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  • The USDA is aiming to assign one person to communicate with each infected farm during the entire time the facility is affected by the deadly virus, John Clifford, the chief U.S. veterinary officer, said at a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday. Currently, a USDA representative deals with an infected farm for a period of about three to four weeks as...

  • David Swayne, director of a USDA poultry research laboratory in Georgia. He joined John Clifford, the deputy administrator of veterinary services for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at USDA, in discussing the outbreak and how the government is prepared to handle a possible recurrence. The USDA has prepared for an unlikely worst-case scenario,...

  • Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico dropped a bombshell on debt holders a week ago by saying he wanted to restructure debt and postpone bond payments. He urged changes to U.S. bankruptcy laws that currently exclude Puerto Rico. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico cannot file for bankruptcy protection.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 7- Facebook Inc announced plans on Tuesday to build a new data center in Fort Worth, Texas, its fourth in the United States and fifth overall. The center will also be powered entirely by renewable energy, Tom Furlong, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure, wrote in a blog post. Facebook opened its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, in...

  • FORT WORTH, Texas— Facebook is building a massive data center in Texas to provide more computing capacity for the online social network's 1.4 billion users to share tidbits of their lives with friends and family. This will be Facebook's fourth data center in the U.S., joining others in Oregon, Iowa and North Carolina. Google Inc., a Facebook rival, recently picked...

  • Wild birds that spread the virus will very likely carry it when they begin migrating south in the fall, John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said in remarks prepared for a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday. Clifford testified before the Senate committee after U.S. lawmakers from Iowa criticized the USDA for taking too long to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 7- Facebook Inc announced plans on Tuesday to build a new data center in Fort Worth, Texas, its fourth in the United States and fifth overall. The center will also be powered entirely by renewable energy, Tom Furlong, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure, wrote in a blog post. Facebook opened its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, in...

  • CHICAGO, July 7- U.S. soybean futures touched a one-week low on Tuesday and grain futures slipped as a wave of concern about the global economy dragged down commodities and equities. "When you throw in the uncertainty that Greece is creating with the European economy and the collapse of the Chinese market, fund managers are going to sell commodities," said Arlan...

  • He also urged Washington to make changes to U.S. bankruptcy laws to include Puerto Rico. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico, a commonwealth, cannot file for bankruptcy protection. "As a first step, Congress should provide Puerto Rico the same authority that states already have to enable severely distressed government entities, including municipalities and public...

  • Puerto Rico's non-voting delegate in the U.S. Congress has called for legislation that would allow Puerto Rico to access the same bankruptcy laws available to other municipalities, as has Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. "Congress and the Obama administration need to partner with Puerto Rico by providing real support and tools so that...

  • Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 3:17 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Offering an economic message that jabs rivals in both parties, Florida Sen. "We need in this country a new president for a new age," Rubio declared from the downtown Chicago offices of a digital startup. And while not naming Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, Rubio lashed out at the policies enacted when Bush's father and brother served in the...

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. A $230 per share offer would be at a premium of nearly...

  • John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said in a statement. The H5N2 strain has cost poultry producers around 48 million birds since early March, according to USDA figures, hitting Iowa egg producers and Minnesota turkey growers especially hard. As part of the USDA's plans, federal and state biologists will collect around 41,000 samples from...

  • JBS USA to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45 billion Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:38 PM ET

    JBS USA, a division of Sao Paulo, Brazil- based JBS, and Cargill said Wednesday they have signed an agreement for the $1.45 billion transaction. JBS USA Pork Chief Operating Officer Martin Dooley says it's a strategic investment in the long-term growth of the company's U.S. pork business. Feed mills in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas are included, along with hog...

  • SAO PAULO, July 1- JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, said on Wednesday its U.S. division would purchase pork assets from Cargill meat solutions for $1.45 billion, free of debt. The announcement follows a deal announced by Brazil- based JBS on June 21 to purchase Moy Park Ltd, the British unit of rival Marfrig Global Foods SA. The Cargill pork purchase includes two...

  • JBS USA Pork to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45 bln Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    July 1- Cargill Inc said JBS USA Pork would buy its U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion. The acquisition includes two meat processing plants in Iowa and Illnois. JBS USA is a unit of Brazil- based meat processing company JBS S.A..

  • June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Much weaker business conditions for firms tied to energy are restraining the overall reading," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. "Weaker conditions were particularly evident in Oklahoma and North Dakota, two energy-producing states. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,...

  • And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn't they stop it? That's when an Education Department memo written under President George W. Bush suggested colleges wouldn't be severely penalized if they compensated college recruiters for getting students in the door. The top regulator on higher education...