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  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2...

  • Flexsteel posts 3Q profit Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:36 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Flexsteel Industries Inc. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $7 million. On a per-share basis, the Dubuque, Iowa- based company said it had net income of 90 cents. Keywords: Flexsteel Industries, Earnings Report.

  • 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,...

  • Hormel says bird flu outbreak will hurt turkey sales Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:46 PM ET

    Most of the birds were in Minnesota, which is the largest turkey-producing state in the U.S. Both Hormel and its Jennie-O Turkey Store division are based in Minnesota. All but one of those are in Minnesota.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. The virus was first detected in Minnesota, the country's top...

  • 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...

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, "She wants to make it a gender-based...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Democrat Hillary Clinton plans to name Gary Gensler, a former financial regulator who pushed for stricter oversight of Wall Street, as the chief financial officer for her presidential campaign, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Gensler, whose five-year term as the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ended in January 2014,...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • A look at states with the most deaths from submerged dams Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    Since the 1950 s, at least 441 people have died at 235 submerged dams in 38 states. Maryland, Ohio, Texas: 14 each. Source: Brigham Young University database.

  • NORWALK, Iowa— Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked by congressional investigators more than two years ago whether she had used a private email account while serving as secretary of state but the State Department later declined to address the question. Darrell Issa, R- Calif., then the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asked the...

  • Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    "The builders of these dams have created a very elegant trap for human beings," said Nate Hoogeveen, who heads river programs for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. More than one-third of the deaths have occurred in Iowa, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Other top states for low-head dam deaths include Illinois, California, Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Majority Democrats in the Minnesota Senate aren't lining up with Gov. The Senate education budget proposal for schools released Wednesday includes $70 million in extra school readiness funding. Dayton criticized the House and Senate plans as "unacceptably low" in the amount of the state's projected $1.9 billion surplus devoted to schools.

  • CHICAGO, April 14- The number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu rose on Tuesday as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twenty-two commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota, the leading U.S. turkey-producing state, have been infected with the H5N2 flu in...

  • 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...

  • Senator Marco Rubio of Florida plans to enter the 2016 race for the White House by urging voters to make a "generational choice" for leadership that takes the country in new directions, according to excerpts of his announcement speech. Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who rode the anti-establishment Tea Party wave of 2010 to national prominence, will announce his...

  • Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors on Monday that he will run for the White House because he is "uniquely qualified" to represent the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential race, a source familiar with the matter said. He will be the third Republican to formally announce a White House bid, following Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul...

  • Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors on Monday that he will run for the White House because he is "uniquely qualified" to represent the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential race, the Associated Press reported. Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who rode the Tea Party wave of 2010 to national prominence, will formally announce his presidential bid...