• No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. A No Labels-backed Problem Solvers caucus formed on Capitol Hill and attracted close to 100 lawmakers. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat and a No Labels supporter.

  • Peter Fonda's 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the Harley-Davidson will bring $1 million to $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale being held online and at its galleries in Calabasas, California.

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, the top three producers, have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain markets.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 9- Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. states launched a probe into the matter on Tuesday as fallout from last week's attack intensified.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. states probe Home Depot data breach Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 9- At least five states have launched a joint probe into the data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc, even as the retailer works to determine the impact on its customers in the United States and Canada.

  • Casey's tops Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    ANKENY, Iowa— Casey's General Stores Inc. on Monday reported profit of $52.3 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.23 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • US-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.

  • After Toledo water scare, states ask EPA for help Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    The contamination left about 400,000 people in parts of southwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without clean tap water for two days in August. Ohio, Oregon, Minnesota, Florida and Oklahoma have set their own drinking water standards for microcystin, which can cause headaches or vomiting when swallowed and can be fatal to dogs and livestock.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 7- David Fullington paid a "ridiculous" price of $13,600 an acre for a 200- acre farm in Illinois within the last year and says he and his partners would probably bid again for prime land that is in tight supply, despite tumbling grain prices. "No regrets at all," Fullington said of the purchase of his neighbor's land, now farmed by a son of one of his partners.

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. "We're a certified organic farm— except for our asparagus," Melissa Dunham lamented.

  • Investors actively bought live cattle futures after packers hiked cash bids from $158 to $163 per hundredweight, sparking $163 sales in Kansas, up $8 from last week. Texas followed by trading $163 per cwt, $7 to $8 higher than last week. This week, cash cattle in Nebraska fetched $158 to $163 per cwt, $1 to $6 more than a week ago.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of jobless claims rose 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. Yet the drop-off in applications over the past two months means that a total of 2.46 million people were receiving unemployment aid, the lowest level since June 2007.

  • Cigarette co Reynolds taking nicotine gum national Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is taking its Zonnic brand nicotine gum nationwide, challenging the pharmaceutical industry's hold and pricing power of the market for products to help people stop smoking.

  • Sept 4- NewLink Genetics Corp said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed the company to start testing an experimental Ebola vaccine in humans. The move follows a decision to begin initial human testing of a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine this month and an approval to fast track tests of a Johnson& Johnson vaccine.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 3- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures climbed nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, their biggest one-day percentage increase in 1 1/ 2 months, driven by strong cash price expectations for this week, traders said. October live cattle ended up the maximum 3.000 cents per lb daily price limit at 155.425.

  • *Zoetis explores international markets for product. CHICAGO, Sept 3- Zoetis Inc has received a conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its vaccine against a deadly piglet virus and will begin selling it this month in the United States, the company said on Wednesday.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 3- Zoetis Inc, the world's largest animal-health company, has received a conditional license from the U.S. Agriculture Department for its vaccine against a deadly piglet virus and will begin selling it this month in the United States, the company said on Wednesday.

  • Obama weighing delay in action on immigration Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:09 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House Aug. 28, 2014.

    President Obama is considering a delay of his most controversial proposals to revamp immigration laws until after the midterm elections in November.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, on Wednesday won U.S. antitrust approval for its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co.. The attorneys general of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, all big hog-producing states, joined the settlement that the companies reached with the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.