in oil and gas ventures with former Chesapeake Energy Corp Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon, has moved to extricate itself from a lawsuit filed by Chesapeake alleging McClendon stole its trade secrets and used them to build up his new businesses. Houston- based EMG, a private investment firm...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In more than half those states, the restrictions expire only if Iran is no longer designated to be supporting terrorism or if all...