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  • PITTSBURGH— In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism. PITTSBURGH— A 16- year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie...

  • July 1- Medical device supplier Patterson Companies Inc said it would sell its business that makes products that assist in a patient's recovery to private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners for $715 million. Reuters reported in April that the company had hired Bank of America to help sell the business in a deal that could fetch $500 million to $600 million.

  • "Much weaker business conditions for firms tied to energy are restraining the overall reading," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. "Weaker conditions were particularly evident in Oklahoma and North Dakota, two energy-producing states. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,...

  • July 1- General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker cake mixes, said fourth-quarter profit halved as it recorded a $260 million charge to write down the value of one of its frozen and canned vegetable businesses. General Mills has put up Green Giant for sale, people familiar with the matter told Reuters in March. General Mills' revenue in the...

  • NEW YORK— General Mills said its profit fell by more than half after it took a charge to write down the value of its Green Giant frozen and canned vegetables business, to which it plans to devote less resources. General Mills CEO Ken Powell noted that the frozen category has been declining, and that people also seem to be gravitating toward traditional "blocks" of...

  • ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • SIOUX CITY, Iowa— A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced Tony Wasmund to four years of probation Tuesday after the government said he provided "substantial assistance" in the salmonella case.

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15- foot waterfall to try to save his 13- year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh- based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt. The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio,...

  • The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. Corn and soybean conditions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio have shown deterioration in recent weeks with the heavy rain. Missouri and Illinois have experienced the wettest Junes since the National Weather Service...

  • *TAQA is only listed quasi-sovereign firm in Abu Dhabi. ABU DHABI/ DUBAI, June 30- Abu Dhabi may merge its national energy company into another state-owned business to make the company's crippling debts more manageable and try to turn around its performance, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Billions of dollars were spent on assets, with Canada and...

  • The guidelines, issued Monday by the American Heart Association, are the first time the group has recommended a device for treating strokes, and it's the first new stroke treatment in two decades to win the group's strongest backing. The federal government no longer issues guidelines like these, so the Heart Association's advice clears the way for more doctors...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Environmental advocates trying to stop a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota launched an ad campaign on Monday aimed not at the company behind the project but at Gov. In a statewide ad expected to begin airing this week, the group shows video of a massive spill of mining waste in Canada and calls on Dayton to reject the mine's waste...

  • *Serbia, Macedonia limit bank transactions with Athens. Millions of people in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Romania have deposits in banks owned by Greek lenders, putting this corner of south-eastern Europe in the frontline if the Greek crisis spreads. Central banks in Macedonia and Serbia introduced extra restrictions on the movement of capital...

  • MILWAUKEE— A proposed hog "megafarm" in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior. An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal...

  • June 25- The U.S. turkey slaughter in May tumbled 12 percent from the prior month, government data on Thursday showed, as the country's worst-ever case of bird flu decimated flocks in top producer Minnesota and surrounding states. More than 7.7 million turkeys have been killed by highly pathogenic avian influenza or culled to control its spread since December,...

  • Health law ruling renews GOP's call to scrap MNsure Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Republicans in Minnesota viewed the Supreme Court ruling Thursday upholding nationwide tax subsidies for health insurance as an opening to shift from the state's own exchange to the federal marketplace. That would not have greatly affected Minnesota, which was among the minority of states that set up their own exchanges. With that doubt cleared,...

  • Savers stores agree to changes after sued by Minnesota AG Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The Savers thrift store chain has agreed to improve transparency and will not solicit non-clothing donations without compensating charities as part of a settlement with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Swanson said the agreement, approved Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, requires enhanced transparency about the amount...

  • General Mills to slash up to 725 jobs Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— General Mills expects to cut 675 to 725 jobs as it wrestles with sluggish sales. Along with other packaged food makers like Kellogg and Campbell Soup, General Mills Inc. has slashed costs to offset slowing sales growth. General Mills said its current restructuring should be complete by early fiscal 2017, generating annual savings of about $45 to $50...

  • Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    In upholding the tactic, the Supreme Court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting. Every federal appeals court to consider it has upheld the practice, though the Supreme Court had never previously ruled.