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  • Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BRENHAM, Texas— Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with listeriosis, which can cause fever, muscle aches,...

  • The groups first sued after the EPA in October approved the herbicide's use in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The latest motions were filed after the EPA decided last month to allow its use in nine more states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that has now prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The other states with infected poultry flocks are Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,...

  • Packaging Corp. misses 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Packaging Corp. of America on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $90.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.09 per share. Packaging Corp. shares have dropped slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Equity Lifestyle Properties reports 1Q results Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    CHICAGO _ Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 80 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in June, Equity Lifestyle Properties expects its per-share funds from operations to...

  • Idex tops 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ IDEX Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $66 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 83 cents per share. Idex shares have fallen almost 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • RLI Corp. misses 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    PEORIA, Ill. _ RLI Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $30.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. RLI Corp. shares have increased 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • April 20- Kraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner. Galia said the changes will be effective by January 2016 for "Original Kraft Macaroni& Cheese" in the United States. In 2014, Kraft launched its Mac& Cheese Boxed Shapes with no...

  • Finalists: The Boston Globe for its stories, videos, photos and graphics exposing a poorly regulated, profit-driven housing system that subjected thousands of college students in Boston to unsafe, and even deadly, conditions; and The Wall Street Journal for "Deadly Medicine," a stellar reporting project that documented the significant cancer risk to women of a...

  • NEW YORK, April 20- Oil prices rose on Monday after a drop in stockpiles at the delivery point for U.S. crude in the second half of last week outweighed pressure from near record high production in Saudi Arabia. Brent, the more widely-referenced benchmark, was up 40 cents at $63.85 a barrel by 1:12 p.m. EDT, after falling more than $1 earlier. "The market was bouncing...

  • April 20- Kraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner. In 2014, Kraft launched its Mac& Cheese Boxed Shapes with no synthetic colors, and in January of this year, the Northfield, Illinois- based company moved to no artificial...

  • Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK— This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac& Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors. In January, Kraft says its macaroni and cheese will be colored using paprika, annatto and turmeric. A Change.org petition begun in March 2013 by food activist Vani Hari, who blogs as the "Food Babe," asked Kraft to...

  • Tensions in the Middle East and a drop last week in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States also put a floor beneath U.K. North Sea Brent and U.S. crude futures, traders said. Brent, the more widely-referenced benchmark, was up 10 cents at $63.55 a barrel by 11:53 a.m. EDT, after falling more than $1 earlier. "The market was bouncing around looking for...

  • Vice News, NPR, CNN, WNYC win double Peabody Awards Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Vice News won two Peabody Awards, including one for reporter Medyan Dairieh's report on Islamic state fighters, with CNN, NPR and New York public radio station WNYC also winning twice in the annual honors for electronic media. Besides Dairieh's reports, Vice won for " Last Chance High," a series on a Chicago school treating troubled youth.

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.8925 a bushel; July corn was 3.75 cents lower at $3.83 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.69 a bushel; while July soybeans was 10.50 cents higher at 9.82 a bushel. June live cattle was 2.35 cents lower at $1.4665 a pound; August...

  • Groupon selling controlling stake in Ticket Monster Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 9:20 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Online daily deal service Groupon is selling its controlling stake in Ticket Monster to a partnership formed by KKR and Anchor Equity Partners for $360 million. Groupon purchased Ticket Monster, a South Korean online ticket seller, in January 2014 from LivingSocial Inc. in a $260 million cash-and-stock transaction. As part of the deal with KKR and...

  • CHICAGO— Many sick kids can't or won't swallow pills— and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says. Kathleen Bradford and colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reviewed research on pill-swallowing techniques.

  • Prologis purchases KTR Capital for $5.9 billion Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Warehouse and distribution center operator Prologis Inc. says it has acquired KTR Capital Partners, which owns more than 300 industrial properties in the U.S. Prologis, which owns and operates more than 2,800 properties in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, will pay $5.9 billion for KTR. The acquisition will increase Prologis' presence...

  • April 17- Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits. Wal-Mart had not requested any city plumbing permits for the Pico Rivera store, the workers and city officials said. He declined to comment further on Wal-Mart's actions.

  • April 17- A section of the Mississippi River was closed on Friday following a diesel spill from a pipeline belonging to Phillips 66, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The diesel fuel was released into the Cahokia Canal that empties into the Mississippi River and the fuel reached the river, a company spokesman said. Oil spill response contractors have mobilized...