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  • CHICAGO, April 27- Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously...

  • Obama takes aim at Trump at Correspondents' Dinner Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    The presidents translator, Luther (L), as portrayed by comedian Keegan-Michael Key, gestures as President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

    President Obama roasted himself, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • A few countries— including China, Russia, South Korea and Thailand— have shut off all imports of poultry products from the United States. Mexico, Japan and Canada are among 33 countries declining to accept poultry products from entire states, including Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, and Minnesota, the top turkey grower in the U.S. Some countries— including...

  • Principal Financial beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Principal Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $414.2 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share. Principal Financial shares have dropped 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased...

  • West Bancorp posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:04 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $5.1 million. West Bancorp shares have climbed 14 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Meredith Corp. posts 3Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Meredith Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $25.3 million. Meredith Corp. expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.26 to $3.31 per share. Meredith Corp. shares have declined slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Rockwell Collins meets 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ Rockwell Collins Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $157 million. Rockwell Collins expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.10 to $5.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $5.2 billion to $5.3 billion. Rockwell Collins shares have risen 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500...

  • HNI posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 5:45 PM ET

    MUSCATINE, Iowa _ HNI Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $8.5 million. On a per-share basis, the Muscatine, Iowa-based company said it had profit of 19 cents. For the current quarter ending in June, HNI expects its per-share earnings to range from 47 cents to 52 cents.

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— An expanded tax credit for wind-energy farms won initial approval from Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday despite arguments that the state shouldn't invest in the industry. Jeremy Nordquist, of Omaha, said his proposal would help Nebraska compete with other Midwestern states that have worked more aggressively to establish renewable energy...

  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful...

  • Heartland Express misses Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa _ Heartland Express Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $17.6 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Heartland Express shares have declined 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak. The USDA would then provide that seed strain to drug manufacturers if the agency ultimately decides the vaccine is necessary to stop avian influenza.

  • Up to now, the USDA has said it would prefer not to allow farmers to vaccinate their flocks, as doing so could prompt wider import bans on U.S. poultry and eggs in the $5.7 billion export market. The USDA has been working to develop a vaccine that would protect chickens and turkeys from this highly contagious strain of flu. The outbreak has dragged on longer than...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The number of chickens at a northwest Iowa farm that will need to be killed because of the bird flu virus has been reduced to 3.8 million. Sunrise Farms announced Tuesday that it houses 3.8 million laying hens, all of which will need to be killed after a routine test confirmed the virus in the flock. The Iowa infection is the latest to hit eight...