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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • Blue Bell Creameries pulls all of its products Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:11 PM ET
    Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday, April 20, 2015, for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

    Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries voluntary recalls all its products after two samples tested positive for listeriosis.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • Kansas lays groundwork for $1 bln pension bond sale Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 2:36 PM ET

    April 17- Kansas has begun a search for underwriters to sell $1 billion of taxable pension bonds that won final approval this week, the state's Development Finance Authority said on Friday. Kansas sold $500 million of insured pension bonds through the authority in 2004 with interest rates topping out at 5.5 percent for bonds due in 2034.. States and local...

  • *Soybeans firm on better-than-expected U.S. export sales. *Corn flat in choppy, range-bound trade. Corn and soybeans firmed in choppy trade.

  • *Corn follows wheat lower; U.S. planting 2 pct complete. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell more than 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as forecasts for timely showers across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat lower, while soybeans fell on rising global stockpiles.

  • *Corn lower in sympathy with wheat. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell nearly 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as timely rains across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat down, while soybeans were lower in choppy trade.

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In more than half those states, the restrictions expire only if Iran is no longer designated to be supporting terrorism or if all...

  • Storm brings tornadoes, giant-sized hail to US Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    A storm peppered a 1,500-mile arc with 10 reported tornadoes, hail and winds of up to 80 mph Wednesday, NBC News reported.

  • Tornado alert: 30 million brace for fierce storm Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    Around 30 million Americans were under threat from a storm promising hail, high winds and a chance of tornadoes, NBC News 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...