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  • Health care enrollments by state Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Appeals court sides with EPA on air pollution limits Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    States including Mississippi, Indiana and Texas had challenged the EPA's finding that certain areas within their borders were violating the standard. Connecticut and Delaware argued that the EPA should have designated more than a dozen eastern states in violation, saying their air quality was being hindered by other states. The Obama administration...

  • WASHINGTON, June 2- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday urged budget cutters to target what he called duplicative and ineffective agencies such as the Pentagon's payment services arm instead of cutting needed weapons programs. "If you want to look at real money, 20 percent of the Pentagon's budget- one dollar out of every five- is spent on... the Office of the...

  • Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 11:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 2- Google Inc has asked a federal judge to require three major movie studios to comply with subpoenas it believes may help show they conspired with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood as he investigated the Internet search company. In a request made public on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Google said Viacom Inc, Twenty-First Century Fox...

  • CHICAGO, May 30- Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead- and reeking- chickens. Robert Cobb, state veterinarian for Georgia, the nation's leading producer of chickens raised for meat, which has not had any cases so far.

  • JACKSON, Miss.— Justice Department: No evidence that hanging death of black man in Mississippi was homicide.

  • *Q2 net income $3.13/ share vs estimates of $3.32. May 28- Sanderson Farms Inc, the third-largest U.S. poultry producer, said lower prices for boneless breasts and bulk leg quarters contributed to softer-than-expected net sales and profit last quarter and warned that a production ramp-up could leave processors with more birds than they can handle this fall.

  • Falling chicken prices weigh on Sanderson Farms in 2Q Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    LAUREL, Miss.— Sanderson Farms' second-quarter profit jumped almost 40 percent, but declining chicken prices and rising expenses still left the company short of Wall Street expectations. The Laurel, Mississippi, company earned $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share, for the three months ended April 30. That is better than the $51 million, or $2.21 per share, from a year ago,...

  • May 27- A nun-turned-developer was ordered to pay nearly $1 million for lavish spending and for hiring an ex-con known as Frankie the Fish while building a Mississippi casino, a court ruled on Wednesday. Sandra Manno, a one-time mayor of Marlton, New Jersey, who had spearheaded a vote to legalize gambling in the state, was ordered by a Delaware judge to pay $970,123...

  • Storm leaves 170,000 without power in U.S. Gulf Coast Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 9:42 AM ET

    May 26- Almost 170,000 homes and businesses were without power early on Tuesday from Texas to Mississippi after severe storms battered the U.S. Gulf Coast states on Monday, according to local utilities. The storms moved from west to east, hitting Texas first. Power companies in Texas said they expect to restore power to most customers later on Tuesday, but would...

  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana in the early hours of Friday, though no injuries were reported, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Fire-fighting crews worked to contain the fire on Friday near Breton Island, 50 miles offshore New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. It was unclear what caused the incident or how much oil leaked into the ocean, but the Coast Guard said it has...

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • TAMPA, Fla., May 20- A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure. Millions of barrels of crude oil spewed into Gulf waters, and a dolphin die-off was subsequently seen...

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Sixteen hospitals will pay $15.69 million to resolve allegations they were reimbursed from Medicare for services that were unnecessary, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. As part of the settlement, Health Management Associates Inc and 14 of its formerly associated hospitals will pay $15 million, Community Health Systems and its...

  • More than 21 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states- Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa- have declared a state of emergency. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Canada's Food Inspection Agency, and responses by the...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving at a clip on North American rails, regulators...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told Reuters the H5N2 virus- along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu- will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer. The USDA statement marks a shift in tone in the agency's...