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  • In final 2014 push, Congress renews tax breaks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Congress votes to extend tax breaks through 2014 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Halal beef supplier vows to contest fraud charges Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, denies the allegations that it sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere that did not follow the halal practices promised in its labeling and advertising. Also indicted is another company the brothers operate, Islamic Services of America— one of the few...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A tiny beetle known for destroying ash trees is spreading in Iowa, state officials said Monday, and they predict infestations of the pest will pop up at a higher rate in 2015.. Larvae from emerald ash borer was found recently in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in the southern part of the state, according to a group that includes...

  • People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled. You can't even walk your dog, "said Paula Hamilton, who lives on a once quiet little street in the Santa Monica Mountains in a neighborhood...

  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52- year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle— it's fish. And such tank systems can be placed almost anywhere— from Minnesota to Florida— because temperature and water quality can be controlled. Globally, aquaculture supplies more than 50 percent of all...

  • Auto dealer chain to pay fine for deceptive ads Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A family-owned chain of automobile dealerships located in Iowa, Montana and South Dakota will pay a $360,000 civil penalty for running misleading ads, federal regulators announced Friday. The complaint named Billion dealerships in Iowa City, Clive and Sioux City, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Billings, Montana. Their ads routinely reach...

  • Casey's beats 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    ANKENY, Iowa _ Casey's General Stores Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $49.9 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.12 per share. Analysts expected $2.18 billion, according to Zacks.

  • USDA sees higher corn, soybean demand in report Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the agency's estimates by about 5 million acres. But there was no such adjustment, and Iowa State University agricultural economist Chad Hart believes the USDA will wait to do in January, if necessary. Changing the number of acres planted— which are reported on...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- President Barack Obama's nominee to head the U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, incoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in opening remarks that he expected the Senate would not vote on the nominations this year and that incoming committee members may also have questions for Lee. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, also pressed Lee on a report...

  • Railroad settles Mississippi River oil spill claim Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A railroad has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific, would make the payment without admitting wrongdoing to...

  • Lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky— Two California consumers sued one of Kentucky's best-known distilleries, saying Maker's Mark tries to spike demand and sticker prices by falsely promoting its bourbon as being handmade. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Diego, accused the distillery of deceptive advertising and business practices with its "handmade" promotion...

  • Atlantic City region loses 9,900 jobs Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The Atlantic City region lost 9,900 jobs over the past 12 months, battered by the closure of four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos, according to data released Tuesday. The Atlantic City area, which includes Hammonton, also had the highest percentage of job losses at 7.3 percent. A package of bills introduced by state Senate President Steven Sweeney...

  • "We are definitely in growth mode," said Lee Eilers, the chief executive at Marion Mixers, an Iowa maker of giant mixing machines used in the production of everything from pancake mix to dishwasher soap. The firm has added three welders this year, bringing its head count to 44, and Eilers plans to hire six more people in 2015, although he said there are enough...

  • New Mexico sues nursing home chain on care, staff Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— New Mexico's attorney general on Friday sued one of the nation's largest nursing home chains over inadequate resident care, alleging that thin staffing made it numerically impossible to provide good care. It targets seven nursing homes run by Preferred Care Partners Management Group L.P. of Plano, Texas, a privately held company with operations...

  • Congress sends president bill to cut Nazi benefits Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bill that would block suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving Social Security benefits is heading to President Barack Obama for his signature. U.S. law currently requires a higher threshold— a final order of deportation— before Social Security benefits can be stopped. The legislation was introduced after an Associated Press investigation...

  • Ex-Iowa gasoline regulator files suit over firing Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A former Iowa gas pump regulator is suing the state for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired after questioning a company's marketing practices and industry officials complained to his bosses about it. In a lawsuit filed this week, Michael Manahl says the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship fired him after complaints...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...

  • Early shoppers queue up, analysts see stellar deals Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:14 AM ET
    A customer shops for TV deals on Black Friday at Kmart in Griffith Indiana.

    Economists are closely watching whether retailers can entice shoppers to spend during what retailers consider the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the NYT reports.

  • Two of the world's biggest seed makers, Syngenta AG and Dow AgroSciences, are responding with tightly controlled U.S. launches of new GMO seeds, telling farmers where they can plant new corn and soybean varieties and how can the use them. Beijing is taking longer than in the past to approve new GMO crops, and Chinese ports in November 2013 began rejecting U.S....