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  • Midwestern firm Wealth Enhancement Group as Lightyear seeks another windfall good investment in the wealth management market. Marron said Wealth Enhancement Group has strong leaders and a team-based approach that will enable it to grow quickly to the scale of a firm like Cetera. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Lightyear will purchase the stake...

  • Tile Shop meets 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn. _ Tile Shop Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $3.7 million. Tile Shop expects full-year revenue in the range of $275 million to $290 million. Tile Shop shares have increased 41 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TCF misses Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    WAYZATA, Minn. _ TCF Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $39.8 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $311.7 million.

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
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    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2...

  • The groups first sued after the EPA in October approved the herbicide's use in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The latest motions were filed after the EPA decided last month to allow its use in nine more states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. The virus was first detected in Minnesota, the country's top...

  • Hormel says bird flu outbreak will hurt turkey sales Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:46 PM ET

    Most of the birds were in Minnesota, which is the largest turkey-producing state in the U.S. Both Hormel and its Jennie-O Turkey Store division are based in Minnesota. All but one of those are in Minnesota.

  • 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...

  • Finalists: The Boston Globe for its stories, videos, photos and graphics exposing a poorly regulated, profit-driven housing system that subjected thousands of college students in Boston to unsafe, and even deadly, conditions; and The Wall Street Journal for "Deadly Medicine," a stellar reporting project that documented the significant cancer risk to women of a...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress. A Democrat in the White House probably would use the waiver to build bridges to Republican governors and state legislators opposed to the law. But "you would be hard pressed to find a state that doesn't know what...

  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 4:00 p.m. ET Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    ATHENS- Euro zone deputy finance ministers will meet midweek ahead of a Eurogroup finance ministers' gathering two days later, a Greek government official tells Reuters, as Athens and its creditors continue to seek a deal on reforms to unlock aid. BOJ's Kuroda says Japan inflation to' gradually accelerate' toward target. WAYZATA, Minn.- Bank of Japan Governor...

  • BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.— A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success— including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture— was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. Taubman, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums, died Friday...

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs...

  • "Confidence is back," said Laura Oberst, an executive vice president at Wells Fargo& Co who oversees commercial banking for the central U.S. region. A Wells Fargo spokeswoman could not immediately provide a bank-wide utilization rate for commercial and industrial borrowers, but said it has gone up a few percentage points over the past year. The increased usage...

  • Clifford spoke on a visit to Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that have cost Midwest producers over 2 million turkeys and chickens since early March. He said the fact that the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus has already appeared as far east as southern Ontario means there's an uncomfortable risk of it spreading to the East Coast where much of the U.S....

  • *Netflix and Philip Morris rally after results. April 16- U.S. stocks were mixed on Thursday afternoon as soaring Wall Street debuts by online retailer Etsy and trading firm Virtu offset lingering worries about upcoming corporate earnings reports. "Between Etsy, Virtu and Netflix, that's helping prop the market up, keeping people excited," said Mike Binger, a...

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

  • "I'm seeing a lot more competition" from rival employers, says Dan Black, EY's Americas recruiting leader. That's good news for college seniors and graduate students preparing to accept diplomas this spring, and a sign that new graduates will fare better than they did in 2014. The Labor Department reported on Thursday that the unemployment rate for Americans in...