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  • They live in a country that recognizes their marriages, but some reside in the 13 states that do not, an issue that will be argued before the Supreme Court later this month. "We're adults, we're contributing to the welfare of society and yet, here's this one thing that just reaches up every year and kind of slaps us in the face," said Brian Wilbert, an Episcopal priest who...

  • Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died. Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Sabra Dipping Co. announced a recall...

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found among 38,000 birds at a commercial farm in Kandiyohi County in west-central Minnesota. This was after the USDA confirmed late Friday that bird flu was found at two more South Dakota farms, saying it had infected a flock of 53,000 turkeys at a farm in McCook...

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 40 to 988 Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Alaska, California, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Sprint Communications has agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the telephone carrier overcharged the U.S. government to collect and deliver information gathered under court-ordered wiretaps. The settlement announced late Thursday revolves around a dispute about how Sprint Communications Inc. billed the FBI, Drug...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the new cases in Minnesota of the highly...

  • NEW YORK— About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination. Eight people in Texas and Kansas have been afflicted by tainted products and three have died. The Sabra Dipping Co. is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Strauss Group.

  • Inspectors had no reason to check for listeria during the routine March 18 review as no problems were detected and the facility didn't have a history of issues linked to the illness, said Stan Stromberg, director of the food safety division for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.. Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products have sickened eight...

  • The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by Boeing's sale in 2005 of its Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems. The workers sued Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems alleging the new owners did not hire the older workers to prevent them from gaining pension benefits. The unusually harsh exchange stems from Melgren's...

  • Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Minnesota has been hit harder than any other state, but it's not clear why. The virus has caused outbreaks at nine turkey farms in central and western Minnesota since late February, as well as farms in the Mississippi and Central...

  • BRENHAM, Texas— Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. The Texas- based dairy company announced in a statement Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed. The recall now includes the banana pudding ice cream pints...

  • Weekly data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center shows moderate drought or worse covered 36.8 percent of the U.S. as of late last week, up nearly five percentage points from the previous week but slightly below last year's levels. Some areas of Iowa, Illinois and Kentucky saw rain last week, and additional rain could move across the same area this...

  • Minnesota reports 2 more bird flu cases Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 12:06 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Keeping wild waterfowl from spreading bird flu to Minnesota turkey farms won't be easy, the state veterinarian said as officials announced the sixth and seventh cases of the disease in the country's top turkey-producing state. More than 40 countries banned poultry imports from Minnesota last month, when the first case was reported, though some...

  • Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski confirmed Sam's Club has joined H-E-B in halting sales. The dairy company based in Brenham, Texas, last month issued a recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Kroger spokeswoman Kristal Howard says the grocer has pulled items produced at the Oklahoma plant but...

  • Oklahoma shakes, and fingers point to fracking Saturday, 4 Apr 2015 | 3:09 PM ET
    Floor hands work on an oil rig in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Scientists say thousands of Oklahoma quakes are caused by wells used to bury wastewater from oil and gas exploration, the NYT reports.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Illinois Attorney General Greg Zoeller,...

  • Drought Monitor, issued on Thursday by state and federal climate experts, said nearly 36 percent of the High Plains from Kansas to North Dakota was in moderate to exceptional drought, up from 28 percent a week ago. "To be seeing 90- degree temperatures in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in early April is disconcerting, causing crops to break dormancy rapidly and...

  • The EPA approved Enlist Duo on Oct. 15 with a series of restrictions aimed at addressing potential environmental and health hazards. At that time it said the herbicide could be used in six states- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The regulatory agency added nine more on Wednesday, all key farming states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota,...

  • March 31- Sprint Corp has agreed to a $131 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit accusing the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier of defrauding investors about problems dating back to its $36 billion merger with Nextel Communications Inc in 2005.. The all-cash settlement made public on Monday resolves claims that Sprint, former Chief Executive Gary...

  • COLUMN-Yemen fuels short-covering rally in oil: Kemp Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    LONDON, March 26- Air strikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen have sparked a modest rise in oil prices of $3 per barrel, even though Yemen plays a marginal role in the global oil market. Yemen produces just 130,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, about 0.1 percent of global production and the same as Italy or Kansas.