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  • Listeria concerns spark Hy-Vee recall of pasta salad Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:20 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa— Hy-Vee Inc. says it is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta because of a potential listeria contamination. The West Des Moines- based grocer said Tuesday that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois,...

  • Obama lives up to pledge to slow immigrant deportations Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has failed to live up to a campaign promise to push through immigration legislation, but he has met a postelection pledge to slow deportations with or without approval from Congress. Since October, the Homeland Security Department has sent home the fewest immigrants in the country illegally since Obama took office in 2009,...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • The County of Lackawanna Transit System repeatedly rejected the ads sought by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, telling the group it doesn't permit advertising space to be used as a forum for public debate. The transit system allowed several churches— as well as a political candidate and a blog that linked to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • Bird flu outbreak spreads   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:31 AM ET
    Bird flu outbreak spreads

    Five more cases of bird flu have been reported in Iowa, says CNBC's Morgan Brennan, with the details on the latest outbreak and its likely impact on consumers.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. If these tests are positive, the state's tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the...

  • BIRD FLU IN IOWA COULD AFFECT MORE THAN 9 MILLION BIRDS IF ALL CURRENT SUSPECTED CASES CONFIRMED- IOWA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE.

  • PROBABLE NEW BIRD FLU FINDING IN SIOUX COUNTY, IOWA, AFFECTS 3.7 MLN BIRDS- IOWA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE.

  • Another 2.3M birds likely affected by flu in Iowa Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 4:21 PM ET
    New cases of avian flu reported in Iowa.

    Initial tests have found probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on four commercial poultry sites in Iowa.

  • Heartland Financial posts 1Q profit Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 4:19 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Heartland Financial USA Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $15.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 56 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • PROBABLE NEW CASES OF BIRD FLU FOUND IN FOUR IOWA FARMS, TOTAL OF 2.3 MILLION BIRDS AFFECTED- IOWA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said Monday. The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60 million hens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, or nearly 9.8 million...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. The number of birds infected climbed to more than 9 million Monday with more reported cases in Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Geological Survey have reported three...

  • 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.

  • Here's how to kill 3.8 million chickens Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu.

    Sunrise Farms in Iowa has to destroy and dispose of 3.8 million birds. It's no small task.

  • 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...