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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— It's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies are puzzled by the H5N2 virus' spread— even amid heightened biosecurity...

  • Police in Portland, Oregon, say an initially peaceful May Day demonstration turned violent Friday evening as a splinter group hurled chairs and other objects at officers. The Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River was closed for about a half-hour during the height of the evening commute when protesters tried to force their way across.

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak. Iowa is the nation's leading egg producer, providing one of every five eggs consumed in the country.

  • Police say black-clad May Day marchers hurled wrenches and rocks at officers and hit police with sticks as a Friday evening march through a Seattle neighborhood turned violent, injuring three officers. That brought the day's Seattle demonstration arrest total to four. Hundreds of people earlier joined in May Day marches in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, in...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Five more Iowa farms likely have been affected by the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus, including an egg-laying operation with 5.5 million chickens, Iowa agriculture officials said Thursday. Three of the farms involved in Thursday's announcement are in Buena Vista County, which now has a total of seven farms affected, according to Iowa Secretary of...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Agriculture officials say five more farms likely have been affected by the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus, including an egg-laying operation with 5.5 million chickens. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than 15 million of Iowa's 60 million egg-laying chickens are now affected with the news of it spreading to another farm in...

  • Hutchinson Tech reports 2Q loss Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    HUTCHINSON, Minn. _ Hutchinson Technology Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $9.7 million in its fiscal second quarter. The Hutchinson, Minnesota- based company said it had a loss of 29 cents per share. Keywords: Hutchinson Technology, Earnings Report.

  • SurModics misses 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. _ SurModics Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $3.1 million. SurModics expects full-year earnings in the range of 85 cents to 95 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $57 million to $60 million. SurModics shares have risen 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • Bird flu found in hawk in western Minnesota Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— A hawk in western Minnesota is the first wild bird in the state to test positive for the bird flu virus since the beginning of an outbreak that's killed more than 20 million birds in the Midwest this spring, state wildlife officials announced Thursday. Minnesota, the nation's largest turkey-producing state, has been hit hard by the flu, with nearly 4...

  • G&K Services beats 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:46 AM ET

    MINNETONKA, Minn. _ G&K Services Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $12.2 million. G&K Services expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.24 to $3.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $934 million to $939 million. G&K Services shares have increased slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • Regis reports 3Q loss Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Regis Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $3.7 million in its fiscal third quarter. The Minneapolis- based company said it had a loss of 7 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Xcel misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Xcel Energy Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $152.1 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.26 billion.

  • Mosaic misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:06 AM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn. _ Mosaic Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $294.8 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 75 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.24 billion.

  • Cardiovascular Systems reports 3Q loss Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn. _ Cardiovascular Systems Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $10.7 million in its fiscal third quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 33 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $46.7 million.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • *Humana declines as hospital admissions pick-up. April 29- U.S. stocks fell sharply in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, led by health insurers after Humana reported an unexpected pick-up in hospital admissions in March and April. Humana shares fell 7 percent to $168.28, making them the second biggest loser on the S&P 500. The insurer's statement also hit...