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  • MINNEAPOLIS— An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A food safety manager at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City says he was fired after complaining about dirty conditions. Jon Costa shared with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" a letter that he said came from his former employer, Aramark. Costa's attorney, Ryan McClelland, didn't immediately return phone or email messages from The Associated...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. "Our first responsibility is to make sure that people actually have service," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's...

  • Dow Chemical, Olin in $5B cash-and-stock deal Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    MIDLAND, Mich.— Dow Chemical is breaking off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal with Olin Corp. valued at $5 billion. Dow CEO and Chairman Andrew Liveris said in a statement that the Olin deal has helped the Midland, Michigan- based company exceed its target to divest $7 billion to $8.5 billion of non-strategic businesses and assets.

  • World Point posts 4Q profit Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ World Point Terminals LP on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6.3 million. On a per-share basis, the St. Louis- based company said it had profit of 19 cents. Keywords: World Point Terminals, Earnings Report.

  • Monsanto Co, which has built a $15 billion company on sales of glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide and crops genetically engineered to tolerate being sprayed with Roundup, has demanded a retraction and explanation from WHO. Monsanto officials have accused the IARC group of relying on "junk science" and basing conclusion on politics rather than sound science.

  • Joplin sues former master developer for fraud Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    JOPLIN, Mo.— The city of Joplin has sued a Texas- based company that it hired to help in recovery efforts from the devastating 2011 tornado, accusing it of fraud and seeking at least $1.5 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court against Wallace Bajjali Development Partners and the company's two partners, one of whom filed...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Whitman, the founder of Whitman Capital LLC in Menlo Park, California, is serving a two-year prison term for his August 2012 conviction on securities fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he profited in trading in shares of Google Inc and video-conferencing company Polycom Inc based on illegal tips from people like former Intel Corp employee Roomy...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer's own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man's shooting death in February. "I did not know until this case occurred" that some stun guns include cameras, Dauphin...

  • March 24- Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer. "We question the quality of the assessment," Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president of global regulatory affairs, said on Tuesday in an interview. " Monsanto officials have...

  • New power grid manager poised to open at Little Rock Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it's not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production and...

  • Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 2:32 AM ET

    Moore was among 13 people taken into custody during a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters in early October, and was charged with municipal violations. Protests have continued since Brown, who was black and unarmed, was shot and killed Aug. 9 by then- Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Moore is one of an estimated two dozen journalists from...

  • Kansas City Southern cuts revenue outlook Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    Kansas City Southern cut its full-year revenue outlook and provided weak guidance as it deals with slow growth from energy customers as prices in that sector remain depressed. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast annual revenue of $2.72 billion, which represents growth of 5.7 percent from last year. Shares of the Kansas City, Missouri- based company fell...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Gamblers who have been ordered to return $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino that unknowingly used unshuffled cards are asking a judge to let them keep the money. "The trial judge considered the law and made a very thoughtful and correct decision," he told The Associated Press. Once players realized the pattern in which the cards were...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica— Jamaica has imposed import restrictions on poultry products from various spots in North America in the wake of a big outbreak of bird flu that has infected stocks. The island's agriculture ministry says fresh and frozen poultry, hatching eggs and various by-products from U.S. states including Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri are restricted...

  • SEATTLE— A Washington man who posted Facebook comments threatening a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer will avoid prison but has been ordered to stay off social media sites in a case that is part of a broader legal debate about when social media rants go beyond hyperbole and become a crime. But Lasnik accepted the defense argument that Abdul-Jabbaar's...

  • LOS ANGELES/ SEATTLE, March 18- Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz has deftly navigated thorny issues such as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock, but his move to weigh in on U.S. race relations has brewed up a social media backlash. at center page and "RaceTogether" and the Starbucks logo near the bottom. The issue flared following the...

  • NEW YORK— Monsanto said Wednesday it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat. The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.