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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A top veterinary official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more money, surveillance and farm security is needed to fight off a possible return of bird flu this fall. David Swayne, director of a USDA poultry research laboratory, told the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday that no new cases have been detected in three weeks.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece is known the world over for its historic sites, sparkling sea, and lovely, vine-shaded restaurants. This is the reality facing tourism in Greece this year, as the peak summer season in the popular destination is threatened by a financial crisis of frightening proportions. "There's something mystical about Greece," said the Australian who...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Food maker General Mills announced a major move toward cage-free eggs Tuesday as part of an updated animal welfare policy that now extends throughout its global supply chain. Eggs are an important ingredient in many products for General Mills, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups, Yoplait yogurt and Hamburger Helper.

  • *Expected to pursue issue of debt relief for Greece. ATHENS, July 6- Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis. The 55- year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University,...

  • *Expected to pursue issue of debt relief for Greece. The 55- year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University, speaks Greek with a British accent and rarely appears in public, let alone wearing the torso-hugging T-shirts Varoufakis favors. Like Varoufakis, Tsakalotos has often decried Europe for big...

  • One of the country's largest power companies, Southern Co., says it hopes drones can eventually identify storm damage in the Southeast and allow it to increase its routine inspections. "One of the biggest challenges is going out and assessing the system," said Andrew Phillips, who has directed drone research for the Electric Power Research Institute, an electric...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said in a statement. The H5N2 strain has cost poultry producers around 48 million birds since early March, according to USDA figures, hitting Iowa egg producers and Minnesota turkey growers especially hard. As part of the USDA's plans, federal and state biologists will collect around 41,000 samples from...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • Correction: Carnegie Heroes story Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    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.

  • June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    "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...

  • General Mills' profit hit by Green Giant charge Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    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...

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    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...